Dixon Co-Op Deli Celebrates One Year!

Maggie

March 17th marks the one year anniversary of our little deli being open. It all began in August of 2012 when I began working on converting the KLDK Radio Station room into a commercial kitchen. Much research went in to floor plans, equipment, plumbing and electrics and the finer details of getting permitted through NM Environment Department. Soon it was clear that we were working with a very small space, there was not enough money to do what we wanted to do and that everything takes longer than expected. A floor drain had to be put in, the floor had to be refinished, washable wall material had to be installed and the place had to be rewired all before we could begin to move the kitchen equipment into place. I learned at this point that no you cannot squeeze an extra 3 inches out of the length of a room no matter how badly you want to. The floor plan had to be revised again and again. Once all this had been accomplished there was a waiting period for the frigid winter to ease up a little so…the water could thaw and we could have actual running water in our new sinks! Oh I was so nervous before our final opening inspection but all went well.

This past year has been a learning process and a joy. Ever since the Co-op opened I knew that I wanted to run the Deli when it eventually opened. It has been nothing like I pictured…I always thought of a big, open kitchen with beautiful glass display cases filled with delicious prepared foods and fine baked goods. We would have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a glass of milk for two dollars, beans and rice for a dollar and plenty of seating space. Some of these things seem to be attainable in the near future, others simply aren’t possible. What is possible is that the Deli will continue to grow and flourish. We will be able to offer more prepared food items, we will have more display space and I will be able to bake to my hearts content. For now it seems that we have reached a good middle ground. I am enjoying interacting with the community. I am deeply satisfied with being able to provide food for others to enjoy. The best is yet to come!

Thank you to all who have been loyal supporters. Thank you for your suggestions, for your encouragement and for your continued support!

Yummi

Hitting the Refresh Button on the Board of Directors

Every January, the membership gets to elect a new Board of Directors for the Co-Op. This year we have 6 candidates and 4 open seats. President Jeff Spicer and Secretary Emily Romero have finished their two year terms and have decided to make room for fresh faces. Vice-President Krystofer Meadows no longer lives in Dixon and so she is resigning here at the midpoint of her term. Treasurer Ron Monsour is the only one of the current board guaranteed a seat for the upcoming year. Ken Youens-Clark who was appointed a seat when Clark Case resigned will have to face the electorate to keep his seat.

So let’s waste no more time in getting to know the 6 board candidates for 2014:

LisaAnnCroppedLisaAnn Edenfield

I would love to serve my community by becoming a board member of the Dixon  Co-Op. While my family is new to the Dixon area, we intend to make it our home. We have lived in northern New Mexico for the past five years-two of those years were in Pilar. My family originally comes from Florida-fifth generation. I have a son who attends Dixon Elementary and a daughter attending UNM and a son in the National Guard. 

 I am a nursing coordinator for adults with disabilities. I have been a nurse for 22 years. I believe healthy, local foods are imperative to the well being of my clients and my family. The Dixon Co-Op provides this to the community and I would be honored to be part of that process.

Amalio

Amalio Madueño

Amalio is Principal of Community Development Consulting Associates, a private consulting firm & consultant to NM Tribes, local governments, institutions, nonprofits, private business and corporations. Currently a contractor to the Community Programs Office of Los Alamos National Laboratory on development of regional community development programs, projects, infrastructure initiatives, plans and projects. Areas of expertise include: legislative proposals, finance, fundraising, feasibility analysis, strategic planning and entrepreneurship training. Prepared and packaged $25+ million in approved community projects since 1992. Consultant to more than 2,000 small businesses in New Mexico. Assisted the very first Co-Op board with feasibility study and business plan for establishment of the Dixon Coop in 2002.

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 Patty Nielsen

I have lived in the Embudo area for most of the last 47 years. I have been involved with the Co-op since it’s inception, serving on the board, as a volunteer cashier and as a sometimes manager. I would like to represent our invaluable volunteers in board decisions and support the staff in their decisions, and to draw more of the community into membership. As a farmer, I hope to expand the sale of locally grown produce on a more year round basis, and to encourage customers to use and enjoy these products.

 I have experience in business management, and would like to help the store find a secure financial path.

Eddie

Eddie Scheps

I have lived in New Mexico for 19 years and owned land in Dixon since 2005, which is also when we joined the Co-op. We built a home here in 2009 and my wife and I plan to live here full-time in the spring. 

From 1974-1987 I worked in retail and wholesale natural and gourmet food companies and have run my own successful business for 27 years. I have a keen interest in food, cooking and grocery stores. I would like to help the Dixon Co-op grow and continue to serve this community.

Christen

Christen Vogel

I have lived in Dixon with my family for fifteen years. In that time I have been an active member of the community. This includes the Dixon Elementary PTO, The Dixon Studio Tour, the Family Literacy Program, and others. I would like to offer my time and experience to the Dixon Coop board.

I left the corporate world as a graphic designer to begin a new phase in my life as a mother. I learned very quickly that it was the most challenging job I would have. In those twenty-three years of raising three children I’ve spent my fair share of time in grocery stores large and small. My experience planning and budgeting for a family of five will be a valuable insight for the Dixon Coop board.

In the twenty-eight years of marriage to Jim we have renovated three homes on our own as well as managed the construction process of our current home. This is a testament to my patience and ability to see things through to a satisfactory finish.

My husband Jim and I also have our own business, Vogels’ Artshop, where I am responsible for the bookkeeping, ordering supplies as well as creating frames for my husband’s paintings. In short, I keep the business running like a well-oiled machine.

I have many attributes that can serve to bring a fresh perspective to many of the challenges involved in keeping our thriving store alive and well for many years to come.

Ken

Ken Youens-Clark

I have been a resident of Dixon well nigh 3.5 years. I’m a professional computer programmer, an amateur musician, and live with my wife, Lori Kindler, and our three children on the first arroyo. I assumed a vacated Co-op board seat in 2013 and so have some experience with the board and its mission.

Join us at the General Membership Meeting Sunday, January 26th at 3pm at the Dixon Elementary gym as we announce the winning candidates. This event will be followed by a potluck, so bring something to share if you wish. Oh… and ballots are at the store. And just a reminder that your membership needs to be current in order to vote… and one ballot per household.

UPDATE!

Congratulations to Patty, Ken, Amalio and Christen. Our newest board members!

Santa Rosa at the Co-Op

 

Flamenco Performance from 2012

Flamenco Performance from 2012

The Santa Rosa Fiestas happen in Dixon this weekend with music, food, neighbors crawling out of the woodwork, a parade filled with all manner of craziness, a King, a Queen and princesses. It’s almost too much to bear. Almost. But, bear it we will.

This year, the Co-Op will not have a float from which to pelt citizens with organic lollipops. Nor will we sponsor a table out in the library park. This does not mean we are not prepared to join in the festivities however, it just means we’re concentrating on servicing the crowd this weekend.

Inside the store we will still be serving up sliced watermelon to cool your core, and if the fare being offered in the park isn’t meeting your needs, there will be plenty of freshly made sandwiches, salads, salsa and sushi inside as well. There may even be some homemade pie (made by the deli queen, Maggie) not to mention our usual array of picnic items and of course, plenty of ICE CREAM! If you’ll be doing an early bird shift, peek in the store to see if there are any homemade breakfast burritos to help get you through the set up process.

As you may be aware, the Fiestas King this year is our own General Manager, Nelson Rhodes! Rumor has it, he will be handing out some serious Co-Op coupons on Sunday. So be sure to get a good roadside seat when the Fiestas Royalty roll by.

See you at the Fiestas and at the Co-Op!