Jena Doak, [email protected]
October 29, 2021 — Some area residents believe Green River needs a second grocery store, one that the community can build together, and be proud of. Residents will have a chance to see what is possible with such a grocery store at the special Wild Sage Fall Market this Saturday.
The Wild Sage Fall Market will be taking place this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Expedition Island Pavillion, in Green River. Local food vendors will offer local farm-fresh, grass-fed meats, homemade bread, sauerkraut, honey, hot sauce, and beer.
Local business owners whose services promote health, wellness, and sustainability, such as: yoga, well-being consultants, herbs, hemp, crystals, spas and more will be there, too.
There will also be games and a photo booth for families and children to be photographed in front of a fun backdrop.
The vendors are members of the Wild Sage Co-op. Once the store is ready, their goods and services will be offered. And these are just a few examples of what will be available in a specialty store — a co-op — in the community.
Once the Wild Sage Market is ready to open, people will have more options to buy local, cleaner and safer foods. The market is in its first phase of the business-building plan.
Wild Sage Market is currently seeking members to join the effort. A total of 300 members are needed in order to move on to the next phase. Currently, there are 239 members.
After such a great experience at the Fall Market this Saturday, people will have a chance to become members. Membership provides benefits that nonmembers don’t have, and requires a one-time fee of $300. Member equity funds are held in a savings account until it is time to break ground on the structure.
There will be items in the store that will only be available to members. Members will have a say as to what the market will carry, and they will vote on whether money should go towards patronage dividends or be used to improve the store. Members will also have the option to run for positions on the Wild Sage Market Board.
Another benefit of having a new grocery store is stimulating the economy and providing jobs for community members. Bringing about a healthy food co-op is a community effort.
“A co-op means that it is community-owned,” Wild Sage Market Vice-President, Stacy Dolinar, said. “It will be a family-friendly event and will help people see that Wyoming is becoming more sustainable. It is not such a food desert anymore.”
As the board members are fond of saying, “Local is possible.”