Thank You for Celebrating Our Groundbreaking With US!

Groundbreaking Crowd


On Thursday, May 24, 2012 about 250 community members joined together for a Groundbreaking Ceremony at Railroad Square for the Monadnock Food Co-op (formally known as Monadnock Community Market) – the future home of our locally-focused, community-owned grocery store in the heart of downtown Keene.

Joe Marks, the Co-op’s Board President addressed the crowd and thanked the vendors who provided treats for community members to sample: Orchard Hill Breadworks, Gemma’s Linzers, Merry Meeting Farm and Walpole Creamery (all products we look forward to carrying in the future – plus many, many, many more).  Mayor Kendall Lane spoke about how the Monadnock Food Co-op fits into the Keene Comprehensive Master Plan.  Others who spoke: Dan Scully from Dan Scully Architects, Jack Dugan from Monadnock Economic Development Corp., Molly Lambert from USDA Rural Development, Bonnie Hudspeth the Co-op original Project Manager and Michael Faber the Co-op’s General Manager.

What are our hopes & dreams for our co-op?

  • We asked the community to share their hopes & dreams for our local food co-op at the Groundbreaking Ceremony.  Their wishes will go into the foundation of the Monadnock Food Co-op, literally.
  • Here are just some of the hopes & dreams that were shared by our friends, family & neighbors:
  • I hope the co-op teaches our community how interdependent we are to each other – and the land, water and air that sustains us. ~James Duffy
  • A welcoming gathering space.
  • Let Whole-some become Whole-all: Let the best be available to all, not just some. ~ Ella Rank
  • Neighbors & community connected through healthy food – what could be better!
  • Fresh wonderful produce/food & a place that can be walked to.
  • Local food, local economy, local fun!

Would you like to share your hopes & dreams for our co-op with us? Share your note using this link.

We acknowledge the work of many who have bought the Monadnock Food Co-op this far.  Thank you to all who are making our hopes & dreams for the co-op a reality.