To our Membership and regular neighborhood patrons,
For the past 15 years, our humble café has been honored to serve creative hot lunches, delicious sandwiches, and beautiful omelets to the community. We want to thank everyone near and far who supported this tiny café with their regular patronage and enjoyment of what we had to offer. The Co-op is currently under transition with a lens on financial viability and sustainable functioning. The café apart from the rest of the Co-op places a lot of demand on the structure of the business. We cannot continue to function in the manner we have been. So, we are ceasing the short order service breakfast and lunch menu. We are going to start this change the week of Thanksgiving, 11/19/18. The café will still be offering coffee/tea, a wider selection of baked goods, prepared cold sandwiches, salads, casseroles, noodle dishes and of course, our delicious soups. We want to provide the best options for organic, local healthy choices to our surrounding communities and folks who come through to enjoy our lovely area. Doing a better job from the perspective of financial well-being for the overall organization we hope will be beneficial for all. Our focus will be on foods that will be delicious, quick and ready to go for you or stay and enjoy the space and free WiFi in our cozy space. We are excited to work with the Co-op community together to create a nourishing healthful environment for the café space.
This October, your Neighboring Food Co-ops here in the Northeast are joining over 40,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month. For 2018, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) has identified “Co-ops See the Future” as the theme for the month, inviting co-operatives and their members to dream big! As we look to the future, how can we work together to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy for everyone?
Nelson Alvarez Febles, Puerto Rican agroecologist, food activist and author spoke on June 22nd in Hardwick, VT about the many ongoing efforts to promote food sovereignty, small farms, and agroecology as important strategies for recovery and resilience in the face of climate disruptions such as Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Nelson serves on the Board of Cooperativa Orgánica Madre Tierra, Buffalo Mountain’s Sister Coop in San Juan. As part of his presentation, Nelson also shared some before and after pictures from the farm of one of our Sister Coop members. Click the link to view the photos.
When I’ve been asked why our coop has a Sister Co-op, the short answer is, because “it is what we do.” One of our guiding principles is to help other co-ops, but I believe that as a co-operative community and as part of a cooperative movement we look for alternatives to build a prosperous equitable community and for sincere ways to connect and respond to need at home and abroad with the intention of empowering each other.
Everyday Low Prices For Everyone! The Buffalo Basics program is a selection of staple foods and other products priced below retail to provide the same great savings to everyone who wants to shop at the Co-op. (No further discounts apply.) Look for the Buffalo Basics logo on shelves and bins around the store. The Buffalo Mountain Co-op is committed to “food for people not for profit.”
Welcome new products from Tony’s Chocolonely, big chocolate bars with a big mission. Tony’s mission: “As a chocolate company we lead by example and activate industry, politics and consumers to bring about change. Alone we make slave free chocolate, together we make all chocolate 100% slave free. Not just our chocolate. No. All chocolate worldwide. When there is really no more slavery in the chocolate industry, then we will have achieved our goal.”