Sweet 16 of Cheese

March 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 28, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
In honor of Kentucky's favorite time of year, we're inviting you to take part in our Sweet 16 of Cheese tournament! For 8 days our top 16 cheeses will go head-to-head on the sampling table. The people will taste and then vote with their toothpicks!
Pick your winners by filling out a "bracket" in-store starting Wednesday, March 20. The cheese choosin' starts Thursday, March 21 and continues through the following Thursday. Get your "bracket" in by Saturday, March 23 for your best shot at winning a $50 Good Foods gift card! The person with the highest-scoring bracket wins.*
To top it all off, each day's competing cheese will be 25% off, plus we'll be offering 25% off ALL CHEESE once the tournament is over. Check out the match-ups HERE.
*Contest runs through March 21 - March 28, 2019. If there is a tie for top-scoring bracket, there will be a random drawing among the top scorers for the gift card. Employees are not eligible to win. Brackets available in-store only and must be submitted in-store by March 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm.

On The Table

March 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - March 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Join us in our cafe starting at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 27. Feel free to purchase a meal and grab a seat at one of the tables. Members of our board will be present to help facilitate the conversation. By taking part in the discussion that ensues, you’ll be part of an exciting, city-wide event happening at many locations to discuss not only what’s great about our community, but also ways to make it even better — more sustainable, just, safer, stronger and vibrant. On the Table is an opportunity to gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people we are meeting for the first time to talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our quality of life and that of the city. When we talk about our experiences in Lexington and listen to others, we connect and learn about what matters to all of us. On the Table invites Lexingtonians to come together to talk, collaborate, become more civically involved and be more committed to our community. The issues we face today don’t often offer quick fixes. On the contrary, progress will only result when residents, organizations, businesses and government work together to make contributions that add up to a greater solution than we can achieve on our own. On the Table is a starting place for meaningful conversation. What happens next is up to you.

Sacral Chakra Workshop

April 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - April 3, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
The Sacral Chakra is associated with self-esteem, identity, true potential and personal boundaries. This class aims to help you honor yourself in order to achieve success in all areas of life. The goals are to help you release fear and negativity, realize potential, have fruitful relationships and be empowered. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Asheesh Gupta is a spiritual coach & holistic therapist who educates the public about the mantra of living, chakras and chakra meditations. He specializes in physical, mental and spiritual healing through counseling, Rudraksha & gemstones. Tickets are free, but required and can be reserved here.

Laughter Yoga

April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - April 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Join us for Laughter Yoga and discover the amazing medicine of laughter! No flexibility or sense of humor required!! Bring water and something to lay on (yoga mat, blanket, towel, etc) and wear loose comfortable clothing if you'd like to lay down. This class can be done sitting though; how you practice is up to you! Everyone is welcome, we accommodate all genders, ages, and abilities. Bring a friend and share the joy of laughter! You should leave feeling less stressed and more joyful, all while aiming to improve your overall health! Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for owners and can be purchased here. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jaime Brown is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and has taught for three years.

Carnegie at the Co-op – Eating Your Words

April 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - May 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Using food as a central theme, we explore all manner of literary expression, from poetry to prose, personal essay to genre fiction, biography to pulp fiction. A sci-fi thriller about the theft of avocados? An ode to the oyster? A memoir of a noodle-slurping childhood? A monologue from the point of view of a poached egg? The possibilities are endless. And delicious. This is an all levels, four-part workshop taking place on consecutive Wednesday evenings (April 17, 24, May 1, 8) from 6-8 pm. Tickets are are $60 for general admission, $52 for Co-op Owners and can be purchased at the Hospitality Desk or on Eventbrite. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Dan Wu is the owner and head dishwasher at Atomic Ramen. He juggles his nascent restaurant with community service, writing, podcasting, and cosplaying.

Drive Electric Earth Day with EVolveKY

April 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - April 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
In honor of Earth Day and Earth Month, EVolveKY, Kentucky's all-volunteer association of electric vehicle owners, will be bringing their zero-emissions vehicles to the Good Foods Co-op parking lot to showcase the features, cost-savings and clean-air benefits of plug-in electric cars. Volunteers will allow shoppers to touch actual electric vehicles, ask questions and talk with electric vehicle owners about their experiences, hear the latest advances, and how to locate and use local EV charging stations. Check out their tent for even more information and free giveaways! Stop in the store for even more earth-friendly tips and sales surrounding zero waste shopping. EVolveKY is a non-profit group of electric car owners whose sole purpose is dedicated to educating the public on the benefits of driving an electric car and promoting greener transportation.

Owner Town Hall Meeting

April 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - April 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Our spring Owner Town Hall Meeting will be taking place Saturday, April 20, 2-4 pm in the Community Room.
Members of our Board will be there to answer questions and lead discussions. Please join us and be part of the Co-op's democratic process!

Bulk Up Sale

April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 28, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
Mark your calendars and clear some space in your pantry! Save 30% off all bulk foods (including coffees, teas, herbs & spices) and up to 40% off staple items by the case.

Check back here for a full listing of items on sale so you can start making your list. And PSSSST! Owners: we'll be offering double and triple Owner Rewards points on select items so you can pile on the savings!

No other discounts apply. While supplies last. No rainchecks.

Annual Owners Meeting

April 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Join us for some fun, snacks and an update on your Co-op. The board and your interim General Manager will share some notes including financial information and we'll announce your new Board representatives at this free and family-friendly celebration. RSVP here.

Compost 101

May 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - May 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Recent studies estimate that 40% of the food grown in the US is never eaten and often ends up in our landfills. Recent waste audits in Fayette County show that nearly a third of our landfill-bound solid waste is organic and could be composted. You can do something about this! Seedleaf is glad to be partnering with the Good Foods Co-op to help share information on great ways that area residents can take care of our home food waste, either by composting, or using worms to assist with that breakdown (vermicomposting). Come with your questions for this interactive discussion of the process of food breakdown, and what area gardeners can do with the finished product. During this hour-long workshop, participants will: 1. Gain confidence in home composting efforts. 2. Share ideas on a variety of bins and compost systems that may work at their location. 3. Share other options for food waste diversion. Tickets are free, but all attendees must register to reserve their spot. They can be reserved HERE or in-store at our Hospitality Desk. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Seedleaf has faithfully partnered with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Waste Management, to orchestrate our Compost Partners service for area restaurants, diverting nearly 50,000 gallons of landfill bound food waste back into our growing spaces to be used to build our soil instead. We have managed that program since 2009, and are now offering a Compost Carpool so that area residents can get a home compost pickup for a fee.

“Grocery Story” by Jon Steinman Book Signing & Presentation

June 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - June 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Grocery stores owned by their customers are nothing new. They’ve been around in a lasting and meaningful way for the better part of the past century – and yet, very little has been written about them – particularly in book form. In a new book from author Jon Steinman of Deconstructing Dinner, the role of consumer food co-ops is examined through an eye-opening account of the history of grocery retailing in America, the rise of chain grocers and the impact these grocery giants have had on the entire food system from farm to plate.
To launch Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants, Steinman is embarking on an extensive tour across the U.S. and Canada throughout 2019 with visits to upwards of 150 food co-ops from coast to coast. Members and customers of food co-ops will have the opportunity to meet Steinman inside the stores, purchase a signed copy, and attend presentations, book readings and discussions. “I couldn’t imagine any other way to launch this book,” says Steinman of the ambitious book tour. “Grocery stores represent the most vital, and yet often forgotten link in the food system. This book was written to both remind and introduce eaters to the significant influence consumer-owned food cooperatives can have in reshaping global and local food systems and economies. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with food cooperators across the country.”
Author Jon Steinman
Steinman will be visiting existing co-ops with storefronts and those only just emerging. There are presently 230 food co-ops across the United States with more than 300 locations among them. Another 100 are in their start-up phase. Grocery Story will be of particular interest to existing and soon-to-be members of food co-ops and to anyone passionate about expanding access to healthy, clean, local food in their communities. Foodmakers of all sizes are also encouraged to attend events. Steinman devotes considerable attention in the book to the challenges and opportunities smaller-scale foodmakers encounter when working within the dominant food system channels. As part of his tour, Steinman will be visiting Good Foods Co-op on Friday, June 21st. He'll be signing books from 10 am - 4:30 pm followed by a presentation and Q&A starting at 5:30 in the Community Room. For more information on the book and the tour visit www.grocerystory.coop.