Vendor Profiles

Vendor Profiles

Through the Seasons with Park Hill Orchard

Nestled under the majestic peak of our iconic Mt. Tom and across a vast expanse of beautiful grassy hills, fields and forests, orchardists Russell Braen and Alane Hartley spend their days trekking across the land, caring for their many rows of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs that feed thousands of Valley residents each year. Park Hill Orchard is a natural paradise where bliss is served daily through the sights and sounds of its environment, such as during the spring bloom or as the leaves turn in the fall...

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Global Village Foods: Uniting the World with African Flavors

It takes a village. When it comes to building a strong, robust local food system, few things ring truer than this expression—and our friends Melvin and Damaris Hall, the owners and co-founders of Global Village Foods (Windsor, VT), understand the notion wholeheartedly. A village stands for much more than its literal definition—it’s about the many different staples and traditions that bring people together and build communities...

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Cloonybreen Farm: Where Happy Pigs Come First

Simply passing through the gates, up the long, rocky driveway at Cloonybreen Farm, and it’s easy to feel as if you have crossed into an entirely new and marvelous world. Located on a beautiful and quintessentially “New England” mountainside overlapping the Massachusetts-Connecticut border, not only are its settings picturesque but so too is are the relationships shared between the farmers and the animals who call it home...

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Sidehill Farm Jam: A Return to our Roots

Sidehill Farm was established in the 1970s by a small Vermont family with a rich and vibrant history of jam-making prowess. By creating one of the very first specialty food companies in the state, the Naylors would go on to become true pioneers in the fostering of a healthy local food system—and they have multiple generations of experience and knowledge in artisanal jam-making to back them up...

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New at the Co-op: Hillside Harvest

Born in a small town in the Red Hills high above Kingston, Kamaal Jarrett grew up surrounded by one of the world’s most renowned and distinctive food cultures. He spent many of his formative years living near the famous “Hip Strip,” where roadside vendors and small food markets sold succulent jerk dishes with Caribbean rubs and spices that helped comprise the flavors of his youth. After moving to Milton, Massachusetts with his parents a few years later, he discovered a profound love for food...

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