Downtown Grocery Store? Make It New Leaf Market!

There’s been a lot of chatter this week about solidifying a downtown grocery store. Our response? The answer is New Leaf Market! When talking to friends and neighbors about this initiative, here are 5 quick hits that can help you explain what our store will be:

  1. New Leaf Market, you mean the Winter Farmers Market?
    No!  New Leaf Market will be a full-service (you can get your cheerios, Kashi & toothpaste), member-owned, cooperative grocery store that will feature local, healthy, fair-priced food for the community.  It will look like your neighborhood grocery store with aisles of produce, dairy, bulk foods, meats, beer & wine, non-perishables, health & beauty, deli, bakery and so much more.  Not open yet, but on its way!

  2. Membership?  I just want to shop there! 
    Everyone can shop at New Leaf Market! You don’t have to be a member-owner to enjoy the high quality food, fair prices and educational information provided by New Leaf Foods.  You just get added perks if you are.

  3. I want a Trader Joes/Whole Foods, will I like New Leaf Market?
    Absolutely!  If you want a Trader Joes or Whole Foods, you will want New Leaf Market!  We are the local, authentic option when it comes to healthy, whole foods.  We will carry many of the things you will find at either of those stores, but will offer more locally produced and grown food.  Plus it’s owned by OUR community. Not someone in another state, meaning more of our dollars spent at New Leaf Market will stay in the community. 

  4. You say Downtown, where? 
    New Leaf Market Co-op will be located at the corner of Main and Cedar Streets, in downtown Green Bay with good parking and public transportation access. One of the goals of New Leaf Market is to contribute to the revitalization of downtown.

  5. I want to shop there now!
    New Leaf Market Co-op will open as soon as we secure our financing.  Over 800 member-owners already support the vision of New Leaf Market having purchased their $180 share (one time cost), having pledged over $360,000 in member-owner investments and continuing to spread the word about New Leaf Market.  There is more work to be done, but we are taking the right steps.

Help make New Leaf Market the solution to Mayor Schmitt’s goal.  Become a member-owner hereThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want to volunteer!

New Leaf Happens with You!

Member-Owners and New Leaf Supporters –

We are in the home stretch and making GREAT progress towards our goal of $500,000 by November 22nd for our Member-Loan Campaign.  With nearly $220,000 in total loans, over 50 members have made a loan and another 66 have expressed interested!  Have you?  

Over the last two weeks, we received two $10,000 loans, a $20,000 loan and a $100,000 challenge loan that will match the next $100,000 of loans that come forth!  We already have $58,000 towards the match. If we match the $100,000 challenge loan, we will bring our total to $359,500!

By becoming member-owners, we all stepped forward and said we want New Leaf Market Cooperative in our community.  We said we want access to fresh, local foods and products.  We want to support local growers, producers and our local economy....  

Now we need to say, we are willing to make it happen financially. 

The best part of this program is that you choose the terms!  Between 0-4% interest and between 5-10 years for your terms.  

Cooperatives across the country pull member-owners together to invest in what's missing, the need they have in their communities, and make it happen.  

We need to pull together to make New Leaf Market happen.  It's up to us to fill our need.  Our want to have all the great things we know New Leaf will bring.  

Call Marilyn Sagrillo today to make your pledge – 920.366.7015

4th Year of New Leaf Winter Farmers Market

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Join us for the 4th Annual New Leaf Winter Farmers Market Presented by Bellin Health! New Leaf Market, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Bellin Health support the event which will kick off its 2013-1014 Season on December 14th. Here are the details:

-Free to Attend!

-Vendors: Over 100 vendors including local meats, cheeses, bakery, vegetables,canned items, coffee and various local restaurants.

-Parking: Free parking in the Main Street Ramp with skywalk to the KI Center.

-New Leaf Market: New Leaf Market is working to open a cooperative grocery store at 900 Main St. Learn more about these efforts at any of the markets or by visiting newleafmarket.org.

-EBT: EBT cards accepted near the front entrance at the market can be exchanged for market tokens for select vendors.

-Dates: Select Saturdays (below) from 8 a.m. - Noon at the KI Convention Center (333 Main St.) in Exhibit Hall C.
• December 14th (Special Extended Holiday Market)
• January 11th
• February 1st
• March 1st
• March 15th
• March 22nd
• March 29th

Here are few details for each date:

Dec. 14: Special holiday market with additional holiday craft vendors. Free visits with Santa from 10 a.m. - Noon. Music by the Green Bay Girl Choir and food demos by Chef Bridgett Lowery (416 Cuisine)

Jan. 11: Music by Michael Gillespie, cooking demo TBA
Feb.1: Music by Galynne Goodwill, cooking demo TBA; New Leaf Market member gathering at 10 a.m.

Mar. 1: Music by Seven Funk, cooking demos by Chef Jack Wazniczka (Republic Chophouse)

Mar. 15: Music by Dave Duffy, cooking demos by Chef Aaron Morse (Black & Tan Grille)

Mar. 22: Music by Mike Garrity, cooking demos by Chef Kurt Fahler (Hagemeister Park); plus take in “Project Food” event by the Children’s Museum

Mar. 29: Music by Rob Anthony, cooking demos by Chef Ken Hendrickson (Mustard Seed Café)

The market is at capacity with vendor registrations. To be put on the waiting list, e-mail jeanette@downtowngreenbay.com with your contact information and product type. Questions? Call 920.437.5972.

Member Loan Campaign Has Begun!

Exciting News! Our member loan campaign has begun! As you know, we have reached an exciting stage in our development with agreements to develop a site in the 800 & 900 blocks of Main St., between Cedar & Main, to become the new home of New Leaf Market Co-op and our sister organization, New Leaf Foods.

Our next step, a member loan campaign, is critical to demonstrate our support for this project. To build and open our store, we need to raise $500,000 as soon as possible from member loans to the co-op. If you are a member-owner, an appeal letter was mailed to your house this week.  Login to the member-owner portion of the website to view the member-loan documents. 

If you are not a member-owner yet, but want to support this effort, click here and become a member today!

Pete Angilello & Marilyn Sagrillo
New Leaf Market Co-op Member Loan co-chairs
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