Rainbow Co-op is continuing to meet with the community to plan for a future location following their closing in August in Fondren.
Community Manager Patrick Jerome emailed supporters this week to set dates for a slate of September listening sessions saying, “We had some frank and informative discussions about the coop and closing (in August). You learned some things, but mostly you told us what we need to know to go forward.”
Dates for this month’s listening sessions are Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 a.m. in the High Noon Cafe.
“If you’ve already done a listening session, feel free to come to these,” Jerome stated. “However, if local food systems are not your area of interest or expertise, you may want to consider waiting for a future event and giving someone else a chance to speak.”
“Whatever exact form the new cooperative takes, local food and products are going to be a larger part of it than they were ever before,” Jerome said. “Since people trust Rainbow to provide good, healthy food, we need your help to ensure that trust continues in the future.”
Rainbow asks its supporters to invite anyone farmers, restaurateurs, or simply fans of local slow food movements to attend these sessions.
“We’ve discovered that we can rely on our local community to provide better, more pertinent knowledge than expensive outside consultants,” he said.
Other September sessions include a discussion of the future of High Noon Cafe on Friday, Sept. 21st, 9:00 a.m. and Friday, Sept 28th, 5:00 p.m.
On Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m., the group will meet to discuss the future of the bulk department.