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What a Difference a Week Makes!


As you saw in last week's email, the shed on the Creamery's east side was leveled to the ground. As of yesterday, it is completely rebuilt, with a new concrete floor, new walls, new roof, and more. Inside the store on Wednesday evening this week, volunteers moved several existing sections of shelving, and the herbs and spices are now near the new bulk section. We also installed our second set of new front-to-back shelving. If you get lost in our temporary maze, just holler for a staff member to guide you back to daylight or to help you find what you might be looking for. Thank you for you patience and your business.



Cheese of the Week!

Just the name of this weekend's sampling cheese drips with richness and sets the mouth to waterin': Champlain Organic Triple Cream. This cow's milk delight comes from Champlain Valley Creamery in Vergennes, Vermont.


Triple Stack With a graduate degree in food science and a background in wine making, cheese-maker Carleton Yoder moved to Vermont in the late 1990s to make hard apple cider. Today he finds himself in Vergennes producing cheese with traditional recipes and methods. The texture of his Organic Triple Cream is a beautiful, soft, ripened triple crème cheese with a bloomy white rind. Produced from cultured organic whole milk and cream, Champlain Triple is hand ladled into traditional crottin molds and aged approximately ten days. It has a rich, creamy interior flavor that is offset by a delicious earthy rind with hints of mushroom. Champlain Triple is a must-have for any cheese plate.


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


Candy Is Dandy?

WebMD featured a Marie Claire magazine article this week entitled "Your Brain on Sugar." Here's an excerpt:


"Is sugar worse for you than, say, cocaine? According to a 2012 article in the journal Nature, it's a toxic substance that should be regulated like tobacco and alcohol. Researchers point to studies that show that too much sugar (both in the form of natural sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup) not only makes us fat, it also wreaks havoc on our liver, mucks up our metabolism, impairs brain function, and may leave us susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, even cancer. So far, no federal action has been taken (advocates blame industry lobbyists), and experts say simply raising awareness isn't enough, especially when 80 percent of our food choices contain sugar. 'It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion,' says coauthor Laura Schmidt, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco."


Want to read more? Click here.



'Stunning' Differences Between GM and Non-GM Corn March Against Monsanto

"Buenos tarde, señora, señor. May we interest you in an extra helping of glyphosate and formaldehyde with your corn chips and salsa this evening?" Well, that's what you may be getting if the corn used to make those chips was genetically modified (GM), according to a study presented by Institute of Science in Society. In non-GM corn grown side-by-side with the GM corn, none of these toxic substances was found. To delve deeper, click here.


And speaking of those who push genetically modified foods onto our plates, on Saturday, May 25, people around the world will united to "March Against Monsanto." This industry giant "controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide" and most likely "contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs," according to the event's website. One such gathering of marchers will take place at Park Square in downtown Pittsfield from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; if you're a Facebook user, click here for more info.



The Botanical Woolf 

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 "Virginia Woolf: A Botanical Perspective," a talk at the Worthington Historical Society Friday evening.  


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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.


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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!

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Cummington, Massachusetts 01026