Events

MONDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2019
Author of GROCERY STORE, Jon Steinman,
stops by at Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro, NC

on his book tour of 140 food coops across the US and Canada!
11am-1pm   Meet the Author  (free – in the store)
4-6pm   Book Reading & Signing   (free – in the store)

6:30-8pm  Who Owns Your Grocery Store?
Author Talk and Conversation in Forest Hall
(across the hall from Chatham Marketplace)
Tickets here

hosted by Slow Money NC, Abundance NC, Chatham County EDC, and Chatham Business & Professional Women

Here’s more info!
Did you know that in the US, only 5 companies receive 67% of all grocery sales? Or that multinational food manufacturers stock supermarket shelves themselves to have control of what products you will see where, and that a significant chunk of supermarket profits come from high fees that food manufacturers must pay for using their “real estate”?  How does that impact local food producers? Who owns the grocery stores we shop at?

If you are concerned at the thought of a handful of chain retailers and multinationals deciding what food is available to you, we encourage you to join Slow Money NC on Monday, June 3, to welcome journalist Jon Steinman to Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.  These are just some of the big questions probed in Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants —  Steinman’s highly anticipated new book.

To launch the book Steinman is touring the U.S. and Canada throughout 2019 with visits to upwards to 140 food coops from coast to coast.

Steinman is the producer and host of the internationally syndicated TV/web series, radio show and podcast “Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing Our Food System”.  His new book, Grocery Store, grapples with the far-reaching environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of the dominance of grocery giants in the United States and Canada. And it celebrates the revolutionary work of retail food co-ops in our country to change the grocery landscape – and our communities – for the better.

On Monday, June 3rd, Steinman will be available to discuss these ideas and sign books from 11-1pm and  4-6pm at Chatham Marketplace, 480 Hillsboro Street, ½ mile north of the Chatham Courthouse..

Monday evening from 6:30 – 8pm, Slow Money NC  hosts “Who Owns Your Grocery Store?” a talk and conversation led by Jon Steinman and Evan Diamond, General Manager of Chatham Marketplace. in Forest Hall, across the hall from Chatham Marketplace.  Tickets for the evening event include light refreshments and a cash bar, and are available for $10 at https://grocerystore.eventbrite.com.

Chatham Marketplace, a cooperative grocery located in historic Chatham Mills at 480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, recently celebrated its 13th birthday.  Chatham Marketplace features a full line of local, organic and sustainable food and grocery products, as well as a deli and café.  The store is open to everyone in the community from 7am to 9pm (10am – 7pm on Sundays). It has over 2000 members/owners, who participate in the democratic process of running the store and who are eligible for special owner-only discounts.

Host Slow Money NC connects local, sustainable farmers & local food entrepreneurs with people who know how important these businesses are to our community. Since 2010, Slow Money NC has helped more than 220 people make 320+ low-interest loans and equity investments to finance 125 sustainable farms and food enterprises in North Carolina, totaling over $4.5 million in investments!  That’s a lot of local food and wages, happy people, and fertile soil. Hundreds of hearts and minds have shifted from their paradigm of faraway investing to satisfying and critically important, local community lending.

Don’t miss author and radio host, Jon Steinman when he makes this brief stop in Pittsboro on his three-month tour of Canada and the U.S.!

Endorsements
“A great read! Full of energy and eyes-wide-open hope. In an era of extreme economic concentration, Jon Steinman awakens us to elements of an arising deomcratic economy, hidden in plain sight. Grocery Store is, above all, an empowering tale we need now more than ever.”

~ Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet and most recently, coauthor of Daring Democracy

“Jon Steinman turns a whisper into a roar, exposing the mendacity of the industrial food economy and the ever-growing monopoly of mega-grocery chains. He offers the local food coop as critically needed alternative. A must read for all of us who’ve been “asleep at the meal” while our food supply came under the nearly exclusive control of profit-hungry “grocery giants.”

~ Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed and Slow Money NC Executive Director

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2019 Slow Money NC ‘Funds to Farms’ Gatherings.

February 23, 2019 6-8pm at Wedge Brewery, Asheville, NC

Tuesday, March 12, 6-8pm  at the new Community Matters Cafe, Charlotte, NC
Details and RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 13, 6-8pm, Cocoa Cinnamon, Durham, NC
Details and RSVP here.

We had great presenters and solid turn-out  at all these gatherings!
If you would like to present your idea at the next event, please email us!

Thanks!