Co-op Grow-Op Live Schedule and Giveaways

Join us on Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 for a LIVE broadcast on Facebook and YouTube featuring the following member-owner guests!

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Saturday, October 10th  10 am-4 pm

10:00 Board Chair Brenda Haines and volunteer Natalie Johnson welcome you to Co-op Grow-Op LIVE 2020, sponsored in part from a donation from Thrivent

10:10 We're live from the Oshkosh Farmers Market, speaking with Manager Michelle Schmid.

10:30 It's coffee time! Member-owner Ken Osmond, owner of Planet Perk, shows us how to make the perfect pour over coffee

10:50 Namaste! Member-owner Lea Ann Schneider, owner of Embody Yoga, teaches us some everyday yoga poses for everyone.

11:10 Member-owner and volunteer committee rockstar Marlo Ambas and his wife Patricia give us a glimpse inside his work for the co-op and their downtown Oshkosh restaurant, Manila.

11:30 Justin Duell, owner of G Farm, gives us a tour of his business.

11:50 Member-owner Trent Wester, owner of Thunderbird Bakery, educates on the history of sourdough and how to keep your sourdough starter healthy at home.

12:20 Why local? Member-owner and organic farmer Danielle Boerson tells us why from her booth at the Oshkosh Farmers Market

12:40 Member-owner Keri Uselman, owner of Wellness Essentials, does a cooking demo for us.

1:00 It's 5:00 somewhere... member-owner Ryan Prellwitz, owners of Vines and Rushes, gives us a tour of his facility and a glimpse into the winemaking process.

1:20 Founding co-op member-owner and graphic designer Drew Mueske speaks about his process and inspiration behind designing the Oshkosh Food Co-ops new logo, scheduled for release in November 2020.

1:40 Member-owner Deb Toman, owner of Atomic Katz, speaks about the sustainability of vintage clothing and products, while giving us a glimpse of some of their favorite Fall fashions.

2:00 Member-owner Deb Sommerhalder, owner of Inner Sun Yoga, demonstrates and educates us in sound therapy.

2:20 Member-owner Chanda Anderson, owner of Caramel Crisp, cooks up some fresh caramel corn and shows us some great local products available in her shop.

2:40 Fizzzzzzz. Member-owner Cory Tellock, owner of Pilora's and Joi Kombucha, explains the process of fermenting and bottling his  kombucha.

3:00 Sit for a moment while member-owner Kat Bettger, certified yoga instructor, speaks to us about the benefits of meditation and guides us in a short session.

3:20 Fast Food... Member-owner Megan Bartelt, owner of Bartelt Holistic Health and Carrot & Kale, shows us how to make a delicious and nutritious smoothie.

3:40 Cheers! Steve Bork, manager of McKnight Carlson, helps us pick out a wine for your everyday table.

Sunday, October 11th  10 am-4 pm

10:10 Member-owner Brad Spanbauer, UWO Associate Lecturer of Biology and Campus Sustainability Coordinator, speaks to us about simple changes you can make to live a more sustainable life.

10:30 Time for another cup? Member-owner Carol Velasco, manager of the Howard, has their talented baristas show how to make a specialty Fall coffee drink.

10:50 Hungry yet? Member-owner Mike England, Chef of TJ's Highlands, makes a delicious, Fall inspired brunch dish.

11:10 Member-owner Bill Thimke, owner of Black Pearl Coffee Roasters, speaks about the history and process of coffee production and roasting.

11:30 Moooooove over! Board Member Melissa Weyland gives us a glimpse into the life of the cows on their pasture.

11:50 Member-owner and CEO of Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation Jason White shares his excitement for our project and why it's an important development for Oshkosh.

12:20 Brio Building Update.  Member-owner and Operations Partner Joy Hanneman gives us a history and update on the Brio Building, where our Oshkosh Food Co-op will be located.

12:40 Live from Vermont, member-owner and Seven Roots Co-op Consultant Kevin O'Donnell shares the work that has been happening on our grab-and-go and deli offerings.

1:00 Member-owners Marti and Dick Norton demonstrate how to press apple cider on their very own antique press.

1:20 Board Member, organic farmer, and member-owner Tracy Vinz and her husband Dick give a tour of their certified organic farm Olden Organics, speaking about how they continue to grow through the Wisconsin winters.

1:40 Library Adventures with member-owner Marie Boleman, Head of Children’s and Family Outreach Services at the Oshkosh Public Library. 

2:00 Becca Schoenberg, outreach coordinator of Menomonie Market (a co-op!) gives us a tour of their store.

2:20 Hiring committee rockstar and member-owner Michelle Hammett gives us an exciting update on the hiring of our General Manager.

2:40  How did this co-op start? Oshkosh Food Co-op Founder Bridgette Weber shares the story of our co-op from its inception in 2013.  (Nationally, it takes 5-7 years to open a co-op, by the way.)

3:00  Former Board Chair and founding member Kelly Matthews shares some insight into the early days of this project.

3:20 Apples for apples? Member-owners Lori and John Redmond of Redmond's Apple Basket Orchard give us a tour on their growing orchard outside of Ripon, WI.

3:40 It's beer o'clock.  Member-owner Ian Wenger, founder of Fifth Ward Brewery, shows us their facility, a glimpse into the process, and shares some of their new seasonal flavors.

Hourly Giveaways

Saturday, October 10

10-11 am  Pound of coffee from Planet Perk

11-Noon  Pastry pack from Thunderbird Bakery: classic croissant, pain au chocolat, cinnamon roll and seasonal galette

Noon-1 pm  Locally grown, certified organic carving pumpkin from Boerson Farm

1 pm-2 pm  Free yoga class from Inner Sun Yoga

2 pm-3 pm  $10 Caramel Crisp or Pilora's Gift Card

3 pm-4 pm  Bottle of wine from McKnight & Carlson


Sunday, October 11

10-11 am  $10 Gift Card to the Cafe at the Howard

11-Noon  Coupon for a gallon of Organic Valley milk and a Caramel Crisp cookie

Noon-1 pm  Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup from Uncle Mike's Maple Syrup

1 pm-2 pm  $10 Caramel Crisp Gift Card

2 pm-3 pm  Organic Valley pasture raised butter with a loaf of Thunderbird Sourdough bread

3 pm-4 pm  Growler and coupon for a fill from Fifth Ward


Cultivating a new look

We are seeking proposals for a new logo!

The RFP can be found by clicking here.


Questions can be directed to Board Member Jay Stoflet at 

Oshkosh Food Co-op Launches National Search for General Manager

 (OSHKOSH, Wis.) – After successfully completing a $1.6 million-dollar capital campaign and growing its ownership base to more than 1300 member-owners, the Oshkosh Food Co-op has begun a national search for their store’s General Manager.

“We know that hiring the right General Manager is a key component of helping make our store a success,” said Melissa Weyland, Oshkosh Food Co-op Board Secretary and Hiring Committee Chair. “We feel the dedication of our hiring team, the successful track record of our organization and the attractiveness of living in Northeastern Wisconsin will bring some strong candidates into the process.”

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When supporting local is more important than ever

During the journey of this project, we've had many of our member-owned businesses step up to support our efforts.  Whether it was donating gift cards, design services, food and snacks, beers, printing services, artwork, or professional services, to name a few, we feel it is time to recognize our member-owned businesses during this time of crisis.

(If you're a member-owner and would like your business listed here, please send us an email at so we can add you.)

Food and Beverage:

Carrot and Kale- Closed, but you can buy a gift card

Boerson Farm  2020 CSA shares open.

BAR 430 – Carry-out with limited menu. 

Bare Bones Brewery   Open for carry-outs.  Check facebook page for hours.

Becket's   Carry-out & delivery 

Caramel Crisp Cafe  Carry-out & delivery, plus $20 decorate your own cookie kits

Fifth Ward Brewing    Open nightly for beer-on-the-run such as growlers and crowlers.  Check facebook page for hours.

Foxtail Brewing  Buy some merch!

JSA Coffee Roasters   Online and curbside ordering

Manila Resto  Carry-out & delivery

Olden Organics  Online ordering of a variety of local products with home delivery

Planet Perk   Carry-out & delivery

Pilora's Cafe    Online ordering 

Poco Pizza   Online ordering with home delivery

Ruby Owl Tap Room  Carry-out

South of the Border- Offering delivery

Thunderbird Bakery  Online ordering with home delivery beginning again April 9

Uncle Mike's Maple Syrup  Available at local groceries or send him a message

Vines and Rushes Winery  Food, wine, and gift cards available for pick-up 

Wagner Market  Groceries, beer and wine, with a new grocery concierge service!

West End Pizza  Delivery or carry-out 

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2020 Bylaws and Articles Amendments

Proposed Amendments to Oshkosh Food Co-op Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

To be voted on at the Virtual Annual Membership Meeting, April 8, 2020   

As the we transition from a start-up conceptual entity to an operational business, the following recommended amendments would allow the Co-op to better protect the interests of our member-owners through increased flexibility to: further membership, raise funds, better define roles and responsibilities of leadership and staff, and provide needed governance safeguards.

All amendments and restatements are at the suggestion of our attorneys at Dorsey & Whitney, Dave Swanson and Dan Lenhardt, who are specialists in Cooperative Law and Cooperative governing documents.  They also reflect many of the suggested best practices of Columinate and other professional Cooperative organizations that have done extensive bylaws studies in an effort to modernize the documents throughout the industry.

Any questions in advance of the meeting can be sent to

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2020 Board Candidates

We are very excited to announce this year's Oshkosh Food Co-op slate of candidates!

Each year, three board positions are open for election. Board members hold positions for three-year terms, and elections are held in the first half of every year. One additional board slot is open this year due to two board members leaving their terms early (due to professional opportunities).

2020 Board of Directors Candidate Slate

Please click the links below to read the nomination statement that each of the outstanding candidates has prepared as you consider your vote!

You will have the opportunity to vote for up to four candidates.

Who is eligible to vote: Every primary member (each member household gets one vote) that became a member on or before February 17, 2020 is eligible to vote in the Board of Directors election.

How to cast your vote: 

  • Primary members can also vote online! An email will be sent to each eligible primary member. Online elections will close at midnight on April 1, 2020. Additional instructions will be included in the email.  If you fail to receive a link, please let us know.
  • Through the mail.  Since our Annual Meeting was postponed to a virtual meeting, we are unable to hold in person voting. If you would like a paper ballot mailed to you, please let us know.

 If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at

 Thanks in advance for using your voice in this very important Co-op process.

Why March 31 Matters

We've had many awesome milestones along the way to opening our member-owned grocery store. 

From conducting our feasibility study at our first 100 members, to launching our search for a location at 750, we are getting closer and closer to making this store a reality.

Why is March 31 an important date for us?

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2020 Board of Directors Nominations Open!

Dear Oshkosh Food Co-op Members,

This is the official notice of openings for the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors!

This is an incredible opportunity to become involved in a meaningful community project with a team of passionate and dedicated individuals. It's all hands on deck as we continue our capital campaign, design our store and hire our general manager.

All member-owners are eligible to run. Those with skills in grant writing, finance, human resources, and cultural inclusion are strongly encouraged to throw their hat in the ring.

Interested candidates are welcome to attend an info session:

Wednesday January 15th 7-8 pm   Blue Door Consulting  50 W.6th Street, Oshkosh 

Saturday January 18th Noon-1 pm  Maple Pub at Menominee Nation Arena

If you are interested in running for the board, please:

Questions can be directed to



A Legacy of Potato Sausage and the Oshkosh Food Co-op

Born in 1920, my Grandmother, Violet Scheuermann, saw some huge changes in the food system during her lifetime. Bakeries, local grocery stores and meat markets dotted the corners of the west side where she grew up.   Post World War II, she witnessed (and enjoyed) the processed food boom of the 1950's that helped her feed her family while she worked as a lunch lady at Oshkosh West High School.  Jell-O pudding, anyone?

As the corner bakeries disappeared, larger grocery chains came into Oshkosh, like the larger food store on the corner of Sawyer and Porter where a gas station now sits.    More produce was flown in from across the country (and world) while the backyard "victory" gardens of her adolescence were few and far between.  

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Hiring: Project Manager

We are currently seeking an individual dedicated to managing the project until the General Manager is hired and on-boarded, or until the Board otherwise decides the position is no longer needed. The immediate focus and need will be to coordinate our capital campaign.

Please review the complete job description here.

To apply, submit your resume to The application deadline is 1/14/2020.


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