February Local Focus
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.
Featured Vendor: Baby Bundts of Vermont
Baby Bundts of Vermont is a family-owned and operated business based in Morrisville, Vermont, making a line of delightful and delicious gluten-free Bundt cakes in a variety of flavors. Owner Michelle Hines-Tomlinson has been a certified pastry chef for 20 years and has brought an extensive set of culinary skills and experiences to her small business here in the Green Mountain State. After her daughter had a bad reaction go gluten, her family pursued a gluten-free diet and that, in part, led her to focus on gluten-free baking. While these baby Bundts are certified gluten-free, they also contain ancient grains and the highest quality gluten-free flours and other ingredients, including local maple syrup. Available in a perfect four-inch size, flavors include Cinnamon Swirl with Maple, Chocolate Espresso with Vanilla, and Bananas Foster with Dark Rum. With a dedication to using clean ingredients and making the cakes as close to organic as possible while keeping the price affordable, Michelle says, “I hope that you walk away always wanting more and knowing that they were made with love.” Read our interview with Michelle here.
Give Change to Support Good Samaritan Haven
Dedicated to transforming the lives of people experiencing homelessness, Good Samaritan Haven is more than just a homeless shelter. They have four different facilities with a total of seventy-seven beds, where they can provide items like food, clothing, toiletries, showers and laundry for those in need, and there is never any kind of charge or fee. Going above and beyond providing those basic needs, they also provide case management, referral services and other support services, to help those they serve gain employment, apply for benefits, find treatment and locate, as well as afford, stable housing. Their PATH program works to assist those dealing with homeless while also struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse and their Family Supportive Housing Program works to provide support to families with minor children who are experiencing homelessness. The organization is working to reduce homelessness in Central Vermont while prioritizing that every person is treated with dignity, compassion and respect during their time of need. Read more about them here.
Bag that Bag to Help a Neighbor in Need
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 to the Food Pantry. In January, this totaled $1,089.60 and saved 21,792 paper bags. Since July, you have helped to raise a total of $6,556.40 and saved 131,149 bags. Read more about the work of Just Basics, Inc and the Food Pantry here.
Featured Artist: Merry K. Schmidt
Our featured local artist for February is Merry K. Schmidt. A lifetime student of literature, art, and nature, Merry had little spare time for artistic endeavors while teaching full time and raising a family. Still, she took a variety of art classes as time permitted and was able to increase the focus on building and utilizing those skills after her nest became less crowded. Read more about Merry and what inspires her lovely work here.
We also offer a variety of workshops, events, and vendor demos to delight and inform our shoppers. View our calendar for upcoming events here.