Dancing, food, supporting the community…

A nice breezy September evening, great company, good food and a little dancing under the stars in Rockford’s gem location, Riverside Park, September 15 from 7 to 11 p.m., sounds pretty temping.

Representing the Rockford River Food Co-op at the Rockford Business Expo are members (left to right) Sandra Brown, Lori Young and Roger Sherman. The organization is hosting an outdoor event Sept. 15.

Representing the Rockford River Food Co-op at the Rockford Business Expo are members (left to right) Sandra Brown, Lori Young and Roger Sherman. The organization is hosting an outdoor event Sept. 15.

The Crow River Food Co-op is hosting an event to spread awareness of the area’s efforts to bring a food co-op to town. Memberships may be purchased prior, or at, the event. Tickets without membership are also available at a nominal cost.

Citywide surveys indicate over the last three years that an overwhelming majority of Rockford area residents would like to have a grocer in town, first and foremost. Although city staff and council have worked toward securing a grocer, and there has been some interest expressed in response, the community remains without.

Co-operative grocers are popping up all over in communities like Rockford, and the concept is one that’s now growing momentum in the little Riverside community. A co-op is suited to meet the needs of the community, while purchasing goods in large enough volumes to hit an affordable price mark. Local farmers are often utilized.

To find out more about this opportunity, attend the co-op’s membership drive on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. Aside from great food, there will be a silent auction, music and a cash bar.

For more information, go the co-op’s web site: crowriverfoodcoop.com, or call Nancy at 477-6565.

Allina Health is helping to sponsor this event.

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