Deli & Produce Departments will close at 1pm.
The entire store will close early at 6pm.
The Upper Valley Food Co-op will be closed.
The store opens at Noon.
~~~ We apologize for the inconvenience. ~~~
Welcome back on Monday
5% off all purchases!
Don’t forget 5% off to Seniors on Tuesday.
5% off on August 1st, 4 to 6pm
Stop by during our First Friday event for a guided orientation to the new setup.
The goals for this reset are two-fold. One is to ease traffic flow in the deli area where it tends to jam and the other is to consolidate the bulk offerings into one area. This will hopefully make it easier for our bulk buying cutomers and more efficient for our grocery clerks to maintain. 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.
One of the many great things about the Upper Valley is the number of local organic farms that reside here. This past weekend the Co-op took advantage of that fact and hosted the first of its two Farm Tours, an opportunity for community members to learn not just the details of how farms run, but also the goals and philosophies behind them.
This first Farm Tour was actually a visit to two neighboring farms, Sylvia Davatz’s Solstice Seeds and Brian Stroffolino’s Heartland Farms, who focus on collaboration over competition. Brian, who rents his land from Sylvia, had little farming experience before starting Heartland Farms. In the two years that this farm has been running Sylvia has been his mentor. He’s adopted her enthusiasm for seed saving, working the land by hand, and using hay mulch for most everything. This similarity in their approach to farming encourages collaboration, while differing crops and goals avoids competition.
Walking onto Sylvia’s property, you will be taken in by her orderly gardens and orchard. The stone walled beds and the close quarters of a wide variety of plants gives the sense of a decorative landscape, but amongst these features are the functionary rows of crop. Some of these crops are for eating, but most are for generating seeds. Even many of the edible plants are left untouched to make sure that they produce bountiful seeds.
As Sylvia introduces herself, she explains why seed collecting is so important to her. There’s a value in having your own seeds to plant for the next year. It’s important to know how they were grown and processed. Things like how they were stored over winter can have a big impact on how well the plant grows the following year, or years down the line. There’s also the simple fact of knowing, without doubt, that this seed will do well in your particular climate.
That’s another one of Sylvia’s passions, and one of the philosophies behind her farm: experimenting with new varieties to find out what grows well in her climate. And she points out that her climate is not the northeast or even the upper valley, but Hartland specifically. This year she’s growing peas, and noting how each variety is doing as the season progresses. She’s also planted three varieties of peanuts, a borderline crop, to see how they’ll do.
Sylvia’s farm is basically a research farm, with experimentation a constant. Just next door, Brian’s farm is a food production farm. While he has a few crops that he grows for seed, or for experimentation, the majority of his crops are for Heartland Farms’ CSA. He often has four or five rows committed to the same crop, as opposed to Sylvia’s small row containing 12 to 20 plants. Many of these crops were grown from seeds that he got from Sylvia. Brian gets the assurance of knowing his crops will grow well, and Sylvia gets to see how the plants grow and mature, as compared to the parent plants. It’s an arrangement that benefits everyone. Farming is often thought to be a competitive business, but with the right set up collaboration can be extremely successful.
The second Farm Tour for the summer will be at Free Verse Farm in Chelsea, VT. This small community herb farm specializes in naturally-grown tisanes (herbal teas), culinary herbs, medicinals, and herbal remedies. You’ll be able to taste and smell all the herbs they have growing, and learn about the variety of uses for herbs. The tour will be August 23, from 11am to 2pm. If you’d like to register you can sign up in store or call 295-5804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New to our grocery shelves are Cole’s Sardines. From their recycled packaging to selecting only all-natural products that meet our strict standards for sustainable farming and fishing methods, Cole’s brings you great gourmet taste with a conscience.
We now have Turmeric Force in the Value Size, 120ct. New Chapter vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements are a whole-food complex – something your body easily recognizes and absorbs. Sourced from nature’s bounty of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and superfoods and cultured in probiotics to deliver the full spectrum of Nature’s benefits.
New to our Cheese Cave is Timberdoodle, a Tallegio-style cheese from Woodcock Farm, located in Weston, VT. This rectangular cheese has a sticky orange rind and a creamy soft interior. The rind imparts much of the strong flavor to the cheese and is complemented by the smooth texture and creamy, fresh flavors of the interior.
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: email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-295-5804.