Calendar of Events

Northampton Arts Night Out Friday, February 12, 5 - 7pm
Mosaics by Christine Kenneally Opening Reception with live music from Dave Dersham

Co-op Love Day! Saturday, February 13, 1 - 5pm
Stop by the Co-op for a fun day of delicious f ood demos and have your
picture taken in the 
Foto Fun Booth! Live music by MarKamusic

Free Workshop   Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 - 8pm
Understanding Solar Incentives with Steve Tofel from First Sun Solar

Free Workshop Thursday, February 25, 6:30 - 8pm
Radiance Revealed Gathering with Saralee Hofrichter, Holistic Skin Care Specialist and
certified Dr. Hauschka Esthetician 

Teen Art Show Applications Due Friday, March 4, by 9pm
Forms and details available at Customer Service



Join Saralee Hofrichter, Holistic Skin Care Specialist and certified Dr. Hauschka Esthetician, for a free workshop to experience the basics of a holistic skincare practice, and an introduction to Dr. Hauschka products.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Call 413-584-2665 or stop by Customer Service.



Welcome back Steve Tofel from First Sun Solar. Learn how to take advantage of the long awaited Low-Interest Solar Loan Program, and how to apply for and receive up to $40,000 for residential solar.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Call 413-584-2665 or stop by Customer Service.


New at the Co-op: Fresh Frozen Veggies and Fruit from Northeast Family Farmers!











Together, our food co-ops are increasing the availability of healthy, sustainably grown, regionally sourced fruits and vegetables for consumers and extending the marketing season for family farmers in the Northeast. 

These frozen fruits and vegetables are easy to find in our freezer section - they're packed with a simple black and white label and a clear package so you can see what's inside:
  • Blueberries - Delicious highbush blueberries grown by Greig Farm, a diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Red Hook, NY, in operation for over 60 years. Greig Farm practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to maintain healthy, productive blueberry bushes.
  • Organic Broccoli Established in 1818, Hepworth Farms is a seventh-generation family farm in Milton, NY, in the Hudson Valley. Today, the farm includes 250 acres of NOFA-certified land yielding more than 400 varieties of organic vegetables.
  • Organic Edamame and Organic Green Beans - These organic edamame and organic green beans were grown by Markristo Farm in Hillsdale, NY. Active board members of Berkshire Grown, Martin and Christa Stosiek are committed to healthy food systems and sustainable agriculture. 
  • Sweet Corn - Delicious, non-GMO sweet corn is grown by Altobelli Farm, a third generation farm in Columbia County, NY. John Altobelli has been farming on this land for over 30 years, using minimum tillage, drip irrigation, cover cropping, and no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Vote Now for March's Recipient of the Green Stamp Donation
We need your votes by February 28th at 9pm!
 
Reusing bags and using your Co-op Green Stamp Card is good for you,  the environment, our co-op,
and local non-profits!
  Over $10,000 is donated annually to local non-profits through this program!

Remember to use your Green Stamp Card when you shop for a chance to win a $50 gift card!  Get a co-op green stamp for each bag you fill with groceries. Ten stamps gets you entered into a drawing plus either a $1 off coupon or you can donate your $1 off to the Co-op Green Stamp Non-Profit Recipient of the Month. 

NOMINEES FOR MARCH'S GREEN STAMP DONATION:

Cloa's Ark Animal Sanctuary 
Located in Greenfield their mission is to provide exceptional care for neglected, rejected, abandoned or abused animals by giving them love, good food, shelters and medical treatment if needed. Patrick and Claudine offer children and adults the opportunity to discover the beauty and healing power of the animal world by a get acquainted tour of the sanctuary.

Arise for Social Justice
Located in Springfield, ARISE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE is a low-income led, anti-oppression organization. They make sure that low-income people have a voice in decisions made about them. They have: organized a tent city with homeless people that pushed the city to develop a comprehensive homeless plan; led a successful campaign to change from an all at-large form of government to elections by ward; ran an underground needle exchange program to meet people's needs while they worked for statewide enabling legislation, among many other accomplishments.

The Garden A Center for Grieving Children and Teens  
Located in Northampton, The Garden is a non-profit agency providing bereavement support to young people and their families, a place to talk about loss and help parents and guardians learn how to help their children through their grief.

Nominees that do not receive the most votes, but do receive 10 votes or more the first month they are nominated are automatically renominated for a second month. After two months, a new nominations form must be completed.

Remodel Update 
   Finishing the Remodel Project
 
Big thanks to Wright Builders for making it possible to complete this remodel project without closing the store for a single hour! They have been really great to work with on this project. Since we didn't close for the remodel we need to think of a new name for our "grand reopening" celebration and sale that we are planning for this spring.

We noticed that the Valley Advocate took some great pictures of our store for the recent cover article about the co-op movie, Food for Change.  Their photographer got great shots of our d
eli with the red "eat local here" arrow which was made for us by Salmon Stud ios in Florence.  They also got a great picture of the beautiful produce and bulk department with the bulk marquee arrow sign, also by Salmon Studios. It included a nice local vendor picture projected on the produce wall too. We were really happy to see how photogenic 
our co-op's new look is.  We have to give our consultants Jody Barker and Shoshana Weinberg of Thomas Douglas Architects as well as Retailworks! a big shout out for our store decor.  
 
We are getting closer to completing  the final projects related to  the remodel. 
Most of the inside lighting is completed with the exception of a few back-ordered pieces and finalizing all the brightness control and energy saving programming.   
   
Outside, we  installed  a new light pole over the driveway entrance/exit and will get new LED lights installed in all the parking lot and exterior building lights over the next few weeks  including a li ght  on our roadway sign to light up the bear's head on our logo .
 
Our customer service desk area is still waiting for its makeover from Madison Builders.  Mike Philbrook, from Madison Builders has done nearly all our cabinetry work including the deli millwork from last year's remodel, the new cheese shop millwork this year, as well as the wellness service desk, and the new aisle signs, deli signs, cheese chalk boards, and the meat and seafood signs.  
 
We have a couple signs that we expect  to be installed  within a few weeks:
two traffic sign bears for the parking lot from Porcupine Signs and some additional interior department wall graphics from Promark. Gayle, our lead graphic designer did a great job on the new local vendor signs which are on the storage cabinet doors over the coolers in the dairy and meat departments. We have another Salmon Studios sign installed around the base of the office mezzanine all along the front of the store which we will be complete when the lighting is connected. 
 
Our new bulk water dispenser is scheduled to be installed on February 16th but the paperwork the water company needs to file may delay permitting for operation a little longer.  We are adding another HVAC zone for better temperature control for front end and upstairs offices. We are also waiting on some new merchandisers being built for our register end caps which we expect to come by mid-February. We are evaluating the timing for our roof over the delivery receiving area and expect to wait until warmer weather for installing the windows in the produce department. 
 
Thanks again for bearing with us through the remodel process. I also want to shout out  big  appreciat ion for  the utility rebates that helped make upgrading the energy efficiency of our lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration financially feasible. 
    
 
Special thanks to Co-op Owners who made loans to help fund this project! 
Try These Delicious Recipes
Thai Tofu Noodle Soup
Japan ese udon noodles are perfectly at home in this brightly flavored, spicy Thai soup.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon coc onut oil
1 cup sliced yellow onion
1 cup sliced celery, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 cup sliced carrot, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons trimmed and minced lemongrass
2 teaspoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 3-ounce package udon noodles
1 cup frozen snow peas, whole or halved
8 ounces extra-firm tofu, cubed
1 tablespoon tamari
2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
1/2 cup minced fresh basil
1 lime, quartered (optional)

Preparation
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onion and celery for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrots, lemongrass, ginger and garlic and cook another few minutes. Add the broth, cover and bring to a boil. Add the udon noodles to the boiling broth, stir well and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add the peas, tofu, tamari and sriracha and simmer another 2 minutes. Remove from heat when noodles are al dente and vegetables are tender. Add the basil just before serving. Serve with lime wedges if desired.

Serving Suggestion
This warming soup will chase away chilly days. Substitute rice noodles for the udon, use shredded leftover cooked chicken instead of tofu, or replace part of the vegetable broth with coconut milk for a richer flavor. Make a pot on Sunday for cheerful lunches throughout the week.

Avocado Brownies
Brownies are a perfect place to slip in some creamy avocado. In place of some of the butter, avocado adds creaminess with more nutrients and fewer calories. You will never know there's a healthy fruit in there, thanks to the cocoa and vanilla. These are lower fat brownies, and best slightly underbaked so they stay moist and gooey.

Ingredients
 3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup mashed avocado (1 large or 2 small)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil or 1 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda, crushing any lumps of cocoa with the back of your spoon.
In a food processor, puree the avocado until completely smooth. Add the white and brown sugars and process, then add the eggs, oil or butter and vanilla and process until smooth. Scrape the avocado mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top looks dry and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out with big wet crumbs attached-not dry. Don't overbake, if you like a gooey brownie, take it out while a little gooey in the middle and chill to make it easier to cut.
Cut into 16 squares and serve.

Serving Suggestions
Serve these tasty brownies plain or dusted with powdered sugar. For a super-chocolate treat, drizzle with melted chocolate.

TICKETS FOR SALE
Would you like to sell tickets to your concert or event at River Valley Co-op? 
Let's talk! Email us here.
JOIN THE FUN!
Did you know that the co-op's public events are often planned, driven, and staffed by volunteer co-op owners? Join in the fun, join the Co-op Events and Volunteer Group. Meet with the General Manager and Marketing Manager on the SECOND Wednesday of the month from 7-8pm.  

All co-op owners are welcome. For more information, e-mail info@rivervalleymarket.coop
ARTS NIGHT OUT
Come join us the 2nd Friday of each month for an  artist reception honoring the 
River Valley Co-op artist of the month. 

If you are a local artist interested in exhibiting your art for a month in the deli at the co-op, please contact us:  info@rivervalleymarket.coop

We're also looking for acoustic musicians to provide music for  Arts Night Out receptions. 
Contact Trevor to apply.
RIDE THE BUS TO THE CO-OP
PVTA is running its crosstown bus line Monday-Saturday  from the Academy of Music to  River Valley Co-op!  Visit the  PVTA site  for more route schedule details.
Quick Links

www.rivervalley.coop
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