Each August, we celebrate and support our wonderful local farmers, growers and makers by pledging to eat local all month-long. Join in on the local food celebration by taking part in our Eat Local Challenge—simply pledge what percentage of food you plan to eat throughout August will be locally grown, raised or produced. With over 40 percent of the co-op’s total food offerings being sourced locally—including 70 percent of our produce department selection, and close to 90 percent of our meat department selection—you have plenty of options available to aid you in making eating local an easy choice.
When you pledge to eat local this August, you’ll be entered into our Eat Local Challenge prize drawing. At the end of the month, 25 lucky shoppers will be randomly selected to win an exclusive Eat Local Minnesota co-op t-shirt. Six lucky grand prize winners will be randomly chosen to receive tickets to an exclusive pop-up dinner featuring local foods prepared by East Side chef Bob Parker. The pop-up dinner will take place on Thursday, September 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at our East 7th store. Each of the six lucky winners will be able to bring a guest to enjoy chef Bob’s famous Potato Pesto Soup and Pork Roast, along with local Urban Organics salad greens with vinaigrette and Mississippi Market-made desserts.
Make your Eat Local Challenge pledge in-store at any of our three locations between August 1–20; keep an eye out for ballot boxes near Customer Service and enter for your chance to win! You can also make your Eat Local Challenge pledge online.