Event is free, open to general public, and will include interactive stations with demos.

BETHLEHEM – July 17, 2015 – The Bethlehem Food Co-op will hold its annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Monocacy Park on Illicks Mill Road in Bethlehem. The event is free and open to the general public.

Hamburgers and veggie burgers will be provided by the Co-Op, and local café Jumbars ( will be donating some sweet treats. Guests are asked to bring along a side dish, beverage, or dessert to share. Beer or wine is permitted in single-serving, non-breakable containers.

The picnic will feature several fun, interactive stations that promote the Co-Op’s education mission:

  • Pollinator Station: In support of the group’s upcoming film screening of “Queen of the Sun,” guests can make a bee home to either take home or donate to the Co-Op to sell or raffle at the movie screening. Tickets for the film screening on August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice House on Sand Island will be available at the event.
  • Local Coffee: Monocacy Coffee Company, a new local roaster, will provide samples and brewing demonstrations.
  • Dilly Beans: Joe Klinkhoff will demonstrate how to use lacto-fermentation to make dilly beans (pickled green beans that are commonly used in Bloody Mary drinks)
  • Co-Op Info: Guests will be able to learn about cooperative enterprise, Bethlehem Food Co-Op Development, purchase limited edition colors of the Co-Op t-shirt, and become a member-owner.

More information about the picnic can be found on Facebook at –

The Bethlehem Food Co-Op is owned by the community members it serves, and will support local producers and sustainable, humane, and natural food systems. Member-owners make a one-time $300 equity payment and will receive many perks, such as an equal voice in Co-op operations, opportunities for hands-on involvement, discount days, and access to unique educational opportunities. Monthly payment plans are available to accommodate those who need to divide up the equity payment. The Co-op currently has more than 215 member-owners. The faster the Co-op gains member-owners, the sooner the store can open to serve the community.

The Bethlehem Food Co-Op is a diverse community encouraging physical, social, and economic health by providing healthful, affordable food; emphasizing local, sustainable, humane, and natural food systems; and offering unique educational opportunities to the entire community. More information can be found at


Information Provided By:
Tracey Werner, Blabbermouth Communications