Recent City Market News

It's Time to Vote!

Active Shareholding Members, don't forget to vote for your Board of Directors. Voting is online this year! Detailed instructions were mailed earlier this month. Find more information and detailed candidate statements here.

GMOs: Just Label It!

Clem Nilan, General Manager

A customer comment from last week urged our Co-op to label genetically modified foods (GMOs). The comment was timely. October marks the launch of a national campaign called the Just Label It! We have the right to know with the goal of requiring labeling of GMO products.

The management and staff of our Co-op strongly support this campaign and believe that our members have a right to know what's in their food.

The FDA's stance is that GMO foods are substantially equivalent to unmodified, "natural" foods and therefore not subject to FDA regulation. Currently GMO labeling is voluntary. As a result, there is virtually no labeling of GMO ingredients.

The average food shopper has no idea which products are genetically modified or not. There is simply no information available on product labels to make informed choices. In fact, in a 2010 survey by the Hartman Group 61% of respondents believed that the term "natural" on a product's label implied the "absence of genetically modified foods." In this case, the majority of respondents are wrong.

When Is My Next Equity Payment Due?

Allison Weinhagen, Director of Member Services

Many of our active shareholding members pay $15 in equity each year until they reach their full share of $200. In order to be considered an “active” shareholding member for purposes of voting, member-worker discounts, and the Patronage Refund, a member’s equity needs to be current.

One way to know when your equity is due is to look at your Co-op receipt. At the top, next to your name, it should read “PIF” if your equity is Paid In Full. Otherwise, it will list the date that your next equity payment is due. In a few cases of long last or first names, this information may not show. Oftentimes, your cashier will also remind you if your equity due date is arriving soon.

In the interest of more convenient equity reminders, we’re making some improvements!

Patronage Refunds Are Here!

By Jennifer Kennelly, Director of Finance

Patronage checks for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 were issued November 10, 2011. We are pleased to announce that the Co-op made a net profit before taxes and patronage of 6.8%.

Apple Ciders Are Here!

Need to indulge a craving for fall cider? We have several varieties in-stock now in our Grocery, Produce, and Beer & Wine departments!

Half gallons of Cold Hollow Apple Cider, Champlain Orchards Cranberry Apple Cider, and Champlain Orchards Vermont Apple Cider (in our Peri cooler, near the milk)

Shelburne Orchards Ginger Jack (in our Produce department)

Bamboo Bottle Company

Bamboo Bottle CompanyIn Aisle 6, you'll find a new water bottle from Bamboo Bottle Company. It's a dishwasher-safe glass bottle with a unique covering made of bamboo, a renewable resource. The whole thing disassembles easily for cleaning. It's a stylish way to reduce consumption of disposable bottles!

City Market Diverts 1% to Intervale Farmers

Donation to Intervale Recovery Fund

During the first two weeks of September, we successfully collected over $13,000, a combination of 1% of sales and donations made by individual shoppers, all of which will be directed to the Intervale Center Farmers' Recovery Fund. “Our staff and patrons care deeply about the farmers down in the Intervale,” says our General Manager, Clem Nilan. “We rely on them to produce fresh, local food year after year, and we’re happy to be in a position to provide community support when they need it most.”

Read more about this donation here. To contribute directly to the fund or find out about more benefit fundraisers coming up, visit

Name That Flower

Garden map

Customers often ask about the beautiful plants growing in our gardens. We now have a handy map, put together by our talented garden coordinators, Bonnie and Brian.

Cider Donuts Have Arrived!

Cider Donuts

A perennial favorite has returned - cider donuts from Shelburne Orchards! Check out these harvest season treats in the Produce Department or make a special trip down to the apple orchard to get them hot and fresh.

Check Out the New Displays in Bulk

New Bulk Fixtures

Next time you're in the market, you may notice a new look in our bulk liquid and nut butter area. We've installed brand new fixtures to hold the various dispensers and have switched from the big buckets of nut butters to four slick grinding machines. Most of the dispensers are now at eye level and have wider spigots, so all-in-all, we think the new layout will be easier to use. Plus, a specialized tank for honey will gently warm the honey for optimum flow from the tank to your container.

Here are a few FAQs about the new layout, but if you have any questions, always feel free to ask one of our friendly staff members in Bulk. Happy shopping!