Thursday January 23, 2014 | 01:02 PM

If you're sick and tired of seeing the Time and Temperature building flash temps that look like this: out next week for a special message aimed at Portland's food community. Next week, from Wednesday through Monday, instead of bitter-cold temperatures or messages that say things like  CALL JOE or PARK BAN, the sign will flash FOOD COOP.

Attorney Joe Bornstein leases the sign from CBRE, the owner of the building, and often goes off topic, interspersing special messages like GO SOX during the World Series and THNX MLK on Martin Luther King Day.

Now team Bornstein has agreed to donate six days of sign time to the Portland Food Co-op in support of its membership drive.

The Portland Food Co-op recently announced that its new storefront, a full-service grocery store open to the public,  will be located at 290 Congress St. It's expected to open in September, but first the co-op has to sign up 1,400  member-owners at $100 per membership.  The co-op just passed the halfway point last Saturday when the tally reached 708.

To sign up, go to the Portland Food Co-op's website.

By the way, if you're a fan of the Time & Temperature sign, did you know it has a Facebook page? 

Like the page, ask the sign questions, see how it's feeling about the weather.



About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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