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Your Board

16, 834 Owners - We Missed You!

Sounding Board
By Your Board December 4, 2012

As a cooperative business, our owners choose the team of individuals (Board of Directors) who will determine the business goals (Ends) and oversee general management’s strategy (Means) for accomplishing those goals.  Ideally, each Director will represent at least one aspect of the diversity of our ownership population. 

In other words:  You have an opportunity to select YOUR ambassador in the leadership of your Outpost.

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Your Board

A Visit to Walnut Way

Sounding Board
By Your Board October 30, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, I had the pleasure of attending Harvest Day at Walnut Way, on 17th and North Avenue.  The entire 2200 block of N. 17th Street was blocked off for the celebration, with a large sound truck on the north end, providing a stage and sound system for talk and music.

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Your Board

Candidate Statement - Nancy Ettenheim

Sounding Board
By Your Board October 12, 2012

The word “pride” is what I most closely associate with my service on the Outpost Board of Directors. Pride in the mission of providing local and/or organic food to foster a healthier community. Pride in my ownership in a solid and successful organization. Pride in the cooperative which shares power evenly among all of us who are owners. Pride in the staff whose spirit of compromise kept the good ship Outpost afloat during the recent financial crisis. And finally, pride in the ethical and transparent manner in which Outpost conducts its business at all levels. In a nutshell, that’s my “Why.”

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Malcolm Woods

Pass the Patchouli: I'm Going to the Garden with the Hippies

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 10, 2012

 

The president of the Wisconsin Technology Council felt a need to weigh in on the issue of organic foods in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, taking a shot at hippie gardeners and even your local co-op at the same time.

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Paul Sloth

Now you know why I'm not a farmer

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth June 20, 2012

The folks growing our food, right here in our own state, are either dealing with near drought conditions in the south or flooding up north. Either way, their crops are being affected. You might not notice it or think about it, because there usually isn’t a sign reading, “Sorry, no strawberries this year. The heat ate them.” But what if there was?

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Paul Sloth

Lessons from a farmer

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth June 6, 2012

Altfrid Krusenbaum watches the skies from his farm in rural Walworth County and crosses his fingers. His family’s livelihood depends on the weather. As a dairy farmer, Altfrid monitors the weather because his herd of 153 cows depends on him. He in turn, depends on them. Until you walk with a farmer through his or her operation, you don’t have a really good sense of just what it takes to produce the food we eat or in this case drink. Ask Altfrid or any other farmer and they’ll be glad to tell you.

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Judy Mayer

Soba Noodles Star in Salad

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer April 2, 2012

This recipe brings to mind my first days on the job at Outpost. I was amazed by the many strange products on the shelves that I had never seen in any other grocery store. Having worked in the world of conventional grocery stores all of my life, being at Outpost was like walking into a foreign country. I would scour the aisles, read labels and absorb everything I could in efforts to help my customers find products that I, too, had never heard of. There was no computer at my fingertips to do a quick search of tamari, nutritional yeast, gomasio and yes, the soba noodles used in the recipe for today. I learned a lot by trial and error, tasting and, best of all, listening to the audience of Outpost customers.

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Judy Mayer

Two Burgers for Meatless Monday!

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer March 26, 2012

 

I love veggie burgers but tend to stay away from those that are highly processed and high in sodium. Unfortunately, it's hard to find a recipe for a good meatless burger – if you’ve ever attempted to make them you know - sometimes they just won’t stick together and you end up with more of a veggie crumble than a burger.

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Judy Mayer

A Pocketful of Salad

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer March 19, 2012

 

Pita breads have inspired unlimited recipes from many cuisines. Tasty and low in fat, pita breads can be made into sandwiches, pizzas, appetizers and my favorite – pita chips.  The truth is that pita bread can be served with just about anything.

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Judy Mayer

An Eggsellent Dinner Idea

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer February 29, 2012

 

I just love having breakfast for dinner! (I also love dinners for breakfast) What’s more – I love eggs – only from Outpost, of course!

If you like eggs, too, you’ll be happy to hear this news: Last year a study from the United States Department of Agriculture found that eggs are 14 percent lower in cholesterol and 64 percent higher in vitamin D than previously thought. That’s 164mg of cholesterol, down from 215mg. Eggciting!

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Pam Mehnert

52 Things I Learned in One Year - Part 3 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 13, 2012

Repeat after me – I am not a quitter - I am not a quitter. Well I guess “life” happened since my last blog post, as I have blissfully ignored the fact I haven’t yet completed my list of lessons.

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Pam Mehnert

52 Things I Learned in One Year - Part 2 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 13, 2012

Ah, what was I thinking when I came up with the notion of writing about 52 lessons learned? One lesson per week of my challenge - that should be a piece of cake. Okay then maybe I just have a bad old case of writers block.

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Paul Sloth

It ain't easy being green

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth December 20, 2011

I love sprouts, but they don’t lend themselves to vivid and colorful descriptions. They are not sensual and they aren’t complicated. They’re green.

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Paul Sloth

An apple a day, how about three

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth December 19, 2011

It won’t be long and that very last local apple will finally be eaten.

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Malcolm Woods

The Natural War of the Words

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods October 17, 2011

A new report is generating buzz in the natural foods industry. The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based advocacy group which pushes for sustainable and organic agriculture, tested a number of natural and organic cereal brands and found that many of the cereals labeled as natural contained evidence of genetically modified products (GMOs). Further, the report suggests that “natural” cereals may contain pesticide residues.

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Malcolm Woods

Small town grocers and sustainability

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods July 8, 2011

An article in USA Today about the declining number of independent grocery stores in small towns across the country is a compelling argument to buy local.

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Pam Mehnert

52 Things I Learned In One Year - Part 1 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert June 28, 2011

While I truly love to cook and bake and take on “never made before in my kitchen” kinda projects, prior to this I had never kept any kind of diary, especially not about my life in the kitchen.

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Pam Mehnert

52 Weeks By The Numbers

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert May 3, 2011

Here’s a glimpse into my 52 weeks of inconvenience, primarily cooking or baking for just the two of us (although some food items became gifts, while others were served to our dinner guests.

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Pam Mehnert

Week 52 - The End Of The Road?

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 25, 2011

There’s a routine I think I’ll miss, and other parts that I hope will stick, like the discipline I learned in planning out our food options each week. My year of inconvenience is technically over.

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Pam Mehnert

Week 51 - Relief or Regret?

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert April 20, 2011

I’m almost at the end of week 52 as I’m writing this post, and feeling a little sad that this adventure is almost over. Or is it? I mean once you start something like this does the adventure really ever end? It is food we’re talking about, and while I learned a lot about cooking from scratch over the past 52 weeks, there is still so much more to learn. So my question is, should I keep blogging? What do you think?

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