February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 – Exciting News, Updates and SALES at The Buffalo Mountain Food Coop and Cafe.

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February 2017 Coop NEWS!

Hello Members! Just a quick email here to inform you of some upcoming events and news…

Working Member Opportunities

Sampling Hosts: We’d like some more people on call for setting up and presenting free samples at different times during each month (Cleaning up, too, of course.) Ideal candidates enjoy chatting with people, creating attractive displays, and staying ’til the cleaning’s done. We can arrange a specific time each month, or get on the call list. Please contact ellen@buffalomountaincoop.org.

Cool Kids Crew: We can use a couple more team members on the dairy stocking brigade. Display space is limited, and the products are perishable, so keeping the shelves filled will keep the department healthy. Rose and Diane are doing a great job, but there are more days and times that need coverage. It doesn’t have to take too long at once, and we can work it into your regular shopping schedule. Believe it or not, winter is actually a good time to start this weekly job. You don’t feel a temperature shock. Please contact ellen@buffalomountaincoop.org.

Shovelers: We’re keeping up with the front of the store, but we need the roof outside the cafe and the back deck and steps to be kept shoveled. We have some help with this, but probably need more folks to relocate the white stuff.

Coop Hours

Mon – Fri: 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

The next store-wide SALE for ALL customers will be on Wednesday, March 1st. These sales happen every first Wednesday. DON’T MISS IT!

2017 FEDCO Seeds – Moose Tuber – Organic Supply Catalogue Orders

DUE on Sunday February 12th.

No payment is required at the time of ordering
Payment will be collected at time of pick-up (early March)

Still accepting submissions for the Winter edition of the Buffalo Mountain Bullsheet. Submit coop and natural food related news and stories, poetry, recipes, local events, workshops, classes… etc… Articles considered for publication and printed will be given working member credit. Email jon@buffalomountaincoop.org for more info.

Did you know you can get a gift card for $225 to Buffalo Mountain Co-op when you go solar with SunCommon between Feb 1 and March 31, 2017. How?

1. Sign up with SunCommon for a free solar home visit at suncommon.com/co-op or call 882-8181
2. Stop in the co-op and pick up a coupon
3. Hand the coupon to your Solar Home Advisor when you sign a solar home agreement with SunCommon
4. Your $225 gift card will be mailed to you
Enjoy: Spend your gift card at the co-op!

SunCommon makes going solar easy and affordable.
Local energy, local food. What could be better?

For more information, contact Ellen at SunCommon: 798-2648 or ellen@suncommon.com

3 or 4 Buffalo Mt. Co-op Collective members are going to a trade show at the Foxwoods Resort in the Ledyard/ Mashantucket area of Connecticut, May 16-18. We don’t want to stay at the resort or other local hotels. Do any other coop members have family or friends who might give us some floor space? (They won’t have to feed us, and we’ll probably be able to feed them.We’ll also contribute some $) I’ve got family between 1-2 hours from there, and we can do that if necessary, but would rather be closer. If you know of a place or places we might stay, please contact Ellen or Kate.


Annual Gathering and Board Elections
Save the date! Sunday, April 2, Details TBA
Any member-owner in good standing and up to date with equity payments is eligible to run. Board term is 2 years.

Are you interested in supporting your co-op by becoming a Board Member? Buffalo Mountain Co-op Board candidates should have:

  • A willingness and enthusiasm to support and progress the mission of BMFC
  • A commitment to advancing our cooperatively owned and democratically run local food business.
  • A desire to communicate with a wide variety of our membership to help determine how to best meet their needs.
Potential candidates would ideally posses some of the following:
  • Experience and success with thriving local enterprises
  • Management oversight capabilities
  • Non-profit or community organizing experience
If so, we ask that you fully participate in the workings of the Board!
This means:
  • Enthusiasm and love for the co-op business model
  • Commit to attend meetings, with an understanding of the time required to participate (typically 2-6 hours per month)
  • Be willing to participate in discussion, compromise, and work as part of a team
  • Foster a strong collaborative relationship with the Collective Management Team
If you’re interested in running, or if you have questions, please email kate@buffalomountaincoop.org and come to our Board Meeting on Thurs Feb 23.

Letters of interest in running should be submitted by Feb 28, by email to: kate@buffalomountaincoop.org

If you have any further questions, please email: board@buffalomountaincoop.org





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Raise Up Rachel: A Friend-Raising Fundraiser

Saturday, January 28th @ 5pm
Cabot Town Hall
3084 Main St, Cabot, VT

Suggested donation of $15 adults & $5 kids, tickets available in advance at the Buffalo Mountain Co-op in Hardwick

Raise Up Rachel: A friend-raising fundraiser for the whole family
Enjoy an evening of entertainment, a delicious dinner and dancing with old friends and new, all while supporting a local family. Rachel Davey is a mother of two young children, a small business owner in Hardwick, and a vibrant and active member of the community. Her brain tumor has returned as a more aggressive type of cancer so she has decided to step up her game, too. This fundraiser has the specific goal of contributing to Rachel’s alternative treatments, which are not covered by insurance.

The full evening of entertainment is sure to delight the whole family.
Local chefs and farmers will provide a delicious chili and cornbread dinner (with gluten-free and vegetarian options). A silent auction will feature a variety of goods and services: professional massages, piglets, handmade crafts, local gift certificates, and much more. The entertainment portion of the evening includes Central Vermont’s funniest stand-up comedians– Cat Klarich, Andy Perchlik and Kathleen Kanz (Winner of the 2016 VT’s Funniest Comedian Contest); “Speaking in Tongues”, a 100% improvisational and live instrumentation Hip Hop group; local Vaudeville star “The Real McCoy”; and music from “Granite Junction” and “Beg, Steal, or Borrow”

We know it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to heal its people. Your contribution will make a difference.

For more info, or to make a donation, contact raiseuprachel@gmail.com

January 2017 Member Only Sales

Check out the sales flyer!

Spring/Summer Bullsheet!

The Spring/Summer Bullsheet is here! Come in and grab a copy or download your own by clicking here!

Winter/Spring Bullsheet 2016

Winter/Spring 2016

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Farmer of the Month – June 2015

ansel and justinFlywheel Farm

 What Is Your Name?
Justin Cote and Ansel Ploog

 How many acres do you farm?
2-3 acres

What town is your Farm Located in?

How long have you been farming?
2 years

Why do you farm?
We farm because somebody has to!  We also enjoy the work and contributing to the agricultural heritage of this region.

What do you grow?
We grow lots of snap and snow peas, fava beans and dry beans, mustard greens and lettuces, cucumbers, patty pans, watermelons and muskmelons… Sweet corn and strawberries, tomatoes and peppers, eggplant and indigo!

Where does the food you grow go?
We sell to our local coops, restaurants, caterers and institutions as well as directly to our neighbors through our farmstand (located on Rt. 14, right across from Woodbury Lake.  We’re open Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 12-6pm).

What are your growing practices, if not certified organic? (fertilization, pesticides, etc…)
Our produce is certified organic by VOF.  We farm to put as much back into the soil as we take out.

Do you have any animals on your farm? (not including humans)
We raise hens to supply our farmstand with fresh eggs.  The eggs are not certified organic; the hens are fed a lot of vegetables and organic layer pellets.  We also raise rabbit meat on pasture and are working to eliminate rabbit pellets completely from their diet.

If you could be any fruit or vegetable, what would it be?
Ansel – A determinate tomato.
Justin – A spring-dug parsnip

Vision of the Co-op’s Future

What will the Co-op look like in 10 years?

One of the main jobs of the board is to plan for the future of the co-op. We have spent much of the last year working on visions of what the co-op could look like in the future and what that would mean for our store and community. Now, we need your help.

 After a six-month long look at where the coop is and has been the Visioning Committee has three possible futures: Stay-Put, Expansion and Back to Our Roots.

 What is your vision?

 Do you see us in a larger space and selling more mainstream foods and servicing a larger portion of the community? Do you see us staying where we are and working on improving our current store? Do you see us going back to our roots and selling mostly bulk and local food?

 Should we                   EXPAND?                STAY PUT? BACK TO OUR ROOTS?

 These are complicated issues and not all mutually exclusive. But having an overall direction from the membership about what you want is important for the board.

 Please READ:        

Please VOTE:         

Farmer of the Month – May 2015

Sunny MeadowSunny Meadow Farm, Cabot, VT

What Is Your Name?
Tony Ingraldi

 How many acres do you farm?

Two acres

How long have you been farming?

I’ve been farming off and on since 2001.  I’ve been at my current location in Cabot for the past four years.


Why do you farm?

I started farming because I wanted to be able to provide quality organic produce for my two young daughters at the time.  I feel that it is important to have a first hand knowledge of where my food comes.  Farming is also a great way for me to connect with the natural cycles of the world while also providing food security for my family.  I enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes form enjoying the bounty of my hard work.

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Greens – Issue 2

Annual Meeting Report

missed a deadlineMissed the Annual Meeting?

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Annual Meeting on Sunday April 19th. Year after year we see new faces and get to visit with familiar ones. Thank you to Kate Arnold and the rest of the kitchen volunteers and potluck contributors for a fabulous meal.  For those unable to attend or those who need a review, we present to you a Annual Meeting Recap

Financial Reports

2014 Balance Sheet

2014 Profit & Loss

Management Report

We are excited to announce that long-time sub, Ellen Bresler has been hired to manage the Dairy Department.  After 30 years of service, longtime staff member Annie Gaillard will be hanging up her tool belt.  We will miss her dearly!!!  Don’t be a stranger.

A non-GMO Committee was formed to address the growing concerns from our members and staff regarding the increase use of GMO ingredients in our food supply.  Our goals are to educate our members and community and get feedback.  What do you the members want?  More in-store labeling? A GMO-free store?  If you would like to help, please contact frey@buffalomountaincoop.org

Board Election

Congratulations to our newly-elected members to the board members Kay Charron and Marina Carleton. 

Congrats and welcome back to Bruce Kaufman, Steve Gorelick and Michael Lew-Smith our re-elected 

Welcome and Thank You for serving your co-op. 

A big thank you to Amy Sund and David Ludt for their interest in running.