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 Square Deal Farm, a diversified family farm that specializes in traditional Vermont maple products. Square Deal Farm is located in Vermont's North East Kingdom. Their maple syrup is single source, everything is made right there on the farm. Certified organic and batch-tested for flavor, Square Deal Farm bottles only the highest-quality maple syrup, and commits to sustainable agricultural practices and bottle only into food-grade tin or glass bottles. Read the rest of the 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.
Hayride from Mt. Mansfield Creamery in Morrisville, Vermont. Hayride is a raw farmstead cow milk cheese with a natural rind and a smooth, buttery flavor with small crystals. The cheese is an Austrian-style tomme, similar to their Chin Clip recipe. Hayride is aged for 6 months. Being of higher moisture content, this cheese is wonderful with white wine.
The cheese facility is in the heart of Morrisville, in the old United Farmers Creamery building. Not only did they renovate the buildng, but built their own cheese cave in the basement. They wash and brush the rinds of their cheeses to keep them thin to ensure that their product is one hundred percent edible.
Mad River Blue from von Trapp Farmstead in Waitsfield, Vermont is a natural rinded blue, aged for approximately 3 months. It is made with the farm's certified organic unpasteurized cow's milk. This blue is very approachable with a mild blue bite but interestingly complex flavor profile and unique creamy texture.
Striving for high-quality standards, the von Trapp Farm produces some of the sweetest organic milk for its premium cheese production. The family is committed to making the highest quality cheese with the best milk possible, using traditional methods of small-scale production and continually striving to improve. Their mission is to be one example of how to make a small family farm in the center of Vermont economically viable by producing delicious organic small batch cheeses.
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 March, your change will benefit the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund. HMCCF grants are awarded annually to local groups whose work enriches our central Vermont community and aligns with the Co-op's mission.
Click here to learn more about HMCCF.
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 Glen Coburn Hutcheson. 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.