[Ok-sus] You're invited! Join us Jan. 30 for our annual Oklahoma Food Co-op meet, greet and eat.
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The Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Food Coop is coming up January 30th!
Read on to find out more details. Everyone is welcome -- members and
non-members. If you like having some of the best access to local foods
founds anywhere in the United States -- DON'T TAKE US FOR GRANTED!
Without continued support, we won't be here in the future.
You're invited! Join us Jan. 30 for our annual Oklahoma Food Co-op meet,
greet and eat.
Meet Oklahoma Food Co-op Producers and taste their food at our annual
meet, greet and eat!
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*Join us at the attend the 2016 Oklahoma Food Cooperative Annual Meeting*
Wow, it's hard to believe another year of Co-op history has come and
gone! We're getting ready for the 2016 Annual Meeting, which will be
Saturday, Jan. 30. The Meet, Greet and Eat starts at 10 a.m. and you
won't want to miss that! For those new to the Co-op, many of our
Producers will set up tables and offer samples to customers, so be sure
to come hungry. At noon, following the Meet, Greet and Eat, our business
session will begin. We will be electing new Co-op officers and board
members (look for another email soon about those elections), hear
reports from our management team – Adam Price (logistics and
operations), Justin Hayden (finance), and Chatoya Franklin (marketing),
ask questions of the leadership and conduct other business that may be
brought before the Co-op's general assembly.
A great time is always had by all, so y'all come on Saturday, Jan. 30
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Epiphany Church gymnasium, 7336 W Britton
Road in Oklahoma City. Please park in the west parking lot and enter at
the Family Life entrance. If you can help with the set up Friday
afternoon (Jan. 29), email Adam Price at routes at oklahomafood.coop
<mailto:routes at oklahomafood.coop> to volunteer.
Now, let's remind ourselves of the SEVEN ADVANTAGES of the Oklahoma Food
Cooperative. When we got started, the local food scene was pretty much
“just us” and about 20 farmers markets across the state. These days
there are many other options, and some of them are more “fake local
food” than they are “the real deal.” So it pays to ask questions to
make sure you are getting what you think you are buying, and not being
fooled by a clever merchandising campaign.
The Oklahoma Food Cooperative offers you --
* Variety. The Oklahoma Food Co-op has more producers selling beef
than the NYC Greenmarket system – one of the largest farmers markets
systems in the United States – and the Ferry Plaza farmers market –
one of the large markets in the San Francisco Bay area (to name just
two I had time to check). We have waaaay more variety than any
other local food choice you can make anywhere in the state of Oklahoma.
* Online shopping. I can do my grocery shopping at midnight from the
convenience of my home computer. Our online system makes it easy to
for you browse products, compare prices and features and make other
* Know your Producers. I know the Producers of every pound of meat in
my freezer. I can pick up the phone and ask questions. I know where
they produce. The Co-op has been to their farms and ranches and
verified they are doing what they claim to be doing.
* Safety. With news of */another/* ground meat recall, I am not sure
why anyone wants to take the risk of buying ground meat from a big
box store. Research has indicated that any given five pounds of big
box store ground meat may have DNA from as many as 100 different
animals. Most of these stores buy from giant packing houses,
processing thousands of animals, providing many opportunities for
cross contamination. Compare that with our small Oklahoma
processors, who process one animal at a time. There has never been a
recall from a processor inspected by the Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture. That's safety for you and your family and all your
* Taste. OK, I know. No one who sells food says “Please come and buy
our kind of mediocre tasting food.” Everybody claims great taste,
but all we need to do to prove our point is to hand someone a plate
of food and a fork.
* Health. In 2003, when we started the Oklahoma Food Co-op, my total
cholesterol was nearly 300. At my last lab work last year, it was
below 200, and that's without taking any anti-cholesterol
drugs. When I cook and need fat, I typically use lard I buy from the
Oklahoma Food Co-op. Since 2003, I haven't bought any ground meat,
roasts, steaks or sausage from a big box store. You can eat your way
to the hospital or you can eat your way to health. I know what I prefer.
* Value. Yes, our prices are not those of the big box stores. Our
Producers aren't selling a bazillion units of anything, but we beat
the big box stores hands down when it comes to *VALUE*. What's the
price of open heart surgery or diabetic amputations when amortized
over the price of cheap, crappy food bought in a grocery store? “Not
spending money” is another way to “make money” or perhaps that can
be better understood as “saving money.” Kind of like invisible
“green stamps,” which those of us of a certain age will remember
from the 50s and 60s.
But wait – there's more! An eighth value – sustainability.
Our Producers work hard to be good stewards of their lands and that is a
blessing to the entire planet. The Oklahoma Food Cooperative is a
visible manifestation of the inter-connectedness we all share. In a time
when the energy industry is in a down cycle, it is all the more
important for us to do all that we can to support our local
economies. Rural and urban Oklahoma rise together – or we fall
together. So every dollar spent at the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, where
about 78 cents of those dollars go to the Producer (compared with less
than a dime at the big box stores), is also an investment in a
sustainable local economy that can carry us through whatever the future
Every grocery dollar we spend is a vote –
* a vote for sustainability, health, taste, value, transparency, or
* a vote for corporate domination, ecological devastation, risky food
and mediocre taste.
Thanks to everyone for your support these past 13 years. With your
continued (and hopefully increased) support, we will be able to continue
to serve the state for many years to come.
Y'all bon appetit, hear!
Bob Waldrop, President
*/P.S. Don't take us for granted. Without continued support, we won't be
here in the future./*
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