Serving Up Vermont
Small actions can make a big difference! Every time you check out at City Market, you can choose to round up your total to the nearest dollar. The difference is donated to Feeding Chittenden and other partners who are working on the ground to support and strengthen our community. Together, we’ve raised $1,433,616.35 since the start of the program! This August alone, we sent $9,290 to Feeding Chittenden to support their critical work to improve food security.
Like many things during the past year, the Co-op sure made a “quick pivot” in response to our changing environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. One of our biggest partners in this shift was the Intervale Center.
Guest post by the Intervale Center
In December 2020, City Market partnered with COTS for its annual holiday tree sale. Expanded to both City Market stores, the community purchased 645 holiday trees, helping to fund the important work of COTS during an extraordinary year.
Guest post by Tracey Shamberger, Age Well's Director of Public Relations and Business Development
City Market offers wonderful incentives and Co-op discounts to their members who give back to the community and volunteer for local organizations. City Market supports and promotes the opportunity to volunteer with their Community Outreach Partners.
Age Well, a nonprofit organization serving older Vermonters in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, welcomes City Market volunteers with open arms!
What better way to spend the first of May than getting your hands dirty with Day in the Dirt, an annual event hosted by the Vermont Community Garden Network? A group of City Market employees volunteered their time to help get the Learning Garden at the UVM Fanny Allen Medical Center ready for the growing season. Our community outreach benefit offers staff paid volunteering hours throughout the year as one way for our team to connect with our network of over 25 non-profit partners.
Earth Day is April 22nd, and the global theme for 2021 is “Restore Our Earth”. Here are some ways to love the planet that little extra bit while visiting the Co-op:
Bring in all your reusable bags!
As part of our We ♥ Local celebration in February, we had a chance to visit Shelburne Vineyard and meet the people responsible for the great wines they produce. Check out the video below to hear from the winemakers as they taste a selection of Shelburne Vineyard wines—you’ll get ideas on flavor notes, more info on the winemaking process, and even some pairing ideas!
I love winter, I really do. I like snow, I like the cold, and I don’t mind frozen fingers and frosted eyelashes. However, we’ve now reached the point of winter where news of incoming snow brings only a fleeting moment of joy and then a much longer resigned sigh, and my thoughts turn more and more often to green leaves and gentle spring breezes. Spring will be here soon, but until then, we’ve got a bit more winter to get through. Here are some of my favorite self-care tips for the season to help boost spirits:
Cook a favorite meal or treat
It’s almost the end of January, and with February right around the corner, we’re gearing up for We <3 Local month at the Co-op! In a celebration of our local producers, we’re featuring themed weeks focusing attention on Produce, Dairy, Beverages, and Staples, with the chance to win prizes by interacting with our Instagram posts or attending our Meet the Makers livestream classes. Follow this link to learn more!
Guest post by Erin Buckwalter, Development & Engagement Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)
Each year, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont’s (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference provides a joyful, rejuvenating opportunity for farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, land managers, activists, educators, producers, and other food-system changemakers to participate in building vibrant community through ideas, resources, skills and connection.
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