As you know, we have successfully updated our card processing to chip readers at every register. This upgrade allows for more security when making your purchases and allows us to process WIC payments at every register. We now have our own BFC gift card. Please know that because of this processing upgrade our gift cards are no longer accepted at other food co-ops, nor can we accept gift cards purchased at other co-ops.
Food For Thought
During January, February, and March, we will be preparing one meal per month as a Co-op to feed those friends and neighbors who stay at the Groundworks Collaborative Overflow Shelter during the winter months. Many of you received Shareholder hours last winter for helping to cook, deliver and serve meals.
As the days are getting shorter with the change in the seasons, I have enjoyed seeing many wild turkeys this fall. I like watching the rafter of all shapes and sizes amble through the tall grass in our field in the early morning light. They peck at the grass as they forage for bugs and who knows what else as they cross the property. They are unafraid of the deer that often keep company with them. Occasionally I hear a gobble, and the most amazing sights to catch are the flying and the running turkeys since many of these birds are quite large and neither running nor flying seem to be an easy task!
The Brattleboro Food Co-op recently agreed to take part in a pilot program using the principles of restorative justice with our partners for retail theft. I was curious about restorative justice, and I found out that it has been around for at least 35 years around the world. The extent of the program varies from country to country, and from application to application. It has helped when prison overcrowding is prevalent by working with low level offenders to repair harm done, addressing other root causes when possible.
We had noticed a bit of a sluggishness in sales over the past quarter, so we were excited when the Indigenous People’s Day/foliage weekend pushed us well over recent sales levels in the store. The ramp-up that we experience this time of year sometimes takes us a week or so to catch up to, but this year we expect to have a more difficult time getting product on the shelves. I had mentioned in a recent article that service levels from our main natural foods distributor had been trending negatively, and this trend is sure to get worse before it gets better.
RSVP for the 2018 Annual Shareholder Meeting and Community Panel Discussion!
6pm @ NEYT
100 Flat Street
November is a time for delicious food, for giving thanks and for enjoying loved ones. Here at the Co-op we are excited for November because it means we get to be a part of supporting your holiday meals with friends and family. Whether it be a fresh turkey from Stonewood Farms, bulk flour from King Arthur Flour, or sweet potatoes from Laughing Child Farm, we are excited to help make your holidays special. While we know many people love to cook their own recipes from scratch and take deep pride in a Thanksgiving meal, we are experiencing an increase in demand for conveniently prepared foods ready to eat.
Katherine B, BFC Shareholder, is here till 1pm with a free sampling and tasting of Nutiva Coconut Oil.
Film examines food co-ops as a community-based economic movement
I am always grateful when the first apples of the season are ripe and ready to enjoy. Every year by late summer, I am anxiously waiting for the new apple crop to be harvested. In spite of the all the other fruit choices available during the summer season, I feel a void in my diet without a crisp delicious apple—nothing hits the spot like a tart early local apple! I eat one every day when they are available. Some of my favorite early varieties are Paula Red, Ginger Gold, Zestar, and Sansa. And of course the choices don’t stop with those—there will be many more to choose from, along with all of the heirloom apples that have such unusual and fabulous names.
I’m just completing the final year of my first 3-year term on the BFC Board of Directors, this time around. It’s very interesting to think back to my prior service on the Board back in the early 2000’s. At that time the Co-op was being lured out to Putney Rd. to fill an empty box store space. Kudos to the Cassidy brothers of BAST Corporation whose offer to sell the shopping plaza property to the Co-op turned us from renters into owners. That’s what made the numbers work in support of remaining in the downtown space. Now the Co-op is well-rooted as a downtown anchor. I for one wouldn’t want to imagine downtown Brattleboro without the Co-op walking distance from the residential and commercial core of our town. Over time it’s easy to take significant things for granted and forget the challenges we worked through to get to where we are today.