Spending the Day at Mill #5

Mill5_outreachMVFC enjoyed a great Spring day as we met many new people while tabling at The Farm Market at Mill #5 in Lowell this past Sunday. This great indoor market draws people from all around the Merrimack Valley area with quality local food and products.

Two of our most recent members helped out for the entire event showing their co-op spirit, even helping to bring back the corn!

To all the people we spoke with during the day, thank you for stopping by and supporting our start-up project. Feel free to reach out with any questions or to send in your membership…

Great work Alyssa, Dan, Luis, Laura and Suzanne. Many volunteers make is easy and fun. Looking forward to meeting more people at the next outreach.


Spark Plug Idea at Possible Dreams

fullsizeoutput_90We attended the annual Team Haverhill event again this year and were excited about the opportunity to be a “spark plug”. Never thought we’d be using car metaphors on this website, but the event was themed around getting what we need to build a complete and fully functioning “vehicle”. And what do we want? Yes, a fully functioning member owned food co-op!

So, we pitched our “spark” and were able to invite people over to our area to learn more. We had a good talk about food co-ops with some new Haverhill residents. The project will take a few more years, but we have our new Vision in place to give us a clear goal.

Thank you, Team Haverhill and Possible Dreams for the opportunity. MVFC knows that this IS a Possible Dream to one day have a beautiful and welcoming member owned market to support local farmers and grow our local economy.

Our Clear Vision, Mission & Core Values

co-ops commitDid you realize how much co-ops can influence the well being of a community? Celebrate the successes of last year and develop our strategy to make our co-op grow in 2019. Be part of something that will make our community better. Join the conversation on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 3-5pm.

MVFC Co-op members voted on Vision, Mission and Core Values statements last Fall that we will use to move our co-op plans forward this year. Here is our common direction:

Vision:  A member-owned cooperative grocery store in the Greater Haverhill area

Mission:  To provide year-round access to locally sourced food for the Merrimack Valley community

Core Values: 

  • A cooperative grocery store supported by member owners
  • Provide the Merrimack Valley area a welcoming place offering healthy food education
  • Ensure a year round market for local farmers
  • Help build a stronger economy
  • Improve the well-being of our community

Mark you calendar and be part of the change on Sunday April 14, 2019 from 3-5pm. Please RSVP for directions and details: suzanne@mvfood.coop

Get Inspired about Food with MVFC

statistics of the positive impact of co-ops from www.strongertogether.coopDo you eat the food you want? Do you eat food that is good for you and your family? Do you know where your food comes from? Does everyone get that chance?

Join the conversation with MVFC this Saturday, October 20 from 4 – 6pm. We will be showing a couple of short films and talking about how food access and food justice effects all of us.

We are celebrating our 4th Annual Meeting with a movie event open to the public. Anyone who cares about food is welcome. Suggested donation of $5 to cover costs.

RSVP Here. We look forward to talking food with you.

HC Media Studio 101 is located in the new Harbor Place building 2 Merrimack St Haverhill, MA. Parking is available across the street in the Goecke Parking deck. Here is a handy map to help you get there.

Last One before Summer: Savor Series

Templeton Family 2Templeton Family Organics own Christine Templeton will join us for the final Savor Series before we take a Summer break. She is taking time off the farm to share with us the importance of local farms for a community. You will want to hear her story and learn all about their pasture raised, non-GMO pigs, turkey and chicken.

They run the historic Kennedy Hill Farm up in Goffstown, NH and sell to other area food co-ops and on their farm. They have created some interesting ways to engage the community and we will enjoy a great discussion and samples of their amazing chicken.

Please don’t keep us waiting, RSVP early so we have enough to share.

Sunday, June 24  4 – 6 pm hosted again at Moderno Appliance & Furniture

You can see in the link above that the store is around back at Stadium Plaza, just off Rt. 495 exit 42B in Lawrence, MA. Mark you calendar today!


Savor Series: Celeste Oliva Talks Olive Oil

Celeste Oliva logo with tree

Searching for just the right olive oil for your next meal? We continue our exploration of food as the olive oil experts from Celeste Oliva join us for the next Savor Series on Sunday, May 20 from 4-6pm. Owner Charla Mayotte will be with us to sample their delicious extra virgin olive oils and share tips and comparison of the Celeste Oliva products versus typical market brands.

We look forward to a fun and educational afternoon while we talk olive oil. Join us as Moderno Appliance & Furniture once again hosts MVFC for this tasty afternoon. Follow the signs and drive around to the back of the Plaza.

Community Meeting: Let’s Work Together

Merrimack Valley Food Co-op is looking forward to a good community discussion to share ideas about how the future member owned grocery store can benefit our community as a place to connect and engage with our neighbors, help our local economy with new jobs and educate the public about sustainable options and good environmental choices.

If you haven’t seen this infogrstatistics of the positive impact of co-ops from www.strongertogether.coopaphic to the right, this a quick summary of how co-ops benefit their community. Join us to learn more and talk about what you want for our city.

Join us at the May 20th Savor Series with Celeste Oliva 4-6pm or for our next Community Meeting just after the talk on Sunday, June 24 at 6pm. Be part of a positive change in Haverhill.

RSVP here to let us know that you want to be part of the conversation:


Savor Series: Under Utilized Fish Species

NH Seafood logoMVFC was inspired by our success with last October’s “Savor Haverhill” and have created the “Savor Series”. We are collaborating with local food experts and producers for a close up look at a specific food or industry in an effort to celebrate local business and stimulate interest in the creation of a locally based cooperative grocery store.

Savor Series kicks off Sunday, March 18 from 4-6pm with NH Community Seafood’s General Manager, Andrea Tomlinson presenting the topic “Under Utilized Fish” and sharing what we are all missing from these plentiful, local fish species.

Join us for an interesting discussion hosted at the retail location of Moderno Appliance & Furniture 160 Winthrop Ave, rear in Stadium Plaza Lawrence, MA 01843. Admission will be $5 per person to cover costs. That is just off Rte 495, Exit 42B and around back in the Stadium Plaza. Plenty of parking!

Please RSVP so we can plan ahead. Be part of the Savor Series March 18th with the co-op!


Savor Haverhill: Celebrate the Culture of Food

historic barn

Beautiful Fall day at the Savor Haverhill

An amazing collection of food experts were able to join us at the Savor Haverhill this year. Everyone who attended was able to meet and learn a little more about our food systems from bee keeping and composting to cheese production and apple cider.

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day on Janice’s historic farm as the setting for this special event. Board members gave farm tours and guided our guests from event to event during the afternoon.

After the official Annual Meeting wrap up of the successes and lessons of the past year, Bill Hamilton started things off with a discussion of the art and science of beekeeping. He had an enthusiastic audience ready to learn about this important piece of our ecosystem.

The giant burrito that Chef Paul from Stuft created brought the crowd over to the Tasting Corner for the first food demo. It was amazing how he wrapped so many tasty flavors into a giant burrito with both chicken and vegetarian options. Yum!

Sebastian from Roots Compost helped us keep green by showing people how we could compost at our event. We used compostable plates, napkins and sporks and Sebastian brought compost bins for the event, and also shared great information about the process of making compost.

Jim Parker came over from Willow Spring Vineyard to talk about their new rhubarb wine project. Unfortunately, no drinking was involved since the wine won’t be prepared until next year. The rhubarb is growing strong just in front of the barn and we thought it would be fun to learn why there was a huge rhubarb patch on the hillside.

Time for another food demo and back into the barn we went to see how hummus is made with the new project started this Summer at L’Arche. We got to sample a delicious sweet potato and rosemary version.

Food samples were just getting started since the aromas of Bintu’s African Samosas got our mouths watering as she taught us the steps to make them while the samples fried up nice and golden.

To cap off the learning, our own Laura stepped in to talk about the selection of local cheese donated by Mill City Cheese Mongers. Such a range of flavor, style and technique was a delicious experience.

We cannot forget the delicious cider made by participants with an old-fashioned cider press under the supervision of Hal Hutchins and his wife with apples from Fay’s Orchard and Farmer Daves. That was welcome refreshment during the afternoon. We also learned some basketweaving techniques as our experts showed their skills.

MVFC wants to express our gratitude to all those who participated in the planning, demonstrating and eating! We also want to thank Haverhill Bank and the Haverhill Cultural Council for their sponsorship support. Also a big “Thank You” to Janice Anton for allowing us to celebrate in such a beautiful, historic setting.

Almost time for Savor Haverhill

Haverhill farm on sunny Fall day

In just a few more days, the Merrimack Valley Food Co-op will be at this historic property to celebrate the 3rd Annual Meeting and debut the “Savor Haverhill: Celebrating the Culture of Food”. On Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1-5pm, talented people from around the food culture will demonstrate their specialties. These range from brewing the perfect cup of coffee, to selecting locally made cheese and adding local flavor to the perfect burrito.

This is the first year for this unique family friendly event and a chance for everyone to learn something new about food and the benefits of having a member-owned food co-op in our community.

Special guided tours around this 1700s Haverhill farm will take place through the afternoon where you can see the collaboration with Willow Spring Vineyards and their amazing rhubarb patch. Kids can make their own “apple stamp” prints and there will be plenty of spots for the perfect “selfie” – remember to tag us with #mvfoodcoop and much more fun!

Tickets are limited, so get yours today for the Savor Haverhill. You can see all that is happening on the official Savor Haverhill 2017 Flyer.

Merrimack Valley Food Co-op is sponsoring this event with generous help from Haverhill Bank and the Haverhill Cultural Council. We thank them for their support.