The new year is off and running, and so is the Village Co-op Market of Williamsville! We are setting our sights on new goals with new momentum! We have a new board in place and a Marketing Committee that is planning a year’s worth of events to increase our membership. But we can’t do it alone...
This is OUR co-op we are building - all of us are owners! So we need YOU to help grow our membership base to get us to the next level of finding a location for our market in Williamsville. We ask that you help by bringing in one new member-owner. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors. Tell them WHY you became a member-owner and share your vision for your community market. Whether it’s to support local farmers and the local economy, or to have a voice in which foods we sell, or to reap the many benefits of being a member-owner. Encourage someone new to share your vision of bringing healthy food options and other great amenities to a local, community-owned market!
Are you a bit confused on what the difference is between a Food Cooperative and a Grocery Store? You're not alone! Check out this 4 minute video to get a better understanding. And don't hesitate to reach out to us via email if you want to chat more!
Special Event: Food is Medicine!
September 19, 2019
The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville presents... FOOD IS MEDICINE: HOW A PLANT-BASED DIET SAVED MY LIFE. Featuring Tim Kaufman, aka FatManRants. Hear Tim's inspirational story and learn more about The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville on Saturday, October 19, 11 am - 1 pm at Mill Middle School. This event is FREE. Everyone is welcome and there will be free food samples! See the flyer HERE.
"On a cold winter day in February 2018, I came across a post in the Nextdoor App advertising The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville. Shocked that I hadn't heard of the new market yet, I researched and learned that a small group of people had come together to create a big idea."
To read the full article from the July 2019 Jewish Journal of Western New York, click HERE.
Please join us at our next monthly meeting on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 at 6:30 pm for a special presentation on the success story of the Lexington Co-op! We'll be meeting outside the Lehigh Valley Train Depot (86 South Long Street, Williamsville). Bring a chair and bring a friend! We will be accepting memberships after the presentation. Click HERE for more info. See you there!
THANK YOU Mary Magoffin!!
April 30, 2019
A HUGE thank you to member-owner Mary Magoffin for donating a sponsorship on behalf of the village Co-op Market of Williamsville for the Greater Buffalo Track Club's 2019 Grand Island Half Marathon and 10K event on May 4. This sponsorship gives our co-op visibility on the Greater Buffalo Track Club website, a sign on the race course, and fliers included in the race bags to the runners.
"The process is expected to take two to five years, although organizers hope to reach 600 members by the end of this year, said Board President Jim Walfrand. At that point, he added, leaders can begin developing "pro forma" financial projections and put the project out to bid."
Thank you to Jonathan Epstein from the Buffalo News for the latest article!
Jeremy Flint will be a Guest Speaker at our next mtg
January 24, 2019
Join us on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Village Hall (5565 Main Street) to hear Jeremy Flint, Executive Director at YMCA Buffalo Niagara at 7:00 pm (regular board meeting at 6:30 pm). The Village Co-op believes in the YMCA's goals that support a healthy community. Jeremy will talk about the missions of the Village Co-op and YMCA and how they align in approaches to healthy lifestyles. More info HERE.
HOST A HOUSE PARTY!
January 16, 2019
Help us reach 600 Members by hosting a house party! It's easy ... Email the co-op board (firstname.lastname@example.org)... pick a date... and invite some friends/family/neighbors for wine & cheese, snacks, dessert, drinks, etc. Two experienced board members will come to the party to do a short presentation about the co-op and be ready to answer any questions. No high-pressure sales - just a fun and comfortable way to talk co-op!
CO-OP MEMBER SOCIAL EVENT - Coming soon!
January 11, 2019
Get ready to raise your glass. We'll be having a co-op member social event! Date and location will be announced soon. Check back for more information. Cheers!
Christmas Tree Sale on December 1st!
November 25, 2018
Support the Village Co-op Market by purchasing a tree during the Village of Williamsville & Williamsville Business Association Holiday in the Village festivities on Saturday, December 1, from 10 AM to 8 PM. Fresh cut Fraser Firs will be available in Amherst Town Hall parking lot on Main Street (between Town Hall & the Library). 5-6' trees are $70. 6-7' trees are $85. There is a $5 discount for Co-op Member Owners! For more info, click HERE. Happy Holidays!
A Letter from the President
November 19, 2018
First, THANK YOU to all of you who have seen the vision for a food cooperative market in the Village of Williamsville. Without your vision, commitment and support, we would be nowhere near where we are today. As we near the close of the year, I wanted to provide you an update with all we’ve done so far to turn our dream into a reality. And what a year we’ve had!...
To read the full letter and watch a video of memories from the past year, click HERE. Enjoy!
"Watch for the co-op’s informational pop-up tent at upcoming events such as the Village of Williamsville’s holiday tree-lighting party on Dec. 1. Volunteers will also be selling Christmas trees at that event."
Thanks to Joe Kirchmyer from Buffalo Scoop for the latest article!
Our Board Election had a great turnout this year, with 58 people (22.3%) of owners voting! The election process came to a close on 10.31.18 at midnight. The 58 votes that were cast have been verified by the Nominations committee. There were 56 ballots cast online and 2 paper ballots mailed in. There were no write-in candidates. All votes were cast for the Nomination Committee's supported candidate Jim Walfrand. Jim will begin his 3 year term as President on 1.1.19. We would like to thank all the Member-Owners for their participation in this Democratic process!
2018 Election Information
October 14, 2018
The purpose of the following activities and timeline is to define a nominating process that is open and transparent. The process is designed to encourage a strong sense of ownership and participation on the part of all Co-op member-owners. This year, the first position up for election is Board President. In accordance with our By Laws, Section 5.2, directors to the board are elected for three (3) year terms. Click HERE to read about the nomination process timeline.
We were featured on AM Buffalo on Tuesday, September 11. If you missed us, you can watch the clip HERE!
Co-op Park Clean Up & Summer Cookout
August 6, 2018
We're having a “park cleanup” at Garrison Park on Sunday, August 19 at 1 pm and a summer cookout at 3 pm at the Garrison Park pavilion to get to know each other and enjoy our success thus far. Families with kids can enjoy the playground and pool during the cookout!All member-owners and their families are invited and encouraged to bring a non-member guest! We will meet at the Garrison Park pavilion at 1pm for the park clean-up which will include weeding, cleaning gardens/beds, pick up trash and any other needs. Volunteers from the Village Beautification Committee will be there to lead and guide the effort. NOTE: Please bring your own snippers, gloves, weeding tools, brooms, shovels, etc. Yard waste bags will be provided by the Village.If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Peppas at with the names of people. Come join the fun!
Special Event on August 1
July 12, 2018
Please join us on August 1 for a special event where Co-op GM Sheila Conboy and Co-op Treasurer Mike Benzin will be present to talk about how they started the East Aurora Co-op. Come hear about their challenges and successes along their journey to open a co-op! Village Co-op Regular Board meeting at 6:30, Special Event Presentation 7 - 8 PM at Williamsville Village Hall
Here is Stephen Watson's article from The Buffalo News. We'd also like to comment on the IDA's stated concern that the proposed co-op would mainly benefit only one area of town. This is a legitimate AIDA concern and will be addressed in our marketing efforts. As our founding group continues to discuss potential locations for our co-op in the village in our effort to promote a walkable community, we also are keenly aware that the co-op would not thrive and survive with only village residents as customers. Therefore, our business model will also focus on establishing mutually beneficial relationships with a larger suburban region including communities like Clarence, Cheektowaga, Amherst, Snyder and Lancaster, to name a few. We welcome input from all new members. Read the full article HERE.