To the Editor:
When Bill Martin rolled his flatbed trailer onto the Potsdam Food Co-op parking lot it was time for the gathered crowd to put down their freshly prepared vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore breakfast sandwiches and assemble themselves in tiers for photographer Christopher Lenny to take the Co-op’s 40th Anniversary members-owners portrait.
The Co-op marked its 40th Anniversary Saturday, Sept. 7 with a daylong celebration of food, music, education, and art. It was a very busy day, as anyone who shopped in the co-op that day received a 10 percent discount on their purchases.
Warm thanks are extended to all who helped in the day’s festivities. In addition to offerings from the co-op’s own Carriage House Bakery and Deli, visitors enjoyed a variety of yogurts from Prosper’s Farmstead Creamery, while Eric and Jessica Barr of Longview Farms served up some delicious pork sausage.
John Dewar of Village Veggies was on hand with his marinated kohlrabi, and Mike and Jennifer Sandefer of Sandefer Farm provided savory samplings of their Piedmontese beef. Meghan Holmes of Equal Exchange helped out with a variety of fair-trade nuts and dried fruits, and it could all be washed down with a delicious cup-of-Joe from Tim Gardner’s St. Lawrence Valley Coffee Roasters/Jernabi Coffee House.
The vendors’ goods were showcased in front of beautiful photographs of their gardens and animals. It was a unique opportunity to meet the people who are working so hard to provide us with healthy, humane, sustainable food practices.
More could be learned about healthy living by chatting with representatives from Garden Share, the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, Hands on Health Holistic Healing, and Local Living Venture.
Children were happily occupied with art and science projects provided by the North Country Children’s Museum, Cheryl Mirer of the Norwood Public Library, and science teacher Steve Manders. Mary Egan was kept busy, as usual, at her face-painting table.
And it all happened to joyous background music provided by Animal Crackers, Church & State, and Minor Swing.
Special thanks to our friends at the Christian Science Church, who generously shared their lawn space with the co-op for this special occasion, and to everyone who participated in the celebration.
The Potsdam Food Co-op is proud and happy to have served the community for forty years and looks forward to continuing its tradition of providing a cooperative grocery where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone is welcome to join.