1st Annual Summer Baking Fest and Silent Auction Raises $624 for GardenShare

Over 100 people attended the final event of the Potsdam Summer Festival on Sunday afternoon, July 13th, in the Potsdam Food Co-op's Carriage House. The Co-op sponsored a Summer Baking Fest and Silent Auction as a fundraiser for GardenShare.

For three hours GardenShare staff and board members, and Co-op working-owners served up sample sized portions of a luscious array of treats, all prepared by community members. Children and adults alike filled their plates with tidbits of such things as Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Raspberry Clafoutis, and Tomato Pie. Folks voted for their favorites and also made bids, hoping to take those favorites home with them. $624 was raised for GardenShare through the bidding process and cash donations.

The winning cooks with the most votes in their respective categories were; Rose Rivezzi, whose Lemon Mousse with Raspberries won the “Simply Wonderful” category (no more than five ingredients); Janet Learned's entry of a mouth-watering assortment of beautifully labeled preserves, won in the “Local is Best” field; Maliah Wright took top honors with her Gluten-free Vanilla Macaroons submitted under “Special Diet”; and Linda Myers was the winner for having black beans as “The Secret” healthy ingredient in her Amazing Brownies. Pam Maurer was the hands down winner for having the highest number of local ingredients (30) in her dish - Local Bounty Crustless Quiché.

Each of the winners receives a $25 Good Food Gift Card from the Potsdam Food Co-op. Heartfelt thanks goes to the many generous people who gave their time and culinary talents to make this first time event the success that it was.

“We were thrilled to see the variety and quality of entries received and delighted to have been able to both raise money and highlight the important work that GardenShare does for the North Country, “said Co-op General Manager, Eric Jesner. “We look forward to building on this success and hosting this event again next year.”

GardenShare is a nonprofit community organization that works to build a North Country where all of us have enough to eat and enough to share. Their efforts vary from spearheading a food policy council, creating the opportunity for shoppers to use EBT and Debit cards at the farmers' markets, and events such as the Food Day Youth Summit, food assistance programs for low income families including CSA Bonus Bucks, and publishing the Local Food Guide, an annual and ever-growing database of where to find local foods.


Kathleen Fitzgerald - Marketing & Outreach Committee Member


Buying Club Online Ordering

Take advantage of our Buying Club from home by using our online service! Member/Owners can sign up for a Buying Club account online at http://foodclub.org/potsdamcoop/login, or by using the link under the Buying Club heading in the left sidebar. It may take up to three days for an account to be activated. Once there, you can search UNFI's catalog and add items to your cart. The order will be locked from Monday at 6 a.m. until Tuesday at 4 p.m. so that we may place and process the order. We will email you an invoice for your records and have a printed copy in the store that you can use to purchase your goods. If you have any questions about how the system works, please do not hesitate to call and ask. You may also visit the "Information" link in the left sidebar for more details.

About the Potsdam Food Co-op


The Potsdam Co-op is a member-owned and operated natural foods cooperative where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone can join.

The Co-op was established in 1973 and has been dedicated to meeting the community's need for specialty and whole foods at the lowest possible cost ever since. Now in its fifth location, the Co-op remains a locally-owned business whose members volunteer to work alongside paid staff to keep the shelves stocked and the store running.

 As a member of the local community interested in its well being, we attempt to use local sources whenever feasible. We strive to provide a pleasant shopping experience and working environment, with an emphasis on education shared information, and developing our relationship with the community. We encourage environmental respect through the manner in which we conduct our daily operations.

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