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Ypsilanti Food Co-op Weekly Newsletter
While Black History Month is coming to an end, our commitment to creating more inclusion in our Co-op will continue.  Our Board Diversity Committee continues to study how we can play an important role in Ypsilanti, and we are already planning more music outside this summer with a focus on black musicians.

This week we highlight our newest collaboration with a local micro-brewery-on a mission, 734 Brewing Company. A fellow Depot Town small business, the brewery is developing a local following and taking big leaps towards change within a traditionally exclusive industry.

Founded by three highschool friends turned owners, Brian Jones-Chance, Patrick Echlin, and Alex Merz were raised in Ypsilanti and graduated from Ypsilanti High School together in 2004. Brian and Patrick went to college together at Western Michigan where they brewed their first batch of beer together. When Brian moved on from making beer and pursued business, Patrick continued his hobby along with his music education degree.

While the three stayed close friends, they parted ways after college only to end up back in their hometown a few years later. Eventually, they all ended up back home again. Patrick had a dream of a business by and for the folks of Ypsilanti. He decided expanding on his homebrewing hobby was the right answer. Learning about Patrick’s plans, Alex and Brian, with their experience in marketing and sales, couldn’t let their friend do this alone.  Putting their heads together they worked on building a business that not only served a quality product, but created a space of culture and opportunity for the folks who live in Ypsilanti. Today, 734 Brewing Company offers opportunities through hiring folks of Ypsilanti, showcasing Ypsilanti artists and musicians, and being involved in the community. Their mission is to extend the reach of great beer to forgotten communities while making quality accessible to all.

734 has been a small champion fighting for diversity within the industry for more representation from people of color, women, and LGBTQ people. Upon opening, 734 brewing had one of only three women head brewers in Michigan at the time. Currently, the staff at the company are 50% women and 70% people of color. Although the small amount of representation from minorities in craft beer is growing, change can be slow if it doesn’t have support. Ypsilanti is lucky to have one of the first black-owned breweries in the state.

Ypsi Food Coop is excited to announce our partnership  with 734 Brewing Company, and to be the first store to offer their brews outside of the brewery.  In stock now is a variety-six-pack featuring their current tap offerings as well as their house made cold brew available by the can. Both will be included in our Pie and a Pint Promotion supporting Meals on Wheels for Pi Day in March!

Celebrate Pi(e) Day 2021

Support your home bound neighbors March 12-14 with the purchase of a slice of pie and a cool beverage from Ypsilanti Food Co-op. $5 from every $10 Pi(e) & a Pint helps Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels provide food and support
to local seniors and adults with disabilities. 

To place your order find this form on our website and email it to us at or with a cashier at the coop!


*Flash Sale on Strawberries Saturday(2/27) and Sunday(2/28) only while supplies last

This weeks staff pick comes from our bulk and grocery stocker Avery. Avery chose our deli made Caprese Sandwich.  This sandwich starts with sourdough bread topped with fresh basil pesto, sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and red onion. 
Avery recommends it for a quick and fresh tasting vegetarian lunch.
Eat as is or take one home and warm it up until the cheese begins to melt!
Find them regularly in our deli cooler!  Thanks Avery for this great Staff Pick!

Gingered Beet and Apple Salad


Recipe Information

Total Time: 

30 minutes



This jewel toned sweet slaw is a beautiful, refreshing and delicious. A great recipe for beet fans and beet hesitators alike.


  • 1 pound beets, peeled
  • 1 apple (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/4 pound carrots, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Using the shredding blade of a food processor or a grater, shred the beets, apple, and carrots. Mix well with the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate to let the flavors blend.

Serving Suggestion

Pair this sweet vegetable slaw with salty or spicy dishes for a fresh bite!

Nutritional Information

Calories: 107, Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 68 mg, Carbohydrate: 16 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 2 g

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