The Upper Valley Food Co-op is a community-supported natural foods market which promotes the local economy, is committed to sustainability, and enriches lives through education.
Saturday, July 12th, we will be hosting a Farm Tour of Solstice Seeds and Heartland Farms in Hartland, VT. These farms are located right next door to each other. They are offering a guided tour opportunity. The first tour begins at 11am and the second at 1pm. Cost is $15 with a vegetarian lunch provided at noon. You must register ahead of time if you are interested in this event. By phone: 802.295.5804, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at the front end of the store.
Saturday, July 19th, we have our last Sew-op class of the Summer, Chalkboard Mats with Sally. This class will be from 10am-noon, $20 for Co-op members, $25 for non-members, $30 per sibling team.
Thursday, July 24th, there will be a workshop in the Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park on Latham Works Lane. Cat Buxton will be stopping by at 6pm to share some information on weed and bug identification. This is a FREE workshop open to the Upper Valley Community and a yearly event!
Starting Saturday, July 26th, we will be doing a store reset. The goals for this reset are two-fold. One is to ease traffic flow in areas where it tends to get jammed and the other is to consolidate the bulk offerings. Please bear with us as we start packing up parts of the store Saturday evening. We’ll be closed all day on Sunday, and we’ll open again Monday at noon.
To register for an event, or if you’d like to help with the reset, email Chris Jacobson at email@example.com or call 802-295-5804.
Tuesday, June 3rd, threatened to storm as we gathered around Misha Johnson of Free Verse Farm. He planted our walkway herb garden last year and it is starting to come into its own. Misha told our participants how to design your own herb garden and tips for growing and maintaining the garden. There will be a part two to that workshop in September. We will take a look at the Walkway garden and Misha will show us how to harvest the herbs and maintain the plants over winter.
The Co-op’s E&O served on a panel of Co-op folks at the Consumer Education & Marketing Working Group meeting for the Farm to Plate Network. We represented as a smaller Co-op with a significant volume of volunteers and loyal customers. We also held our own with our dedication to locally made and sourced products.
The weather was beautiful for our June First Friday. We had music from the lovely Miranda Moody Miller and tasty treats from Yummy Yammy’s Sweet Potato Salsa. There was also a tasting of June’s Cave-to-Coop cheese, Bon Pere. By the way, if you liked the Roasted Red Pepper & Barley Salad that our Sweet Lilac Deli sampled out, you can find it in our to-go fridge next to the hot bar.
Seeing as the First Friday in July is the 4th, we will not be hosting a First Friday Event that month, but make sure to stop by on August 1st for our next one!
Carol Stedman of Clay Hill Corners came out to our Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park on the 9th and gave a group a chat and hands on experience putting together a no till garden. The crowd was very pleased with the info. Carol is a local grower. She provides flowers, greens, quiche and jam among other things, to our Co-op.
We’re looking forward to our Anniversary and Solstice Celebration this weekend, with family fun activities from 10am-4pm on Saturday the 21st. There will even be sewing classes upstairs in the Sew-op! But they’re pre-registration only, so make you sign up early to grab your spot!
For the general public come on over between 10am and 4pm with your coupon for 5% off all purchases. There will be an assortment of fun & free activities and community frolicking:
Live music outside between 11 and 2
Cookout from 11 to 1
Free samples inside the store
Cake & Ice Cream at 12:30
Kid’s activities all day
Free raffles! Drawing at 4pm
Please come out and spend some time and grab some grub!