The Vine Newsletter

December 2014/January 2015 Features
SusatinableFoodandFarmConference
January 9 through 11, 2015 – READ MORE

JSM AvocadosBriarPatch supports strawberry and avocado grower
The BriarPatch Board of Directors recently approved the guarantee of part of a California FarmLink loan to JSM Organics, which has been bringing organic strawberries “farm direct” to BriarPatch for two years. Read more

Cia Bring on 2015 — the local and regional
produce buying plan is ready!

Local tomatoes are out and regional citrus is in. This is the sign of winter at BriarPatch. While our summer crops may now be gone, they are never forgotten. Read more 

Charles-and-Crystal-Local-Wine_mainBriarPatch’s holiday gift secret:
excellent wines, excellent prices
Time for parties, family gatherings, and gifts for the special people in our lives. For those who enjoy good wine and beer, this time of year is full of great choices. Read more

Slim_forMainPowerful winter defenses — beating the bugs, naturally
Benjamin Franklin really nailed the ideal strategy for avoiding disease when he said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We are now well into that time of year when colds and flu have declared open season on us… Read more

Cooking ClassesClick here to read our cooking class descriptions, see the schedule for upcoming classes, and reserve your space!

Click here to download the Cooking Class Section in the December/January Vine (PDF 1.3MB)

TastingMainChefs and students cook up local produce for tastings
A grand total of twenty-five local chefs volunteered their time in Nevada County schools for “Tasting Week,” November 3 through 7. These experienced chefs tickled children’s natural curiosity to expand their experience of different foods and flavors, with a focus on fresh, locally grown food. Read more

Chris Maher, General Manager2014 a year of great strides in our education programs
by Chris Maher, General Manager
It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to a close — another fantastic year for BriarPatch. Apart from our outstanding growth in sales, customers, and new owners, 2014 has been notable for our work in other key areas of our business. Read more

Dinner_OwnerMeeting_MainCo-op owners find joie de vivre at annual meeting
BriarPatch’s “Joie de Vivre” annual Owner Meeting, held October 2 at the Miners Foundry, was a smashing success. A delicious French country meal prepared in our own Co-op kitchen was enjoyed by 500 attendees, who were served in both the main Osborn/Woods Hall and the Stone Hall. Read more

alan1_200Serving on the BriarPatch Board of Directors — here’s what it takes to govern our cooperative store
from Alan Weisberg, President
This column is my annual pitch to Co-op owners to consider running for the BriarPatch Board. I think it’s fair to say that our Board has done much in the past five or six years to improve its governance procedures in order to be ever more responsive to the interests of BriarPatch owners and the well-being of the store. Applications are available at the Customer Service Window and are due by February 15 for the May, 2015 election. Read more