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Linden Soaps

Local producer spotlight: Linden Soaps, made right here in Dubuque IA, just 3 miles to market! Using a base of rainwater and saponified pure grade olive, coconut, and palm oils, and adding only botanicals for scent and color, these soaps are unique, all natural, beautiful, and they smell wonderful.

Sammiches

Did you know that most of our super yummy, LOCALLY-sourced-whenever-possible, made-with-organic-ingredients and humanely-raised meats, and totally decadent sandwiches are priced at just 5.99 or less?  Yup, you get one of the best prices around on one of the cleanest, most high quality lunch options in Dubuque!

Cheese News

We’re excited to share the news that we’ve lowered prices on every item in our cheese department. 

And we’re also very proud to say that 30% of the items in our cheese case are locally sourced, with another 30% being sourced regionally.  From Organic Valley in La Farge WI, to Thuli Family Creamery in Darlington WI, to Cedar Grove Cheese in Plain WI, we have REALLY good, affordably priced LOCAL cheeses, many of which can only be found at your Dubuque Food Co-op.

More Local Vendors!

Did you know that the Dubuque Food Co-op currently carries products from almost 50 local vendors?  The list is growing weekly, and we’ll keep focusing on supporting more local vendors in order to keep our food dollars in our community.

Parking!

We are located at the corner of 9th & Washington Street.

Complimentary parking is available to all Co-op shoppers in the City ofDubuque lot located at the corner of 10th & Washington Street. Vouchers for parking are available from our cashiers when checking out.

Metered street parking is also available in front of our store and on the sides of the Schmidt Innovation Center.

New, Lower Pricing Storewide & an Affordable Co-op Exclusive Brand

At the Dubuque Food Co-op, we don't believe that you should have to be wealthy to eat healthy, and we always want to be your first choice for natural, organic, and locally produced foods.

That's why this summer, we aggressively dropped prices on over 3,000 products including every last item in our Grocery, Refrigerated, Frozen, Supplement, and Body Care Departments! We have even lowered the price on our top 20 best-selling produce items. 

To provide Members and shoppers with the best value, the DubuqueFood Co-op is also home to the Field Day brand. As the only local retailer of an extensive line of Field Day products, the Co-op is excited to share these high-quality and affordable products with you and your family. 

DFC Board Welcomes Ann Curran and Kristina Castañeda

Congratulations to Kristina and Ann.  Their three-year terms will begin upon their acceptance of their offices at the upcoming directors' meeting.  We look forward to working with them as the vision for our Dubuque Food Co-op becomes a reality!

Special acknowledgment belongs to outgoing directors Jamie Easley and Will Hoyer for their dedicated efforts in the planning and development for the Co-op during the past three years. 

Thanks to those who assisted in the task of running our first election:  Nominations Committee Chair Katie Giannakouros for her significant time in the planning, oversight, and administration of the election. Lisa Pence for candidates' portraits which appeared on the ballots.  Tasha Lippold for the design, lay-out, and posting of the paper ballots, and related marketing and communications work.

Last night's photo-tour

We hosted our Annual Member Meeting last night and had the delightful time giving our members a photographic tour through the space.  Here it is again for your viewing pleasure (all photos by our pals at Digital Dubuque):

Catch-up

It's been so busy that we didn't even get more recent photos posted, so here they are!

Walls, lights and paint

Yet more pics!

Progress has picked up!  Click on any picture for a bigger version, and then scroll over the image for text.

More pictures

Recent progress has seen the addition of more HVAC ductwork, additional dehumidifiers, more plumbing, and concrete topping poured at our entrance and back office, prep, and storage areas.  Click on any picture for a bigger version, and then scroll over the image for text.

Board of Directors seeks candidates for 2014 election

The Nominations Committee for the Dubuque Food Co-op is pleased to announce plans for the upcoming election of two new directors to a 3-year term on our board.  The following time-line describes the process for filing a nomination for candidacy, announcement of candidates, voting, and approval of the two new directors at our annual meeting this spring.

January 1 through February 3, 2014   

Nominations accepted  

Members in good standing (having a fully paid membership) interested in running for a director position should send by post or email a one-line statement of interest  in candidacy to:  

DFC Secretary Karla Braig 

955 Washington St., Suite 107 

Dubuque, IA 52001

or

k.braig@dubuquefood.coop

Eligible candidates will then be asked to respond to a brief questionnaire and to sit for a photo.  All candidates’ photos and responses will be compiled to comprise the ballot for the election.   Announcement of the slate of candidates will be made to the membership in the February member newsletter.

February 12 through March 7, 2014   

Election period

On-line ballots will be sent electronically to those members with email addresses, and paper ballots will be mailed by post to those without email.  Remember, each membership qualifies for one ballot.   Following the close of the election, the ballots will be verified and counted.

March 12, 2014   

Annual Meeting of the Dubuque Food Co-op

The two candidates receiving the two largest vote totals will become the new directors.  At the annual meeting, the current board of directors will approve the two new directors and will retire the outgoing two directors.   Officers of the board of directors will be voted upon by the board at the next meeting of the directors.

For further information regarding the qualifications, powers, and duties of board directors, please see Article IV in our By-Laws on the DFC website.  For general information about service as a director, contact Katie Giannakouros at katie.giannakouros@gmail.com or Mary Moody at m.moody@dubuquefood.coop or (563)-584-9300.

A Word From the Board

Happy New Year to all 1350+ Dubuque Food Co-op member-owners!  After several long years of waiting the opening of your co-op is just months away.  Thank you all for your patience, support and enthusiasm.  2013 was a great year for us as we reached our fundraising goals, signed a lease, made significant progress on buildout and hired our very first employee.  We know 2014 will be even better, and everyday we can see the store taking shape and getting closer to finally opening its doors to you and the rest of the Dubuque community.  Believe me when I say that day can't come soon enough, but we want to make sure we do everything right beforehand, even if it means taking a few extra days or weeks.

I won't bore you with too many financial details but thought you might like to hear that both our build out and equipment packages have come in well within our budgetary projections.  I temper that good news with the reminder that it isn’t over yet and some unexpected expenses may still be encountered.  A quick tip of the hat to our GM Patrick is in order here as he has done a masterful job of sourcing equipment and knowing where quality is paramount and when to safely explore lightly used options – thanks Patrick! 

At the core of a successful co-op are active and involved member-owners and we have two openings on our Board of Directors that will be filled at our Annual Member Meeting to be held March 14.  If you have interest in being a part of the Board and helping guide the store in its infancy I highly encourage you to consider running for the Board. More details are below.  I also want to take the time to thank Jamie Easley and Will Hoyer, the two Board members whose terms are up, for all their service over the last few years.

Thanks again to all of you, the rest of the Board and Patrick for all that you have done for the co-op and I can't wait to see you all shopping in the store in 2014!

Andy Mozena

DFC Board President

Update from the general manager

Happy New Year!  We’re getting this update out a little later than we had planned because of the holidays.  We’ve also had sub-zero weather and more snow than we’ve seen in a long time, so we’ve needed to bundle up a bit.  But all in all, it’s been a festive end to 2013… so much has gone on in the last month, and I’m really looking forward to 2014.

Milestones

The remainder of our refrigeration package has arrived since our last newsletter.  This means that if you take a walk around our store site you’ll see a collection of coolers and refrigerated display cases in various stages of installation.  One of our Dairy cases was delayed when its glass doors shattered in transit, but a replacement was sent along and all is well (these types of delays are expected, and are the reason we’ve not yet announced a specific opening date).  You can join us for a quick 1-minute tour of the space here, but please note that the video was taken a few weeks ago, and since then the cases have been reorganized and the space looks much more open.

On that note, construction is now fully underway and we can see the store taking shape day by day.  Our condensers have been installed in the newly constructed basement compressor room, and walls have started going up around the perimeter of the store.  I have to mention that I’ve been so impressed with all of the contractors on the project… each person has been so professional and detailed, and this is reflected in the quality of the work being done.  More details and pictures can be found on our website’s ‘News’ page, where we’ve been documenting our build-out progress.

Other Stuff

Another exciting aspect of this build-out work going forward is that now we’ll be able to focus on the multitude of other priorities needed to open a store, including Board elections, vendor relationships, staffing, outreach & education, and more.  Our next newsletter will be sent out later in January (2014 already… wow!), and we plan on sharing more information about all of these endeavors.  If you have any questions or ideas in the meanwhile, just send a note our way at info@dubuquefood.coop, or you can also send a note through our Contact page.

Thank you for your energy, your enthusiasm, and your support in 2013, and here’s to a bountiful 2014!

 

Cheers,

Patrick

Pipes

Now that the larger refrigeration equipment has arrived and walls have been (partially) framed, much of the work being done in the space is intensive and unglamorous. These good gents from AAA Mechanical are in the process of piping together all of our refrigeration, and there is a LOT of piping to be done. Thanks AAA!

Compressor room

This is the fancy new wall in our fancy new compressor room. Those metal frames are racks that will hold the condensers, and huge fans will begin installed in the window area for air exchange.

Walk-through

Cases have arrived and construction has begun! And if you have a minute, please join us below for a quick tour of the facility in process. It looks like chaos, but it's really just a lot going on in a small space. 

Walk-ins!

Look what's going on at the DFC!  Coolers have begun to spring up.  Here are some pics from today... including one of our festive courtyard!

Front of Dairy cooler, with partial view of Produce cooler and Grocery freezer at back right of space

Side view of Dairy cooler (the door will open into a prep space)

Door leading into Grocery freezer

This is a better view of the start of our Produce cooler

This will be our Prep Foods cooler

Ok, this isn't a cooler, but the holiday greenery in our courtyard is beautiful and we wanted to share!