YOU KNOW ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT WORKING HERE AT OUTPOST? THE COOPERATION BETWEEN OUR FARMERS, OUR VENDORS, OUR CUSTOMERS, AND LOCAL BUSINESSES. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THIS COOL POSTER HERE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE. BAY VIEW PRINTING CO. PRINTED THESE BABIES UP – NOT TO MAKE A PROFIT – JUST BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT NEEDED TO BE SAID. WE WERE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE AND PUT THEM UP IN ALL OUR STORES TO GREET SHOPPERS. BESIDES THE GREAT MESSAGE IT SENDS THAT ALL ARE WELCOME IT’S ALSO A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BY SIMPLY WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE.
I see it every day here. From helping a customer find the right dairy-free yogurt for her daughter (Good Karma Yogurt is really great if you’re lactose intolerant BTW) to Alsum Family Farms donating their pumpkins to the community pumpkin patch at the new Milwaukee pocket park near Fondy Farmer’s Market (try saying that fast). It’s all about working together and helping each other out.
This October is National Cooperative Month and this year’s theme is “Cooperatives Commit.” What does that mean to us? Outpost General Manager Pam Mehnert sums it up this way, “This theme is important to highlight right now as consumers have so many choices for their groceries. But here in Milwaukee, our co-op owners and community have seen how a community-owned business like Outpost can have an impact on local commerce, local jobs, supporting local vendors, and leading the charge for sustainable practices. Our value-driven business practices are supported by 22,000 co-op owners and growing, making our co-op the real deal.”
And you’re a part of this impact. By being an owner or just shopping at Oupost you’re already helping out small businesses locally, regionally, and even around the world. These are the little guys who are putting in the hard work and the long hours to get ahead. Be it the small-town farmer down the road getting up in the darkness to pick crops and hand-deliver them to stores, to an artisan in India handcrafting jewelry the traditional way (check out Matr Boomie’s fair trade handmade gifts for your holiday shopping list) while making a living wage doing it. These are the people that make co-ops great and you are the people helping them succeed…so thanks from us and have a great autumn!
In this issue:
Happy Friendsgiving Small Bites Best Served With Friends
A Flavor Caravan Spice Up Your Holiday Cookies
Punch Up Your Holiday
and more ...