March 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: Hillsboro Sugarworks

Hillsboro Sugarworks is a family owned and operated year-round business making certified organic maple syrup with a commitment to a high-quality product and environmental sustainability. Read more about them here.

Give Change to Support Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund

Since 2011, the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund (HMCCF) has distributed a total of $52,952 in community grants. These annual grants provide financial support to businesses, organizations, and initiatives aligned with the Co-op’s mission of building dynamic communities of healthy individuals and sustainable local food systems.  Read more about last year’s recipients 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 February, this totaled $860.35 and saved 17,207 paper bags. Since July, you have helped to raise a total of $7,416.75 and saved 148,356 bags. Read more about the work of Just Basics, Inc and the Food Pantry here.

Member-Owner of the Month: Katie Michels

Our member-owners are part of a collaborative effort that creates numerous positive impacts for our community, both near and far. Our co-op would not be successful without the support and involvement of our members, including those who shop here, round up at the register, bring reusable bags, serve on committees, and volunteer at events. Recognizing a member-owner of the month is just one of the ways we say thank you to those members who have been such an important part of everything we do. This month, we recognize Katie Michels, who has been an active volunteer at recent events, including Truckload Sale and Food & Wellness Fair, and was recently appointed to our Co-op’s council. Read more about Katie here.

Featured Artist: Sarah Munro

Sarah Hart Munro is a Vermont Artist. Living in Montpelier with her family. She has exhibited nationally as well as being represented at many VT Galleries. Sarah is well known for her invention “Silk Scapes”, – prints of silk paintings that go in the window. Sarah is also an artist of acrylic, watercolor, oil and collaged mediums. She studied Oil Painting with the late James Gahagan (from the Hans Hoffman abstract expressionist colorist era) while a student at Goddard College where she received her BA in ‘77. Sarah also attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston MA. Her latest creations include Acrylic paper collage that depicts streams of color patterns running across the page, patterns repeat and create dimension, tones, textures and shapes combine to form works of living imagery. Read our interview with Sarah here.

Community Events

We also offer a variety of workshops, events, and vendor demos to delight and inform our shoppers. View our calendar for upcoming events here.