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Wildlife in Hibernation  


Our beloved wildlife sighting chart has been in hibernation since early January. We expect it to emerge once renovations are complete. In the meantime, we have more than ten years of sightings recorded on large charts that might be suitable for study and preservation. A school research project? A digital photo archive? Transcription? If you'd like to volunteer to help preserve some of our Creamery history, please send a note to and let us know your idea. Thank you!




Cheese of the Week!

This weekend's sampling cheese is Kinsman Ridge, a new cheese from Landaff Creamery in New kinsman ridge cheese Hampshire and the team of Doug and Deb Erb and the affineurs at Jasper Hill Cellars in Vermont. It's made from raw cow's milk right on the Erbs' farm, but with more moisture in the paste and a slightly sticky younger profile than their original cheese. Kinsman Ridge brings to mind French tommes such as St. Nectaire. The cycle of care at Jasper Cellars begins with a brine wash to cultivate a tacky orange base layer. Once developed, the cheese picks up ambient yeasts and molds from the cave environment. The result is a silky, creamy, and supple interior within a thin rind. The flavor is milky and relatively mild with a fantastic mouth feel.


So come in this Saturday and have taste. Remember, we'll take 10% off the regular price all day! Hope to see you this weekend!



Earth Day GMO Awareness Rally!

Join Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs and concerned citizens for a rally at Park Square in Pittsfield on Monday, April 22, between noon and 6 p.m. Learn how GMO foods entered the food supply without our knowledge or consent and why they are not regulated, human safety tested, or labeled. Come and find out how you can reduce or eliminate GMOs from your family's diet. Bring signs depicting your concerns or demands or bring materials to make a sign at the rally. Stay for an hour or the whole time. Come join us.


Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs is a statewide network of safe-food advocates working together and with our state legislators to reach a critical mass of awareness and support for legislation mandating adequate labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods in Massachusetts.

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The End of Bees, the End of Food, the End of Humanity?


From last Friday's New York Times:


"BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation's fruits and vegetables.


"A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment, colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005. But beekeepers and some researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, incorporated into the plants themselves, could be an important factor."


Read the entire (disturbing) article by clicking here.



Free Environmental Films This Sunday

The Old Creamery's Community Calendar is your place to post, and check for, happenings in the Hilltowns. The Community Calendar can be found on the Old Creamery's website under "News & Events." You can click on any event in the calendar to pop up an expanded information box. For instance, click here to see the listing for the annual Project Native Film Festival this Sunday in Great Barrington. The environmental films are free of charge, but seats usually "sell out" quickly.  


Stay in Touch! We Love to Hear from You!

For questions about Co-op membership, product requests, or suggestions or other feedback, please send a note to We'll make sure your note is sent to the appropriate person and that you get a prompt response.


If you'd like to contact the Co-op's Board of Directors, simply send your email to Emails sent to this address are received only by the board.


To reach Karen Doherty, the Co-op's general manager, send an email to Emails sent to this address are received only by Karen.


If you're thinking of becoming a valued volunteer of the Co-op, you can reach Shirley Todd, volunteer coordinator, at There are many opportunities for volunteers. Emails sent to this address go directly to Shirley.


Help us spread the word! Consider encouraging your friends to sign on to receive the Creamery's weekly email newsletter. Better yet, encourage them to become member-owners of the Co-op. You can forward this email to your friends and relatives (for best results, use the "Forward email" link in the white space at the bottom of this page). Rest assured, we won't clog their inboxes and we will respect their privacy. We will not disclose your or their email addresses to anyone else. You can unsubscribe at any time. Thank you for your interest, commitment, and support.  

Many items are on sale every week at the Creamery. Look for the brightly colored shelf tags. These items are 15%-45% off regular prices. We work hard to find bargains on many different items, including staple groceries, treats like chocolate, juices, refrigerated items, personal care products, and supplements. The shelf tags indicate when the sale price expires. Some sale items are one-time opportunities that remain on sale until sold out. Many are purchasing opportunities that can be replenished over several weeks at great prices. Enjoy the savings!

Your continued patronage supports the ongoing success of our community-owned, values-based cooperative. Thank you for supporting the Old Creamery Co-op as a member-owner, as a shopper, as a friend. We value every contribution to the success of the Old Creamery Co-op.



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