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 Sweet Alchemy, founded by Bhavatarini Carr after she spent several years baking out of her Burlington kitchen under the name of Four Sisters Bakery. Carr offers a wide variety of allergen-free, vegan-friendly baked goods that are always free of meat and eggs in her bakery and café, located in Essex Junction, VT. Carr delivers her baked goods to cafés and stores in Vermont, including to the Co-op. Check out her selection next time you shop.
In collaboration with Provisions International, New England Cheesemakers, and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, we highlight two regional artisanal cheese producers each month.
Oh My Gouda from Cobb Hill Cheese in Hartland, VT.
Cobb Hill is an intentionally planned community in Hartland Four Corners, begun by Donella Meadows, renowned founder of the Sustainability Institute. In 1997 two local dairy farms were purchased and merged into a 260 acre cooperative community and farm. The community members are all dedicated to living in ways that are socially and ecologically responsible. Cobb Hill cheese is made from the raw milk of their grass-fed Jersey cow herd. Cobb Hill cheesemakers follow the age-old process of heating milk, adding lactic bacteria and vegetable rennet, hand stirring the curd, hooping and pressing, then aging to perfection.
Organic Champlain Triple from Champlain Valley Creamery in Middlebury, VT.
With a graduate degree in Food Science and a background in wine making, Carleton Yoder moved to Vermont in the late 1990s to make hard apple cider. He took a year's detour making farmstead Vermont cheddar at Shelburne Farms, and then decided to venture into cheesemaking on his own. After a number of years in an old mill in Vergennes, where he carried countless full milk cans up countless flights of stairs, he found himself in a new creamery in Middlebury making cheese that he produces by traditional recipes and methods, aided by modern technology.
These cheeses are on sale during their featured month! Check out the deals here.
Any time you check-out at the Co-op, you can choose to "give change" by rounding up your total to the nearest dollar. During May, your change will benefit People's Health & Wellness Clinic which provides primary health care and wellness education to uninsured and underinsured community members of central Vermont who cannot otherwise afford these services. Click here to learn more about People's Health & Wellness Clinic.
Help support the Montpelier Food Pantry every time you shop at Hunger Mountain Co-op just by remembering your reusable bags! For each bag, basket or box that you use at the register, we will donate five cents. In April, those nickels added up to $1,007.45 for the Montpelier Food Pantry. Since July, Co-op shoppers have helped raise $9,199.75 and have saved 183,995 bags!
Through a recent grant from the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund, the Montpelier Food Pantry has launched a recipe kit program. Click here to learn more about this program and the great work the food pantry is doing.
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 Jim Thompson. Learn more about our featured artist here.
We offer a variety of workshops, events, and vendor demos to delight and inform our shoppers. View our calendar for upcoming events here.