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  • Remember Your Reusable Bag!

    Beginning June 1, the co-op will charge 5 cents per paper bag provided at check out. We will continue to give 10 cents per bag to customers who bring in their own bags (on up to five bags per transaction). We hope this practice helps cut down on waste and the impact on the environment.

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  • Interested in Serving on the Board of Directors?

    Please join the co-op's board of directors at one of their monthly meetings this summer. Upcoming meeting dates are May 30, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29. The board is seeking candidates for the 2017 election. In order to receive a Board Candidate Application, attendance is required at a board meeting. All interested co-op owners are welcome!

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  • Creamery Cafe Patio Is Open

    The scrupulous Seward Co-op Creamery Café team works around the clock to serve dishes with integrity and compassion. We create fairly-priced, nourishing dishes, sourced from socially-responsible farmers and producers.

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  • Friendship Store Juice Bar Now Open

    We are excited to launch the new juice bar at the Friendship store Sunday, May 7! Why not celebrate May Day with a fresh-squeezed juice or made-to-order smoothie?

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  • Fair Trade for Farmers and Soil

    This World Fair Trade Day (May 13, 2017), we honor the hard work small-scale farmers do to tend the land. Small-scale organic farming and regenerative agricultural practices combat our climate crisis and help feed the world.

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  • Seward Co-op 2017 Owner Satisfaction Survey

    In February, nearly 500 Seward Co-op owners provided their feedback on the cooperative’s performance in a survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. You can read a summary of the survey results here.

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  • Seward Co-op Wins Sustainability Star Award

    Seward Co-op has been named a Sustainability Star by National Co+op Grocers (NCG) for excellence in our sustainability efforts. The award recognizes food co-ops that demonstrate outstanding leadership by making a positive impact on social, environmental and local economic issues.

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  • In the Heart of the Beast Theatre Breaks SEED Record

    Seward shoppers and owners rounded up a record-breaking SEED donation of $28,472, in support of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre's (HOBT) spring May Day celebration. Thank you Seward Co-op shoppers and owners for the support! The 43rd Annual MayDay Parade and Festival are scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017.

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  • Seward Co-op Endorses Minneapolis Minimum Wage Ordinance

    Our Ends Statement says that we will sustain a healthy community with equitable economic relationships. Seward Co-op's decision to endorse the Minneapolis $15/hour minimum wage ordinance is rooted in our cooperative goal of creating equitability in the economy.

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  • Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives

    Come out to support Seward Co-op bakers as they compete in the 4th annual Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge! They have been putting in a considerable amount of time and energy perfecting their recipe and are very excited to support this very important cause.

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  • Delivering the Harvest Early by Way of Hydroponics

    Hydroponic and aeroponic agriculture is the reason for the early season folks!

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  • Spring Herb Salad

    Spring is the time to cleanse and detox the body. It’s no accident that fresh, young herbal greens arrive in spring, just when we need their healing nutrients most.

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  • DIY Spring Cleaning

    In the spirit of Earth Day, we challenge you to make a small behavioral change that can have a big impact: rid your home of any chemical-ridden cleaning products you may have, and make the jump to cleansers made with nontoxic, biodegradable ingredients.

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  • Spring Cleansing

    Gone are the days when spring cleaning only applies to the home. Spring is the time to cleanse and detox the body, too. It’s no accident that fresh, young herbal greens arrive in spring, just when we need their healing nutrients most.

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  • Seward Discontinues Plastic Bag Recycling March 15

    Recently, the hauling vendor associated with the plastic bag recycling program discontinued their route. Due to this, we have come to the difficult decision to discontinue plastic bag collection at our stores. The program will end at both grocery locations on March 15, 2017.

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  • Seward Co-op Bulk Sale: Packing for Snacking!

    Whether you are planning a staycation or a vacation, stop by Seward Co-op’s semi-annual Bulk Sale on Thursday, March 30. It’s a great opportunity to stock your pantry with healthy snacks to feed the kids while they’re home on break or for nourishing road-trip fare.

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  • Seward Co-op Annual CSA Fair

    The annual CSA Fair is Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Franklin store parking lot. Visit with area farmers, learn about different CSA programs, and sign up for the share that’s right for you.

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  • MN Foodshare March Campaign

    This March, co-ops across the state will once again come together to support the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign! Together in 2016, we raised 109,371.37 dollars/pounds for food shelves across the state. This year, all donations made at any of Seward Co-op’s locations will go to this month’s SEED recipient: Isuroon.

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  • National Farmworker Awareness Week

    Farmworkers are some of our nation’s most vital workers; their labor allows us to enjoy high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables year round. During National Farmworker Awareness Week, March 24–31, Seward Co-op is calling out the hardships faced by farmworkers.

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  • Pachamama Coffee: A One-of-a-Kind Cooperative

    Pachamama Coffee Co-op roasts delicious single-origin coffees and blends, but their high quality isn’t the only special thing about them. They are the first (and currently the only) 100% farmer-owned coffee cooperative. Pachamama’s board of directors is made up entirely of farmer representatives, meaning that farmers not only own the business, they control the business.

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  • Isuroon: Changing Food Shelf Culture

    Isuroon believes that empowering women is key to building a thriving community. Founded in 2010, the organization was launched to address unmet healthcare needs of Somali women with the goal of eventually opening an ethnic food shelf, providing healthful foods to any person in need.

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  • A Cooperative Legacy

    The story of cooperation, and furthermore cooperative economics, is not exclusive to Europeans; it has been adopted by countless cultures around the globe. This is particularly true in African American history.

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  • SEED Round Up for Little Earth of United Tribes

    Thank you to all who donated to the SEED round up the weekend of Feb. 10–12. The round up to assist the victims of the recent Little Earth fire was a great success. Customers donated $3,559 and the co-op contributed an additional $1,000.

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  • Eating for Heart Health

    When it comes to reasons for eating well, heart health sits near the top of the list. It all starts with food shopping, of course—by filling your cart with heart-healthy foods at your co-op, you can help lower your risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.

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  • Everyone welcome

    "Everyone Welcome," the words above the Franklin and Friendship entrances, are perhaps more important now than ever. In the days to come, let’s embody these words through a spirit of inclusion and cooperation.

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