October is co-op month. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the business model that brought insurance to farmers, electricity to rural areas, and natural foods to the mainstream. From food co-ops to farmer co-ops, worker co-ops to credit unions, cooperatives make a difference in people's lives every day. Did you know that in the United States, 1 in 3 people are members of at least one co-op or credit union? Nationwide, cooperatives create 2.1 million jobs and generate more than $650 billion in sales and other revenue annually.

As a consumer-owned retail food cooperative, we work with other co-ops in a wide variety of ways. We are a member of a secondary cooperative of food co-ops called the Neighboring Food Co-op Association that supports co-op development throughout New England. Together we have more than 130,000 owners and purchase over $60 million in local foods. Similarly, we participate in National Cooperative Grocers, a secondary cooperative with 148 members in 38 states with retail sales of over $2 billion; we work together to strengthen our co-ops through joint purchasing, professional development, advocacy and more and last week we donated a truckload of critical groceries to Houston Food Bank.

Probably the most exciting recent development for our local co-op scene is the Morrisville Food Co-op. For the past six years, a committed group of volunteers has been working to build community support, raise capital, and develop a business plan to open their downtown grocery store focused on local and natural foods. Our co-op has helped by providing technical advice, funding, and labor getting the new store ready. Thanks to the hard work of the dedicated board and general manager Dean Sparks, MoCo opened its doors on Sunday. They have a beautiful space with a full selection of grocery items including fresh-baked pastries, bulk foods, and tons of local options. You can visit them at 46 Pleasant Street in downtown Morrisville.

By being an owner of Hunger Mountain and other cooperatives, you are supporting businesses that are democratically governed and owned by the people that shop or work for them. Last week our co-op turned 45 years old. Thank you for supporting our co-op and the cooperative movement.  Together we are building something special.

Friday is the start of our Fall Truckload Sale, and I hope you have the opportunity to check it out. In the tent, we will have dozens of products available by the case at 30-65% off. Inside we will have even more deals and an additional 5% off all produce and bulk foods. We will have samples available and the chance to enter a raffle for $150 worth of products happening all weekend.  Whether you are new to our Truckload Sale or a returning customer, check out the savings on our flyer, come stock up for winter and join in the fun!

See you there,

Kari Bradley

General Manager