June 2018 Annual Meeting followup & Farm Market update

The Ideal Green Market held its fourth member-owner annual meeting recently at the Ideal Township Hall.

Board president Bonnie Coffey gave a financial review of the IGMC and discussed the future of the Ideal Green Market Cooperative with the member-owners. “The Ideal Green Market Co-op would not exist today without the backbone of volunteers who weekly stock shelves, price items, process produce and keep the market in its great condition.” stated general manager, Barb Mann.  “The commitment of the member-owners to the vision to offer quality, local produce and food products continues to grow and expand as the local vendors grow and expand based on consumer demand. We are building a stronger local food economy.”

New for member-owner volunteers will be an additional discount offered for hours worked at the cooperative. This additional incentive, plus the fun of working with other members, will aid in building a stronger sense of community and engaging more volunteers.

Newly elected Board of Directors include Denise Albrecht-Simpson, Sandi Baker and Dan Yavner. These board members have been instrumental in the success of the Ideal Green Market.  Baker has been a volunteer at the market since the market’s inception.  Yavner was on the steering committee of interested community members during the formative years of 2014-15 and became one of the first member-owners to join in 2015 to establish the Ideal Green Market Cooperative. And Albrecht-Simpson engaged early in the co-op’s development providing professional advice regarding insurance needs as well as volunteering in the early stages of fundraising and promotion.

“I am thrilled to have Sandi, Denise and Dan on the board of directors, sharing their life-long experiences in work and community involvement to the board” , stated Bonnie Coffey, board president “The success of the Ideal Green Market is due in part to the past and present board members.”

The current board is comprised of individuals known in the local community. Joining Sandi, Denise and Dan are Steve Roe is the former mayor of Crosslake and a volunteer on the Pine River Watershed Alliance.  Taren Saccoman is a talented artisan, landscape designer, owner of Ideal Gardens and, in partnership with her husband Robbie, former owners of Pequot Lake Sanitation.  Joan Ingebrigtson is a retired teacher and active community volunteer.  Pam Cunningham is a former nurse volunteer at the St. Mary’s Health Clinics in the Twin Cities and a volunteer at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake.

The weekly Farmers’ Market continues to operate on Saturdays, 9:00 -1:00 through September in the co-op parking lot, weather permitting.  Local farmers, food vendors and some crafters gather weekly making their goods available to consumers.  Free music was featured Saturday, July 21, with Almost Blue, a duo from the Brainerd lakes area consisting of Don Gorham and Merritt Bussiere.  A diverse mix of vintage blues, pop, swing, rock, ragtime, folk and early country from the late-1800s up to the mid-1970s.

Vendors and musicians are welcome to participate in the Famers' Market and should contact the co-op for more information at 218-543-6565. Or Click to Download the Vendor application and mail or bring it in. 

Store hours continue to run Wednesdays-Fridays, 10am-6pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm year-round.  All shoppers are welcome, membership is not a requirement to shop.


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