November 20, 2014

Dean Cycon at Williams College

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 pmat Williams College, Griffin Hall, Room 3. Join Williams alum Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee, on a rollicking tour of the coffee lands of Asia, Africa and the Americas – and a look at how Dean has used his business to achieve meaningful social, ecological and economic change in these regions.

Dean created Dean’s Beans in 1993 to prove that businesses can promote positive economic, social and environmental change at the source, and be profitable at the same time. The company takes a people-centered approach to the development projects it funds, designing and implementing projects in partnership with the coffee growers, and working only on projects that meet real needs and that can be sustained by the community they are designed to serve.

All are welcome to join us for Dean’s talk, which will last approximately one hour (including q&a). Dean’s Beans’ coffee and refreshments from Williams Dining Services will be served.
Start: November 20, 2014 7:30 pm
End: November 20, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: Social Enterprise as a Vehicle for Meaningful Change in the Coffeelands
Griffin Hall, Room 3, Williams College, Williamstown

November 16, 2014

Deadline to Order Thanksgiving Turkeys

Sunday, November 16, is the deadline to order your Thanksgiving turkey. Turkey pickup is Tuesday, November 24 after 11 am through Wednesday, November 26, until 8 pm (close).

For information on our turkey options this year and on how to place your order, visit this page.

Start: November 16, 2014 8:00 am
End: November 16, 2014 8:00 pm

November 14, 2014

Holiday Open House

Friday, November 14, 5-7 pm. Happy Holidays from Wild Oats Market! Join us for some holiday cheer at our annual Holiday Open House. Sample holiday fare from healthy dishes featuring local veggies to decadent desserts. Local cheeses, our house sausage, wine & beer tasting, Thanksgiving side dishes and bakery desserts, and a roast turkey – try them all at our Open House.

Start: November 14, 2014 5:00 pm
End: November 14, 2014 7:00 pm

October 27, 2014

Annual Member-Owner Meeting

Monday, October 27, 7-9 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park Street in Williamstown. Open to all Wild Oats members. Business meeting, election of new board members, special guest speaker is Roger Noonan, an organic farmer and president of the New England Farmers’ Union. The meeting will begin with time to socialize and enjoy delicious food and drink provided by Wild Oats Market, including local cheeses and heirloom apples, dessert pastries from our bakery, and a wine and beer tasting (non-alcoholic hot and cold beverages will also be available.)

Start: October 27, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 27, 2014 9:00 pm

October 25, 2014

Howard Bowers Day

Wild Oats Market has designated Saturday, October 24 as Howard Bowers Day, and will donate 1% of its sales from that day to the Howard K. Bowers Fund of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). Grants from the Bowers Fund help provide training and development for staff, managers and board members of food cooperatives across theU.S.

The Howard Bowers Fund for Consumer Cooperatives was established in 1993 by the Hyde Park Cooperative Society to recognize the commitment and achievements of its general manager, Howard Bowers, who dedicated his life to the consumer cooperative movement.

The Fund’s purposes are:

  1. To promote and develop consumer-owned food cooperatives and consumer cooperative education in the United States
  2. To encourage and train people to pursue careers in the management of consumer-owned food cooperatives
  3. To provide education programs for staff, board, and managers of consumer cooperatives

The Fund makes grants to food cooperatives, groups organizing food cooperatives, and organizations and events that support the food cooperative sector.  Grants are made from contributions and investment income. Money is raised through events at CCMA, the annual Howard Bowers Day in October (Co-op Month), and other contributions from individuals and food cooperatives.

Start: October 25, 2014 8:00 am
End: October 25, 2014 8:00 pm

September 27, 2014

Innis & Gunn Beer Tasting

Innis & Gunn, a Scottish beer, was originally developed as a way of flavoring the barrels used by distiller William Grant for its ale cask reserve whisky. The original plan was for the beer to be discarded after it had flavored the barrel,

Then, some inquisitive souls at the distillery sampled the beer after its time in casks, and found that the beer had been transformed by the oak into an unusually refined brew.

The brewers describe Innis & Gunn Original as a “smooth Scottish beer with hints of toffee, vanilla and oak.” Come try for yourself – we will be hosting an Innis & Gunn Tasting on September 27 from 4-6 pm. A beer with the depth to take you through the dark months.

Start: September 27, 2014 4:00 pm
End: September 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Sheep at Sheep Hill

Saturday, September 27, 3 pm – the day begins with a pasture walk and sheep management tour at Sheep Hill, with local livestock farmer Morgan Hartman. The pasture walk will be followed by a fiber spinning & weaving demonstration at 4.

Stay for the evening to enjoy a delightful lamb dinner using seasonal ingredients, prepared by Wild Oats Chef Greg Roach using meat from Morgan’s herd. Dinner takes place at 5 pm, and will be followed by a presentation on biodiversity and ecosystem functionality at 6:30 pm, given by SUNY/Albany Professor Gary Kleppel, Ph.D. Dr. Kleppel will focus on the role of sheep in land management, using the Sheep Hill property as an example.

Pasture walk and presentations are free and open to all. Dinner (a full course meal including dessert and non-alcoholic beverage) is $25 per person, payable at the event. Beginning September 13, you will be able to purchase tickets for the meal at Wild Oats Market Customer Service.

To help us plan appropriately, please register for the dinner in advance. Download dinner registration form here. Greg’s menu to come shortly!

Start: September 27, 2014 3:00 pm
End: September 27, 2014 7:30 pm
Venue: Sheep at Sheep Hill
Phone: 413-458-2494
671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA, United States

September 5, 2014

How to Kick the Sugar Blues

On September 5, at 1:30 pm join Leanne Yinger, M.Ed., a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach, for her presentation How to Kick the Sugar Blues. Learn how to gain control over your sugar cravings and reduce the sugar in your diet, with better health and well-being as a result. A healthy snack (we will use one of Leanne’s recipes) will be available following the presentation, that will exemplify healthy options that can satisfy your sweet tooth. Cost: $5, which can be applied toward Leanne’s 10-day sugar cleanse beginning September 6.

Start: September 5, 2014 1:30 pm
End: September 5, 2014 2:30 pm

August 22, 2014

Last Days of Summer Clambake

Join us for our lively end-of-summer bash – a clambake with our chef Greg Roach at the helm and the Hale Mountain Pickers providing rousing entertainment. All are welcome, and we will have details on the menu to follow. Just wanted you to be sure to get this one on your calendar!

Start: August 22, 2014 5:00 pm
End: August 22, 2014 7:00 pm

August 7, 2014

Nordic Naturals Demo

Thursday, August 7, 2-5 pm. We welcome Nordic Naturals, makers of safe and effective Omega oils.

Nordic Naturals is a leading supplier of fish oils worldwide, offering a wide variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms to meet personalized nutritional needs. Stop by on August 7 to meet Nordic rep Linda Demaio, ask about this innovative brand, and take home samples to try.

With a reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils are regularly chosen for studies by independent research institutions and universities including Harvard, Columbia, Duke, UCLA, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Distributing to over 30 countries on 6 continents, Nordic Naturals offers more than 150 products.

Start: August 7, 2014 2:00 pm
End: August 7, 2014 5:00 pm