A Thank You to Melanie Drake

The Co-op Board would like to thank Melanie Drake for her service as Outreach Coordinator!

We recognize that Melanie has been an incredible asset in this position. She has created and run consistent and successful membership drives, managed volunteers throughout the organization, assisted the board with projects, and has been dedicated to the mission of the Co-op from the very beginning. She has been, for seven years now, the face of the Co-op in our community and beyond. Her energy and positivity in this position has been priceless. There is no question that she will be missed.

We hope you will join us in thanking Melanie for her outstanding service and dedication to the Cedar Falls Food Co-op!

Blueberry Cheesecake Galette

The berries are beautiful this time of year. This is one of my favorite recipes because you can use blueberries or the berry of your choice. This is a pie without being baked in a pie pan. I got it off the Food Network, and it is quick and easy to make. There is a bonus because if you’re short on time, use pre-made pie dough and since there are two rolls of dough in the package, I usually make two, one blueberry and one raspberry. You can top with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

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Board Member Spotlight: Joy Thorson

Joy Thorson has been a board member for three years and started a new term last November. What does she do in her spare time besides volunteer for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op? Since retiring from UNI (after 38 years) in 2015 she also volunteers at North Star Community Services spending time playing games and having conversation with the consumers that attend there. She was the Stage Manager for the last two productions that North Star has presented, Pinocchio and Shrek. She has also been active with both the Cedar Falls Community Theatre and the Waterloo Playhouse and has been in over 25 different plays in over 30 years. While every play has had a special place in her heart, one highlight was to play Ouiser Boudreax in Steel Magnolias along with an amazing cast of actors. “I love to make people laugh and that character certainly did just that.”Continue reading

Update from the Board, from Joy Thorson

Once I retired, I never imagined myself learning a lot more about current technology! However, during this self-quarantine I have managed to attend a LOT of Zoom meetings (even hosting a few), play games with family via Zoom, chat with grandchildren even more online, take an online course, and even host Joyful Co-op Connections every week on Facebook Live. I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.Continue reading