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Sheboygan co-op brings out the ‘Goodside’ of the pandemic by making a dollar stretch on food

Posted at 4:28 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 17:33:30-04

SHEBOYGAN-- Right now as we enter yet another month of social distancing, many of us are working hard to make a dollar stretch further than ever before.

A new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis says American’s are saving money at a rate not seen since the 1980s. In the month of March alone, personal income in America fell 2% according to that same report and still we won’t know the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy for a while.

But we still have to eat, right?

Sheboygan based, Goodside Grocery, is a small, member-owned grocery store on the corner of 8th Street and St. Clair, and brings a wide variety of grocery offerings mostly from Wisconsin, specifically, Southeast Wisconsin farmers. Their mission is to provide local, sustainable, and ethically sourced foods to the community.

Right now, like many businesses, Goodside Grocery is adapting to our new normal, and is providing tips and tricks to make your dollar stretch further, through helping your fresh produce last longer. By following their tips, Goodside believes consumers can not only support local farmers more effectively, but cut food waste.

Temperature, Temperature, Temperature.

When it comes to storing your fresh produce, consider the temperature you are storing. Goodside Grocery suggests refrigerators will dry out uncovered vegetables, and excessive moisture will promote rotting and mold, so you have to make sure you have a balance.

Some of their tips include:

Onions - They like it dry. They do well at cold temperatures, but most refrigerators don’t make the air dry enough for longevity. Goodside recommends storing your onions in a cool dry place like a basement, or cellar. If they start to sprout, as long as they are firm, they are fine to eat, once they get soft, compost them, or plant them in a pot for next year! Storing them this way can make them last up to 7 months!

Potatoes - Another common household vegetable are potatoes.This vegetable also does well in a basement, or cellar. They do well in cool and moderately humid conditions.Keep them covered to prevent sprouting. Goodside Grocery says, this storage option can help you keep potatoes up to 6 months.

The Goodside Grocery website has dozens of other safe produce storage tips to help you make your money stretch further. You can find a list here:

Goodside Grocery is also offering curb-side pick-up so you can shop with social distancing ease.

Although the Co-Op is member owned, you do not need to be a member to shop there. The membership cost per year is $35.00. Being a member allows you to vote in member meetings on any changes or happenings affecting the Co-Op. You also get 10% off each purchase, and your membership covers everyone living inside your home.

You can purchase a membership here:


Visit Goodside Grocery:
Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Sunday.

Fresh Produce delivered on Thursdays.

If you are a local farmer looking to partner with Goodside Grocery, contact the Co-Op at 920-694-0053.

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