GroCo • Owner • Spotlight: Eric Compas

"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.

Tell me a little about yourself: job, hobbies, obsessions, etc.
Lori: Writer and photographer at SpaceSaver in Fort Atkinson. Hobbies are knitting, beading, photography, running, climbing, and hiking.
Eric: Professor at UWW. Hobbies are rock climbing, road biking, and kayaking -- all bordering on obsessions.
Ellie: holding down the fort. Hobbies are catching frisbees and demolishing dog toys.
 
Why did you become an Owner of the GroCo (besides the fact that Walmart isn't great)? 
Our interest 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. 

What's your favorite recipe? Why? What is the recipe if you don't mind sharing?
Lori: Peanut stew (Great Dane's recipe). Why? Great for a cold winter evening. We just use a version that we found online. It's really close.
Eric: Homemade pizza. Why? Because it's pizza. I don't measure anything -- everything's added by feel -- so I'm not sure how to share. You'll just have to come over sometime.

What's the quirkiest/funniest thing that's ever happened to you in a grocery store?
​Hmm...that's tough. We lived in a tiny town in Montana for three years where "fresh produce" -- a very relative term -- only showed up on Mondays and was gone in minutes. They also sold bison meat and bear spray canisters. All of that seemed normal. 

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