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.
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.
We moved to curbside pickup on March 20, 2020 in response to the Covid19 pandemic. We believe this service is the safest and best way to serve our community. Know that we are committed to keeping our community fed.
How to Order Emailorder@bmfc.coop. Please include your full name, phone number, and indicate how you will pay. If you want to use a check, we need the check number to process the order. Note: We are not taking cash at this time.
Call 802-472-6020 or 802-424-6986 and someone will take your order.
How it Works We process orders in the order in which they are received. The days starts with a pile of orders from the end of the previous day and after closing.
Picking up Orders We will call when your order is ready. If you arrive before you are called, we cannot guarantee your order is ready. If we know when you are arriving, your order will be on the table outside waiting for you. Otherwise, a staff member will come out and assist you with your order. Note: Please keep your social distance when picking up an order. Please stand six feet away from the door so we can safely step out to greet you.
Hot Tips Put money on your personal Credit Account (AKA Gift Card) and charge your orders to your account. Cutting out this time-consuming step in our process makes it so we can fill more of your orders! Call us to do this.
Let us know when you place your order if you are willing to accept substitute items.
We sadly cannot pack orders in previously used reusable bags at this time. We also are not using cardboard boxes.
Make sure you pick up all your bags. We are packing dry goods, refrigerated, and frozen items in separate bags. The bright paper attached to your bag indicates how many bags you have in your order. We have gorgeous bread, meat, and produce for you. Check out our website and social media for current availability.
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!
Food is at the heart of our community. Our café exists to be a community gathering space where good food is enjoyed. We strive to use organic and local ingredients in the food we create. Enjoy eating together in a relaxed atmosphere with a robust option of self-serve food, fresh baked yumminess, healthy treats, and drinks. Continue reading “Recent Changes in the Cafe”
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.
170 people responded to our member survey! Thank you all for your thoughtful and heartfelt feedback. We are still processing the information. I f you requested a follow-up conversation or we have more questions for you we will be contacting you in the next few weeks.