The Co-op Board Hosts Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social

The Co-op Board of Directors hosted an ice cream social for staff in late May to show their appreciation to staff.  While the board appreciates the staff every day, staff are going above and beyond their regular routines to accommodate many changes.  The social was held in the old store space where the board meets monthly.  This location did not go un-noticed as many noted how much the Co-op has grown.

There were many flavors of ice cream, but where the board went… well, overboard, was with the toppings: from pretzels and M&Ms to nuts, fresh fruit, and two kinds of secret recipe sauces (caramel and chocolate).  All the ingredients were on hand to create a well-deserved treat.  More than 30 staff members came by, some with just the time to grab an ice cream and go back to work or to a meeting, others with a bit more time to sit and talk.

As the expansion continues, keeping the store moving smoothly is a balancing act and one that has not gone unnoticed by customers.   The board wanted to express gratitude to the staff for making the Coop function in the middle of a construction site.  Board members hear every day from member-owners how the staff is always friendly and available to answer questions and to help. We really wanted to acknowledge that, and the fact that they make the store feel as welcoming as ever, in spite of all the kinds of interferences that an expansion brings about (noise, dust, having to park further away from the store, etc.).

Beyond expressing thanks to the staff, the members of the board who were able to attend the social appreciated the wonderful opportunity to connect directly with members of the Staff. These two “sides” of the Co-op work in tandem, but have very seldom the chance to connect personally.

By Ilaria……

Ilaria Brancoli-Busdraghi is a long-serving Co-op Board Member.  Do you have any questions about the Board and how we do our work? Write anytime with comments, questions or suggestions: tam@middleburycoop.com.

Something To Be Thankful For!

With the season of thankfulness upon us, we’re feeling overwhelmed with gratitude to see our Co-op so well supported by its member-owners! Our Member Loan Drive has surpassed the $900,000 mark and inching ever closer to our million-dollar goal!! WOW!!

Our December 1st deadline is fast approaching, so if you’ve been considering a loan to the Co-op, now’s the time! If you’ve already made a pledge, now’s the time to mail in or drop off your paper work and check to get in on the action. Help bring us home for Thanksgiving!

Do you have questions about the Member Loan Drive? Please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to hear from you! You can stop by, call us at 388-7276, or email our Member Loan Drive Coordinator, John, at jbbarstow@gmail.com. You can also click here to view the brochure with basic information about this project.

Want to check out the latest expansion plans? Click here!

Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope you’ll join us as we grow together!

Cooperatively AND Gratefully,

Glenn Lower, General Manager

So Close! Help Us Reach The Finish Line!

Election Day has come and gone, but we’re reaching out to remind you of another democratic institution right here in your community- your Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op! And at the co-op your vote really matters, regardless of your party or beliefs. As a different kind of business, we ascribe to cooperative principles and values and we use our profits to serve our members and community. But this also means when it’s time to change and grow, we rely on help from our member-owners. That is why we are asking you to participate in our Member Loan Campaign!

We are already more than three-quarters of the way to our goal of raising $1,000,000 by December 1st and we’d love to keep the momentum going! If you have already made a loan, THANK YOU!!! If you haven’t, we invite you to check out the brochure by clicking here and consider helping us reach our goal. Have questions? Let us know! Give us a call at 388-7276, or email Loan Coordinator John Barstow at jbbarstow@gmail.com. We’d love to offer additional information and help guide you through this simple process.

Want to check out the latest expansion plans? Click here!

Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to us!!

It’s YOUR Co-op – own it!!



We’re Two-Thirds of the Way There!

Our Member Loan Drive is underway and we’re over two-thirds of the way to our goal! We are SO EXCITED and wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who have invested in the future of our Co-op thus far. We truly are growing together!

The positive feedback from member-owners has been overwhelming and has served as a helpful reminder of why this project is so important. Here are some of the wonderful words of encouragement we’ve received:

  • “The Co-op is more than my source for healthy foods and products; it’ my community. It has invested in our local economy, and I am delighted to invest in the co-op’s next expansion.”
    —Abi Sessions, educator, grandmother, community volunteer
  • “MNFC is one of the most critical centers for wellness in our community. The growth and well-being of our families, friends and neighbors depends on all the goods—literally and figuratively—that our local Co-op provides.”
    —Jack Mayer, MD, MPH Rainbow Pediatrics
  • “The Co-op reflects our values…. Backing the expansion means enlarging our ability to create fair wage jobs, to support local farmers and food companies, and to provide healthy foods to a broader segment of our community. We’re in!”
    —Amy Sheldon, state representative & Ashar Nelson, architect
  • “We see loaning money to the Co-op for its expansion as an investment in community prosperity.”
    —Will & Judy Stevens, Golden Russet Farm, producers
  • “MNFC exemplifies environmental responsibility, but also community connectedness. It’s one of the places that makes Addison County what it is!”
    —Bill McKibben, environmental activist, author & Sue Halpern, author

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the details of the proposed expansion and the Member Loan Drive, we invite you to click here and read all about it!

Interested in checking out the latest site plan from the architects? Click here!

Are you ready to invest in YOUR community Co-op?! Give us a call at 388-7276, or email our Member Loan Drive Coordinator, John Barstow, at jbbarstow@gmail.com. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and if you’re ready to invest, we’ll send a packet containing all of the information needed to complete the process. Our deadline is December 1st.

Thank you for your continued support. Whether it’s helping to provide capital for our next evolution through the Member Loan Drive, or the support you offer every time you choose to shop here at the Co-op, we’re extremely grateful! Stay tuned to the Big Carrot at the store entryway to track our progress!


Glenn & staff eagerly checking out the plans
Glenn & staff eagerly checking out the plans


Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op is Ready to Grow!

You, our loyal member-owners have been asking for it. Now, together we’ll build it!

We’ve officially launched our Member Loan Drive, and it’s off to an exciting start! We’re thrilled with the support we’ve received thus far from member-owners and we’re making steady progress toward our goal.

Why Member Loans?

Member Loans provide the Co-op member-owners with a strong local investment they can visit every day, and provides the co-op with cost-effective financing. Co-ops across the country have relied on member-owner investment programs as a long-standing method to raise money and community support for their stores. Member-owner investment demonstrates the commitment of loyal customers, convinces banks to loan additional money, and reduces debt service, making our Co-op stronger!

Thirteen years ago, in 2003, you, the member-owners invested nearly $500,000 to help build our current store. All of these loans were paid back, with interest, within the term limits. Now it’s time to grow again and become an even better version of the store you love. This time around, our goal is to raise $1 million in member loans, and we’re off to a great start! We’d like to extend our gratitude for those who have already invested. If you’d like to be part of this exciting next evolution of your Co-op, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Member Loan Coordinator John Barstow at jbbarstow@gmail.com

Here are the goals for this expansion:

  • 50% more retail space overall
  • Wider aisles and better layout for ease of shopping (and visiting…)
  • 100% more fresh meat, prep room, and coolers
  • New Co-op Cafe with double current seating and own entrance
  • 100% increase in cheese retail space, with new island
  • Commitment to expand without increasing our carbon footprint
  • Improved deli, with 75% more retail space, hot bar, and more
  • Enlarged deli kitchen for more prepared food, faster service
  • New customer service desk
  • Improved store entrance with air lock
  • Wider, longer, safer driveway entrance
  • More open produce layout with 20% more space
  • Better insulated, more energy-efficient building overall
  • Expanded bulk selections
  • Two public restrooms

Construction is planned for Spring 2017!

Click HERE for more details

Click HERE for the Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to check out the latest site plans from the architects

Glenn & staff eagerly checking out the plans
Glenn & staff eagerly checking out the plans