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Be Local is Passing the Torch

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To Our Community,

As many of you know, Be Local Northern Colorado has undergone various changes over the past 18 months. The current interim-board stepped up a year ago to make sure that all the great work and momentum of various projects continued into the future. We asked you, as committed Be Local member businesses, to support us in that effort. We can’t thank you enough! Your support has helped us identify a great opportunity to continue much of the work that Be Local has done over the years.

It is with much confidence that Be Local Northern Colorado will be “passing on the torch”, so to speak, to the Northern Colorado Food Cluster (NCFC), an emerging industry cluster focused on local/regional food-system innovation and investment. In addition to taking on our long standing tax ID # (which originated from a local food project back in 2006), NCFC will be the new organizational home of the successful Winter Farmers Markets. Now in its 9th season, the Winter Farmers Market has become an institution in Downtown Fort Collins, providing fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and more to Fort Collins community members during the “off-season” winter months. This is one of the most successful markets on the Front Range, and has been a staple project of Be Local since its inception. We feel that the NCFC has the capacity and expertise necessary to continue developing and enhancing the Winter Farmers Markets as well as other food and farm projects headed up by Be Local in the past.

The leaders of the NCFC have assured us, the interim-board members of Be Local (2.0), that they will continue to work with the values of abundance and balance, and work diligently to find win-win solutions along with the community for many of the food system issues we are currently addressing. Much of the work of Be Local NC has been focused on food and farming issues, and we feel that this transition is natural, timely, and positive. We very much look forward to Be Local’s work being continued in Fort Collins, and are excited about the future of our food community and the greater local economy of Northern Colorado.

We hope you agree with us that your investment in Be Local will be put to good use by the NoCo Food Cluster. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your current membership, please don’t hesitate to contact the NoCo Food Cluster (email below). The leaders of NCFC have assured us that they will make every effort possible to address your concerns and collectively find a solution that is mutually beneficial.

Over the last 8 years, the devoted Be Local members and supporters have created tremendous awareness in our community about the value of buying local and supporting our independent businesses, farms and nonprofits. The Northern Colorado community is connected, aware and vibrant. Much of this is related to our thoughtful citizens. Over the last year, the Be Local Interim Board has been active and engaged over the last year in an attempt to find the best methods to support our local economy. As a volunteer-run organization, we overcame our financial challenges and profitably ran the Winter Farmer’s Market. We’re proud of this as your interim board.

It is with great excitement that we empower the Northern Colorado Food Cluster at this time. They will continue the great work, previously achieved by our devoted Be Local supporters and members. The NCFC is prepared to lead our community into the next phase of our local movement.

On behalf of the Interim Board of Be Local, we thank our community for the ongoing support & thoughtfulness.  We hope you will continue to shop, give and source locally as it is vital to our community.


The Be Local Interim Board

General Manager is Stepping Down

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hello Fellow Co-op Owners –

I regret to inform you that I will be stepping down as your General Manager of The Fort Collins Food Co-operative.  I have decided to move back to the West Coast where my entire family is residing.  It has been a true pleasure to serve you as General Manager.  You’re owners of a wonderful business filled with hard working, caring individuals who pour their heart into its daily operation. Currently, the Board and myself are in the process of interviewing new General Manager candidates. We have been contacted by Natural Grocer Managers with Co-op experience. I firmly believe that when I step down, the new candidate will be fully qualified to fulfill all the G.M. responsibilities.  I am hopeful that this transition will happen sometime in the near future. I can’t express my appreciation towards you (our Owners) for welcoming me into your wonderful community. Thank you for the opportunity that was afforded me.

Thank You,

Keith Dipietro, Fort Collins Food Co-operative General Manager

Hey, where are the bagels?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We like to keep our customer on their toes!

There have been some changes with the floor layout of the Co-op. Bread, Baby Care, Bulk special orders, Meat and Deli departments have new locations. Bread is where Baby Care use to be. Baby Care is where Bulk Special orders were and Bulk special orders is now in the back staff office area. Our Meat department has two additional freezers full of Local meat and poultry, now located in the corner of the Herb and Supplement room. Our Deli department has been under major construction as we expanding and updating our equipment. Starting in June, look for additional deli offering such as, burritos, quiche, and two varieties of soup. Also, a new cooler full of your favorite sandwiches, salads, dips and spreads is available. Stop in soon and see the changes for yourself.

Post Script:
If you’ve recently placed a Bulk special order its now in our backroom staff office area. Please ask a staff member to retrieve your item or special order ticket. If your order is particularly large or heavy, feel free to park you car by our delivery door (hazard lights on please) and we’ll help load your order.


2014 Co-op Cooking Classes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

We are pleased to announce our first cooking class of 2014! Wont you join us on Tuesday, April 29th  6:00PM – 8pm Mtn at the Northside Aztlan Community Center Gluten Free Whole Grains cooking class with Sopna Von Reich! This cooking class will focus on Gluten Free and vegan friendly recipes. This class will cost $35 dollars per person,including a dollar processing fee.  Sign up online today to reserve your seat.

The Menu Includes;

Homemade Granola

Millet Mash with Roasted Asparagus

Spicy Quinoa stir-fry

Sweet Amaranth squares













Coop Store Hours

Thursday, March 13, 2014