Construction season is upon us in Minnesota, and this year the Seward neighborhood is no exception. In May, the Franklin Avenue Bridge closed and is scheduled to reopen this September. We’ve provided detour routes for bicycles and cars on our website here. We aren’t letting a little construction get us down, and neither should you —take the scenic route and check out these great things Seward Co-op has to offer! Here are five reasons to take the detour to the Franklin store.
Seward Summer Sale: Throughout the summer we will be running limited time offers on some of our most popular products. Take advantage of these deep discounts and stock up on snacks, treats, and pantry staples for the family.
Cycle Perks: Snap on your helmet and take a spin to the co-op. All bike commuters are eligible to enter our monthly Cycle Perks drawing. Pick up a “Cycle Perks” sticker at Customer Service to wear proudly on your helmet or bicycle. Along with this sticker, you’ll also receive a special punch card, which you can have punched for any purchase at Seward Co-op. A full card of 10 punches will enter you into a monthly drawing for a $50 gift card at Seward Co-op!
Nourish: Nourish provides practical ideas about how we can nourish ourselves, our families, and our community, without sacrificing our values and our budgets. Nourish recipes, found near the Customer Service desk offer inspiration for affordable ways to feed a family of four for $10 or less ($15 or less with meat protein). Learn basic scratch-cooking techniques in our free Nourish 101 classes. Staples shelf signs highlight products Seward Co-op is committed to offering at everyday low prices.
Ownership: Owner or not, everyone is welcome at Seward Co-op. Many people join to support a community-owned business that works to sustain the local economy. Ownership in the co-op comes with many benefits:
- 10% off one unlimited quantity shopping trip or café purchase per calendar quarter;
- A vote — to choose the board of directors and impact the future direction of the co-op;
- Owner specials throughout the grocery stores;
- Bulk discounts — 10% discount on preordered bulk or case items at the grocery stores;
- Co-op information — delivery of the co-op’s newsletter “Sprout!” to your home;
- Education discounts — on classes offered in our classrooms;
- Patronage refunds — co-ops can return money back to its owners in profitable years, proportional to the amount spent at the co-op;
- An investment in our community!
Becoming an owner of Seward Co-op is easy! Ownership is $75, and we offer three different payment options: Paid-in-Full, Installment, and Needs Based. Individuals wishing to become owners should stop by the Customer Service desk for more information.
P6: P6 is a unique national labeling program that you’ll only find in certain grocery co-operatives like Seward Co-op. The P6 label promotes small farmers/producers, co-operative business, and local farmers/producers. A company needs to meet two of these three criteria to receive the P6 label:
• Small farmer/producer
Local defines a product grown or produced in the five-state region around the given co-op, or having value added in that region (see Seward Co-op’s definition of local below).
Co-op is defined by cooperative ownership of the business or nonprofit status.
Small producer is defined using these guidelines: a) Independently owned and operated, and b) Selling direct to store(s) or through a local distributor with a regional distribution area.