Food cooperative celebrates with open house

Photo by Chabella Guzman Hometown Harvest Food Cooperative Manager Tanya Stuart arranges some Jonagold apples on a front display of the store. The store celebrated its one-year anniversary in August and will host an open house for the event Saturday.

Photo by Chabella Guzman
Hometown Harvest Food Cooperative Manager Tanya Stuart arranges some Jonagold apples on a front display of the store. The store celebrated its one-year anniversary in August and will host an open house for the event Saturday.

By CHABELLA GUZMAN
Staff Reporter
The Hometown Harvest Food Cooperative will celebrate its one year anniversary Saturday, Nov. 22 with a Harvest Fest. The grocery cooperative is home to locally grown, natural and organic food.
“The Harvest Fest is mostly a celebration of our one-year celebration,” said Kat Tylee, a member of the cooperatives board of directors and owner of Little Hawk Yarns.
A year ago in August the cooperative was busy setting up shop and moving into downtown Mitchell. The initial opening included a celebration and open house, so the board decided to recreate the celebration.
“We’re going to have a ‘meet the producer’ event where you can ask questions about their products and maybe even sample some of the produce,” Tylee said.
Some of the local producers will include Victory Hill Farm, Painter Produce, High Point Bison, Windharvest Farms, Little Hawk Yarns and Kiowa Red Angus Beef.
The the store has had a few changes in its produce lineup. Recently Open A Bar 2 Ranch produce, owned by the Manville left the cooperative, when Manville and her family moved. The hole has been filled by Kiowa Red Angus Beef of Lyman.
The celebration is not just for the producers, said Tylee, it’s also for the community.
“The community has responded really well to us and been very welcoming,” she said. “It’s been a good solid first year and we’ve have more people coming in to investigate.”
Tylee said she had one woman from Fort Collins, Colo. come in and remark how surprised she was to find the cooperative.
“She said she was very impressed to find the store with so much variety and on top if it in little Mitchell,” Tylee said.
The cooperative has a lot of gluten free products in pastas and breads that are not as easy to find in other grocery stores. The store stocks spices and teas that are also not mainstream. Being part of the cooperative has it’s perks Tylee said.
“I can order case items, and get member discounts,” she said. “It pays off, like when I order tea, I get 12 boxes, but I drink so much it’s hard for me to keep a box in the house.”
Another item she orders in quantity is apples for her family, they go through them so fast.
The fest will also include Thanksgiving and holiday meal recipes.
The public will be able to sign-up for memberships and there will be a raffle for prizes including a grand prize of a one-year membership. There will also be some coffee/chocolte and goodie baskets.
Tylee said the coop will be accepting donations for Nancy Flock and her family to assist with medical and travel expenses.
The Harvest Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1214 Center Avenue in Mitchell.
For more information, call the coop at 308-225-4233.