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We buy local and regional produce whenever possible, but did you know our entire produce department is 100% organic?
Many of our beautiful vegetables come from certified organic local farms such as the Vegetable Ranch, Kearsarge Gore Farm, Good Earth Farm, and Shaker Organic Gardens, all just a short jaunt from the Co-op. Strawberries come from Earthbound Farm when in season and organic greens come from Generation Farm in Concord. Brookford Farm in Canterbury supplies vegetables as well as numerous dairy products. We also enjoy herbs, fruit, and vegetables from our neighbors at Black River Produce and Long Wind Farms in Vermont. We also carry specialty items such as Micro Mama’s local and organic fermented vegetables made in Weare.
Our sister store in New London offers seasonal local produce from Muster Field Farm in Sutton, and from other local vendors whenever possible. The selection varies from season to season but we are happy to support our local farmers and provide quality produce to our local community.
These are just a few of our many local and regional growers. Our produce department is one of our crowning glories. Want to know more about our farmers? Click here for an inside look. Not sure how to store your fresh produce once you get it home? Click here for a handy guide on storing fresh produce to reduce waste.
2017 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, Spinach, Nectarines, Apples, Peaches, Pears, Cherries, Grapes, Celery, Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Hot Peppers
2017 Clean Fifteen: Sweet Corn, Avocados, Pineapples, Cabbage, Onions, Sweet Peas (frozen), Papayas, Asparagus, Mangos, Eggplant, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Grapefruit
Beer & Wine
Our beer selection changes seasonally, with rarities that can be difficult to find in other stores. We carry single bottles, four- and six-pack selections. Our standard brands include New England microbrews like White Birch Brewing, Big Water Brewery, Great North Aleworks, Smuttynose, Moat Mountain, Oddball Brewing, Out.Haus Ales, and Peak Organic Brewing Company. We also offer gluten-free beer and cider from Glutenberg, Green’s, and Rekorderlig.
We carry choice reds, whites, rose, sparkling, and specialty wines. Our top shelf features local vineyards and wineries including LaBelle Winery, Jewell Towne Vineyards, Hermit Woods Winery, and Coffin Cellars Winery. We also carry national, imported, and organic wines. Expand your palate with our diverse selection of honey wines, or mead, from regional companies such as Sap House Meadery and Moonlight Meadery.
We specialize in New Hampshire-made cheese including Heart Song Farm, Robie Farm, Brookford Farm, Agape Homestead Farm, Sawyer’s Artisinal Cheese, Sandwich Creamery, and Huckins Farm. And since cheese making has attained such popularity in Vermont, you’ll also find a good core of regional cheeses in our case, such as West River Creamery, Vermont Creamery, and Maplebrook Farm.
We round out our cheese selection with some of the best authentic European cheeses and unique cheeses from throughout the United States. You’ll find cheese made from goat, sheep, and cow’s milk, as well as specialty products to serve along with your cheese. If you prefer organic, you’ll find several options by Organic Valley and Neighborly Farms of Vermont. Our cheese department highlights crackers that are meant to go with cheese (not compete with it), including locally made Firehook Crackers, as well as quince paste, and Vermont Smoke and Cure sausage. Non-dairy “cheese” can be found in our dairy case.
Health & Beauty
Both of our Co-op stores offer a wide range of health and beauty products, naturally. Our staff handpicks each item that’s on our shelf to ensure good quality and serve our customers. If you are looking for a product we don’t carry, our staff will happily special order it for you.We offer a wide range of dietary supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbal and homeopathic remedies, protein powders, greens, and more. Some of our key lines include MegaFood, New Chapter, Country Life, Nordic Naturals, Garden of Life, Renew Life, Boiron, Vega, Herb Pharm, Herbal Energetics, and Gaia. We even carry hard-to-find, all-natural products for pregnancy, nursing, new mothers, and babies by brands including Motherlove Herbal Company and Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics.
Looking for personal products you can feel safe putting on your skin? We carry a full selection of natural body care, from soap to eyeliner, tampons to first aid. Our brands include Dr. Bronner’s , Acure, Derma-e, W.S. Badger, Tom’s of Maine, Alaffia, and Andalou. We also carry Do-It-Yourself supplies including carrier oils, essential oils, flower waters, beeswax, bottles, and jars.
Meat & Dairy
The Co-op’s fresh and frozen meat, poultry, and pork are among the best-selling products in the whole store! That’s because we are one of the few places customers can go to find trustworthy sources of a wide range of types and cuts of meat. All of the farms we purchase from are free-range and do not use antibiotics or added hormones.
We carry certified organic meats; however, our customers particularly enjoy our offerings from hard-to-find New England Farms including Miles Smith, Misty Knoll, Brookford Farm, and North Hollow Farm. These small- and medium-scale farms provide a more humane environment for their grass-fed livestock, and this comes through with healthier meat that is higher in omega 3s and lower in saturated fat. Our quality national organic and natural lines include Applegate Farms, Niman Ranch, Robie Farm, and Smart Chicken.
The dairy case includes a fully stocked dairy cooler with raw milk from Brookford Farm and Benedikt Dairy, organic dairy products from Organic Valley, yogurt, butter, local eggs, and a wide range of vegan alternatives.
We understand that many people don’t shop at the Co-op just because we have great, all-natural, local, and organic food. For customers with special diets, we are the only place they can meet all their grocery needs in one stop.
Our entire grocery department is coded so that you can find gluten-free products quickly and easily. We scan every product that enters the store. If the label indicates that it is gluten-free, then we use an orange sticker for the shelf price label. You’ll find an alternative to just about any gluten- or wheat-based treat!
Our Bakery and Café frequently offer items made without gluten ingredients, and you are also welcome to special order gluten-free or “flourless” goods. However, please understand that because we are a small, full-service kitchen, traces of allergens may still be present.
We are the best place in the area for animal-free groceries! We carry a wide range of vegetarian and vegan products throughout the store – from Tofurky “turkey” to the Jackfruit Company, Hodo Soy to Daiya Foods shredded “cheese,” and Coconut Bliss ice cream to an enormous array of “milks” and creamers made from coconut, soy, rice, hemp, oats, almonds…
And of course, our Café frequently features vegetarian and vegan dishes and soups on our daily hot bar, our Bakery offers vegan cookies, and we are always happy to create something for your special order.
Because allergies and food sensitivities are a major concern for natural food store shoppers, many of our brands, such as Enjoy Life, offer goods that are egg-free, nut-free, and free of other common allergens.