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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…

Dutchess Farm

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…

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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…

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…

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…

Alchemy Gardens Feeds Neighbors & Helps the Community Thrive

Welcome to our Featured Farm series – a semi-regular Q&A with the local farms supplying fresh food to the co-op and our community. Q: When was your farm established? A: After falling in love with gardening in our community garden plot in Montpelier, we…

I Moved to Rutland for the Vegetables

By Kris Harmelink In May 2014– almost two years ago now– I packed up a duffel bag and and boarded the Amtrak train in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I transferred routes in Chicago, then in Pittsburgh, and again at Penn Station in…

We Farm for the Future

Welcome to our Featured Farm series – a semi-regular Q&A with the local farms supplying fresh food to the co-op and our community. When did you start farming? We started running a CSA in Pennsylvania in 2008. We moved back to Vermont and started Evening…

Farm to Freezer Program Returns

We work hard to support our local producers and are excited to take part once again in the Farm to Freezer program. As part of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a network of over 35 food co-ops and start-ups across New…

How I got my Inner Vegan and Omnivore to Get Along

By Rob DiTursi Since my high school days, I have always been an active person and, as such, I’ve been very conscious about what I feed my body. Disheartened and disgusted with the effects of industrial animal farming, I experimented…

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