The Bethlehem Food Co-Op has numerous opportunities for volunteers in the upcoming weeks. The co-op needs your help!
We have a bunch of fun events coming up and we will be needing cooperators to help out. Spread the word about the Bethlehem Food Co-Op while participating in some awesome events. Check out the list below, and please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you are able to volunteer. Your help is always greatly appreciated!!
South Bethlehem Greenway Celebration
Saturday, May 18
Shifts available: 11:30am-1:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm
Family event at Polk and Filmore Streets. The co-op will have an informational table. Click here to volunteer!
Bicycle Safety Day
Saturday, May 25
Calypso Elementary School
Shifts available: 8:30am-11am & 11am-1:30pm
The co-op will have an informational table and hand out healthy snacks & water.
Sponsored by the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (Yay for co-ops!) Click here to volunteer!
Saturday, June 8
St. John’s Windish Church, 4th St.
Shifts available: 9:30am-Noon, Noon-2:30pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Community fair to highlight resources available to the neighborhood. The co-op will have an informational table and hand out healthy snacks. Bilingual Spanish/English speaking volunteers would be especially helpful at this event.
Sponsored by Esperanza for Bethlehem Click here to volunteer!
Sunday, June 9
Secret Art Space, Rink St.
Shifts available: 11:30am-2pm & 2pm-5pm
***We also need people to donate baked goods and/or handmade items to sell as a co-op fundraiser at this event.***
Popular indie craft fair. The co-op will hand out information and sell baked goods and handmade items to raise money. Click here to volunteer!
South Side Film Festival Children’s Film Festival
Wednesday, June 12
Godfrey Daniels, 3rd St.
Shift available: 5-8pm
The co-op will provide healthy snacks to the children & hand out brochures for the Children’s Film Fest opening night. Click here to volunteer!
We are in the running to win $2500 through GOOD Maker, a new online platform for catalyzing social change. GOOD asked us to submit our idea for improving the community, and now, it’s up to the public to choose a winner. We propose to use the funds to file incorporation papers, obtain permits and board insurance, and hire an outreach coordinator for our first membership drive. We need your vote to win!
On June 21 at 7pm, we’ll have our June public meeting of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op—Look for an agenda early next week.
One of the items on that agenda will be to begin tasting of the recipes that have been submitted for our cookbook! Why are we testing the recipes? Not only will this make our meeting extra tasty, but it will move us in the right direction to publish our book and start earning some money. Testing the recipes will ensure that the author didn’t accidentally write “tablespoon” instead of “teaspoon,” that the steps follow a logical order, and that the dish is tasty to the objective palate.
We are accepting volunteers to prepare a submitted recipe and bring it to the meeting for everyone to taste. Volunteers will be expected to complete a simple rubric on the clarity of the recipe, ease of preparation, and taste. All who attend the meeting and taste the dish will be asked to rank the deliciousness of the recipe.
To volunteer to prepare a recipe and bring it to the meeting, please contact Sharon Maus and provide your name and any dietary restrictions, food allergies, or strong taste aversions (i.e. if you truly dislike any dish made with a certain ingredient). Sharon will respond with a recipe for you to bring along and a rubric to complete.
We are still collecting recipes, too! Click here to submit your favorite dish.
Sharon Maus, of the finance committee, writes this post to announce our next big project!
To pass the time while we work on the steps for the Bethlehem Food Co-Op to open its doors, to raise money to buy those very doors, and to share new and delectable dishes, I am pleased to announce the Bethlehem Food Co-Op cookbook. We envision a collection of seasonally arranged recipes augmented by personal anecdotes about the foods, cooking tips, and stories explaining why individual cooks are so committed to the creation of the Co-Op.
Do you have a great apple pie recipe? We want it. A way to cook collards and mustard greens so that eleven-year-olds can’t resist them? Send it over. A soup that uses giant wart-covered winter squash? You get the picture. Here is a simple list of when fruits and vegetables are available locally in Pennsylvania. Use it as inspiration, but don’t let it stop you from sending in a recipe that doesn’t fit perfectly within a season. One of the most eagerly awaited parts of the Co-Op is the bulk section. If you have a unique hummus or dry bean recipe, that is welcome as well!
Like the Bethlehem Food Co-Op itself, the cookbook will serve omnivores as well as vegans and vegetarians. Jennie Merkel of Merkel Mountain Farm explains that meat also has seasons. “In this region cows are usually killed in the fall. Since a single cow can have over six hundred pounds of meat, most of that will have to be frozen. Chickens are often a spring and summer food around here.” Does anyone have a beef, winter vegetable, and barley soup? Once we get to the taste-testing part of this endeavor, vegans and vegetarians will have the opportunity to create meatless and dairy-free modifications to publish with some of the recipes.
All the wonderful and talented people who have come forward to work on the Co-Op share a passion for food, now we want to share our best dishes with each other and the larger community. I am amazed by what we have accomplished in only five months. This cookbook has the potential to help to build momentum for the Co-Op and to be a great resource in and of itself. I am so excited to be a part of this. Please join me by submitting your recipe here.