The latest news published about the Gardiner Food Co-op & Café
July 7, 2015
The Co-op made it on WABI5 for our Grand Opening and our StateFarm grant award. (Click on the link to see the short interview.)
July 6, 2015
CentralMaine GARDINER — The Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe is holding the ceremony from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring live music, food tastings, a raffle and kids’ activities. (read more)
June 5, 2015
GARDINER — The food co-operative ticker in Maine just went up again: the Gardiner Food Co-op and Cafe opened its doors May 31. (read more)
April 17, 2015
MaineBiz – The Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe was recently awarded a $90,000 Community Development Block Grant to help fund the downtown storefront that’s set to open in late May, according to a release from the co-op…. (read more)
Featured on the front cover of the Kennebec Current and Belgrade lakes region reader for December.
November 16, 2014
Portland Press Herald GARDINER — The new home of the Gardiner Co-Op and Cafe will be the old home of Greenhouse Games at 269 Water St.
The location of the proposed grocery store and cafe was announced Saturday night at a celebration for organizers and supporters held next door at Circling the Square Fine Art Press, also known as Art Dogs.
November 12, 2014
CentralMaine The organizers of Gardiner Co-op & Cafe, a venture that’s been in the works for more than three years, say an angel investor bought a building for the group and will let it lease space… (read more)
October 25, 2014
The Gardiner Food Co-op was featured on Maine Calling for Co-op Month
If you missed it, here is the link to the MPBN Maine Calling show for last Tuesday, featuring two of our board members!
“Just what is a co-op and why are they cropping up across the state? Listen to co-op board members Jonathan Ault for Gardiner City Council and Veronique Vendette during this Tuesday’s edition of MPBN Maine Calling from noon to 1pm. Hope you can listen in and support the co-op efforts happening all over the state.”
Sept 1, 2014
The Gardiner Food Co-op and Sunrise Natural Food have joined forces!
This has been in the works for a while and we are ready to share the great news:
SUNRISE NATURAL FOOD will be uniting with the GARDINER FOOD CO-OP at the future storefront. Picture everything the Co-op had originally planned PLUS a supplements department overseen by Karen Benner! We are all very pleased about this partnership and believe the combination will be a great enhancement to this community endeavor.
July 23, 2014
On July 19th, the Gardiner Food Co-op & Café held a recipe contest at the Gardiner Farmers’ Market. The smells of grilled cheese and hearty soups wafted from the Gardiner Common as more than 50 judges (from the general public) tasted the 10 competing recipes.
The contest was held for the purpose of building the menu at the Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, set to open later this year.
In addition to purchasing from the various vendors, Market goers enjoyed music by Ian Pillsbury and got to sample recipes that members of the community entered in the contest. “The Co-op is all about community ownership and involvement, and what better way to do that than through the food we will serve everyday! Having the café menu come directly from the community ensures us that they will love what we serve them.” said Sarah Miller, member of the board.
On the menu: Mom’s Soup (chunky vegetables), The Asian (chunky vegetables in a curry coconut milk, with ginger and lemon grass), Chicken Chili, Italian Wedding Soup, and Williamsburg Turkey Soup. For the specialty grilled cheeses we had an “Oven Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese”, “Pickled Summer Squash Grilled Cheese”, “Me-so-cheesy: vegan Grilled Cheese”, “the Gardener”, and “The Gardiner AuJus”.
Votes were tallied after the end of the farmers market. The race was very close for the soups and it was the Chicken Chili recipe (from Karen Jacques) which took the lead by 4 votes. As for the grilled cheese recipe contest, the result took us all by surprise as the number one choice leading by 10 votes ended up being the only vegan (non-dairy) option on the menu. Me-so-cheesy (from Alex Rosenberg) is a cashew cheese and miso-pesto sandwich.
Since cooperation is the opposite of competition we are excited to announce that everyone is a winner! So, if you didn’t get a chance to participate in the contest that took place this weekend at the farmers market, you will get to try all of these soups and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches on our menu later this year.
The Gardiner Food Co-op & Café will be located in downtown Gardiner and will offer local, wholesome, bulk and fairly-priced food. In addition to its grocery store, the Co-op will be a gathering place for events, workshops, live music and more. Everyone will be welcome to shop and gather at the storefront but those who choose to purchase a member-owner share will actually become part owner, have a voice in store policies, in how the business is run, and have a myriad of member-owner benefits.
“You know what they say: we are what we eat! So surely we can expect café eaters to be sharp and intriguing, just like the food on the Co-op’s menu ” says Véronique Vendette, chair of the Co-op board. We look forward to seeing you at the café later this year!