Hotdish, The Just Food Co+op Podcast

Hotdish Episode 1: Why A Podcast? Introduction of Hotdish to the Just Food Co-op Community

September 1, 2017

Episode 1: 

Why A Podcast? Hispanic Heritage Month & Meet The Deli - Interviews with Adriana the Deli Manager + Cheese Chat with Lynda & Nancy the Meat and Cheese Assistants. 

Welcome Introduction:

Hello and welcome to our first ever episode of Hotdish, the Just Food Co-op podcast. I’m Vicki, your host and I am very excited to bring you the latests news from your friendly neighborhood co-op.

The purpose of this podcast is to keep the conversation going beyond the walls of our building. Just Food Co-op aims to be a meeting place for community and friends, where our stories can be heard and shared. Where there is an open line of communication about your food, where that food comes from, and how it is being used to nourish our town and its members.  

Announcements: This is our first ever Just Food Co-op Podcast. This is a podcast in progress, and the format of the podcast will adjust to meet the needs of a particular week or subject area. Generally we are aiming for a 10-15 minute podcast that catches you up on what is happening at the store. We will also include stories from the community, vendors, farmers, and employees. There will be discussions with board members and  the management team of the store. But, since we’re called Hotish, we also want to get the stories behind what’s happening as well as the story behind the food we’re selling.

Segment 1 - Story - Why a podcast? The story of this podcast. (Vicki)

I started at Just Food Co-op just under a year ago. At that time I was hired as the Social Media & Creative Coordinator. This meant that I was responsible for the online presence and voice of the co-op. As I was working with the concept of what the co-op sounded like, I started thinking about all of the voices I hear inside the store on a day-to-day basis. The buyers ordering over the phone, the deli department describing a use for a gourmet cheese, or a produce stocker raving about the new type of mango we now have in stock.

These are the voices and the conversations that get me excited to try new foods and use new ingredients. What I wanted to do is capture these conversations and get them out to the community. If you are a frequent shopper here, you know how knowledgeable our staff is and how helpful they are when you’re looking for something. What you don’t often get to hear is how these products came to be in the store. How were they chosen?

The other conversations that no one gets to hear are the ones between our buyers and our vendors and farmers. When the orchardist is excited about a new apple - when the local farmer is getting ready to harvest. These are the exchanges I hope to bring to you through this podcast.

I’ll also be discussing different cooperative tenants and principals in attempt to demystify what our co-op does and what we stand for.  

So, tell me about what’s on your plate.

Interview - (Adriana) Hispanic Heritage Month, Breakfast Bar, 4 days a week Hot Bar.

Intro.: Tell what you do here at the co-op. department, title, basically, what you do here and why people would recognize you if they saw you.

A mini- My Story about Adirana

Q: The podcast is called Hotdish. What is your favorite Hotdish? Describe what's in it, and tell me why it's your favorite.

Q: Why is National Hispanic Heritage Month important to you?

Q: How are you helping celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in your department?

Segment 2 - Cheese Chat. Know Your Cheeses. (Nancy & Lynda)

Intro.: Tell what you do here at the co-op. department, title, basically, what you do here and why people would recognize you if they saw you.

A mini- My Story about Nancy & Lynda

Q: The podcast is called HotDish. What is your favorite HotDish? Describe what's in it, and tell me why it's your favorite.

Q: Why is National Hispanic Heritage Month important to you?

Q: How are you helping celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in your department?

Main Event: Cheese Chat!

Co-op Principal of the Week:

Principle #1: Voluntary and Open Membership

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

On the top of our bulletin board, on the outside of our building, there is a huge sign that says welcome in over 100 languages. We also proudly add the sentence “Everyone can shop, anyone can join” to as many promotional materials as possible. Everyday we work toward making the co-op a safe place where anyone can have access to affordable, nutritious food.

We believe Just Food is healthy food, that is local, sustainably produced, and strengthens communities.


Happenings/Next Week:

This Week at Just Food: If you’re listening to this in real time, these are the thing we have coming up!

September is Hispanic Heritage Month at Each month at Just Food Co-op is themed to reflect a different cause in order to highlight different ways food can make a positive impact on the lives of our customers. Sometimes these themes reflect larger national monthly celebrations or causes - including National Heart Health Month in February, or National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August. This month we are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month. One of the ways we’ll be celebrating is that our deli will be featuring Mexican food 4 days out of the week.  So, on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays all September long there will be a Mexican Entree featured. Anything from Chilaquiles, to Tinga de Pollo, to Pulled Pork Torta. Keep an eye out for the weekly offerings and watch out for other ways you can celebrate with Just Food Co-op.

Coffee With the Board is Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. Join members of our board of directors for free coffee at the front of our store. Speak with them about current store happenings, get your questions answered, or just chat about the weather. They’ll be here from 10am-12pm.

September Means Back to School - Northfield public schools start September 5th, St. Olaf classes begin September 7th, and classes commence at Carleton College on September 11th, 2017.

Defeat of Jesse James Days is a This festival is an annual heritage event which began in 1948 as the “Fall Festival” with Saturday’s theme being “Jesse James Day”. Festivities are already in full swing including the horseshoe hunt for which you need a button. These are sold for $5 at participating retailers in town including Just Food Co-op. The culminating events will be September 8th-10th, 2017. With townie day on Thursday, September 7th and the final parade on the 10th starting at 2pm. Check out for the full list of events.

Sample Day is September 16th, 2017 and will center around Hispanic Heritage Month as well as be a celebration of our Local Vendors.


Outro: (Read By: Kevin)

For More Information about Happenings at Just Food Co-op as well as up-to-date information about your local cooperative grocer you can.

  • Go to our website This is where you’ll find the hotbar menu.
  • Follow us on Facebook at
  • Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @justfoodcoop
  • Look at our favorite recipes and food-related hacks on Pinterest @justfoodcoop
  • Our Bi-monthly newsletter is available on our website, and physical copies are available in our store.
  • We also have a weekly email newsletter which you can sign up for by simply emailing your name and the email address you would like to use to
  • If you have any questions or comments for the podcast please email them to
  • Also if you have any suggestions for segments or would like to be a guest on the podcast, please email Vicki at with your ideas. She would love to hear from you.


Thank you for listening to this inaugural episode of HotDish, The Just Food Co-op Podcast. Join us next week when we discuss the upcoming Board of Directors Election.


Just Food Co-op nourishes a Just, Healthy and Sustainable Community.