Our community extends well beyond the walls of the Co-op. Each month we shine the spotlight on a new group of local partners to help share their stories and celebrate their role in our community.
Our Co-op works with over 500 local vendors and has more than 3,000 local products on our shelves. Last year, nearly 40% of our sales were from local products.
This month we are featuring local vendor, Jasper Hill Farm, a working dairy farm with an on-site creamery in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Jasper Hill's mission is to make the highest possible quality products in a way that supports Vermont's working landscape. An underground aging facility maximizes the potential of cheeses made by the creamery, as well as those made by other local producers. Leftover whey from the cheesemaking process is fed to heritage breed pigs, roaming the woodlands beyond the cows' pasture. Read their story here.
In collaboration with Provisions International, New England Cheesemakers, and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, we highlight two regional artisanal cheese producers each month.
St. Albans is from Vermont Creamery in Websterville, Vermont. A uniquely American take on the French St. Marcellin, St. Albans takes its name from the town of St. Albans, Vermont and recalls the Creamery's longstanding partnership with the St. Albans Cooperative, longtime producers of their high-quality cows' milk. St. Albans is Vermont Creamery's first non-GMO Certified cheese as well as their first cheese made with 100 percent cows' milk.
Coomersdale, from Bonnieview Farm in Craftsbury Common, Vermont is a semi-hard raw milk cheese, similar to a young pecorino, made with a recipe originally from the Pyrenees. Bonnieview Farm, a sheep dairy located in the Northeast Kingdom, has been in the Urie family for four generations. The farm is a mixture of rolling pasture, hay fields, and woods, where Neil, Kristin, Tressa and triplets Maeda, Linden, and Nell live and farm. The Uries milk 180 ewes from May to October while they are on pasture, and they make three kinds of cheese with the milk.
These cheeses are on sale during their featured month! Check out the deals here.
Anytime you check-out at the Co-op, you can choose to "give change" by rounding up your total to the nearest dollar. During November and December, your change will help fill 650 grocery bags with healthy food staples for our neighbors in need through the Co-op's 15th annual Holiday Grocery Pack. Many thanks to Northfield Savings Bank and the Vermont Foodbank for partnering with the Co-op on this vital community event.
The Art in the Café program supports and cultivates the local arts by displaying the work of the members and staff artists in the Co-op's café. Our family-friendly, month-long exhibits create a pleasant dining experience for customers. This month we are featuring Melissa Pelkey. Learn more about our featured artist here.
We offer a variety of workshops, events, and vendor demos to delight and inform our shoppers. Thank you to everyone who recently attended our Food & Wellness Fair. You can see photos from the event here. View our calendar for upcoming events here.