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 Liberty Chocolates. Over 11 years of training, dreaming, tasting, brainstorming and development has resulted in a very special organic, honey-sweetened chocolate made right here in central Vermont. The folks at Liberty Chocolates believe that the best chocolate has to start with the best ingredients! Only the highest quality, ethically-sourced, fair-trade ingredients go into their products. You can taste the difference in the rich flavors, and feel the quality in every smooth, velvety, honey-sweetened bite.
In collaboration with Provisions International, New England Cheesemakers, and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, we highlight two regional artisanal cheese producers each month.
Mt. Alice from von Trapp Farmstead in Waitsfield, VT.
From 1959, when Werner and Erika von Trapp purchased the von Trapp Farm, it has been a working dairy. Over the course of three generations, the farm has transitioned to a certified organic dairy and in 2009 added cheese making to the value-added operations. Striving for high-quality standards, the von Trapp Farm produces some of the sweetest organic milk for premium cheese production.
Mt. Alice is named after a distinct mountain peak southeast of the farm. This bloomy rind Camembert-style cheese is an elegantly smooth milky delight made from the farm’s organic pasteurized cows milk and aged for three to five weeks. Mt. Alice is perfect on a cheese plate and makes a great easy lunch, thickly smeared on a crusty baguette.
Original Plymouth from Plymouth Artisan Cheese in Plymouth, VT.
The Plymouth Cheese factory is one of the oldest cheese enterprises in the United States - producing high quality and distinctive artisan cheeses for over 124 years. The factory still occupies the same site and building as it did when it was started in 1890 in Plymouth, Vermont, Plymouth Cheese as we know it today was born. The Plymouth Cheese factory operated until 1934 when the factory was closed due to a milk shortage that caused by the Great Depression.
In 2009, Jesse Werner became the new cheese maker and steward of this cheese making tradition. He has once again started making Plymouth Cheese to the same exacting standards that such a pedigreed American heritage cheese demands. After mastering a line of classic granular curd cheese, Jesse has branched out with a number of cave aged varieties styled after traditional European models.
Original Plymouth is aged for one whole year. This cheddar is the most antiquated of the English varieties, an old-world recipe with a sharp, rich flavor profile that lingers, like a passed down story. It's a full-bodied cheese, rounded with the perfect balance of cream and tang, and said to be closest to what the settlers of the 1600s consumed.
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 June, your change will benefit Vermont Foodbank. As summer begins and school lunches end, one in four kids in Vermont are at risk of not having enough to eat. $3=5 meals. Click here to learn more about Vermont Foodbank.
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. In May, those nickels added up to $844.60 for the Montpelier Food Pantry. Since July, Co-op shoppers have helped raise $10,044.35 and have saved 200,887 bags!
Through a recent grant from the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund, the Montpelier Food Pantry has launched a recipe kit program. Click here to learn more about this program and the great work the food pantry is doing.
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 Trevor Tait. Learn more about our featured artist here.
We offer a variety of workshops, events, and vendor demos to delight and inform our shoppers. View our calendar for upcoming events here.