Redefining LOCAL at the Co-op

Local has always been important at the Co-op

The Brattleboro Food Co-op has always prioritized offering local products since our inception in 1975.

Our first “Ends” policy that guides our work states that we offer “Reasonably priced food and products with an emphasis on healthy, locally grown, organic and fairly traded goods.”

For many years we have defined “local” as products grown, raised, or made in the state of Vermont, and have included those within 100 miles of Brattleboro.

New definitions of LOCAL in Vermont

In an effort to redefine the nomenclature of “local”, Governor Scott recently signed into law Act 129 (H.656) which has now specified the use of the word “local” to mean only products grown, raised, or made in Vermont. So we are following this act by diligently working to define and clarify the  “local” categories of what we sell from those producers whose businesses lay beyond our Vermont borders but are close enough for us to consider them local.


What does “LOCAL VERMONT” mean at the Brattleboro Food Co-op?

Local Vermont = raised, grown and produced in Vermont     Local Vermont = raised, grown and produced in Vermont     Local Vermont = raised, grown and produced in Vermont
Local Vermont products are anything that is grown or raised in Vermont.

These products are mostly foods items such as eggs, milk, meat, vegetables, and maple syrup.

You will find Local Vermont shelf tags and signs throughout the store.

 


What does “MADE IN VERMONT” mean at the Brattleboro Food Co-op?

Made in Vermont = May not have been raised or grown in Vermont, but has been built or created in Vermont, often with local ingredients     Made in Vermont = May not have been raised or grown in Vermont, but has been built or created in Vermont, often with local ingredients     Made in Vermont = May not have been raised or grown in Vermont, but has been built or created in Vermont, often with local ingredients
Items marked with a Made in Vermont designation are value-added products such as coffee, chocolates, hummus, hot sauce, giftware, honey, cards, cheese, and kombucha, just to name just a few of the many products this applies to. We are also pleased to share that our Deli is now included in this category.

These products are made, processed &/or transformed, and then packaged in Vermont. They may contain Vermont ingredients, but the majority of the ingredients are not necessarily Vermont grown or raised (even though some of the ingredients might be).

 


What does “Local 60 Miles” mean at the Brattleboro Food Co-op?

Local 60 Miles from the Co-op     Local 60 Miles from the Co-op     Local 60 Miles from the Co-op
Items marked with the Local 60 Miles icons are products that are grown, raised, and/or created within 60 miles of the Co-op.

They may come from neighboring towns and counties in New Hampshire and Massachusetts that fall into “60 miles as the crow flies” from the Co-op.

This includes local favorites such as Old Friends Farm, Saxy Chef, Five College Farm, Nuttin’ Ordinary, and Totum Vos, to name some of our more popular “Local 60 Miles” products.

 


Watch for these new logos and icons while you are shopping at the Co-op and please ask questions if you are not sure. We appreciate your continued patronage of Local Vermont, Made in Vermont, and Local 60 Miles products from farms and producers in our local marketplace.