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.
We currently work with over 500 local vendors and have more than 3,000 local products on our shelves. Last year, 40% of our sales were from local products. This month we are featuring goodMix from Waitsfield.
We partner with Provisions International, New England Cheesemakers, and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association to highlight regional artisanal cheese producers.
Cave to Co-op Featured Cheese
Très Bonne from Boston Post Dairy in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. Pasteurized goat milk with natural rind – aged 3 months, mild, nutty, creamy. Boston Post Dairy is located on the Gervais Family Farm, a family run farm in northern Vermont owned and operated by Robert and Très Bonne Gervaise and 12 of their 15 children. The Gervaise family has been farming the property since 1962 when they began with 35 Jersey cows and 220 acres of land. Today they milk over 1,800 cows and grow 3,100 acres of corn and hay.
Farm Focus Featured Cheese
Four Corners from Cobb Hill Cheese is a Welsh Caerphilly cheddar recipe. The cheese has a natural rind, is aged 4 to 6 months, and has a buttery tangy flavor. Cobb Hill Cheese is made from raw milk that comes from their sister business, Cedar Mountain Farm, which is located right next door. The jersey cows are raised on grass, grain and hay. The cows get a fresh paddock of grass every day from May to October. During the winter, the cows live in a warm barn and eat hay and grain.
Our Co-op collaborates with area nonprofits to help raise awareness and funds. We encourage shoppers to Give Change by rounding up to the next full dollar at the register. All of the funds collected directly benefit that month’s partner. This month we are featuring the Cooperative Development Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Give Change donations will support affected co-ops as they work to resume operations.
Our Art in the Café program supports and cultivates the local arts by displaying the work of our member-owner and staff artists in our café. Our family-friendly, month-long exhibits also create a pleasant dining experience for customers. This month we are featuring two local artists. Brenda Bringham is a member-owner and staff member of the Co-op. Caroline Tavelli-Abar is a Vermont based, Swiss American visual artist. You can learn more about these artist here.
We offer a variety of workshops, events, and vendor demos to delight and inform our shoppers. View our calendar here.