Christmas Tree Sale and Food Drive

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For every Christmas tree we sell on December 7th from 10am – 5pm, we will donate $15 to Groundworks Collaborative. The trees are grown by family-owned Bishop Tree Farm in Springfield, VT. Not interested in buying a tree? Stop in and donate non-perishable food to the Groundworks Collaborative and Project Feed the Thousands campaign. We will have warm drinks, snacks and a lively group of people collecting food and helping to load trees on cars.

Turkey Roasting Tips

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Remove the giblets and cook separately.
Set oven temperature no lower than 325°F.
Place turkey on rack in a shallow roasting pan.
For even cooking, bake stuffing in a separate casserole dish, versus in the bird. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the stuffing. The center should reach 165°F.
If you choose to stuff your turkey, the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time. Separate wet and dry ingredients, and chill wet ingredients (butter/margarine, cooked celery and onions, broth, etc.) until ready to prepare. Mix wet and dry ingredients together just before filling the turkey cavities. Fill the cavities loosely. Cook the turkey immediately. Use a food thermometer to make sure the center of the stuffing reaches 165°F.
Turkeys should be cooked to 165°F. To check for doneness in a whole turkey, insert a food thermometer in the thickest part of the inner thigh without touching the bone.
To check for doneness in a turkey breast, insert a food thermometer in the thickest part of the breast.
Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before carving to allow juices to set. The turkey will carve more easily.

King Arthur Flour Recall

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In Association with ADM Milling Co, King Arthur Flour Company, Inc. voluntarily recalls limited quantity of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (5 lb.) because of possible health risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 13, 2019 – Norwich, VT — In cooperation with ADM Milling Company, King Arthur Flour, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 14,218 cases of 5 lb. Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to the potential presence of Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli).

Letter to our Co-op Community

Over the course of the past few years, the town of Brattleboro has seen an unfortunate rise in addiction and poverty, affecting many of our lives.  We at the Co-op have experienced this first-hand, as addiction has deeply affected our staff, family, and friends.  The experience of walking in downtown Brattleboro is not unlike that in many other towns and cities.  From Greenfield to Burlington to Bennington we are seeing and feeling the same effects of an economic, political, and health care system that is broken, which makes folks turn to the street.  In recent months, we as a Co-op have tried to show leadership when we can as a response to what is presenting itself here in our town.  People who are struggling and in need of support are often overcome by demons in their search for ways to cope.  We at the Co-op feel a need to try and be a part of positive change that can be a way to shift what is happening here and all across the country.  As our Ends Policies state, we are and believe we must be a “welcoming community marketplace,” one that is built on the Cooperative Principle “Concern for Community.”  We are proud of our actions thus far, and think that it is important to be publicly involved in all of the initiatives that are underway in our community. We were not among the merchants who authored the anonymous open letter that The Commons printed on May 29th.* Although we understand and appreciate the work that this group, like many others, is pursuing to come up with solutions, we think that public dialogue with clear authorship is important to better further a community-wide initiative.  As we reflect upon our role as an anchor downtown merchant with thousands of employees and customers impacted by the current reality, we feel it is important to reiterate the projects we are involved with, and inform about internal actions we are taking.

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.