Food Justice: To What Extent Does It Exist In Our Community?

Who in our community has the means and access to grow, sell, and eat healthy food?  Is it a reasonable expectation that our food be fresh, nutritious, affordable, and grown locally, with care for the well-being of the land, workers and animals?

The Shareholder Forum of the Brattleboro Food Coop will hold a community dialogue on food justice on Sunday, March 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal Street. A panel of local experts will address these questions from the different perspectives of farmers (Howard Prussack, High Meadow Farm, and Brian McNeice, Bonvue Farm), children (Vicky Senni, Let’s Grow Kids!), seniors (Chris McAvoy, Brattleboro Senior Meals), low-income people (Rhianna Kendrick, Groundworks Collaborative), and the Brattleboro Food Co-op (Sabine Rhyne).  Members of the community are invited to participate in this dialogue with the panelists and fellow community members.

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu – March


March 1st – Cheese Omelets w/Tomato, Onion & Peppers, Home Fries,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

March 4th – Hot Oatmeal w/choice of Streusel, Nuts, Dried Fruits, Toppings, Grapenut Custard, Cinnamon Roll, Baked Apples, Coffee.

March 8th – French Toast, Home Fries, Sausage, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee, Fruit, Yogurt Parfait, Juice, Coffee.

March 10th  –
Scrambled Eggs w/Boursin & Spinach, Vegetable Hash w/Celeriac, Turnip & Carrots, Scone, Fruit, Muffin, Juice Yogurt & Coffee

Area’s First of the Season Sugar on Snow Supper

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 5, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The meal features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow (we hid some in a cool place!)

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

New Meal Team Coordinator for Groundworks’ Seasonal Overflow Shelter  

BRATTLEBORO- This week’s weather safety advisory is in full effect across the region. “Extreme weather poses imminent danger to our community. In these conditions, it’s imperative that people can access at least one hot, nutritious meal after fighting through days like this” said Rhianna Kendrick, Groundworks Drop In Center Director and Seasonal Overflow Shelter Coordinator.

The Seasonal Overflow Shelter (SOS), coordinated by Groundworks Collaborative and located in downtown Brattleboro at the First Baptist Church (190 Main Street) is in its ninth year of operation; open each night from 5pm – 7am.  A hot meal is served nightly at 5:30pm with the support of a variety of generous meal team volunteers.  Community volunteers provide nightly meals, as well as the staffing for overnight shifts.

Dear BFC

My Dear Bratt Foo Coo,

Thank you, ever so much, for the fresh, local, organic tortillas.  I walked into the store this evening and was truly delighted.  Dinner transported me back to a tortilla shop in a little village in Central México, an elderly woman in the background making them by hand.  A good tortilla has a taste like a drink of fresh water from a gurgling spring. 

And thank you, by the way, also goes out to the Supreme Court of México for continuing to ban genetically engineered corn from being grown in their country.  Not that this has anything to do with my dinner, just giving credit where credit is due here.

Peanuts in Sesame Noodles May No Longer Be Organic

Several years ago, after a few reminders, I was happy that the coop finally switched to using organic peanut butter in the sesame noodle sauce available in bulk and in take-out sesame noodles. Although I rarely purchase this myself, I was concerned because this sauce is popular with children, and peanuts are one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Today, while spooning tahini into a jar, I couldn’t help but notice the ingredient list on the nearby bucket of peanut sauce, and the lack of the word “organic” preceding the peanuts. If you care about this, please let the folks at the coop know.

Dosa Kitchen Is Back at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market

After a two-month eating tour of South India, Dosa Kitchen is back at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market.

We’ll be there this and every Saturday 10-2 through the end of March.

We will be sharing some of our newest recipes from our trip—this week it will be Black Chickpea Curry, a coconut-based curry from the state of Kerala, and Masala Free-Range Chicken, featuring Nash’s family’s signature spice blend.

Brattleboro Senior Meals January 2016 Breakfast Menu

January 5th- Whole Wheat Pancakes, Syrup Choice, Sausage, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

January 8th- Greens, Eggs and Ham, Home Fries, Fruit Juice, Yogurt, Coffee.

January 12th -Cheese Omelets with Tomato, Onions and Peppers, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.