To the Editor:
On Saturday, Sept. 25 the Potsdam Food Co-op celebrated 37 years of serving the North Country with its Annual Open House. The festive day was filled with music, food, and fun for members and non-members alike!
Our special thanks to Julian’s of Potsdam, who demonstrated their appetizing menu by serving one of their delicious entrées and decadent desserts from their restaurant on Market Street.
We are grateful to the local musicians who provided the wonderful sounds that filled the day and to Beth Robinson who arranged the program. The musical talents of the members of Victor Caamano’s Crescent Street Jam, Jack Kelly’s Little Big Band, and Seba Molnar & Friends were very much enjoyed by all who attended the celebration.
Kilcoyne Farms of Brasher Falls donated their hormone & antibiotic-free hot dogs, and Mu Mu Muesli of Sharon Springs, N.Y., provided samples of their cereal that we combined with yogurt. Organic fair-trade coffee, hot chocolate, and gourmet chocolates were served by a representative of the Equal Exchange company of Massachusetts. Sunfeather Soap Company of Parishville also offered samples of their internationally known, hand-made soaps.
We are grateful to the Christian Science Church for allowing us to use their lawn for the day and to Sandy McCloy for donating the balloons that added to the festive atmosphere. The loan of a portable freezer from Clif Cook of Cook Farms in Heuvelton made it possible to serve the ‘Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sandwiches’. Guests stood in line for this mini-version of our new summer offering which combines homemade ice cream and cookies made by our own Carriage House Bakery. These were a big hit with our visitors of all ages.
Our thanks to Jenny Sidletsky from Misty Hollow of Potsdam for her talented face painting and for her assistance in creating balloon animals with volunteer Carolyn Badger. Everyone also enjoyed the delicious dairy-free, sugar-free banana and berry ‘ice cream’ magically created by Wendy Turnbull and her Champion Juicer.
Thanks also to the many volunteers and staff members who assisted in the various aspects of the Open House, from preparation to set-up and from serving the wonderful selection of foods to cleanup. We appreciate your help and all you did that made this day a wonderful celebration!