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Natural Food News o you remember what was going on in the year 1973? Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” was at the top of the music charts, and the movies “American Graffiti” and “The Sting” were big hits in theaters. But best of all, a small group of health and budget conscious people in Traverse City, after banding together so they could buy and split 50 lb sacks of flour, 40 lb blocks of cheese, and 5 gallon buckets of molasses, formed a an official food co-op. At that time there weren’t a lot of health food stores around and those that did exist were expen-sive and only sold small packages of products. Buying high quality products in bulk at wholesale prices made sense and not only did the concept stick, it grew from monthly gatherings at people’s homes to opening up a tiny retail store on Front Street. From these humble begin-nings a natural foods cooperative was born and christened “Oryana,” D Oryana Turns 40 ! after a fertility and abundance goddess of South America. Now, 40 years and three storefronts later, Oryana has grown to a $12 million business. Even though many of the faces of members, employees, and storefronts have changed over the decades, what has remained is the steadfast com-mitment to our mission: to provide high quality food produced in ecologically sound ways at fair value to member-owners and the community. It is no small accomplishment for our co-op to have lasted 40 years so to cel-ebrate this milestone, we are planning some great events for the coming months. At our general membership meeting in April we will debut a short film about Oryana in tribute to our anniversary. It will tell the story of Oryana from its early 70s roots to the present and feature some of our farmers and vendors as well as a member or two! The film-maker is Aaron Dennis of Stonehut Studios. Then this summer, (date TBA), we will host a 70’s themed party with live music and great food. It will be a feast to remember! Stay tuned for more updates on all the 40th anniversary happenings at Oryana. January-February 2013 • 231.947.0191 • oryana.coop • 260 East Tenth St., Traverse City, MI The Decades At a Glance 1973 -A food buying club that operates out of homes and porches becomes an official cooperative. 1983 -The general manager is Mike Williams. Oryana buys its first computer. Lots of volunteers help staff the co-op. 1993 -The general manager is Debra Trowbridge. Brand new bulk bins are installed. There are 5 food service employees. (Today there are 40.) Sales at $1 million. 2003 -Bob Struthers is general man-ager. Oryana creates a website. A garden of trees, shrubs and grasses is planted at the store. The board of directors is getting serious with expansion plans. Sales at $3 million. 2013 -Steve Nance is general manager. Produce sales at $1 million. Store sales at $12 million. 2 -From the GM 3 -From the Board 4 -Call for Board Members, Staff Picks 5 -New in Bulk, Bakers Green Acres update 6 -Meet our Local Vendors From the Cellar 7 -New Wellness Products Yoga for Health 8 -Vision 2022 what’s inside 9 -Vision 2022 10 -Vision 2022 11 -Vision 2022 12 -Crazy for Casseroles 13 -Gluten Free cooking with Tom Sisco 14 -Cooking Classes 15 -Co-op Kidz 16 -Rob Serbin reflects on Oryana Oryana Food Cooperative, Inc. 260 East Tenth Street Traverse City, MI 49684 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Permit 97 PAID

Oryana Turns 40!

Do you remember what was going on in the year 1973? Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” was at the top of the music charts, and the movies “American Graffiti” and “The Sting” were big hits in theaters. But best of all, a small group of health and budget conscious people in Traverse City, after banding together so they could buy and split 50 lb sacks of flour, 40 lb blocks of cheese, and 5 gallon buckets of molasses, formed a an official food co-op.

At that time there weren’t a lot of health food stores around and those that did exist were expensive and only sold small packages of products. Buying high quality products in bulk at wholesale prices made sense and not only did the concept stick, it grew from monthly gatherings at people’s homes to opening up a tiny retail store on Front Street.

From these humble beginnings a natural foods cooperative was born and christened “Oryana,” after a fertility and abundance goddess of South America. Now, 40 years and three storefronts later, Oryana has grown to a $12 million business. Even though many of the faces of members, employees, and storefronts have changed over the decades, what has remained is the steadfast commitment to our mission: to provide high quality food produced in ecologically sound ways at fair value to member-owners and the community.

It is no small accomplishment for our co-op to have lasted 40 years so to celebrate this milestone, we are planning some great events for the coming months. At our general membership meeting in April we will debut a short film about Oryana in tribute to our anniversary. It will tell the story of Oryana from its early 70s roots to the present and feature some of our farmers and vendors as well as a member or two! The filmmaker is Aaron Dennis of Stonehut Studios. Then this summer, (date TBA), we will host a 70’s themed party with live music and great food. It will be a feast to remember!

Stay tuned for more updates on all the 40th anniversary happenings at Oryana.

The Decades At a Glance

1973 - A food buying club that operates out of homes and porches becomes an official cooperative.

1983 - The general manager is Mike Williams. Oryana buys its first computer. Lots of volunteers help staff the co-op.

1993 - The general manager is Debra Trowbridge. Brand new bulk bins are installed. There are 5 food service employees. (Today there are 40.) Sales at $1 million.

2003 - Bob Struthers is general manager. Oryana creates a website. A garden of trees, shrubs and grasses is planted at the store. The board of directors is getting serious with expansion plans. Sales at $3 million.

2013 - Steve Nance is general manager. Produce sales at $1 million. Store sales at $12 million.

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