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Orders due Wednesday, March 28. Pick up Saturday, March 31.
Sugarhouses around the state will be open for tours and demonstrations. A directory of participating sugarhouses is here. In addition, local restaurants will offer meals, cocktails, and desserts featuring Massachusetts maple syrup, including Wild Oats!
Maple Blueberry Muffins
Maple Pecan Scones
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Maple Berry Crisp
And on Sunday, the 18th we will have Maple Ancho Chili Roasted Chicken on our hot bar.
Check out other participating restaurants here.
Our beer & wine sale will also be happening so you can enjoy $10 off 6 bottles of wine and $5 off 4 6-packs of beer.
Mark your calendars for the other 2018 Owner Appreciation Days: Friday, May 25, Saturday, July 28 & Saturday, December 15.
*excludes special orders, beer & wine and consignment items
Cheese lovers rejoice! Cheese Madness is returning to Wild Oats March 5-30. This exciting event pits eight cheeses against each other to see who will win over customers’ palates to become the 2018 champion!
On Mondays and Fridays from 4:00-6:00 p.m., customers can sample the competing cheeses and vote for their favorite. The winning cheese from each will be announced the following Monday, will be on sale that week and will go on to compete in the semi-finals. The 2018 Cheese Madness Champion will be featured in a special sandwich on the hot bar on April 12 – National Grilled Cheese Day.
In addition, each week you vote, you’ll be entered to win a gift basket full of wine, fruit & cheese at the end of the tournament, so the more you participate, the more chances you’ll have to win!*
Monday, March 5: Grafton Village Cheese 1 year Cheddar vs. Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar
Winner – Grafton Village Cheese 1 year Cheddar
Friday, March 9: Fontina Fontal Denmark vs. Finlandia Emmentaler Swiss
Winner – Fontina Fontal Denmark
Monday, March 12: Shelburne Farms 1 year Cheddar vs. Plymouth Artisan Cheese Original
Winner – Shelburne Farms 1 year Cheddar
Friday, March 16: Old Amsterdam Gouda vs. Emi Gruyere
Winner – Old Amsterdam Gouda
Monday, March 19: Grafton Village Cheese 1 year Cheddar vs. Shelburne Farms 1 year Cheddar
Winner – Shelburne Farms 1 year Cheddar
Friday, March 23: Fontina Fontal Denmark vs. Old Amsterdam Gouda
Friday, March 30: Winner of March 19 vs. Winner of March 23
Wild Oats conducted its biannual shopper survey in January 2018. Over 600 customers shared their shopping and dining habits and provided opinions on a range of subjects. Survey participants were primarily Wild Oats member-owners, although about 20% were shoppers who do not belong to the co-op.
Many of the questions were supplied by National Co-op Grocers, which compiles survey data from participating co-ops and publishes summary information that can be used by member co-ops as benchmarks.
Overall Satisfaction Levels
The survey asked several questions to gauge general satisfaction levels with the co-op. Overall, the majority of respondents expressed strong levels of satisfaction. About four out of five (79%) rated their overall satisfaction with Wild Oats as “Extremely Satisfied” or “Satisfied,” with 81% saying they were “Likely” or “Very Likely” to recommend Wild Oats to a friend or colleague.
Health & Wellness
Almost universally (96%), co-op shoppers said they were “proactive about my health,” taking steps to lower health risks and prevent disease. Most (80%) said that they read articles and books about health and wellness. Only half agreed that they were satisfied with the results achieved through conventional medicine, with about 50% saying they use alternative or complementary healthcare providers. Just over half said that they buy store-brand wellness products and nearly everyone (94%) said they were confident in the safety of vitamins and supplements sold at Wild Oats.
Eating & Shopping Habits
In terms of eating customs and habits, the vast majority (91%) reported that members of the household regularly eat the main meal together, while a smaller majority (77%) said that they generally have time to prepare dinner from scratch. In addition, 61% said that they “usually pack a lunch for myself or family members in the morning.” Most (81%) said that they regularly shop at farmers markets, with 35% also reporting that they belonged to a CSA.
Over 30% of customers said they regularly shop for gluten-free products, a number that has grown steadily over the years. (The co-op has recently updated its gluten-free shelf signage to help identify these products.)
The survey asked shoppers to consider the impact the co-op has on the community, the environment and in their own lives.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) agreed or strongly agreed that the co-op works to create a sense of community, and 82% felt that the co-op has a positive influence on community. When asked whether the co-op can be trusted to make ethical business decision, 77% agreed or strongly agreed, while 75% concurred that the co-op is inclusive of diverse persons.
78% agreed that the co-op practices environmental stewardship, while 44% felt that Wild Oats has even helped them become a better environmental steward. Some 63% agreed with the statement that “the co-op is meaningful in my life,” and a similar number—62%—said that their decision to shop at Wild Oats is influenced by its being a co-op.
The survey asked how well customers’ needs were being met across a range of categories. In most areas, customers indicated needs were being met well or very well, with the following categories receiving the highest scores:
In two categories, Selection/Variety and Availability of Brands My Family Likes, survey participants expressed some ambivalence, with only about half saying their needs were being met. In one area (Pricing) more respondents said the store was doing poorly than doing well.
Another question asked how well shoppers’ needs were being met across a range of products. The following departments received high scores (meeting needs “Well” or “Very Well”):
On the other hand, the following product categories received relatively low scores:
Barriers to increased shopping
The survey asked customers to choose and rank three changes that would lead them to do more of their shopping at Wild Oats. These were the leading factors (with weighted scores in parentheses):