Past Events

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Community Cooking Class June 2016

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2016 Annual Meeting

Our 2016 Annual Meeting of Owners was held 18 April 2016

 

Our annual Member-Owners’ Meeting and Social took place the evening of April 18 at Gateway Technical College Conference Center.

 

All Member-Owners and interested parties were invited to attend. (No RSVP necessary.)

 

There were sweet treats to share for our community social gathering following the meeting.

 

When: Monday, April 18. 5:30 pm Registration, 6:00 pm Business Meeting, Social Gathering after the meeting.

 

Where: Gateway Technical College Conference Center, 1001 S. Main St., Racine.

(Directions: the main Conference Center entrance is on the east, lake-facing side of the Racine Building, at the north end of the campus. From Main Street, head east toward the lake on either 6th or 11th Street, to Pershing Park, and turn into the campus at Gateway Circle, then follow signs to the Racine Building/Conference Center. Free parking is available just outside the Conference Center. GTC Racine Campus MAP here.)

Our Agenda
Site selection update
Financial update
Membership update
Election of new Directors

 

Social Gathering: there were sweet treats available, so in case you didn’t have supper before you arrived, there was an excuse to Eat Dessert First!

 

Board of Directors Election: Active participation by Member-owners in our elections is the embodiment of cooperative Principle #2: Democratic Member Control. It is what differentiates co-ops from other types of businesses and it is why we hope all Member-Owners will make it a priority to attend YOUR annual meeting and cast YOUR ballots. Click here to learn about your candidates.

 

NEW THIS YEAR: Online Voting! If you are unable to attend the meeting,

click here to cast your ballot online. Voting was open until April 17.

 

Questions? Email us here.

 

We’re all looking forward to our annual gathering on April 18!

 

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Dear Wild Root Market Supporters:

 

Consider engaging with a committee (or two, or three, or…) which coincides with your talents, interests and experience. There are ways to help. Just ask!

         

Contact the named committee lead or email us at volunteer@wildrootmarket.com.

 

Capital Campaign: Rose Nelson, Margie Michicich, Gloria Randall-Hewitt

Finance: Gloria Randall-Hewitt

Marketing and Communications: open

Ownership & Growth: Rose Nelson

Site: Christian DeJong

Volunteers & Events: Margie Michicich

 

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You can purchase advance tickets in person

at Envi and Carriage House Liquors

as well as with the online form below.

 

 Nota Bene: Online ticket sales will end at 1 am on November 11.

Please click here to purchase tickets online.

 

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Empty Bowls, Monday 7 March 2016

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Empty Bowls
A hunger-fighting fundraising event in Racine to remind us that
there is always an EMPTY BOWL.

MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016

Lunch will be served:
11:00AM TO 2:00PM
Dinner will be served:
4:00PM TO 7:00PM

Festival Hall ~ 5 Fifth Street, Downtown Racine, by the Lake

Learn more at the web site of one of the sponsors of the event, HALO

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Eco-Fest Racine, Saturday 19 March, see newsletter.

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Member-Owner Potluck

When:  Thursday, March 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where:  Gateway Technical College,pot luck drawing from FB

Racine Campus Conference Center,

Michigan Room

 

(Directions: please note that the entrance and parking for the Conference Center are at the north end of  the campus, on the east side near the Lake. From Main Street take 6th or 11th Street east to Pershing Park Drive, then proceed to the parking lot entrance.)

 

Join us to share good food and co-operative conversation at Gateway Technical College! Member-Owners are encouraged to attend and to bring along a friend who is “co-op curious”! Members of the Board will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

 

Please bring a dish to share; we’ll supply plates, napkins, and flatware. For planning purposes, please RSVP here or to our Facebook event.

 

If you are uncertain or decide last minute, it’s perfectly fine to just show up!

 

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Empty Bowls Painting Party

Saturday, 30 January, 1 pm

at

On a Whim Creative Collective,

200 Dodge Street, Racine

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 Get creative and join us for a painting party at On A Whim Creative Collective!

Wild Root Market is excited to be painting bowls to donate to

Empty Bowls, Racine, (being held this year on March 7).

This event is THIS Saturday, the 30th of January.

Attendees pay for their own bowl and paint;

prices range from $5 to $15 for bowl plus $2 for paint/glaze.

On A Whim will finish the bowls and deliver them directly to Empty Bowls.

Please feel free to bring finger foods and beverages (wine, anyone?) to share!
Space is limited. RSVP to events@wildrootmarket.com

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Wild Root Market is excited to be a part of the first annual

Mount Pleasant Day

community-wide block party!

We will have an information table in “Eatery Row”.

Stop by to say hello,

learn more about Wild Root Market and

Buy your own share in the co-op!

Mount Pleasant Day 2015

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Volunteer Meet-Up

Sunday, 24 May, 9:30-10:30 am
Milaeger’s, 4838 Douglas Avenue, Racine

Wild Root Market is hosting a Volunteer Meet-Up on Sunday, May 24th at the Great Lakes Farmers Market,

held at the Racine Milaeger’s at 4838 Douglas Avenue.

All member-owners of the Wild Root Market

as well as interested guests

are welcome to attend!

Join current volunteers and board members at 9:30 am

at the Java Café inside Milaeger’s

to get acquainted over a cup of coffee and some co-op conversation.

Learn about volunteering for the Wild Root Market booth

at Great Lakes Farmer’s Market

as well as other ways to get involved.

There will also be a co-op trivia contest

for a chance to win Wild Root Market tote bags!

The meet-up will wrap up around 10:30 am,

but you may want to allow additional time for shopping!

The Great Lakes Farmers Market is open from 10 am to 2 pm on Sundays.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP

by sending a note to volunteer@wildrootmarket.com

or by joining the Facebook event

Questions? Email: info@wildrootmarket.com

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The China Study involved many people in mainland China,

where diet and disease were tracked and correlated.

There is a high correlation

between whole-food plant-based diets and healthy outcomes.

Review of The China Study

 

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The Natural Step April 30

 

The Golden Rondelle Theater

is located at 1525 Howe Street, with entrances on 14th Street

It is possible to reserve seats via their web site, here.

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2015

Annual Meeting of Owners

Monday, April 20

Our annual Member-owners’ Meeting and Social will take place the evening of April 20 at a new location this year, the Gateway Technical College Conference Center.

All Member-owners and the public are cordially invited to attend.  (No RSVP necessary.)

When: Monday, April 20: 5:30 pm Registration, 6:00 pm Business  Meeting, 7:00 pm Social Gathering

Where: Gateway Technical College Conference Center, 1001 S. Main St., Racine.

(The Conference Center entrance is on the east, lake-facing side of the Racine Building. From Main Street, head east on either 6th or 11th Street to Gateway Circle, following signs to the Racine Building/Conference Center. Free parking is available just outside the Conference Center.)

Our Agenda

– Site selection progress update – things are moving forward!

– Financial update

– Member-owner Survey results

– Election of new Directors

Click here to learn about our candidates. Active participation by Member-owners in our elections is the embodiment of cooperative Principle #2: Democratic member control. It is what differentiates co-ops from other types of businesses and it is why we hope all Member-owners will make it a priority to attend YOUR annual meeting and cast YOUR ballots.

We are also inviting Member-owners to bring finger food to share for our community social gathering following the meeting.

Questions? Email us here.

We look forward to seeing you on April 20!

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(The notice below was preliminary. The notice above was the official version.)

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2015 Annual Meeting of Member-Owners

Today!

When:  Monday, April 20, 5:30 pm
Where: Gateway Technical College Conference Center, 1001 S. Main St., Racine.

Our annual Member-owners’ Meeting and Social gathering will take place the evening of Monday, April 20 at a new location this year, the Gateway Technical College Conference Center.

 

Member-owners and the public are invited to attend.

 

Our agenda will include a complete update about our financial status and our progress toward site selection, as well as the results of our first member-owner survey.

 

Member-owners in attendance will also vote to elect new Board members.  Your active participation in our elections is the embodiment of cooperative Principle #2: Democratic member control. It is what differentiates co-ops from other types of businesses and it is why we hope all Member-owners will make it a priority to attend YOUR annual meeting and cast YOUR ballots.

 

We are looking for volunteers to help with meeting logistics, including registration from 5 to 6 pm.  We are also inviting Member-owners to bring finger food to share for our community social following the meeting.

 

Please send email to us if you can volunteer and/or bring food.  Thank you for your help. We look forward to seeing you on April 20!

 

(The Conference Center entrance is on the east, lake-facing side of the Racine Building. From Main Street, head east on either 6th or 11th Street to Gateway Circle, following signs to the Racine Building/Conference Center. Free parking is available just outside the Conference Center.)

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Racine Urban Garden Network

The Second Annual RUGN fundraiser

Tonight, April 10, starting at 6 pm

at Mileager’s on Douglas Ave in Racine

Click here to navigate to the RUGN web page

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 Novel Noshes Book Club

Thursday, March 5

 

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Register below for a live webcast of the TEDxManhattan

“Changing the Way We Eat” event in New York City!

 

When: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:30-5:00

(doors will open for check-in at 8:30am)

 

Where: Gateway Technical College Conference Center

1001 S. Main Street, Racine

 

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is a full day of talks from leaders in the sustainable farming and food movement, divided into three sessions with two breaks.

 

Information on the speakers is available on the TEDxManhattan website.

 

The Viewing Party is free to attend, but registration is required as seating is limited to 150 participants.

 

There will be a break for lunch. Food orders are no longer being accepted, but you can bring your own food to the event.

 

Please click here to secure your place at the Viewing Party.

If you order food, a secure transaction will be handled by Paypal.

It is not necessary to subscribe to Paypal.

You can use your own credit or debit card.

For large group registration,

please contact us at info@wildrootmarket.com.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED- like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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Empty Bowls

A hunger-fighting event to remind us that somewhere in Racine

there is always an EMPTY BOWL.

 Monday, March 2, 2015

11:00AM TO 2:00PM
4:00PM TO 7:00PM

 

Festival Hall ~ 5 Fifth Street

Downtown Racine, by the Lake

Choose a handmade ceramic bowl

Fill your bowl with soup prepared by Racine’s finest chefs

Enjoy bakery provided by the Masonic Center

Live music & silent auction

 

$15 per meal (you keep the bowl)

$5 for children under 10 (recyclable bowl)

$10 for “Soup To Go”

Proceeds support HALO and the Racine County Food Bank.

 

Empty Bowls 2 March 2015

 

 

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Notice: the Novel Noshes Book Club meeting was rescheduled due to weather,

to Thursday, January 15.

The rest of the details regarding location and time remain the same.

 

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Hear two inspiring speakers and have a good meal.

Gene Baur will talk about the deleterious effects of animal agriculture on us and on the planet.

Dr. Kevin Fullin will talk about the advantages of

a plant-based diet for good health.

Friday, December 5, 6 pm, near the Milwaukee airport.

 

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Wine & Beer Tasting and Membership Rally

At Envi Ultralounge, Nov 11.

Visit the Special Event page to learn more.

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Wild Root Market – Community Open House

 

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Saturday, October 25, 9:30 – 11:30 am, at Tri City National Bank,

2704 Lathrop Ave, Racine, downstairs common area.

 

Food For Change

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Movie Event: Food For Change

Racine Public Library, Thursday, October 2, 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Library is at 75 Seventh Street, Racine.

Food For Change is a feature-length documentary about the history of the co-op movement and food co-ops today. This inspiring and humorous movie focuses on consumer food co-ops to tell the larger story of cooperatives – their role in American history and their current efforts to create local food systems.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Please call the Reference Desk of the Racine Public Library at 636-9217 to register, or “Join” the event on Facebook.

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Novel Noshes Book Group

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Thursday, October 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Racine Public Library, Martin Room.

The book is “Delicious“, a work of fiction by former Gourmet Magazine editor Ruth Reichl.

From Goodreads: In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

View past events on the Events Archive page

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Movie event – for people who eat.

Many people, if not most, are unaware of the impact of livestock on Earth’s natural environment. This is the story of that impact.

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Some of us heard this message earlier this year from Dr. Richard Oppenlander, during his presentation at the Golden Rondelle Theater in Racine. His books, “Comfortably Unaware” and “Food Choice and Sustainability,” tell this same story. Interviews with Dr Oppenlander are included in the movie.

This is a special showing, requiring advance purchase. If ticket sales don’t reach 84 by September 18 the event will be cancelled and no credit cards will be charged. At the end of the day on August 29 there were 34 tickets sold, with 50 remaining to be purchased, with 19 days until the deadline.

The theater is in Oak Creek, visible from I-94  just south of Mitchell airport. From the south side of Racine it takes about 30 minutes to drive there. Here is a link to the ticket vendor’s web page. And here is a link to the movie’s web page, where you can watch the movie trailer.

September 25, 6:30 p.m. at Marcus South Shore Cinema, 7261 South 13th Street, Oak CreekWI 53154.

Note to younger or more sensitive viewers: from what we have been able to learn without having seen the movie, there are no scenes of cruelty or mayhem. (It turns out we were wrong about the mayhem. There are some scenes of mayhem, although at least one of them is integral with the film-maker’s personal journey toward an animal-free diet.)

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Novel Noshes Book Group – August 7

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Racine Public Library

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Pandora’s Lunchbox:

How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

by Melanie Warner

From Goodreads: “If a piece of individually wrapped cheese can retain its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed to our children?…Combining meticulous research, vivid writing, and cultural analysis, Warner blows the lid off the largely undocumented and lightly regulated world of chemically treated and processed foods and lays bare the potential price we may pay for consuming even so-called healthy foods.”

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Wild Root Market Community Meeting

West Racine, June 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 3319 Washington Ave, Racine. The meeting will take place downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. (There is an elevator if needed.)

Please join us for an information/listening session about our next steps in the site selection process.  We will be available to answer questions and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Light refreshments will be served.

Parking: Please note that the church does not have a parking lot, and street parking is limited in the evenings. There are public parking lots a block to the east, and a city lot behind Larsen’s Bakery.

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Novel Noshes Book Club, Thursday June 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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Join us for Novel Noshes Book Club, brought to you by Wild Root Market, in cooperation with the Racine Public Library.

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Peggy Martin Room at the Racine Public Library.

 

We will discuss The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.

 

Copies of the book are available for loan at the library.

 

You are welcome to attend, whether or not you have read the book.

 

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You’re Invited! Volunteer Potluck & Orientation

May 27, 6 p.m.


Please join us Tuesday, May 27th at 6 p.m. for a Volunteer Potluck at Mt. Pleasant Village Hall. We’ll enjoy a potluck dinner, followed by a fun orientation including a discussion of volunteer needs, tips for confidently talking about the co-op, sign-ups for upcoming events including our farmers market table, door prizes (Wild Root Market tote bags!) and more.

Feel free to invite others interested in volunteering for the co-op; new volunteers are welcome.

Please bring a dish to share; we’ll supply plates, napkins, and flatware. (No alcoholic beverages please, due to facility restrictions.)

Tips for finding the place:

The Potluck will take place in Community Room 1 at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, with access from 90th St. Use the handicap door at the main entrance by the flagpoles. Community Room 1 is immediately to the left.  Please note, Mount Pleasant Village Hall is adjacent to the Mount Pleasant Police Dept. Because this facility is relatively new it doesn’t show up even in some very new navigation systems, so for GPS routing we suggest using the address for nearby Community State Bank, 8930 Washington Ave. Continue north from the bank on 90th St., then turn right on Campus Drive.

For planning purposes it would help if you would RSVP via the contact form below, but if you are uncertain you are more than welcome to just show up.

 

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 Out & About in April

Wild Root Market Board Members will be Out & About in Racine on Thursdays in April to connect with prospective Member-Owners to answer your questions about joining the co-op. Please stop by from 6-8 pm at Dewey’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, 600 Main Street in Racine — we would love to meet you and have you learn more about what’s in store (pun intended).

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Slow Money Webinar – April 24

 

Join Wild Root Market for a free live webinar, brought to you by Slow Money Wisconsin, featuring Marco Vangelisti, a leader in Slow Money of Northern California. The webinar will focus on the topic of local investing in a resilient food system. We are also pleased to feature a presentation by local food entrepreneur, Lizz Fabel, The Traveling Chef, a personal chef and baker of breads.

 

Let's continue the conversation about Slow Money

If you are not sure you can attend, or if you will arrive late, it’s OK to arrive whenever you can.

Further reading on Slow Money:

SlowMoney.org

SlowMoneyNorthWest

SlowMoneyNorthernCalifornia

SlowMoneyMaine

Wikipedia on Slow Money

Check our our Facebook announcement on the Slow Money event.

The book by Woody Tasch that inspired the Slow Money movement:

Inquiries Into The Nature Of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms, And Fertility Mattered

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2014 Annual Owners’ Meeting – April 14

We’re excited to confirm the date for our 2014 Owners’ Meeting: Monday, April 14th starting at 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (716 College Ave. in Racine).  As always, we look forward to bringing the community together for our annual meeting.  The meeting is open to all, but only Member-Owners are eligible to vote.

Please refer to the attached map for details about parking options for the Annual Owners’ Meeting. Limited parking may be available in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot behind the church building. Additional parking may be available in the lot at Living Light Community Center (formerly the Racine YWCA) which is next door to the First Presbyterian Church. There is also metered parking on the streets, or in the public lot across Park Avenue. View Street Map.  Please use the College Avenue entrance (southeast corner of the building).

An important order of business at the annual meeting is the election of directors to the board.  This year that will involve voting to ratify two directors who were appointed by the Board in 2013 and electing two new directors who are being recommended by the Board. For more information about the candidates, click here.

In addition to the election, the program will include updates on all key aspects of the status of our project.

We will also be reaching out for additional volunteers to represent us at community functions such as the Racine Farmer’s Market.  And, we are looking for folks with specific skills to help round out our committees:

MARKETING COMMITTEE:

Newsletter editor: Edit copy for our monthly e-newsletter

Email list manager: Update our email list each month with new owners and address changes

Writers: Write brief event reviews, status updates, profiles for our monthly E-newsletter. Craft the occasional press release.

Social Media coordinator: Help us maximize our use of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE:

Volunteers with finance, lending, accounting, grant writing, database management, legal or sales backgrounds.

SITE COMMITTEE:

Volunteers with construction, real estate, grocery and retail experience.

FINANCE COMMITTEE:

Volunteers with experience doing bookkeeping, accounts payable/receivable, balance sheets and income statements. Familiarity with Quickbooks preferred.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

If none of the above categories is a fit for you, please consider these essential volunteer opportunities:

Event Ambassadors
Farmers Market Coordinator
Event planners/organizers
Brochure distribution
House Party hosts

Please let us know at the annual meeting if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities or send us an email here.

For more details about the meeting, please see the current newsletter, here.

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RUGN Fundraiser, Saturday April 5, 6-9 pm

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Membership Rally & Pizza Party, Sunday April 6, from 4 to 7 pm

Feed your family!   Nourish your community!   Join the co-op!

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Novel Noshes Book Club: Thursday, April 3rd

Join us at the Racine Public Library at 6 p.m. on April 3rd to discuss this month’s book club book, “Change Comes To Dinner” by Katherine Gustafson. Reserve a copy of the book today and join us in a few weeks to discuss.

To register, call the Library at (262) 636-9217 by April 1st.

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Out & Abouts in March

Wild Root Market Board Members will be Out & About in Racine on Fridays in March to connect with prospective Member-Owners to answer your questions about joining the co-op. Please stop by from 8 – 10 a.m. at Divino Gelato Cafe (245 Main St)– we would love to meet you and have you learn more about what’s in store (pun intended).

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Out & Abouts Resuming at Wilson’s Coffee & Tea

Each Friday in February, join us at Wilson’s Coffee & Tea between 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. for a casual meet-up with Board members, Member-Owners and interested community members. Stop on in, grab a beverage and pastry and say hi!

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Buying Into The Local Food Movement, February 11 at The Golden Rondelle

Expanding the availability of healthy food is a growing trend all across America. In Racine County, which was recently listed among the least-healthy counties in Wisconsin, this trend has become a priority. The recent announcement of plans by Wild Root Market to open a co-op in West Racine is just the latest example of that locally. This program offers an idea aimed at investors – of all levels – wanting to experience a new kind of profit: “Slow Money” is a concept aimed at organizing investors and donors in order to create new sources of capital for small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems.

Learn how “Slow Money” and the local food movement can enhance food security and safety, improve nutrition and health, and promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity in Racine County. Keynote Addresses by Bartlett Durand of Black Earth Meats and Conscious Carnivore and Tera Johnson of Tera’s Whey followed by a community discussion with local stakeholders.

Advance registration is required. Once you arrive at the SC Johnson page, click on the date 2/11/14 which is highlighted in blue below the program description on the left. Follow the instructions. Seating is limited.

This community interest program is brought to you by SC Johnson’s The Golden Rondelle, Slow Money WisconsinSustainable Edible Economic Development, and Wild Root Market.

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TEDx Manhattan Viewing Party on Saturday March 1st

Join us on Saturday, March 1, 9:30 a.m.– 5:30p.m. for a live viewing party of TedxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”!  The party will include dynamic speakers, live performances, videos and films.  Registration for this event is limited to 150 and will be available on our web site beginning Monday, January 20. Thanks to the generosity of Gateway Technical College (1001 S Main St, Racine), we are hosting this event in a theater setting in their beautiful conference center on Lake Michigan.  Sustainable, locally sourced Milaeger’s, boxed lunches will be available for pre-order and family owned O&H Danish Bakery is providing their Wisconsin Kringle, made with ingredients farmed and grown in Wisconsin, during the afternoon break. The day will also feature an “Information Café” where selected agencies and local food advocates who are working on “Changing The Way We Eat” in our community will be able to share their mission and connect with attendees.  After the webcast, we’ll continue the conversation with a post-party from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. at envi Ultralounge, Racine’s environmentally conscious lounge. About TEDx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED- like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.  The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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Novel Noshes Book Club on Thursday, February 6

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Join us on Thursday, February 6, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Peggy Martin Room at the Racine Public Library (75 7th St.) for the next meeting of the Novel Noshes Book Club.  We’ll be discussing “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister. Copies are available for loan from the library. To register, call the Library at 262.636.9217 by February 1.

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Owner Potluck

Join us for great food and conversation (with a dish to pass) on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Mt. Pleasant Village Hall (8811 Campus Drive) from 6 – 8 p.m. Alcohol is prohibited at this venue. Use the Main Entrance handicap door by the flags to enter. Community Room 1 is immediately to the left. Contact Margie with questions and to RSVP at margie@wildrootmarket.com

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Novel Noshes Book Club Premieres

Join us for the inaugural meeting of the Novel Noshes Book Club brought to you by Wild Root Market in cooperation with the Racine Public Library at 75 Seventh St. Novel Noshes will meet approximately every 8 weeks to discuss a food-related book (fiction or non-fiction). Thursday, November 7     6:00 – 7:30 p.m.    Peggy Martin Room, Racine Public Library We’ll discuss the memoir, “A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table” by food writer Molly Wizenberg. Copies are available for loan from the library. To register, call the Library at 262.636.9217 by November 1. Special thanks to WRM volunteers Rose Nelson and Robin Kreines for taking the initiative to establish our new book club!

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Food Co-ops 101: Kenosha

Join us on Thursday, October 24th from 6 – 7 p.m. at Southport Beach House (7825 First Avenue at Southport Park, Kenosha) to learn all about food co-ops in general and Wild Root Market in particular. Special thanks to WRM Owner (and former Board Member) Barb Farrar for coordinating this meeting!

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Annual Meeting: Come Hear Mark Kastel, Co-Founder of the Cornucopia Institute

Join us on Monday, April 22, as Mark Kastel wraps up our Annual Owners Meeting with a talk on how the choices we make at the grocery store impact our health, our environment and the economic vitality of our community. Details here. It is open to the public and you’re encouraged to bring friends!

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Food Co-Ops 101: Ask, Listen, Learn, Join!

Join us on Tuesday, April 9th at Razor Sharp Fitness (7300 Washington Avenue) at 6 p.m. for a free informational session about Wild Root Market. Learn what a food co-op is and how it will benefit our community. Hear what makes food co-ops special. Bring your questions. Many thanks to Razor Sharp Fitness for hosting this free event which is open to the public. See you there (and bring a friend!).

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Meet Your 2013 Board of Directors Candidates

Meet the candidates on which Owners will be asked to vote at the Annual Owners Meeting on Monday, April 22nd at First Presbyterian Church. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the business meeting begins promptly at 6 p.m. Remember, we will have a guest speaker at the conclusion of the business meeting starting at 7 p.m.: Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute will speak to Owners, their guests and interested community members about local, healthy, sustainable food systems: how the food choices we make at the grocery store impact our health, our environment and the economic vitality of our community.

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Just Add Kids Expo

Join Wild Root Market’s Square Meal Club and many, many other family-friendly organizations at the Just Add Kids Expo at Case High School on April 6th. It looks to be a fun day! Admission is FREE!

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Annual Owners Meeting

Mark your calendar for Monday, April 22, 2013. Our annual Owners Meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church downtown. There will be a brief business meeting (including the election of directors), followed by a guest speaker and then a social hour. Owners are encouraged to invite non-owner guests to come learn about Wild Root Market and why a cooperatively-owned grocery store will be great for our community. A newsletter announcement with more details is coming soon. See you in April!

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Rallies For Membership

Offering a perfect example of how our community is coming together to make this happen, many local organizations are going the extra mile to bring the market to reality. On Monday, November 12th, on a night they would normally be closed, George’s Tavern is hosting a Rally for Membership Event from 6-8 p.m. Current Member-Owners are asked to bring their friends to learn more and sign up. Founding Owners, David Popoff and his wife Soosan will provide delicious Persian appetizers for $5. Please RSVP your name and number of attendees to info@wildrootmarket.com so David & Soosan can be prepared. Bluegrass stylist LeAnne Talbert is welcoming the public to a Rally For Membership from 6-8 p.m. at Bluegrass Salon on Tuesday, November 13th. RSVP to info@wildrootmarket.com if you’d like to bring a non-Member-Owner and join us! Founding Owner, Arthur Shattuck of Roots and Legends is offering $25 off an acupuncture treatment for any new Wild Root Market Member-Owner who signs up before November 1st! Please ask for a Roots & Legends confirmation when you submit your registration. Urban Trends Owner JoAnne Peterson is hosting her own version of a “house party” recognizing that, in order to bring a new kind of grocery store to our community, we have to do it ourselves! The date, originally scheduled for October 30th, and additional details are forthcoming. Students in Racine Montessori School’s Meadow Classroom (ages 8-11) cook a homemade soup luncheon for their fellow students and teachers once a month and share their proceeds to benefit other organizations. We’ve learned of their intent to work toward buying a share of Wild Root Market for their school! Here’s another example of cooperative outreach in perhaps an unlikely place: Owner Ben Johnston-Krase, Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, inspired by his strong desire to see a co-op, a business model he knows is about values in action, in our community is asking congregations across Racine to participate in the First Annual Harvest Sunday on November 18th by focusing their worship service that day on issues of local sustainability. It’s a chance for people of faith to celebrate food theologically by giving thanks for the harvest we’ve enjoyed this season. These are amazing examples of our community coming together (“cooperating”, pun intended) to create something for the greater good. How can you help?

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Field Trip to the Outpost

Join us on Saturday, July 21, as we board a bus and head up to Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood for a guided tour of our fellow grocery co-op, The Outpost Natural FoodsTime of departure: 7:30 a.m.  (Departing and returning from Hwy 20 & I-94) Tour & Shop: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. A private tour will be conducted by the Store Manager. Shuttle to South Shore Farmers Market: 10:00 a.m. The South Shore Farmers Market is a premier farmers market in the Milwuakee area with a host of scheduled events each Saturday. Board the Bus for Return to Racine: 12:oo p.m. Return to Racine: By 1:00 p.m. Cost: $10.50 per person – families welcome. ($31.05 cap for families). To reserve a spot not he bus, you must pay via PayPal, using “info@wildrootmarket.com” as the recipient. Seats will be sold on a first come-first served basis. A minimum of 25 seats must be sold by Saturday, July 14, to prevent cancellation of the event.

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Become an Ambassador: Volunteer/Speaker Training Dates

Tuesday, July 10th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at a location to be announced soon Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Hopes Center, 507 6th Street, Racine Sign up for this training or to volunteer at any of our events on our Volunteer Portal. You have to enter your email address twice but do not have to set up an account. The more folks we can train, the more events we can attend! *We prefer you attend one of our training sessions before accepting a shift. Training is required before conducting a formal presentation on the co-op’s behalf.

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