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Shop well, shop local: Ozark Natural Foods’ Black Friday Event recap


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Lemme tell you: I am not a Black Friday shopper. I have an aversion to bundling up and waiting outside to get deals. My anxiety makes me extremely uncomfortable around crowds, and crowds that map out the store and run toward what they really want even drive that even further. But I was asked to head out to Ozark Natural Foods – a local co-op market in Fayetteville, Arkansas – to check out the store’s Brighten Up Black Friday event. Much like any experience shopping at the co-op, it was absolutely chill, I actually had room to shop, and the employees were eager and ready to help. They also had great NWA Black Friday deals for co-op owners. Check out this stuff:

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This Farmers Market Pumpkin Pie mix, normally $3.29, was on sale for $1!!! While I was here, I learned that commercial pumpkin pie mixes can often have fillers – including sweet potato. Not this! This is alllllll pumpkin and spices! Wanna add sweet potato? Right next to it were some cans of organic sweet potatoes, normally at $2.99, for $1.

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One thing I LOVE about Ozark Natural Foods is that it works with local growers and farmers quite a bit. These ground Elk patties came from Ratchford Farms in Marshall, Ark. There’s also local produce, so it’s a great place to shop when Farmers Market season is over.

Back to the holiday stuff!!!! Check out this liquid Stevia in holiday flavors – Eggnog and Candy Cane! Available for $7.39 each.

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The great thing about liquid Stevia is that one drop goes a LONG way. Imagine adding these flavors to your milk, cereal or coffee in the morning! YUM!

They also had these beautiful winter accessories for as much as 50% off.

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They had these cute Monster hats on sale for $9.99. I apparently have a head that is too large for hats, so I’m ALWAYS on the search for cute winter hats that fit me, even though my long curls poof out underneath. I had to try out a purple Monster hat just to see.

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Nope, I still have Giant Head Syndrome.

I love that Ozark Natural Foods is a co-op – which means that you can become an owner of Ozark Natural Foods and have a say in how the store is operated. You can get anywhere from an annual membership for $20 to becoming a fully invested owner from $140. In addition to having voting power, discounts and receiving the co-op’s monthly newsletter, The Nutshell, there are also special member appreciation weekends, discounts for seniors and students, and discounts at -other- local businesses in northwest Arkansas through the Co-op’s Neighbors Serving Neighbors program. And, of course, as an owner, you have the benefit of profit-sharing, based on your annual spending!!!

So even though Black Friday is over, becoming an owner of Ozark Natural Foods really has a lot of benefits. Shopping around delicious food and great people is just part of it!

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