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New Leaf Market Celebrates 38th Anniversary


By Cristin Burns

The Party

May marks 38 years of New Leaf Market serving our community, serving natural and organic foods and serving co-op owners. In celebration, owners will receive 10 percent off on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2012. But we’re not forgetting our non-owners, on Saturday everyone is invited to enjoy free cake and punch from 11 am-5 pm and the chance to win fun door prizes.

Owners may also enter to win our grand prizes: a KitchenAid® 6 Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer ($379.99 value), a $100 New Leaf Market gift card or a Cuisinart® Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender ($38.99 value). Entry forms are available in store through Sunday, May 6. The winners will be notified Monday, May 7.

A big thank you goes to all of our neighbors and business partners who generously donated door prizes for our celebration: AAA Keith McCulloch, Aveda Institute, Critter Getter, Debra Ray’s Piano, Equal Exchange, Fertile Crescent Reiki, Gold’s Gym, Good Friends Group Fitness, Kumon Math, May I Have Your Tension Please?, Pamela Chamberlynn, Springer Acupuncture, Yoga Unlimited, Wharf Express on Magnolia, and Whole Health Chiropractic.

The Stories

In preparation for our anniversary we asked customers and employees to share their co-op stories and memories. Please enjoy the following stories of community, love, learning, food, and cooperation!

The Co-op has come a long way. Stewart Parsons, the lawyer who drew up the papers of incorporation for the Leon County Food Co-op, remembers the very beginning.
Read his full story here.

How do people discover the Co-op? For Crystal Wakoa, it was a chance meeting on the way to Cape San Blas. Years later, the Co-op provides food for her heart.
Read her full story here.

Whether shopping or volunteering at the Co-op there is a lot to learn. Donna Legare took her member-worker lessons to her own business, Native Nurseries. For Marylyn Feaver, the Co-op provided her daughter with the chance to sell her organic cherry tomatoes and fund her short-lived career as a beekeeper.
Read their full stories here.

Our employees work at New Leaf Market for many different reasons. Some are passionate about organic food and others want to be part of a co-op. Adriane Pitt found her new career at the Co-op and then found her family.
Read the full story here.

The Co-op boasts over 10,000 owners, but how many of them were here at the beginning and are still loyal owners? John Jenkins is one such owner.
Read his full story here.


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