An essential part of the vision for the Amherst Food Co-op is that the future store will be a ‘SNAP-friendly’ place. People who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as Food Stamps) will know as soon as they walk through the doors that they are welcome and that we anticipated their need for affordable, healthy food options on any budget.
As a recently retired nutritionist, I wanted to find a way to give back to a community that has blessed me so very much over the years. When I read about the Amherst Food Co-op coming soon, I quickly became a member and volunteer. As a result, I have met many wonderful people, hosted two parties at my home, and recruited new members to join as well. I feel passionate about Amherst having it's own Co-op - after all, Leverett, Greenfield, and Northampton have had Co-ops for years, and Easthampton will soon have one. We only have two grocery stores in Amherst, so we are ripe for a Co-op!
Greetings, dear reader! Elly Vaughan here, owner of Phoenix Fruit Farm. I’m in my office/living room, looking out the window at the dreary rains coming down in the orchard. I have saved up a number of administrative tasks for this weather, and one of them is to share something of my journey as a farm owner through writing — truly, to share something of myself with you.
Members and Supporters and Everyone in Between, I hope everyone has had a great April! Personally, this is my favorite month of the year (for a lot of reasons, not just because it’s my birthday month, although obviously because of that, too). April is our first full month of spring. Potential hangs in the air. We all emerge from our winter slumbers and shake off the cold - it’s a time for rebirth, for shedding the weight of the snow and heavy sweaters and getting ready for what’s next.