Reserve Your Vermont Turkey!

Reserve Your Vermont Turkey!

Happy November! We’re now accepting orders for your fresh Vermont Thanksgiving turkey. We’re offering turkeys from family owned and operated Misty Knoll Farms in New Haven, Vermont. At Misty Knoll Farms the birds are raised on vegetarian feed with no animal by products, antibiotics or added hormones. Turkeys are processed on-site in a USDA-licensed facility and…

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Rutland Co-op Joins Statewide Local First Initiative

Rutland Co-op Joins Statewide Local First Initiative

As you know, at the Rutland Area Food Co-op we value our local businesses. We’re fortunate to do work with hundreds of them in our store alone and are proud to be part of a constantly growing small business community throughout the state of Vermont. That’s why we’re excited to join the 7th edition of Local First…

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Celebrate Co-op Month with “Food for Change”

Celebrate Co-op Month with “Food for Change”

This October, over 29,000 cooperative businesses serving more than 350 million members nationwide are celebrating National Cooperative Month. We’re celebrating by partnering with the VSECU to screen the film Food for Change. National Cooperative Month is an opportunity to celebrate the value of cooperative businesses in building dynamic economies through sustainable jobs, community development, and shared…

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Throwing Herself Into the Co-op

Throwing Herself Into the Co-op

Meet Molly Hornbeck, one of our newest staff members and our Cooler and Freezer Manager.  Tell us about yourself I grew up in Whiting, maybe about as small town Vermont as it gets. I graduated from Castleton University in 2014 with a degree in Fine Art and am currently a resident of Shrewsbury. I have…

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Born to Cooperate

Born to Cooperate

By Sean Babcock Back in the day, my parents purchased a lifetime membership to help open Rutland’s first Co-op. I was born right around this time, so that was quite an investment, as kids aren’t cheap. (Here I am back in 1996 in a newspaper article about the economic impact of the Co-op in the…

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Dutchess Farm Celebrates 30 Years

Dutchess Farm Celebrates 30 Years

Part of our Q&A series with our local farmers and producers.  Tell us a little about Dutchess Farm We are the Chamberlain family. Along with our experienced and dedicated local staff, we farm ten acres, five of which are in vegetable production this year. Dutchess Farm also includes nine greenhouses that extend and enhance the season. We…

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Following a Passion for Food

Following a Passion for Food

By Steve Shelvey I was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh. During my late teens and twenties, I was fortunate enough to travel the country, which helped open my eyes, mind and soul. I spent five months in Denali State Park in Alaska, working on a back country trail crew…

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Annual Meeting Recap & New Board Member Welcome

Annual Meeting Recap & New Board Member Welcome

Thank you to everyone who contributed and joined us for our Annual Meeting on May 18th. We enjoyed a lovely potluck dinner, live music, raffle prizes and an opportunity to vote for new board members. More than 80 members and friends joined in on the fun. Miss the meeting? You can view General Manager, Zach…

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Something Much More

Something Much More

By Nick Grandchamp Some see Rutland as a Vermont underdog. But for many, like myself, it’s something much more. At the Co-op, I’m the bulk department assistant and you’ll often find me happily helping customers at the register. But I’m also a local rock musician with thirteen years experience performing both locally and nationally. When I’m not at the Co-op, I’m most often…

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