Friday, September 26, 2008

Co-op Potluck in the Park!!

Come feast with old friends and meet new friends
at the first West Michigan Co-op Membership Potluck!

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2008
TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (or later...)
WHERE: Riverside Park - Island Shelter - South

Please bring your own place settings, beverages and a dish to share.

Grills are available, but charcoal and matches are not. So if you plan on grilling, bring your fire starters too.

Party’s on rain or shine!

Hope to see you there!!

Wells Orchard Farm Tour - this Saturday!!

Just a reminder that the Wells Orchard Farm Tour is this Saturday September 27th 9am-10am. There are still spots available. If you are interested in signing up please send an email to

Wells Orchard
Saturday September 27th 9:00-10:00am
O-8993 Kenowa SW
Grand Rapids MI, 49534

Wells Orchards is a working family farm located along the Grand River west of Grand Rapids. The family has been raising tree fruit commercially for over 125 years, 88 of those years on this farm. They grow many varieties of tree fruits, including apples, peaches, pears, sweet cherries, and plums along with other crops. Their goal is to provide the highest quality fruit to the public, at reasonable prices, and in a friendly atmosphere.

Things to know:
  • The tour of the orchard is free, there is an optional corn maze for $2

  • The store will be open and among other things there will be single serving cider portions for $1

  • Family friendly!

  • Wear closed shoes that can get dirty

  • No apple picking allowed

Friday, September 19, 2008

WM Co-op Membership fees

Just a reminder that the $35 annual membership fee is due this month for many members.

Information on whether or not your membership fee is due can be found in your basket at the very bottom, above Frequently Asked Questions. If your fees are due please be prepared to pay them when you come to pick up your order.

Thanks for shopping the WM Co-op!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mud Lake Farm Tour this Saturday!!

Just a reminder that the Mud Lake Farm Tour is this Saturday September 20th at 9am and 10:30am. There are still spots available for the 10:30 tour. If you are interested in signing up please send an email to

Mud Lake Farm
Saturday September 20th 9:00am & 10:30am
3411 Ottogan Street
Hudsonville MI, 49426

Mud Lake Farm is situated on 40 acres in southern Ottawa county. We are firm believers in sustainable agriculture, and enjoy exploring new ideas to make our farm more sustainable. We do not use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or growth hormones on our farm. A variety of herbs, greens, and other vegetables are available in season.

Things to know:

  • Carpool if possible - we have very limited parking along the right side of the road past our driveway only (please don't park in our neighbor's yard on the left side of the road!!)
  • We have a very friendly border collie (she will want everyone to throw her frisbee...), but sometime kids are afraid if they aren't used to dogs
  • Wear closed shoes that can get dirty (not a good idea to wear heels, sandals, your best shoes...), especially if you'd like to walk around after the tour. Most of our property is low land, and if there's been much rain it will be wet.
There is also space still available for the Wells Orchard tour on Saturday September 27th 9am-10am. Please email to reserve a spot!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Coco Charlotte Bakery

I've been buying baked goods from Coco Charlotte Bakery ever since they joined the Co-op a few months ago, and none of their products have disappointed.

The first time I tried the gluten-free brownies. Before you get turned off by the words "gluten-free" you have to hear me out. The only problem I had with these brownies was that I wanted more! They were delicious. So rich and chocolatey, they disappeared in no time.

Being satisfied, the next time I shopped I bought the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I love oatmeal raisin cookies, and I didn't think these would live up to my standards, but I have to tell you, I've never had a better oatmeal raisin cookie.

Last month, along with the brownies again, I also tried the Triple Berry Cobbler. It came in a pan. I couldn't get enough of it. I served it warm. If you like berries, it is packed with them.

On a serious note, I have to point out that not only does Coco Charlotte create yummy food, but they also have a wonderful Mission Statement that makes you feel good to support them.

This month I'm having trouble deciding what to buy from them. I have a craving for those oatmeal cookies, but there's also the double chocolate cookies to be tried, and a banana nut loaf that is calling to me.

Too many decisions to make! I'm thinking I may need to buy them all!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

WM Co-op Board Meeting

The WM Co-op will be holding a board meeting next Wednesday September 10th, 6:30pm at Media Rare, 1111 Godfrey SW. Everyone is invited to attend.