A new edition of our newsletter, The Bullsheet, is out!

Here are some excerpts from the Bullsheet. Click here to read the whole newsletter.

Care of Employees

The Co-op board has generously moved to both increase paid time off and wages during this crisis. Employees who aren’t feeling well are encouraged to stay home at the first sign of illness and are given more sick pay if they need to cover the time off. We don’t want employees to have to choose between being paid or staying home to take care of themselves. Employees also received a hazard pay increase of $2/hr.

Some Co-op staff members have changed their hours to earlier or later day to be in the store when it is quieter. Other staff members have chosen not to work at this time. We support them in their decisions to do what is best for them and their families.

COVID Protocols

In addition to the staff policy changes and curbside pick up, the Co-op has implemented safety protocols in response to Covid19. Staff who are working in the downstairs shopping area wear masks. Our cloth masks, made by Rui and Jessie, are sterilized after every use. Frequent and thorough handwashing and glove use are encouraged. When filling orders, one personal shopper picks each order to reduce the number of people touching the groceries.

Throughout the day, frequently contacted surfaces are sanitized, and bulk bin scoops are sterilized frequently. Outside of work, staff members are asked to take their temperature daily and follow strict physical (social) distancing.

Celebrate Pi Day!

Looking for a delicious, quick breakfast? Try our Hand Pies.
Hand Pies are under $5 and come filled with eggs & cheese with the option of bacon or sausage. These pockets of deliciousness work well with a variety of fillings that showcase the creativity of our kitchen. We currently have one with chevre, arugula, and caramelized onions. There are more varieties in the works.

As with all our cafe products, they are made of mostly organic and local ingredients!

Sister Coop Project Update

Dear friends

As many already know we started reaching out to this coop in Puerto Rico right after hurricane María. I knew this coop because friends had invited to speak about Buffalo Mountain to the Madre Tierra board in 2006. This was an informal talk facilitated by friends that thought it would be a good idea for the coop in PR to hear from a Puerto Rican woman living in VT and working at the coop. I was also already traveling in the summer to study in Puerto Rico and this helped.

Our friends Carlos Lago and Justina Diáz Bisbal from Finca Tintillo were the first ones to host our Vt. work brigade. They are still deeply thankful for the help they receive from the delegation.Justina has often shared and I believe will continue to share how the help came at a very crucial time when the devastation from the hurricane, the lack of electricity and basic needs where a big burden to their morale. Our work clearing the trees that had fallen on their fruit trees allowed them to nourish the remains back to life.

Yes, the fruit trees started to grow new shoots again and Justina reports a bumping crop of fruit which that are bringing to the market they have organized in the Salinas, near their home.


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