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THE RADISH Lit tleton Food Coop

Autumn, Winter 2018

IN THIS ISSUE the 2018


Are You Better Off?

Our Marketing Intern, Anastasia Maher, on what the Co-op means to her.

A More Perfect Union

Board President Marcie Hornick on the State of the Board.

Lucky Number Seven

Cooperative Principle #7: Concern for Community. + much more!

Local Impact

Ed King, General Manager

The Littleton Food Co-op been open more than 9 years now and we continue to grow our economic impact in our community. We have always supported local farmers and producers — spending more than $1.8 million on their products in 2017. We also have created nearly 100 jobs, all of them paying a living wage and more than half with benefits. Sales at the Co-op have grown from $5.8 million our first year to over $12.5 million this year, most of this revenue staying right here, at home, in the Littleton area. One of the little-known ways that we impact our community is by funding a Micro Loan Fund through the Grafton Regional Development Corporation (GRDC). The GDRC is an economic development organization working exclusively on promoting and fostering economic development initiatives in our County. One of the first micro loans helped finance the sale of Tim•Bir Alley. Tim & Biruta Carr, the previous owners, decided to sell their restaurant which has been located on Main Street in Littleton for the last 10 years. Valney Fortin and his wife Nancy reopened Tim•Bir Alley in mid April. They plan to keep alive the same fine dining experience that has made Tim•Bir Alley such a success in the past while adding their own personal touches along the way. The restaurant is expected to create a few jobs in the area and will continue to be a strong part of the community and Main Street Littleton. If you know a small business or farm looking for financing, please have them contact GRDC directly, or Ed King via email, Tim•Bir Alley is located at 7 Main Street in Littleton. Reservations: (603) 444-6142. Check out their current offerings —

President Marcie Hornick Vice President Alyssa Sherburn Treasurer Luther Kinney Secretary Tom Southworth Director Laura Walls Director Charlie Wolcott Director Wayne Ruggles Director Angela Figallo McShane Director Deb Rossetti-Sullivan General Manager Ed King Operations Manager Chris Whiton Perishable Operations Manager Rodney Mitton

THE RADISH Radish Incarnate Jessy Smith Editor Emeritus Kristina Zontini #1 Marketing Intern 2K18 Anastasia Maher Copy-Editing Minnie Cushing Julie Wiles-Felch Erin Mae Dul

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What's been Happening at the Coop? Euro Stickers Are Back

These durable high-quality beauties belong on your favorite nalgene (or your bumper). Quantities are limited so be sure to grab a few before they're gone! You can find them (free!) at the service desk, in the entry or in the cafĂŠ.

Go With Your Gut

Candy Foster stopped for a signing to celebrate the publishing of her new cookbook, "Cooking With Your Gut for Your Gut," which features over 100 recipes focused around repairing, building and maintaining a healthy digestive microbiome. (Above)

Queue Theme Song from "Cops"

Littleton Police Department's Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) held their annual fundraising bake sale here at the Coop. (Above) Chief Smith was in attendance with a police cruiser for Junior Cooperators to check out! (Left) Hearts and Bellies

Employees, family members and some other friends shown participating in this years' United Way Annual Day of Caring. Fruits and vegetables were harvested at the Littleton Convent's community gardens and were shipped straight off to stock local community food pantry shelves.

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Are You Better Off? Anastasia Maher, Marketing Intern, Co-op Employee, & Student


f you've seen me around the Co-op and have gotten a glimpse at my nametag, you can skip this next sentence. If not — Hello! My name is Anastasia Maher. Some facts about me: as this issue goes to print

I have just finished my second summer as a cashier at the Co-op, and my first summer as the Co-op's marketing intern. If you haven’t seen me around, it’s because for half the year I am at Simmons University (Boston, MA) studying Business Management and Marketing. It may also be because I’m not significantly tall and sometimes you can’t see me at the register behind the cooler—but we’ll save that story for another day. I am an only child. I love the chocolate chip muffins from the Co-op bakery. I have an intense fascination with sloths. I don’t care for mangoes. Now that we know each other, you’ll know that my favorite television show is “Parks and Recreation.” Did I forget to mention that? Well, it’s an important part of this story. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, “Parks and Recreation” follows the life and career of Leslie Knope, an exuberant small-town


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Are You Better Off? Continued...

public official who only wants the best for her rural town. She has no shortage of ambition and optimism, even in the face of her town’s real problems (“Pawnee: First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity”) and imaginary (“I found a sandwich in one of your parks and I want to know why it didn’t have mayonnaise?”). The title of this piece comes from the finale of the fifth season. Leslie asks her community this question to encourage people to take a moment and think about how their lives have changed for the better after a year of her hard work at a new job. Now, I can’t help but do the same. When I first began here, I’ll admit I didn’t have many expectations. I would go in, make some money to pay for my overpriced textbooks, get out. My outlook on what this co-op would give me changed the moment I walked in the store, as I’m sure it did for many of you, too. I think the most important aspect to point out is if I didn’t have the Littleton Food Co-op in my life, I wouldn’t have met all the amazing people I get to call my coworkers. The people who work here have the biggest hearts, and never fail to put a smile on my face regardless. If I didn’t have the Littleton Food Co-op I also wouldn’t know why it is important to shop local, or that there was a palpable difference between organic and conventional produce. I wouldn’t know that I love marketing. I wouldn’t have cut plastic shopping bags out of my own life, being inspired by the Co-op’s commitment to environmental sustainability. I definitely wouldn’t have consumed as much ice cream. I also wouldn’t have driven to the Co-op the night before I was supposed to leave for school with the alibi that I need more chocolate chip muffins to take with me, but deep down knowing that the love I have for this store has me trapped in a magnetic pull, and there’s only so long I can stay away. I wouldn’t tear up in my room getting a birthday card at school from my coworkers. I wouldn’t get to spend my days learning bits and pieces of your lives; through what you buy, what you share, the way you look at me. Our interactions are a small part of your day, but pieced together they make up the entirety of my summers. Now take a moment to think of your life without the Co-op. Where would you satisfy your craving for local products? Where would you run into that old friend you haven’t seen in ages? Or see that person whose name you don’t actually know, but you always manage to spark up a conversation with in aisle 7? Without the Littleton Food Co-op, you

"My outlook on what this co-op would give me changed the moment I walked in the store, as I’m sure it did for many of you, too. "

wouldn’t have tried that new product you were interested in; and now your pantry would have a gaping hole in it. You wouldn’t have an easy way to contribute to your favorite local non-profits and discover new

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Are You Better Off? Continued...

"Now take a moment to think of your life without the Co-op. Where would you satisfy your craving for local products? Where would you run into that old friend you haven’t seen in ages? Or see that person whose name you don’t actually know, but you always manage to spark up a conversation with in aisle 7?"

causes to support. You would think it’s weird to know and care about the life of your cashier; even though now I see you interact with many of us like we're an old friend. You wouldn’t be excited to go shopping. The last thing to think of is your community without the Littleton Food Co-op. What if the patch of land on top of Cottage Street stayed just that—a patch of land. Thousands of community members each week would be forced to find their food elsewhere. Some people will argue that there would be less deforestation and less energy used; but, there would also be 90 fewer jobs in the community, countless entrepreneurs with no retail outlet, and less access to healthy foods. It would certainly be a much longer drive to find such an expansive beer selection. The same local non-profits you discovered would have thousands of dollars less to do the important work that they do. Groups like the North Country Chamber Players, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, and more would have great event ideas with no venue. There would be over 6,000 people without a way to feel connected to their community as members of a co-op. The gratitude for the Co-op you feel is reciprocal. As a co-op, we would not exist without you, the members. We operate on the dollars you put into the local economy through purchases. You volunteer your valuable time on the Board of Directors or committees. You fill our café for special events and plain-old rainy Mondays. You gave us your patience while we expanded. You keep the spirit of democracy alive when you vote in our elections. You help us improve by dropping comment cards in the suggestion box. You read our weekly newsletters and the Radish. You stand beside us as we celebrate our accomplishments and fix what may have gone off course. You bring life to what would otherwise be a hollow store. So back to “Parks and Recreation.” The episode concludes by Leslie being asked the same question she has posed to everyone else, are you better off now than you were a year ago? She believes herself and her town are, despite what anyone else thinks. Not unlike Leslie, the Littleton Food Co-op faces challenges every day. However, we have a strong local support group embedded in our community working its hardest to ensure we conquer our challenges and continue to make our community a better place to live, work, and shop. So, it only seems logical to conclude my co-op reflection by asking you, are you better off? I know I am.


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#gobblegobble Turkey Roasting Tips • Remove the giblets from turkey cavities after thawing.

Cook separately.

• Set oven temperature no lower than 325° F. • Place turkey or turkey breast on lower rack in a shallow

roasting pan.

• For even cooking, bake stuffing in a separate casserole dish,

versus in the bird. Use a food thermometer to check the

internal temperature of the stuffing. The center should

reach 165° F.

• If you choose to stuff your turkey, the ingredients can be

prepared ahead of time. Separate wet and dry ingredients,

and chill wet ingredients (butter/margarine, cooked celery

and onions, broth, etc.) until ready to prepare. Mix wet and

dry ingredients together just before filling the turkey cavities.

To thaw a turkey in the fridge: Keep the turkey wrapped and

Fill the cavities loosely. Cook the turkey immediately. Use a

place it in a pan. Let it stand in the refrigerator roughly 24 hours

food thermometer to make sure the center of the stuffing

for each 5 pounds. Large turkeys should stand in refrigerator a

reaches 165° F.

maximum of 5 days. The giblets and neck, which are customarily

Turkey Thawing Instructions

• Whole turkeys should be cooked to 165° F. To check for

packed in the neck and body cavities of frozen turkeys, may be

doneness, insert a food thermometer in the thickest part

removed from the bird near the end of the thawing period. If

of the inner thigh without touching the bone.

desired, the giblets and neck may be refrigerated and reserved

• Turkey breasts should be cooked to 165° F. Insert a food

thermometer in the thickest part of the breast to check

for doneness.

for use in giblet gravy. To thaw a turkey in cold water: Make certain that the turkey is in

• Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before carving to allow

a leak-proof package or a zipper-seal plastic bag. This prevents

bacteria in the surrounding environment from being introduced

juices to set. The turkey will carve more easily.

into the food, and prevents the poultry tissues from absorbing

Turkey Roasting Timetable

Oven @ 325° F

water. Change the cold water every 30 minutes. Approximately 30 minutes per pound of turkey are required for thawing. After

Oven times are approximate and will vary. Always use

thawing in cold water, the turkey should be cooked immediately.

a meat thermometer to ensure the correct internal Remember: Looking for the bird of your dreams? Be sure to order

temperature of 165° F has been reached.

your feathered dinner guest at least a few weeks in advance to



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Protip: It's worth investing in a decent roasting pan. There's

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nothing worse than a single-use aluminum pan buckling

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under the weight of your turkey. You'll need a rack too — most

18 to 20 Lb

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20 to 24 Lb

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4.8 to 5.3 hrs separately, remember to make sure it fits in your pan.

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Lucky Number Seven

Jessy Smith, Interim Marketing Director

Rochdale Cooperative Principle #7, Concern for Community. "Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members." Our Partner of the Month program highlights (and raises money for) a different local (or local chapter of a) nonprofit organization or community project each month. This partnership shines the spotlight on a variety of organizations in our region by inviting representatives into the store for educational events; by inviting customers to ‘round-up’ their purchases at the cash registers, promoting partners through Littleton Food Co-op marketing initiatives, and by donating $1 from each pizza sold on Friday evenings to the partner. The Partner of the Month program was started around Left to Right: Marcie Hornick (Board President), Autumn Shultz (Employee), the same time we first opened our doors, and has only Oversized Check, Katleyn Krumperman (Mt. Eustis Ski Hill), Casey Titus (Front-end Supervisor), and Melody Fenwick (Front-end Department continued to grow and flourish. For context — the first full Manager). Presenting Mt. Eustis with their $2,933.90 2018 POM Donation. year the program was implemented, 2010, saw an average monthly donation total of $259.82, with a grand total of $3117.84 from all twelve months of that calendar year. In contrast, our average monthly donation total for 2018 (with reporting up to August at the time this article was written) is sitting proudly at $3313.49 — that is to say, on average, you've all cumulatively donated more per month than the entire first year the Partner of the Month Program was active! As if this all wasn't cool enough — we were also proud, this year, to cut our largest Partner of the Month check in the history of the program: $4354 to our friends and felines at Second Chance Animal Rescue. These funds go directly to the local organizations that need them the most, the local organizations chosen by your vote at the Partner Fair — the local organizations that benefit deeply from your contributions. On behalf of the team here at Littleton Food Coop, I'd like to take a moment to thank you — our members and customers, this program wouldn't be at all possible without your generosity and commitment to this community. We also owe a huge thanks to our amazing cashiers and front-end staff, who've worked diligently over the past year to nurture and grow this program. You, our loyal members and customers, are the Co-op difference. Thank you for helping us to make this program a great success.


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Casey Titus pointing to our Partner of the Month totals board, which helps track monthly totals, upcoming partners, the YTD total, and is also new this year. You can check this out for yourself near the checkout area!














Your Spare Change Donations, Pizza Friday contributions, and “Round Up!” contributions made at checkout all add up to meaningful contributions from you — the people of the co-op. These contributions directly benefit the organizations doing amazing things here in our community, for our community. We couldn’t do it without you,

Thank You!










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This Year's Partner of the Month Totals as of November 1, 2018. You can find a hard-copy of this board in the checkout area.

Mystical Radish of Space and Time, Magical Time-Traveling Root Vegetable / Marketing Assistant

Walls' Homestead

Pumpkin Bread Laura Walls, Asst. Grocery Manager / Board of Directors

Makes Two Loaves



1 Cup Vegetable Oil 2 2/3 Cup Raw Sugar 4 Large Eggs 2 Cups Pumpkin (Fresh is best — but one 15 once can will do in a pinch.) 2/3 Cup Water 3 1/3 Unbleached All-purpose Flour 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder 1 Tsp. Baking Soda 11/2 Tsp. Salt 1 Tsp. Nutmeg 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (Optional) 11/2 Cups Chocolate Chips (Optional)

Read about Laura, her husband Tory, and their family in the October Issue of "New Hampshire Magazine," Prepared For Anything.


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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans, or two 9 x 5 inch pans if your adding nuts and/or chocolate chips. 2. In a large bowl , beat together the oil, sugar,eggs, pumpkin and water. 3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda , salt,nutmeg,and vanilla, stir to combine. 4. Mix in the chips and nuts, if you are using them. 5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans. 6. Bake the bread for 60-80 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.. 7. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool on a rack. 8. When it is completely cool, wrap in up and store overnight before serving for best flavor. Yummy!

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In the last issue of The Radish, we were a new Board — some of us were strangers and were acquainted only upon becoming members of the Board. Since that time, we've held our annual Board retreat in early September, others of us have gone to outside Food Co-op events to learn more about this “notion” of a co-op and how to, among other things, become a “good” or “better” Board member as well as a “good” or “better” Member-owner — and, of course, we have also gotten to know each other in our monthly meetings. In short, we've been working on becoming a better “community.” “Community” implies both a group of people living in the same place as well as a feeling of fellowship with others — as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals — all of which reflects how we are working together in furtherance of making our community- both the Littleton Food Co-op community as well as the greater one within which we live — better. So, with the approach of Littleton Food Co-op's 10th anniversary next year and looking back over the last

ten years and all the changes that have occurred (think about your own life!) and all of those which will occur in the next ten, we decided a necessary step to take was to re-address our vision and mission statements. We invited Memberowner Mary Lou Krambeer to provide professional guidance. The working group has met regularly, and as you are aware, has been looking for input from all. In due course, we will have come up with revised mission and vision statements to help us continue our focus on making this a better, stronger co-op (and community) through the next 10 years. This Board, a dynamic group of independent people with different backgrounds, from different areas and with different upbringings has, in a very short period of time, evolved into a great working group with common goals and I believe our community overall will be all the better for their work.

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Your 2019


Jessy Smith, Interim Marketing Director

My Fellow Cooperators, This past August, we gathered once again in the Co-op Cafe to distil the candidates for the 2019 Partner of the Month season. Thank you for helping to make our Partner of the Month Fair a continued success, and thank you for showing up in record numbers to vote for the local charities, 501-C3 nonprofits, and causes that you care about most. Congratulations to the 11 organizations our members were most excited about, and thank you to all candidates for participating in our partnership program — even if you didn’t make it this year, we encourage all prospective partners to try again! The singular goal of this program is to help great organizations in our community continue (or escalate the scale of) the great work they’re already doing — we’re blessed to live in a community where these organizations are strong in number.


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"The singular goal of this program is to help great organizations in our community continue (or escalate the scale of) the great work they're already doing —"

Header Photo: Chris Whiton, White Mountain Images. Co-op Winter Night, 2013.

Healthy Food Access

Believe in Books

Administered by Littleton Food Co-op Littleton, NH

Intervale, NH

Our Healthy Food Access Program is a discounted shopping program designed to make healthy food more accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of income restrictions. Littleton Food Co-op members who are currently being aided with supplemental income are likely eligible. Approved applicant Co-op Members receive 10% off all eligible purchases. Funds collected during HFA’s month(s) will go directly into the Program’s fund, helping your fellow Littleton Food Co-op members. See our website or grab a brochure in-store for more information about our Healthy Food Access program.

“The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves. The Foundation is supported entirely by fundraising efforts and donations. Our largest and most prominent fundraising event is The Journey to the North Pole. We are the original event of this kind and the only one that fully engages guests as if they were living the book.”

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country

Boys & Girls Club of the North Country

Franconia, NH

Lisbon, NH

The mission of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) is to enrich the quality of life for people with disabilities through year-round sport, recreation and wellness. They seek to enhance the personal development and self-esteem of participants and provide an opportunity to take risks in a safe and supportive environment. ASPNC believes that the opportunity to experience the thrill of accomplishment can be a lifeaffirming experience. They’re committed to including the families and friends of their participants, volunteers, partner organizations, and the North Country community in their efforts.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national organization that was founded in 1860 by three women in Hartford, CT. Since it's inception, the organization has grown to over 4,000 autonomous local clubs, stretched across all fifty states (and some territories), which are affiliates of the national organization. Our local chapter, headquartered in an off-building near the old Four Seasons (now Evergreen Sports Center), describes its mission as follows: " The Boys & Girls Club of the North Country’s mission is to provide a fun, safe, positive place for all the children of the North Country."

Second Chance Animal Rescue

Bethlehem, NH

Littleton, NH

This Littleton animal shelter specializes in Feline rescues, and as we’ve announced previously, holds the current record for single-month Partner of the Month funds raised during their month in 2018. More from Second Chance, “Our Mission is to provide homeless animals with a second chance at life and companionship in a no-kill shelter. Our organization goes beyond shelter walls and is committed to (1) Positive people and animal relationships and placements, (2) Offering affordable spay, neuter and vaccination clinics, (3) Cooperative rescue efforts and, (4) Animal welfare education.”


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Bethlehem Trails Association "You've just come off the trail after an epic day of riding. And you catch yourself already drooling over visions of what the next trip will be. Your bike isn't even on the rack yet, and you miss it already. You think to yourself, if only this could be in my backyard. ​It turns out you're not the only one. We're a group of Bethlehem residents and outdoor enthusiasts who one day realized we'd been privately sharing the same vision: a fantastic network of trails spinning through our small mountain community." "It is the mission of Bethlehem Trails Association to provide human powered recreation opportunities that promote sustainable tourism and encourage and nurture an active lifestyle."

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Littleton Dog Park

Littleton, NH

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PRKR MTN Trails is a 24-mile (and growing) network of hand-built community-driven mountain bike, hiking, skiing, and running trails in Littleton, New Hampshire. "Need another reason to go riding? Well, the growing PRKR MTN Trails located in the vibrant North Country town of Littleton NH might be just what you’re looking for. The PRKR MTN trail network is entirely located on or around the 2000-foot summit of Parker Mountain on several hundred acres of privately-owned land. To date, the total trail network is estimated to be 24 miles and includes singletracks as well as doubletrack logging roads. Trail work is ongoing [...], so the trail mileage will continue to grow. PRKR MT’s professional trail crew works hard to expand the current trail system while improving what’s already on-the-ground."

Our furry friends need a place to run, play, and socialize with other dogs — the good people of the Littleton Dog Park Committee have a solution. This program, though relatively new, has already managed to raise over $1,000 toward the efforts to: finalize a location for the proposed park, search for appropriate grant and matching opportunities to reach their $45k funding goal, continue their grassroots-based fundraising efforts, and continue to garner support from the town and surrounding community. "The Town of Littleton Dog Park Committee's mission is to research & develop a town dog park."

The Bancroft House Franconia, NH

"The Bancroft House provides a secure, temporary home for women, children, and families in need with compassion and respect for those we serve. The Bancroft House, a four-unit family-centered domicile has provided sanctuary to individuals and families in northern New Hampshire since 1982. Residents enjoy modestly furnished bedrooms with private bathrooms, community living and dining areas with fully stocked pantry for preparing healthy meals. The Bancroft House is financially supported by private donations. Guests are requested to contribute financially if able and to contribute to the daily upkeep and maintenance of the residence."

Littleton Studio School Littleton, NH

Founded in 2006, the Littleton Studio School finds themselves in territory familiar to us here at the Co-op — in the midst of an ambitious expansion project. Theirs includes a beautiful re-ideation of an industrial building in Littleton's thriving River District. "We educate students in a variety of art media, providing the space, tools, guidance, and encouragement they require to realize their potential. In doing so, we support the community beyond our doors as well, fostering a society where imagination and curiosity flourish."


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Mt. Eustis Ski Hill Littleton, NH

Mt. Eustis Ski Hill opened in 1939 but shut down in the 1970’s. A group of dedicated locals came together to bring back the olden days of skiing at Mt. Eustis. After two years plus of hard work, we opened for the 20162017 season in December. We could not have made this happen without our dedicated Board Members, volunteers and the outpouring support from the community.

North Country Beekeepers Littleton, NH

"Helping to cultivate an appreciation of the honeybee is

the North Country Beekeepers, which covers Coos and northern Grafton counties and the Northeast Kingdom. In its five years, the regional support group and educational source for beekeepers has grown to some 300 members and 80 active members and has hosted classes and workshops for students at AMC’s Highland Center, The Rocks Estate, the Littleton Community Center, Fairbanks Museum, and schools and civic organizations. Mercieri, who, with her husband, Joe, has been a beekeeper for six years, also runs White Mountain Apiary. They tend to some 65 hives, 39 in Littleton and the remainder on properties in Whitefield, Dalton, Sugar Hill, and Bethlehem. With an average of 60,000 bees per hive, the total number of bees kept runs nearly 4 million." — Robert Blechl, Caledonian Record "Beekeeping in the North Country" Published 08/22/2018

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Halloween is always a blast at the Co-op — this year was no exception. Halloween Evening Post

We're a corny bunch here at the Co-op. Nothing says "Cheesy Family Halloween" quite like a Halloween postcard! Here's a bunch of us looking our most festive on Halloween Day.


Mark and Laurie Hollenbach (longtime employees, both) pose in-costume. Congratulations to both of them on their recent union! (left)


Our Pricing Coordinator, Bekah the Riveter, (right) graciously volunteered to be the subject of this years' Halloween Poster. 15 

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Call For Comment:

Littleton Food Co-op Mission & Vision Our Fellow Cooperators, The Vision/Mission Working Group (a joint Board of Directors & Staff committee) has been hard at work creating the “building block” documents for Littleton Food Co-op. We’ve been tasked with creating a vision statement, updating our outdated mission statement, and (of course) continuing to abide by the 7 Cooperative Principles.

new Mission Statement should: explain who we are, what we do, and guide our decisions. Currently Proposed Mission Statement "A Community Marketplace that Supports Local Producers and Healthy Choices for People and Planet." Comment Online by visiting our official call for comment page,, In-Store by leaving your typed or neatly printed commentary, in a sealed and clearly labeled

It's been going very well, but there's been an important piece missing — Your Feedback!

envelope, with the Service Desk, or by mail: Littleton Food Co-op Attn: Mission & Vision Committee

A vision statement should: provide a clear picture of the organization’s ideal future (what will the Co-op look like in 10 years?); keep us focused on what is important; inspire and challenge us .

43 Bethlehem Road Littleton, NH 03561 Deadline for Input: Tuesday, 11/20/18

Yours in Cooperation,

The Mission & Vision Committee Currently Proposed Vision Statement "Our Food Co-op is a Catalyst for a Vibrant Community and Regional Economy."

Rebekah Daniels • Employee, Jessy Smith • Employee, Danielle Shaw • Employee, Matt Whiton • Employee, Ed King • General Manager,

Next we’d like to propose a new mission statement. This statement is more of a here and now statement. Our


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Wayne Ruggles • Board Member, Charlie Wolcott • Board Member, Deb Rosetti • Board Member.

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Jessy Smith, Interim Marketing Director

It's taken me 26 years to admit it — and it's absolutely not an easy pill to swallow but here it is: My name is Jessy, I'm a 26 year old Littleton native, and I'm a terrible Holiday Shopper. I'm the kind of Holiday shopper people like my fiancée Erin, have nightmares about. You probably know my type — It's Seven PM on Christmas Eve, and I'm frantically running around whichever store I've hurriedly run into, hoping with every fiber of my being something that screams "Gift for Dad, forged in the heart of the universe specifically for him, placed directly in my path today because it was meant-to-be" will jump from the nearest shelf and render me unconscious until January 2nd. Speaking of Dads — This behavior, I've realized, is probably my Dad's fault. Growing up, he was notorious for over-estimating the efficiency of early online retail operations. It wasn't long before I learned that ordering something important on December 22nd, does not a recipe for success make. Should I take some personal responsibility for this holly-jolly procrastination habit I have? Probably. But we can just go ahead and blame my Dad for now. Love you, Dad! Erin, on the other hand, is the Christmas Industry's dream consumer. Her Holiday shopping season begins the moment we leave the family's house on Christmas Day. There's something mildly unsettling about coming home in the middle of July and finding the person you love most in the world squirreling away already-wrapped gifts for "Christmas, which by the way is coming soon, Jessy! Have you started shopping yet!? You'd better not wait until the last minute again!" Oh my love, if you only knew. We'll get through this gift-laden tragedy. This guide is designed to help the Jessys and Erins of the world. Do you wait until the very last second (maybe minutes before) the event to grab your gifts? Does your idea of rational human behavior involve hiding Christmas presents around your house in summer months? Either way, this guide is for you!


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LITTLETON FOOD CO-OP Littleton Food Co-op Original Canvas Boat Tote

By: Littleton Food Co-op. Coop Made, Local, Sleek as Heck. These are trying times, friends. As my Grandfather used to say; "There's nothing more comforting in trying times than a bag designed to be sturdy, classy, and fashionable — and if it also promotes a business you care deeply about, well that's just great too, isn't it?" Alright, my Grandfather never said any of that —but it's still true. They're affordable and built to last. Locally produced (Made by our friends at Enviro-Tote in Londonderry, NH). Good For: Zero-wasters, Waste Reducers, #CoopPeople, People Whomst Need Bags, North Country Folks, Just Visiting.

Eddie's Bakery Apple Cider Doughnuts

By: Eddie's Bakery, Waterford VT. Local, Delicious. Local Bakery Powerhouse, Eddie's Bakery — a family-owned joint in continuous operation since 1956 — makes a mean doughnut. These aren't your typical 'donut' style doughnuts, no. These are classic, '59 Bel Airs, doughnuts made the way the great fried creator intended — fresh, homemade, and delicious. Good For: Serial Snackers, Doughnut Lovers, 59 Bel Air Fans, North Country Folks, #LocalShoppers.

White Mountain Apiary Honey Sample Pack

CACOCO Drinking Chocolate

La Riojana Wines

By: La Riojana Wine Cooperative, Argentina. Fair Trade, Coop Made. Located in the beautiful Famatina Valley, deep in the heart of La Rioja province with a family of 500 growers, La Riojana is Argentina's largest wine co-operative and is one of the country's top 10 wine exporters, producing a wide variety of awardwinning Fairtrade and Organic wines for markets all over the world. Good For: The Wine Connoisseur, #CoopPeople, Fair Traders.

is a euphoric, delicious experience that makes the perfect start to any day, supplementing your coffee and tea time with chocolate as it's meant to be!" TL;DR Hot chocolate of the most-rad order, prepared like the ancients. Good For: The Chocoholic, Fair Traders, Paleo Peoples, The History Lover, People of the North Country.

By: La Riojana Wine Cooperative, Argentina. Fair Trade, Coop Made. "We honor the ancient tradition of preparing cacao as a molten chocolate vitality elixir with wholesome herbs and spices. So, gather your friends and raise your cup to chocolate as it’s meant to be experienced! Rather than the standard processed cocoa powder, cane sugar, and milk, we add all organic superfood herbs and spices to our fair trade chocolate blends for an amazing vitality elixir with antioxidants, minerals, and essential fatty acids, as well as a pharmacopeia of bliss inducing compounds that are most present in heirloom cacao varietals from healthy soil. The result Autumn + Winter 2018

By: White Mountain Apiary. Local. Littleton-made. Save the bees! Janice and Joe Mercieri keep bees. They're kind of serious about it, with Janice heading up the local beekeeper's guild (see subheading "North Country Beekeepers," Pg. 14). Janice and Joe Mercieri keep extremely happy bees that, among other things, make delicious honey. You can pick up a three-pack sampler and try a few of their delicious happybee-made honey selections. Good For: Tea Junkies, Honey Lovers, #SaveTheBees People, #LocalShoppers, North Country Folks.

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White Mountain Forager 100% Pure Chaga Tea

By: White Mountain Forager, Gorham, NH. Local as heck. "Synchronized with the public's growing knowledge of the health benefits of "eating wild" White Mountain Forager has an ever expanding list of satisfied customers. And beyond simply enjoying the fruits of nature, White Mountain Forager customers can also rest assured that all their concerns regarding harvest techniques, source point pollution, and landowner ethics are being strictly adhered to. As a Conservation Officer Doug worked side by side with landowners for many years, with the goal of protecting and conserving our local habitats. White Mountain Forager embraces these same principles." Good For: Amateur Mycologists, Professional Mycologists, Tea Addicts, Locals, Just Visting, #CoopPeople, #LocalLovers.

Brewery Ommegang's Mother of Dragons By: Brewery Ommegang, 20

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Cooperstown, NY. How could anyone in the Seven Kingdoms possibly craft a brew fit for Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons? The Belgian-styled cool kids at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York are doing their best to find out with their entry in their "Game of Thrones" Royal Reserve Collection series — Mother of Dragons. "Brewed and blended for a leader who takes what is hers with fire and blood, Mother of Dragons is a blend of smoked porter and Belgian kriek, representing the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents. [...] Mother of Dragons pours a deep ruby-tinted mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries intertwine with subtle smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness. The mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and full, and the finish is semi-dry with lingering notes of smoke and cherry sweetness. Mother of Dragons is 6.5% ABV and pairs well with smoked gouda and charcuterie, braised meats, and rich desserts like flourless chocolate cake and cherry cheesecake." You can grab a bottle of Mother of Dragons for the long winter ahead now at the Littleton Food Co-op. Please Enjoy Responsibly. Good For: Beer Nerds, Jon Snow. Autumn + Winter 2018

NORPRO Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

By: NORPO. #ReduceReuseRecycle Imagine this: you're a turtle. A sea turtle. Swimming along in the ocean, minding your own turtle business. You don't have any time to be assaulted by disposable drinking utensils. You're a busy turtle. These rust-resistant stainless steel drinking straws from NORPRO keep your turtle-self safe from the dangers of straws floating aimlessly through the ocean. If you're a serial straw-user but you're starting to feel kind of icky about your disposable straw use, these are the solution for you! Includes a cleaning brush. Good For: Zero-wasters, Waste Reducers, #CoopPeople, Straw People.

Burts' Bees Facial Cleansing Towels

By: Burt and his Bees I'm a shower face washer, some people like to wash their face twice daily. Some people (like my fiancée) use makeup and need to clean it off their face before bed. These are great for that — especially if you have super sensitive skin. No acid. Powered by cotton extract. Unscented or lightly scented with something natural. Good For: People with faces that need cleansing, people with faces that may need cleansing sometime in the near future, stocking stuffers.

by two brothers and their love of beer. Good For: #LocalLovers, Beer People.

Still Stumped? More Ideas! Ines Rosales Wine Winnipesaukee Chocolates

Angry Goat Pepper Co. Hot Sauces

By: Angry Goat Pepper Co, White River Junction, VT. Local. Spicy. "We are the exclusive makers of 12 incredible flavors of hot sauces and 9 delectable flavors of pepper jams. Our pepper jams are what put us on the map, and once you try them, you will know why. We have flavor combinations that no body else has, and a few of our unique flavors came from our customers requests. New for 2017, we have introduced 2 new hot sauces and our first mustard. There is a heat level for everyone." Delicious local heat for all. Good For: #LocalLovers, Spice Junkies, Scoville Scalers, Sweet and Spicy People.

White Mountain Images Calendars or Puzzles

By: Chris Whiton, White Mountain Images. Local, beautiful, fun. Full disclosure: Chris is one of ours, our Operations Manager, so we may be a bit biased — but, you can't beat this guy's eye. His calendars are a hot-ticket item locally, from here to Harmon's. Twelve months of beautiful North Country scenery to light up your home or office space. The puzzles are a new venture, a bit pricey, but well worth it — these puppies are handcrafted on wood by a local puzzlesmith. Good For: #LocalLovers, Just Visiting, People Who Calendar, Puzzlepeople.

Kathy Shuster Animal Print Cards Blake Hill Maple Onion Jam w/ Shelburne Farms Cheddar Blake Hill Raspberry Mostarda w/ Jasper Hill Farm Harbison TOGOWare Snack Stack Bauderlaire Sisal Wash Cloth Jarware Fruit Infusion Lid Jarware Honey Dipper Jarware Tea Infuser Bee's Wrap Moon Phase Calendars Little Lad's Popcorn Krin's Bakery Coconut and Honey Macaroons Dipped in Dark Chocolate Elmore Mountain Farm VT Goats Milk Soap Nutty Steph's Themed Chocolate Bars Sweet Baby Vineyard Amarone Red Wine Still Thyme Holy Basil VT Salsa Co. Salsa Verde Valicenti Pasta Farm - Golden Grazy w Butternut & Parmigiano Mary's Gone Crackers Bo's Bones Gourmet Organic Dog Biscuits Honeymaker Blueberry Mead Clementines! Marcona Almonds Unreal Milk Chocolate Gem Unreal Crispy Dark Chocolate PB Cups

Sage Spirit Smudge

By: Sage Spirit, Lindrith, NM. Native American Owned & Operated. Good For: Friends dealing with ~*~bad vibes in their space~*~, Spiritual People, #CoopPeople.

Maple Medicine: VT Maple Fire Tonic

Maine Beer Company Single-bottle Craft Beer

By: Maine Beer Co, Portland, ME. Local. Beer-y. Delicious. Two brothers, Everglades National Park, an off-mention about starting a brewery. The rest was history. Delicious Maine-made Beer. Crafted Autumn + Winter 2018

The Wilderness Map Co. - Franconia Notch White Mountains Waterproof Trail Map Explorers Guides - 50 Hikes in the White Mountains Need help finding anything listed in the gift guide? Visit the Service Desk! They'd be happy to help connect you with whatever you're looking for :) Littleton Food Coop


#Throwback Smooth Operators

Our then Produce Manager, Rodney Mitton (now our Perishable Operations Manager) standing with his produce in 2011 (left). Our then Front-end Manager, Chris Whiton (now our Operations Manager) stands guard at the original Service Desk in 2011 (right).

Looking at the Sun

▼ Co-op employees gather around Catherine Cushing, hoping to snag a turn and catch a glimpse at last years' solar eclipse.

Field Trip!

Jessy (Marketing Department) shows off a City Market (Onion River) visitor's badge during a Marketing Field trip last winter.

General Educator

Our fearless leader, General Manager Ed King, leads an attentive class on preparing soup in October of 2010. Hasn't Aged a Day!

Front-end Employee, Juleen LaBlanc, strikes a pose at her register in the original store, May 2010.


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Thanksgiving Turkey Info ‘18 Frz/Frsh




Fresh Fresh Fresh Fresh Fresh Fresh Frozen Fresh Fresh Fresh Fresh

Misty Knoll Farm (Whole) Stone Wood Farm (Whole)*Order Due By 11/8 Mary’s Turkey (Whole, Organic) Plainville All Natural (Whole) Grade-A Non-Basted (Whole Generic)* Shady Brook Farms (Whole) Shady Brook Farms (Whole) Plainville All Natural (Breast) Plainville All Natural (Boneless Breast) Plainville All Natural (Whole, Organic) Mary's Natural Turkey


3.99/Lb $ 3.99/Lb $ 5.49/Lb $ 2.99/Lb $ 1.99/Lb $ 1.99/Lb 89¢/Lb TBD TBD $ 4.99/Lb $ 3.99/Lb $

*No Pre-Orders on Generic, *Stone Wood Pre-Order Early Deadline: Th. 11/08/18 Littleton Food Co-op, Thanksgiving Season 2018

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HOLIDAY TURKEYS Orders Open Fri. 11/02 — Thu. 11/15/18

LITTLETON FOOD COOP MEMBERS Receive $5 Off HOLIDAY TURKEYS Valid 11/16 — 11/22, Limit One $5 Off per Membership

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You are the Coop difference.

You — the customers, members, and employees. You’re the reason we do this. You make unloading produce at 5 AM something to get excited about. You have a thing for artisanal salted french fry ice cream from LA. You describe cheese like James Joyce describes twilight in Dublin. You bring the passion to this cooperative — your cooperative. Littleton Food Coop 43 Bethlehem Rd Littleton, NH 03561

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