This year, 12 Owners of the Whitewater Grocery Co-op joined 250+ other people working on start-up food co-ops or operating food co-ops around the nation at the Up & Coming 2020 conference.Read more
One of our fantastic Owners, Therese McKenzie, made a very popular chili for the recent Whitewater Freeze Fest!
Since a number of people are jonesin' for the recipe, we are eager to share it!Read more
"I became a GroCo member because it will be a great economic boost to our community and I like good food."
This is Owner #227, Grace Crickette, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs at UWW! We sat down to learn a little about her to find out her thoughts on becoming an Owner.Read more
Lets face it, we all need to eat, and for many of us, it’s one of the most enjoyable parts of life! Unfortunately, money is often a barrier holding us back on the variety of things we would like to explore in life. In the U.S. the average person spends around 11% of their disposable income on food (USDA). This guide’s purpose is to show some of the easiest ways to cut costs on food, while still providing ourselves delicious and nutritious meals!
"I wanted to get engaged in the critical actions of the community so I quickly joined the Whitewater Grocery Cooperative, the Rotary, League of Women Voters, the Historical Society, and the Greater Whitewater Committee."
This is Owner #592, Dwight Watson, the recent new Chancellor of UWW! We sat down to learn a little about him to find out his thoughts on becoming an Owner.Read more
"I wanted to give back to this community with so many great people. I'm hoping future students will be able to make healthier food choices once they have a proper grocery store."
This is Owner #616, Cameron Scholze, a student studying environmental science at UWW, and one of our few student owners before the store! We sat down to learn a little about her to find out her thoughts on becoming an Owner.Read more
"I have belonged to other Co-ops like PCA, Badgerland co-op, Equity Feed and Fuel co-op, and Equity livestock. They all were created by people that banned together to get a better price and save money."
This is Owner #295, Michael Schwabe, a dedicated volunteer of many organizations including the Gro Co! We sat down to learn a little about him to find out his thoughts on becoming an Owner.Read more
"Our interest is in sustainability and alternative food systems. We'd like a store that will better listen to our needs (reducing plastics) and better support our local farmers and food systems."
This is Owner #535, Dr. Eric Compas, a current professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater! We sat down to learn a little about him and his wife Lori to find out their thoughts on becoming an Owner.Read more
"I may not still be in Whitewater when the GroCo officially opens, but I still care deeply about how what I do today will effect future students to come."
This is Owner #465, Alex Ostermann, a current student at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater! We sat down to learn a little about him and find out his thoughts on becoming an Owner.Read more
"I really love the grass roots effort of building a grocery store together with my neighbors, and being able to choose what WE believe is in Whitewater's best interest."
This is Owner #159, Krista Mikulski, supervisor at UPS and laser engraving extraordinaire! We sat down to learn a little about her and find out her thoughts on becoming an Owner.Read more
This Thanksgiving season, I have been meditating on gratitude and the idea of living a grateful life. Grateful living -- or choosing to be mindful of the abundance around us -- has a way of positively impacting our personal lives, our community, and the world. Grateful living is the act of looking around at all we have and everything we are and thinking, “This is enough. I am enough.” When we realize that we have enough and we are enough, we can turn our attention outside of ourselves and connect with others. Through these connections, powerful things can happen.
Over the past three years of working to develop a cooperative grocery store in our small Wisconsin town, I have had many moments of deep gratitude for connections with others. People I only knew by face or name have become close colleagues and trusted partners. Strangers have become friends. Bonds have been forged between businesses, people, schools, and organizations. Without connecting, cooperation would be nonexistent. And it’s only through cooperation that we can experience the power of being greater than the sum of our parts.Read more