Co-op Produce Department Adapts to Winter Weather Woes in California

by Sharon Mueller, Produce Manager


Expect to see major changes in availability of crops from California this year. Not only have farms there been hit with freezing temperatures, but the lack of snow and rain has had a major impact as well.

Citrus is the crop most affected by cold weather, with California varieties coming close to the end, and higher prices on what little remains. Some farmers have lost their entire crop. This has created higher demand for Florida citrus, bringing their season to an early end as well. We will do our best to stock oranges and tangerines, but will keep an eye on price.

Row crops (the annual veggies like cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbages, broccoli, melons, peppers, etc.) are also being affected by both the cold and the drought. In the Fresno area, irrigation water is extremely limited. Farmers are letting (lettuce) fields go unplanted, and directing what water they can get to permanent crops like citrus, nut trees, avocados and asparagus. An official from one large farm said, “A lot of land is going to be fallow, and a lot of people are going to be unemployed. Everyone’s scrambling.”

What’s the good news? The Upper Valley Food Co-op is still ordering from local farms such as Deep Root Cooperative and Pete’s Greens. We have good supplies of local potatoes, carrots,  cabbages, turnips, rutabagas, beets, celeriac, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes and the like. Make a cole slaw salad! Roast local roots! And our local apple selection is the best in the Upper Valley, including IPM and organic!

We cannot predict how this will all play out. We’re keeping our eyes open and our ears to the ground, so that, whatever happens elsewhere, we will be your go-to place for good local food!

Wishing you a Joyous and Restorative Holiday Season



 The staff at the Upper Valley Food Co-op wishes you  Jolly Days of Merriment…now and into the New Year!

With Gratitude,

Your Co-op

Co-op Hours:
December 24: 9-4pm
December 25: Closed
December 31: 9-6pm
January 1: Closed

Winter Solstice & Art Show Opening

Opening Reception for

Reduce, Reuse & Amuse

Friday, December 20th

4 to 6pm

Upstairs in the gathering room

Same date and time:

Winter Solstice Celebration

In store!

Delicious snacks from Judi…along with recipes to take home

Music from Adam Gordon & Cat Buxton with a few tunes from Chris

5% Discount to all

Happy Holidays!

Science of Chocolate-Making POSTPONED until Jan 3rd!

Tonight’s talk from Jaquelyn Rieke has been postponed until Friday, January 3rd at 6pm.

Please come out in January for this wonderful event with our favorite Chocolatier from Nutty Steph’s.

Wrap & Pack Parties!

PICT0086Looking for help dealing with gift wrapping?

Have a few gifts to send across country?

Come to one of our

Wrap and Pack Parties!

You provide the gifts. The Co-op will give you the space and materials to do some creative wrapping. You can use our vast stores of bubblewrap, packing peanuts, and cardboard boxes to prep for shipment. Learn about other ways to wrap your gifts besides investing in giftwrap paper and new notions.

Select from four opportunities:

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2-6pm

Thursday, Dec 12, 4-6pm


Senior Wrap (downstairs in the seating area) Tuesday, Dec 17, noon-2pm

Tuesday, Dec 17, 4-6pm

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2-6pm

The Wrap & Pack room is located upstairs at the Co-op. Enter through the courtyard entrance. Follow the bows to the Wrapping Room. Bring a friend! Bring your ADDRESS BOOK!

 Questions? Call Chris @ 295-5804 or email


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