Archive | March, 2016

The Bee’s Knees of Pollinator Enterprises: Zingerman’s

Another way Zingerman’s helps strengthen other businesses is through their consulting business, called ZingTrain. ZingTrain provides training on customer service, leadership development, open book management and business visioning. The positive effects of these trainings extend to our region: Many staff members at the Monadnock Food Co-op received training from ZingTrain. I was lucky enough to take a 2-day workshop on open book management with ZingTrain last year. ZingTrain’s website features free essays and webinars for all to peruse.

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Egg-cellent: Naturally Dyed Eggs

Egg dyeing is a fun way to celebrate this time of year—and it’s a tradition that goes way back—as much as 5,000 years when Persians celebrated springtime with eggs colored with plant-based dyes. Plant dyes can be just as useful today and they’re plentiful; in fact you very well might have dye-worthy ingredients in your […]

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Delightfully Healthy! To Eat a Rainbow

Sampling: Friday, March 25, 4:30 – 6:30pm With March quickly drawing to an end, we look toward April and the beginning of spring to bring about showers of rain and the chance to see an elusive rainbow. While actual rainbows might be hard to come by, grabbing a rainbow of colorful produce at your Co-op […]

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The Latest Local Economy Buzz: Pollinator Enterprises

In nature pollinators like bees, butterflies, or bats carry pollen from plant to plant, and they instinctively know that the intermixing of these pollens nourishes the entire ecosystem. Pollinator businesses similarly carry the best elements of one local business to another, thereby fertilizing all local businesses and creating a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem. ~ Michael Shuman, […]

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Martin’s Farm: Solving Our Food Waste Problem One Banana Peel at a Time

As you may have heard, the Co-op recently expanded its composting capacity through a new partnership with Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, MA.  On an unusually warm February day I ventured down to tour the farm where our organic waste would soon become nutrient dense, certified organic compost. Upon arrival at Martin’s Farm I was energetically […]

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Equal Exchange: Empowering Small Growers

While building a strong local food system and improving the local economy are cornerstones of Monadnock Food Co-op’s mission, Equal Exchange (EE) takes a different, but nonetheless awe-inspiring, approach to supporting and empowering small growers — primarily in the tropical regions of our home planet (predominantly from the Equator north to the Tropic of Cancer […]

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Delightfully Healthy! St. Patrick’s Day Sweet Green Slaw and Maple Baked Pears

Sampling: March 11, 4:30-6:30pm. The weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner! This holiday brings about green colored everything, and occasionally some not-so-healthy menu items. Celebrate this year with the St. Paddy’s inspired recipes featured this week! Taking a healthy twist on a traditional holiday […]

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Cave to Co-op: Original Plymouth

Original Plymouth raw cow milk natural wax coating Plymouth Artisan Cheese, Plymouth, VT This is the signature cheese from Plymouth Artisan Cheese. It is a full-bodied mature cheese with extremely well developed flavors that has been aged to bring it out its full potential. It is a sharp cheese with notes of butter, fruit and […]

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