Brattleboro’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter to open 11/12/18

| Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Brattleboro’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter will open Monday, November 12th.  After a successful first season located at the upper dormitory on the Winston Prouty campus (formerly the Austine School for the Deaf) last year, Groundworks’ staff and Board are grateful for the opportunity to return to the space.

Lotus Foods Recall

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Lotus Foods is voluntarily recalling three varieties of ramen noodle soup—Tom Yum, Masala Curry, and Red Miso—because the packaging is not microwave-safe. Other Lotus Foods products are not included in this recall.

Gift Card Update

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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. 

Overflow Shelter Meals

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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.

It’s All About the Food: Turkey

| Food For Thought, Meat

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! 

BOD Report: Restoring Community

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.