Archive | February, 2015

Staff Favorite: Talenti Gelato Pops

Maura, from the Co-op’s Front End Department, grabs a Talenti Gelato Pop when she’s looking for a special treat.  “They have a rich flavor and are just the right size,” she shared.  Curbs your hankering for something sweet. From Talenti’s Website: Because we use way more fresh milk than cream, our gelato not only tastes […]

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Cave to Co-op March 2015: Ayersdale

Ayersdale raw cow milk Bonnieview Farm, Craftsbury, Vermont Neil Urie, cheesemaker Bonnieview Farm is a sheep and cow dairy located in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and has been in the Urie family for four generations. The farm is a mixture of rolling pasture, hay fields, and woods, where Neil, Kristin, Tressa Urie and the […]

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Turn A New Leaf Program at Monadnock Food Co-op

The Monadnock Food Co-op is proud to partner with a community health program to help our customers make the healthiest choices in our deli. Starting this weekend, the Co-op deli signs have an updated look to promote the Turn New Leaf Program. The Turn a New Leaf (TANL) Program is the first county-wide healthy eating initiative in the state and was created by the Monadnock Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) program.

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Farm Camp Scholarship Program

Does your child have interest in farms or gardening? Would he or she like to explore these interests this summer?

The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with agriculture and the natural world around them. We hope to inspire the next generation of local farmers and local food supporters, by giving regional children an opportunity, through summer camp, after school programs, or membership to NOFA NH, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand and watch their efforts bear fruit.

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Cave to Co-op February 2015: Oh My Heart

A very special cheese made by a very special farm, Lazy Lady Farm in Westfield, Vermont. Laini Fondiller started Lazy Lady in 1987, and it is as eclectic and unique as Laini herself. While not certified organic, the farm operates using organic practices: organic grains, organic straw for bedding, intensive rotational grazing, and fertile soils made from composted manure and the added minerals for hay production. Laini operates the farm by utilizing 17 solar panels and a 1K-wind generator. When there is no wind or sun, Lazy Lady relies on a small generator to replenish the battery bank.

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Food As Medicine

It’s a catchy little phrase, isn’t it? Food as medicine. I guess I’d have to say that I’m kind of fond of both the phrase and the idea. There is something empowering about taking responsibility for my health and well-being through the choices I make around food. I much prefer this active participation in my own health over abdicating to medical professionals who are, no doubt, invaluable when it comes to trauma, infectious disease, and other medical emergencies — but, our day-to-day health should not be a medical emergency.

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Your Co-op Board Goes Back to School

To stay connected to this principle many food cooperatives, the Monadnock Food Co-op (MFC) among them, utilize the services of the CDS Consulting Co-op, a consulting cooperative that’s “dedicated to building and strengthening cooperative businesses.” CDS Consulting offers many services, including a board development web-based resource library and regional co-op leadership training programs.

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