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Hunger Mountain Co-op exists to create and sustain a vibrant community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce.

We host a variety of events, including product demos led by our demo coordinator and many of our local vendors, educational wine & cheese tastings, tabling with area nonprofits, Co-op council meetings, and more. Check out the calendar below for all the details.

Our Co-op also curates workshops as part of our mission to educate the community, offering diverse learning opportunities while holding presenters accountable for providing information that is informative and well-researched. Workshops are free unless otherwise noted and are typically held in our upstairs Community Room, with access to a freight elevator upon request. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. To reserve a seat for any of our workshops, use the online registration form here, sign up on the bulletin board in our exit way, or call us at 802-262-3242.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic/subject, a class or lecture, or an activity that you would be interested in or feel our community would like to attend, let us know here. If you are interested in possibly presenting or leading a workshop in the future, please review and submit the application found here.

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  • Share the Harvest
    All day
    October 3, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    On Thursday, Oct. 3, join the Co-op in our 20th year of sharing the harvest with our neighbors in need.
    We will be donating 10% of our deli sales on October 3 to NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program. This program provides subsidized CSA shares of fresh, local food to limited-income Vermonters.
    Your deli purchase will help fight hunger, improve nutrition, and support sustainable family farms in our community!

  • End-of-Life Care for Pets Workshop
    5:30 PM-7:00 PM
    October 3, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    with Erika S. Bruner, DVM, CVA

    Whether managing the challenges of old age, or facing a terminal diagnosis, the end of our pets’ lives can be a difficult time for many of us. We want only the best for them; but what does that mean? How do we decide among our options for diagnosis and medical care? How can we best help them to be comfortable? Since we can’t talk to them, how do we assess their quality of life? And if we reach the point of choosing to end their lives, how and when should we make that decision?

    Dr Erika Bruner, a local veterinarian since 2002, now focuses her practice only on veterinary acupuncture and end-of-life care.  She has worked with many clients to help them find their ways through these and other questions. Come to this workshop to share stories, explore your thoughts, ask questions, and hear practical information on caring for pets at this stage of life that can be the most difficult, but also is often the most beautiful and meaningful.

    Space is limited and registration in advance is suggested. You can reserve your spot by using the easy online form here, by emailing your contact info to info@hungermountain.coop, or by calling us at 802-262-3202.

    All workshops are FREE and held in the Hunger Mountain Co-op community room unless otherwise noted, with access to a freight elevator upon request.

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  • Council Meeting
    5:30 PM-8:00 PM
    October 7, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    Co-op members are invited to join the Council’s monthly meetings. The community meal begins at 5 pm, followed by the business meeting at 5:30 pm. The full agenda is available online. Please call 802.262.3202 or email to confirm your spot.

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  • Falling Away . . . Workshop
    6:00 PM-7:30 PM
    October 10, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    With Robert Kest, Ph.D.
    Moving beyond western constructs of self and psychotherapy, this class will be an exploration of being and unfolding that is rooted in the principles of mindfulness, ethics, community, and consciousness.

    Space is limited and registration in advance is suggested. To attend this free workshop, use this online form or call us at 802-262-3202.

    All workshops are held in the Hunger Mountain Co-op community room unless otherwise noted, with access to a freight elevator upon request.

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  • Let’s Talk Housing: Impact, Trends, & Potential Workshop
    5:00 PM-6:00 PM
    October 16, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    With Michael Rama, Downstreet Housing Director of Advancement

    Have an interest in the health and future of our communities? Curious how we can make Vermont living more affordable? Join us for an open and educational discussion about the state and future of housing from a Downstreet Housing perspective, Central Vermont’s leading affordable housing enabler.

    Space is limited and registration in advance is suggested. To attend this free workshop, use this online form or call us at 802-262-3202.

    All workshops are held in the Hunger Mountain Co-op community room unless otherwise noted, with access to a freight elevator upon request.

     

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  • Choomi Cookies demo
    11:00 AM-3:00 PM
    October 17, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    We offer a variety of product demos all through the month to give our community the chance to try new products or sample old favorites.

  • Co-op Month Wine Tasting (21+)
    3:00 PM-6:00 PM
    October 17, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    We have two cooperative wineries offering a great variety of wine choices every day right on the top shelf of the end cap at the entrance to the wine department here at the Co-op! From Family Farms to Family Tables is proudly displayed at the top of each bottle. Because these wines are sold direct to cooperatives, the cost is low every day while the value is high and the positive impact on humans and the global trade market is great.

    La Riojana is very proud of their popular range of cooperative wines. Each wine is organic, Fairtrade certified, and stands for the very ethos of the cooperative. La Riojana states that they are “teaching our growers to produce wine using sustainable and ethical farming practices as well as helping them, their families and communities to grow and prosper.” Profits from these wines, which are only sold to cooperatives, are used to build much-needed infrastructure in the northwest Argentinian province – like the first high school in the area and now a healthcare center.

    The Co-op Moncaro was founded in Montecarotto, Italy in 1964 when a few small farmers emancipated from big landowners. Through the co-op, the farmers became the owners of their own company and as a result, received a fair remuneration for the products of the land they cultivated. Moncaro has become one of the top 50 producers in Italy and the top producer in the Marche region, with 30% of the total volume in the Verdicchio varietal for the structure and longevity that it gives to the wines.

    Ethical work practices and environmentally friendly technologies are key in the daily effort of Moncaro. In 1980, Moncaro was the first wine company in Italy to experiment the organic cultivation of grapes. The cooperative counts on three wineries from most suitable areas of cultivation of native varietals of Marche, an area of about 3.5 acres. Moncaro is also a member of other co-ops in Italy, which allows the winery to source ethical and high quality wine from other Italian co-ops in Sicily, Abruzzo and Puglia. The company uses renewable solar energy for more than half of its demand. Today, Moncaro exports to more than 50 countries, producing wines boasting a long list of awards for the values of its work on a global level.

    Beer and wine tastings are open to anyone aged 21 and older.

  • CANCELED Sugar-Free Halloween Fun Workshop
    6:00 PM-7:30 PM
    October 17, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED

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  • Annual Meeting
    4:30 PM-8:00 PM
    October 18, 2019

    39 Main Street Montpelier, VT

    39 Main Street Montpelier, VT

    The Annual Meeting marks the culmination of the democratic process by which our member-owners elect their representatives, the Co-op’s Council. It’s an opportunity for members to hear news and updates about Hunger Mountain Co-op, participate in group discussions where their questions about the Co-op can be answered, enjoy a meal provided by the Co-op, win raffle prizes, and mingle with their fellow member-owners and the Co-op’s staff.

    Hunger Mountain Co-op members are invited to attend and cast their vote at Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5 pm to 8 pm, in the Montpelier City Hall Arts Center at 39 Main Street.

    Members may vote for their 2020 council representatives leading up to Annual Meeting in-store near the customer service desk or online. A voting station will also be available during Annual Meeting. Learn more about this year’s council candidates and vote online here. This year, there are five candidates for five open seats, but it’s still important to vote. The top vote-getters will receive the longest terms. Voting will close at 8 pm on Thursday, Nov. 7, and your elected council members will be announced on Friday, Nov. 8.

    Register here to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting. You may also register by calling us at (802) 262-3242, or sign up at the Co-op by the exit way. Annual Meeting is a free event. Registering supports our logistical planning and secures your space at the event. Register by Nov. 4 and receive a $5-off store coupon. There is limited childcare on-site available for children three years old and older. Sign up for childcare while registering for the meeting.

    2019 Annual Meeting Agenda

    4:30 pm: Doors open
    5–6 pm: Community dinner catered by Hunger Mountain Co-op
    6:00 pm: Welcome, agenda review & approval of 2018 minutes. 2018 Annual Meeting minutes can be found here. Copies will also be available at the Annual Meeting.
    6:10 pm: Recognition of Co-op staff
    6:20 pm: Local Foods Panel, featuring Emily von Trapp of von Trapp Flowers, Christine Lazor of Butterworks Farm, and Claire Georges of Butterfly Bakery of Vermont.
    7:05 pm: Announcement of Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund grants recipients
    7:15 pm: Reports from council and general manager, community comments, and Q&A session
    7:45 pm: Announcement of Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Award winner
    7:55 pm: Closing and selection of raffle winners. Must be present to win.

    Dinner, provided by our prepared foods department, will feature a variety of Mediterranean-style selections, including items for alternative diets. Attendees will also receive a ticket good for one alcoholic beverage, one ticket per person.

    Can’t attend the Annual Meeting? You will also be able to live-stream it at home, through the ORCA Media website.  You will have the opportunity, during the live stream, to submit questions which will be asked during the Q&A session. Please sign up by emailing info@hungermountain.coop to indicate your interest in using the live stream.

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  • Back Roads Granola Demo
    11:00 AM-2:00 PM
    October 25, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    We offer a variety of product demos all through the month to give our community the chance to try new products or sample old favorites.

  • Pumpkin Carving at the Co-op
    5:00 PM-7:00 PM
    October 25, 2019

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    623 Stone Cutters Way

    With Doni Cain, Co-op Assistant Grocery Manager

    Come carve jack-o-lanterns with us! We will supply the pumpkins, carving tools, and refreshments. You can take your jack-o-lantern home or leave it for us to display at the Co-op. Limited to 12 attendees, please sign up in advance.

    You can reserve your spot by using the easy online form here, by emailing your contact info to info@hungermountain.coop, or by calling us at 802-262-3202.

    All workshops are FREE and held in the Hunger Mountain Co-op community room unless otherwise noted, with access to a freight elevator upon request.

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