On Sunday, April 30, Weaver Street Market (WSM) hosted its first of two Co-op Fair events for 2017. The event took place at WSMs Food House facility in Hillsborough. Local cooperatives plus food and wine producers met with and shared delicious samples with WSM members.
WSM employees also shared food samples & demonstrations from its Food House, which prepares and provides freshly-made products to the co-op’s three retail locations. Co-op employees also provided information on how the Food House operates, and shared updates on WSM’s ongoing community initiatives, including its Community Food Partnerships.
In addition to great food and updates about the co-op’s impact in the community, Latino Community Cooperative and the Cooperative Council of NC were on hand to share information about their organizations. The credit union greeted visitors with information about the co-op’s ethical financial service & education focus, while the Council encouraged visitors to consider sending a teen to Cooperative Leadership Camp in June.
In a creative (and delicious!) twist that spotlighted a future focus of WSM, the cooperative gave away glass containers containing hummus to visitors. There was a bit of a catch to the freebie, however: recipients were asked to return the container to Weaver Street and complete a survey answering questions about using & returning the glass container. WSM is considering the glass container idea as part of its overall strategic goal of being zero waste by 2020. This test run was one way to see if members would embrace the concept.
Weaver Street will do a second Co-op Fair in the fall. If you sign up for the co-op’s newsletter, you can find out more information about the upcoming event plus lots of great information and recipes.