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Food Choices: Your Food Choices and Climate Change (5 of 5)

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

Free Adult Class! Hosted by Robin Matathias (Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Keene State College).  Food Choices is a series of classes exploring the connection between our food choices, food production systems, and their impacts on human and environmental health. Each day we make decisions about what to eat, and this simple daily act can have profound outcomes. These classes will teach you to make food choices based on the water use, land requirements, energy use, and waste that go into producing what we eat. Professor Matathias has been teaching at Keene State College since 1997, in both the Environmental Studies and Music Departments. She specializes in teaching courses on Food, Health, and the Environment, which explores how diet, […]

DIY Beekeeping 

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

Make a bee-line to the co-op to learn how to start your own hive of little pollinators! Nancy Frye will introduce you to beekeeping, including bee behavior, hive set-up, and apitherapy (medicine based on bee products). And she’ll show you some of the things you can make with honey and wax, including candles, cosmetics, bowl toppers, and mead. Make sure to register early for this free class! Nancy Frye maintains 25 hives in West Brattleboro. In 2021 she was named “Educator of the Year” by the Vermont Beekeepers Association, and she is the founder of the Brattleboro Area Beekeepers’ Guild.

Say I Love You Locally: Valentine’s Cookie Making Class for Kids (ages 4-10 with parent)

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

Did you know you can support local farmers by eating cookies? In this hands-on class, we’ll make two naturally delicious cookies using mostly local ingredients, and while we're at it learn a little about where our food comes from. The featured recipes will be No-Bake Maple Balls and Frosted Honey Butter Cookies. Keep it close to home this Valentine’s Day by sharing your love with friends, family, and the folks who grow your food! With BFC’s Lisa. Registration Deadline: February 9th

Say I Love You Locally: Valentine’s Cookie Making Class for Adults

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

Did you know you can support local farmers by eating cookies? In this hands-on class, we’ll make two naturally delicious cookies using mostly local ingredients, and while we're at it learn a little about where our food comes from. The featured recipes will be Goat Cheese Raspberry Pillow Cookies and Maple Sugar Cookies. Keep it close to home this Valentine’s Day by sharing your love with friends, family, and the folks who grow your food! With BFC’s Lisa. Registration Deadline: February 9th

DIY Aged Farmstead Cheese and Petit Suisse

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at cheese-making? In this class, we’re bringing you two recipes in one. Co-op Educator Lisa and Shelby of the Cheese Department will guide up to ten students in making these delicious cheeses. Petit Suisse, developed by a Swiss immigrant in Normandy, is a mild, rich, soft cheese that goes wonderfully with fruit and is featured in many French desserts. The aged Farmstead Cheese was developed in Amish country. It has a creamy, crumbly texture and a fascinating flavor yet requires minimal equipment. Make sure to register early for this free class! Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 14th

Snack and a Story: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

We are thrilled to invite your family to join us for a fun and interactive Snack and a Story workshop at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, with Jaime Champney! For this workshop, we are featuring beloved children’s author Eric Carle!  Participants are invited to listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make a fruit salad to enjoy together afterward!  Each attending family will go home with the snack recipe of the day as well as fun ideas for more nutritious, delicious, and simple snacks to make after school, on the go, or any time they feel inspired to create in the kitchen!  All recipes can be adapted to meet food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities.  Jamie Champney is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach […]

DIY Herbal Eye Pillows for ages 12-18 

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

Do you or does someone in your family have trouble sleeping? The gentle scent of herbs can be a great support in the quest for restful sleep. Co-op Educator Lisa and Herbalist Susan Stanton will guide up to ten students in making linen eye pillows featuring a blend of herbs you customize yourself. This simple project is easy to make at home, either by hand or on a machine. Make sure to register early for this free class! Registration Deadline: February 23 Susan Stanton is a clinical herbalist, gardener, and land steward. Susan says, “I was led to study herbs with my first teacher, Rosemary Gladstar, in 1980, when my personal health journey, my deep love of plants, and a […]

It’s a Dosa Day! (ages 9-14)

Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room 7 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT

We’re months away from food truck season but one afternoon away from a hot, crispy dosa of your own creation. In this hands-on class, Nash and Leda will show you how to cook their gluten-free, vegan dosa batter into scrambled egg dosas, maple dosa pancakes, dosa waffles, and more. You’ll leave with the tools to become your family’s dedicated dosa chef! Nash Patel and Leda Scheintaub are the owners of Dosa Kitchen Food Truck and Factory and the authors of Dosa Kitchen: Recipes for India’s Favorite Street Food. You can find their prepared dosa batter at the co-op in the deli case next to the tortillas. Their website is www.dosakitchen.com.