October 27, 2014
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.)
October 25, 2014
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:
- To promote and develop consumer-owned food cooperatives and consumer cooperative education in the United States
- To encourage and train people to pursue careers in the management of consumer-owned food cooperatives
- 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.
September 27, 2014
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.
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!
September 5, 2014
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.
August 22, 2014
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!
August 7, 2014
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.
August 1, 2014
Our next Member-Owner Appreciation Day is Friday, August 1! We are busy planning our supplier tastings for that day, although we know that Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream from Greenfield, Mass. will be here! And we are hoping for perfect ice cream weather.
We will also have in-store tastings throughout the day. And our member-owners save 5% on most purchases store-wide on Member-Owner Appreciation Days. (Purchases for beer & wine, special orders, consignment items and gift cards are not discounted).
Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you at Member Day in August!
July 25, 2014
Friday, July 25, 3-6 pm – stop in get glamorous with a taste of Veuve du Vernay Brut and Brut Rose.
Friday, July 25, 12-3 pm – Tierra Tasting! For many years Tierra Farm, a certified organic supplier, has provided Wild Oats with a variety of the organic raw and locally roasted nuts, chocolate covered nuts, trail mixes and Fair Trade coffees. Whether you have been enjoying their products for years or are new to Tierra, you will want to join us for a taste of the delicious products offered by this Valatie, NY-based business.