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Seafood Producers Cooperative Captain’s Dinner

January 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy a tasting dinner of Alaskan seafood, with sea stories and conversation with fisher people from Seafood Producers Co-op!

Join us on Tuesday, January 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Co-op Creamery Cafe for Seafood Producers Cooperative’s Captain’s Dinner. Taste a variety of appetizers and three varieties of high-quality, line-caught Alaskan seafood from from the oldest fishers’ co-operative in North America.

You’ll hear from folks of SPC how continuing cooperation helps support Seward’s mission of equitable economic relationships for fisher people, and participate in conversation with SPC on the importance of harvest sustainability and transparency in the seafood distribution system. You’ll also take home recipes to replicate the incredible flavors of SPC’s fish in your own home!

$20; drink pairings will also be available for purchase.

Board of Directors January Meeting

January 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meetings of Seward Co-op’s Board of Directors are open to any co-op owner. Please email board@seward.coop in advance of the meeting to indicate your intention to attend. This will allow us to notify you in the event of scheduling changes. The first regular board meeting of 2020 is Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6:15 p.m. at the Creamery, 2601 E. Franklin Ave. Co-op owners are welcome to observe; your advance RSVP is politely requested. An agenda is here.

The board has allocated time during the Jan. 28 meeting for a Hopes and Dreams discussion with guests. Directors intend to prepare themselves for an upcoming board retreat, and they invite you to come to share your Hopes and Dreams for Seward Co-op. A 10-minute co-op owners comment period will follow, and individual time allotment is dependent on number of owners who wish to speak. To indicate your intention to attend and participate in the discussion and/or comment period, please email board@seward.coop prior to Jan. 28.

Seward Co-op’s Board of Directors is comprised of nine elected co-op owners who serve the co-op for three-year terms. The board typically meets 9-10 times a year on the last Tuesday of the month, at 6:15 p.m. The co-op’s board of directors appreciates hearing from you! They are available to answer questions and provide information about cooperative governance.

East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm upcoming meeting

The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) continues an effort to secure land for an indoor urban farm project that would bring affordable housing, urban food production, a coffee shop and a bicycle shop to the small southside neighborhood.

The project would be part of the Hiawatha Campus expansion. The city of Minneapolis is planning to relocate and consolidate the Public Works Water Distribution Maintenance and Meter Shop operation from three sites to a centrally located facility, replacing the existing Water Distribution facility. Learn more on the city’s website.

EPNI is encouraging supporters to show up—with signs—to upcoming meetings of the Hiawatha Advisory Committee. It started as a 7.5-acres project when EPNI was negotiating the purchase of the site in 2015—and EPNI continues to hope to secure at least 2 acres for a sustainable urban farm project and save the building on the site from demolition.

Ways to Show Support
EPNI is asking for support at a community meeting Monday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the East Phillips Park Gym, 2307 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Dinner will be served.

Sign a petition in support of East Phillips community plan for green jobs and green infrastructure.

The EPNI is asking folks that live in Ward 1, Ward 3 and Ward 4 to contact their councilperson and ask them to support the two-acre East Phillips Community Vision.

Read and share this feature story by City Pages.

Follow the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute on Facebook to stay up to date on news and opportunities to show support.

Contact Us

Tell us what you think! We want to know if we’re doing a good job or if you feel something needs attention. Let us know if there is a product you would like to see on the shelves. We can’t carry everything but we are always eager to hear what our shoppers would like to buy. If this is a special order request please include your phone number and a staff member will call you to confirm.

Lotus Foods Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups Recall

Lotus Foods has issued a recall on all of its Rice Ramen Noodle Soup Cups due to a potential microwave fire hazard with the packaging. Seward Co-op has removed the products from the shelves at both locations.

Lotus Foods has received nine reports of the noodle cups sparking or catching fire during microwaving. One minor burn has been reported. Reported damage has been limited to the noodle cups. This recall affects all products and lot numbers in this line.

Red Miso Rice Ramen Noodle Soup
UPC: 70895365101

Masala Curry Rice Ramen Noodle Soup
UPC: 70895365102

Tom Yum Rice Noodle Soup
UPC: 70895365103

The product has been sold since the summer of 2018 at both stores. If you purchased this product at Seward Co-op, it will be fully refunded at either our Franklin or Friendship store Customer Service desks.

2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Annual Owner Meeting. This year’s meeting was held at the University of Minnesota in the Great Hall of the Coffman Memorial Union. Seward Co-op owners enjoyed live music by Kenn Wanaku and David Stenshoel, a performance by Appetite for Change, and an engaging conversation led by Diversity and Community Engagement Manager LaDonna Redmond Sanders and guest chef Tunde Wey regarding the true cost of food. We ended the night by welcoming two new directors—Vina Kay and Filiberto Nolasco Gomez and congratulating Lenny Nelson on re-election. Full election results are available here. Photos from the evening are available on our Facebook page.

As we reflect on fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30, Seward Co-op has a lot to celebrate as an organization and community of owners.

We invite everyone to become a co-op owner through multiple payment options and a needs-based discount:
• 18,253 total owners
• 1,850 new owners

We hire staff who reflect the neighborhoods in which we operate:
• 58% of staff reside within 1.5 miles of our locations
• 35% of staff identify as people of color
• 15% of staff are multilingual

We prioritize and promote giving back to the community:
• $297,913 raised in SEED donations
• $71,241 given in the form of grants, donations, and sponsorships
• 465 paid employee community service hours

We contribute to a more equitable economy by offering quality products through intentional sourcing:
• $20.8 million in P6 (small-scale, locally produced, and/or cooperative enterprise) sales, or 46% of sales.
• A total of $2.7 million fair trade products sold.

We source products that minimize negative environmental impacts:
• $17.6 million in organic product sales, or 39% of sales.
• $19 million in local product sales

We offer products that are accessible and affordable:
• $1.1 million in SNAP and WIC transactions
• $390,346 in needs-based discounts
• $2.1 million in Nourish products sold

We operate using 35% less energy compared to industry norms:
• 80% of all Seward Co-op waste is recycled.

Sow the Seeds Donation

This year’s heavy rains have significantly impacted many of the farms that supply natural foods cooperatives. Damage to crops is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and several farmers are facing the prospect of losing their farms. Impacted farms include such long-time Seward partners as Featherstone Farm, Heartbeet Farm, Hoch Orchard, Driftless Organics and more.

Co-ops around the Twin Cities and across the upper Midwest partnered to raise funds to assist these farms. Between Thursday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. 23, Seward Co-op sold $452,249 in P6 sales, of which we committed to donate 1%, in the amount of $4,522. Additionally, generous owners and shoppers directly donated $268, bringing our combined total contribution to $4,790. Your help cultivates a stronger, healthier community; thanks to everyone who participated in this campaign to save our local farms!

Relief funds will be administered by the Cooperative Development Fund (CDS). CDS is a 501 (c) 3 charitable family of funds that advances economic development through cooperative enterprise. Their mission is to promote community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprises.

If you wish to make a donation of your own, checks can be made out to:

Cooperative Development Fund of CDS
% Bob Olson
145 W. University Ave Suite 450
St. Paul MN 55103

Seward Co-op Creamery Cafe Weekly Specials!

Thanks to all who joined us at the Seward Co-op Creamery Café on Sunday, Oct. 9, for the ice cream social with Sonny’s Ice Cream. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with this family-owned business that continues to churn small batches of ice cream made with fresh, whole ingredients the way it has been made since 1945. Now that the Creamery is open again, let us reintroduce ourselves with new weekly specials beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Date Night

Saturday Nights

$50 per couple

Choose the perfect beverage to sip — beer, wine, coffee, tea or a bottled beverage from our drink cooler. For starters, share a small plate or one of our appetizer-size side dishes. Your choice of two entrees from the following for the main course: salmon, soba noodles, burger and fries, or our beet Reuben and fries. Save room for dessert! You can choose one of our daily scratch-made bakery items to split. If you have a hard time deciding, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our knowledgeable staff for a recommendation.

Happy Hour

End the week with happy hour at the Seward Co-op Creamery Café!

Wednesday–Saturday, 3–5 p.m.
Enjoy $1 off:

  • Side dishes
  • Small Plates
  • Pints of local craft beer
  • Glasses of wine

Owner Appreciation Day

As a token of our appreciation for our engaged ownership, all Seward Co-op owners receive 15% off their order every Thursday.

Live Music

Please join us for live music from 6­–9 p.m. beginning Saturday, Oct. 22. Here is the upcoming schedule:

  • Saturday Oct. 22Van Nixon, a talented vocalist and musician specializing in Reggae with years of experience performing solo and in multiple bands.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29Nicolas Garcia, a solo acoustic guitarist specializing in original instrumental cinematic folk songs.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5Will King is a Minneapolis-born classical and flamenco guitarist, composer and teacher with influences from Spain and Latin America.

Recall: Marantha nut butters

NSpire Natural Foods Inc is voluntarily recalling its “Marantha” peanut and almond butters due to possible salmonella contamination. There have been no incidences of illness at this time.

All Marantha brand products have been pulled from Seward Co-op shelves. But affected product was potentially sold between May 19 and August 19, 2014 with the following barcode numbers (or “PLU’s”), weights, and “best by” (“BB”) or expiration dates, which you will find on the product packaging; prices are also included:

051651060325, Roasted Creamy Almond, 16oz, BB 24DEC14-17JUN15, $17.49
051651092173, Organic Raw Almond 16oz, BB14APR15-01JUL15, $25.99
051651092180, Raw Almond 16oz, BB05APR15-02JUL15, $17.49
051651092210, NoStir Crmy Pnut No Salt 16oz, BB06JAN15-20MAY15, $6.69
051651092326, Organic Creamy Peanut w/Salt 16oz, BB03JAN15-15JUN-15, $8.59
051651092333, Organic Crunch Peanut w/Salt 16oz, BB02JAN15-15MAY15, $8.59
051651092357, Organic NoStir Crmy PBw/Salt 16oz, BB04JAN15-27JUN15, $7.79
051651092364, Organic NoStir Cnchy PBw/Salt 16oz, BB05JAN15-28JUN15, $7.79

Recalled products will be fully refunded at the Seward Co-op Customer Service Desk for a full refund.

For more information, visit the FDA site on this recall.