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Pete Murdock,"Mr. Ypsilanti"

Murdock, Peter J. 5/1/1943 - 5/4/2019 Ypsilanti, MI Peter J. Murdock, 76, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, passed away on May 4, 2019, at his home after a short illness. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 1, 1943, son of the late Grant and Irene Konikow Murdock. He is survived by his wife, Grace Sweeney. He is also survived by his sister Susan Murdock of Bradenton, Florida. Pete graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in political science. For the majority of his career, Pete worked in the non-profit recycling sector, first with the Ypsilanti Recycling Project where he developed Ypsilanti's curbside recycling program and expanded the recycling drop-off center. Later he was employed by Recycle Ann Arbor, retiring in 2005. Raised in a family of activists, Pete was a life-long campaigner for civil rights. Upon moving to Ypsilanti in the late 1960s, Pete immediately became involved in local causes, including helping form the Ypsilanti Food Co-op. He also worked with the Ypsilanti Tenants' Union and SOS. While employed at Motor Wheel, he was active in the UAW and served as his local chapter's safety steward. After purchasing their Craftsman bungalow on River Street, Pete and his wife played key roles in the founding of the Ypsilanti East Side Neighborhood Association and were early supporters of the Depot Town Association, working to revitalize the Depot Town commercial area. Pete dominated Ypsilanti politics for more than 30 years. In 1978, Pete was elected as a Democrat to the first of three consecutive terms as a Ypsilanti City Council Member. He became Mayor in 1982 and went on to be re-elected to that position in 1983, 1985, and 1987. He was later elected for additional City Council terms in 1991, 2008, 2012, and 2016. He was the longest serving Council member in the history of Ypsilanti with more than 25 years of service. While serving the city, Pete was known for his fairness, efficiency, and attention to detail. He prioritized projects that focused on environmentalism, sustainability, historic preservation, financial stability, and public transportation. Notable accomplishments include forming the Eastern Washtenaw County Safety Alliance, expanding anti-discrimination policies, creating a self-sustaining Energy Efficiency Fund, supporting solar power projects, building community policing, and campaigning to join the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority. A memorial service project is planned for later in the spring in Prospect Park in Ypsilanti.

Pete will be missed & all of his and Grace's support of the
Ypsilanti Food Co-op and our community over the years will not be forgotten!
Thank you Pete!!

Community Events

Color Run is this weekend Saturday May 11th.  There will be some street closures (Between 7am- Noon) but we want to assure you
that the Co-op will still be open our normal times from 9am to 9pm.  Below is a map of the street closures. 
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Another community event this weekend: 
Water is Life
The Co-ops bakery will be donating
their vegan mini cupcakes to this event!

Ice Cream/Dessert Freezer

With the warmer months approaching the co-op has added 2 new shelves of ice cream options to our 3 door Ice cream and dessert freezer.  Find many vegan & dairy alternative options in the 1st door, as well as our bakery's cakes, ready to thaw and eat.  In the 2nd door find a wide variety of sorbets, gelatos, organic ice cream options and popsicles  And last but not least our 3rd door is full of local options to choose from including Guernsey, Calder Dairy, Go Ice Cream & Zingerman's Ice cream & Gelatos!  There's a treat for everyone!

Happy Mothers Day!

Check out the great offerings from your Co-op below!
Dill Havarti on sale now
Save $2.00 off/per pound
Now :$6.49/per pound

Read more about havarti cheese at this link and it's uses!

Check out the latest Co-op Deals Flyer here!


Swedish Pancakes

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

30 minutes


12 pancakes

Top these scrumptious crepe-like pancakes with jam for breakfast or whipped cream and chocolate shavings for dessert.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 14.5-ounce jar of fruit jam or preserves (blueberry, raspberry or strawberry)


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Place a sheet pan in the oven so you can keep the finished pancakes warm as you prepare them.
  2. In a food processor or blender, blend the flours, sugar, cardamom, salt, milk, eggs and 3 tablespoons of melted butter together until smooth. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the pancakes, heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. When it is hot, coat lightly with a half-teaspoon of butter, then add about 3 tablespoons of batter and spread it very thin to create a pancake about 6 inches in diameter. Cook the pancake for 1 minute or until lightly browned, then flip with a spatula and cook on the other side for another minute. Gently place the finished pancake on the sheet pan in the oven to keep it warm, and repeat the steps to cook the remaining pancakes. Spread each pancake with about 2 teaspoons of jam, then fold or roll it up and serve warm.

Serving Suggestion

These crepe-like pancakes are often eaten as a dessert and are so easy to customize! Top them with Chantilly whipped cream, or a sprinkle of chocolate shavings and powdered sugar. Nearly any seasonal fresh fruit makes a fantastic filling, too; try sliced bananas with chocolate sauce.

Nutritional Information

329 calories, 11 g. fat, 129 mg. cholesterol, 105 mg. sodium, 45 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 7 g. protein

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