A message from our GM on Atlanta and Boulder…

| Community

At the Brattleboro Food Co-op, we have been reeling from all of the violence over the last couple of weeks. We stand with our neighbors from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in light of the awful tragedy in Atlanta. And now, we breathlessly stand with our brethren grocery store workers and public servants in Boulder. CO. Breathlessly, because they are us. Grocery store workers all over the country and throughout the world, have worked so hard to continue to provide service and food to our communities in spite of the myriad challenges posed by this pandemic.  Those challenges are not just from the virus and its properties, but from human beings who choose to traumatize and impose their political views on those who simply come to work every day to provide for their neighbors, all the while trying to stay safe. So many of us are not safe in our society already due to our stubborn history of white supremacy. This current environment and its innate stresses only exacerbates the inequity and the inhuman actions that the inconsiderate take over our neighbors. At our Co-op, we simply want to continue to serve our community and strive to do so in a thoughtful and supportive way, for all of our neighbors. We are grateful to those of you who recognize and appreciate the task grocery store employees have undertaken, for more than an year, I myself am humbled to work with such a dedicated staff who continues to do the best that they can in difficult conditions. Let’s try to be better human beings to each other. Life is hard enough.

Thinking Spring!

| Food For Thought, GM Report

Every year the Brattleboro Food Co-op invites its growers to gather and share their experiences with the BFC over the previous season. It’s our first sign of spring around here! This year, a dozen of our farm partners participated, our highest attendance ever! Turns out—as with a number of other discoveries we have made in this unlikely time—Zoom meetings are pretty conducive to farmers’ busy lives, and they were more than happy to join us without having to come down to the store.

The Bunker Farm

Deep in the woods of Dummerston, Vermont, you will find Mike Euphrat working on his sugarbush. Outfitted with a variety of tools, tubes, and taps he works to prepare, upgrade, and or check on his lines that deliver maple sap back to his evaporator on the Bunker Farm. The Bunker Farm is owned collectively by Mike, his wife Jen, her sister Helen, and Helen’s husband Noah. It is a multi-faceted farm in which Helen operates a nursery and private gardening business that focuses on rare and specialty annuals and perennials, Noah raises pastured chickens, pigs, turkeys, and cows for a meat CSA, and Mike manages their sugar bush and maple syrup business. It has been a large undertaking that has been tremendously rewarding.