Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Jun 1, 2006 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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On Saturday, May 19th, our friends Sheila Crowley and Treva Wetherell packed up Treva’s little Honda and headed north, taking Three Frontiers Trading Company on its first road trip to the newly formed Western Market in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. The market is now open every Saturday from 12-5 and offers an ideal setting for aspiring artists and Fair Traders to ply their wares. Sheila reports that the market’s setting in such a vibrant neighborhood made it the perfect place for a successful “Fair Trade Day” with lots of people stopping by to try Café Campesino coffee and buy unique fair trade gifts for friends and family. Look for Sheila and friends on Saturday, July 15th, for a repeat performance at the Western Market’s night festival.

BRAG 2006 – The stars have aligned once again for the annual Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) and Geoffrey has been busy preparing in earnest for this Café Campesino summer ritual. BRAG 2006 will run from Dalton to Augusta from June 10-17th, passing through Cartersville, Jasper, Gainesville, Commerce and Washington. BRAG 2006 riders and their supporters will be happy to know that if they miss Geoffrey and crew on site, they can always stop in and visit our friends at the Mayflower Coffee Company in Washington, GA. Located in the heart of Washington at 16 East Robert Toombs Avenue, the Mayflower Coffee Company serves up Café Campesino daily in a truly beautiful, traditional coffee house setting… to read more about the Mayflower Coffee Company, click here.

Geoffrey will be joined by Scott Armstrong (long-standing BRAG rider, singer/songwriter and friend of Café Campesino) and crew to serve up all the Café Campesino coffee, iced mochas and other sundry items this year’s riders can chug and munch down. And, as usual, Café Campesino will be offering “All You Can Drink in a Morning” wrist bracelets, providing unlimited access to coffee as well as a choice of two snacks including muffins, bagels, fruit and other goodies (choice varies depending on local supply) every morning at camp until the last bicycle has pulled out. The bracelets are available and can be purchased at www.brag.org or on site at the Café Campesino booth in Dalton for $25 each.

Café Campesino is a proud sponsor of the 50th Anniversary Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference. Hosted by our friends at Sevananda Natural Foods Market, this year’s conference will draw over 400 people from the United States, Canada and the UK to the GA Tech Conference Center in Atlanta from June 8-11. CCMA is committed to nation-wide education, support and sharing of knowledge between food coops. Café Campesino will be served at the conference’s Saturday evening social event “Partay Atlanta Style!” as well as in the conference’s hospitality suite during the conference.

On June 14th, Tripp will head down to Cairo, Georgia (pronounced “kayrow” in our fine state) where he will address the Cairo Rotary Club and introduce them to Fair Trade and Café Campesino’s work as Georgia’s first and only 100% Fair Trade, organic coffee roaster.

June winds up with two stellar events…

What do Café Campesino, Fair Trade and Georgia’s rivers have in common? Paddle Georgia! From June 24th through the 30th, Geoffrey will once again be serving up Café Campesino and talking Fair Trade with our friends at the 2006 Paddle Georgia. This year’s sold-out week-long, 120-mile canoe/kayak adventure on the Etowah and Coosa rivers will flow from Dawsonville to Rome. Daily paddle trips will average 17 miles and in addition to nightly camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs, tours of industrial facilities and historic sites, scientific research including chemical and biological water monitoring, Paddle Georgia offers paddling enthusiasts a unique opportunity to gather for companionship and camaraderie with each other. Paddle Georgia also serves as a fundraiser for Georgia River Network and Coosa River Basin Initiative (Upper Coosa Riverkeeper). For more information, visit the Paddle Georgia website at www.paddlegeorgia.org.

Finally, we’re thrilled to report that our long-time friend and loyal advocate Stacey Johnson will be traveling down to Americus at the end of June to learn the Café Campesino ropes so that she can help Tripp and Kristy with their sales and marketing efforts. Stacey will be based near Athens, where we first met her as the manager of Café Campesino customers Phoenix Market and Apoteca. Stayed tuned for more info about Stacey, who will add an abundance of energy and good vibes as well as solid experience in the world of natural foods to Café Campesino!

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