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, Flack Family Farm, a small, diverse farm in Vermont. Doug Flack began farming the land in 1978. The farm has grown and evolved to where it is today with his wife, Barbara Flack, they are dedicated to producing nutrient-dense food and in developing and exchanging ideas on farming, nutrition, nature, art, and community. 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.
Shepsog is from Grafton Village Cheese Company in Grafton & Brattleboro, Vermont. Shepsog is the Algonquin word for "sheep", which once covered Vermont's hillside during the booming wool industry of the 19th century. Made from raw sheep and cow's milk and aged for 4-6 months, Shepsog has a dustry gray and white mottled rind, with a firm texture that echoes the curd structure of the cheese. Expect aromas of cultured butter and fresh buttermilk, alongside bright flavors that are lemony and sweet, with notes of caramel and a clean, nutty finish. Shepsog is best served as a table cheese. Pair with toasted nuts and raw honey, shave over grilled asparagus, or enjoy with a handful of trail mix as you observe the view from your nearest mountaintop.
Lillé Coulommiers, from Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company in Windsor, Vermont is a Coulommiers-style bloomy rind, pasteurized cow's milk cheese. Lillé, decadently sumptuous, soft ripened, with a supple paste, a rich creamy body and a subtle mushroom nuance with notes of nut and butter. Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company gently cares for the land and the lives of their animals to make fresh, quality, and artisan cheese available to all. Through a marriage of authentic cheesemaking practices and innovative and playful partnerships within the community, they have created a generation of delicious cheeses.
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 January, your change will benefit Washington County Mental Health Services. WCMHS helps members of our community achieve their highest potential and best possible quality of life by supporting individuals and families coping with the challenges of developmental disabilities and mental health with trauma-informed services.
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 Lydia Gatzow. 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 attended our Food & Wellness Fair. You can see photos from the event here. View our calendar for upcoming events here.