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Producer of the Month: Vermont Gelato PDF Print E-mail

by Sabine Rhyne
July 2014

He’s been making gelato since 2008, but Peter Solley still feels his heart leap when he sees a pint of Vermont Gelato in a fellow customer’s shopping basket at the store. The feeling is similar to the one he had in his early days as a session musician and producer when he heard a tune he produced on the radio.

It’s a classic Vermont story: a couple decides to move to Vermont for an idyllic life with a small business, and before you know it, the second career takes on a life of its own, and off they go. Peter and Susan started the Newfane Café & Creamery with partners back in 2008, and Peter began to “play around at home” to make gelato for the retail store. One thing led to another and they left the café about a year later, but the gelato had begun to take off. Peter went to “gelato school” in New York for formal training, but he found his instincts and experience gave him the best foundation. He discovered a space opening up in the Cotton Mill, and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) assisted his company with a few months rent-free while he purchased and installed larger equipment (including a Kickstarter project for a pasteurizer). The Vermont Gelato Company was off and running hard. “Our sales are up 250% from last year,” Peter says. He still makes all of the gelatos, though his wife and one part-time employee assist him with labeling and pasteurizing. This growth is now pushing him to think about distribution, as his deliveries can only extend to western Massachusetts, western New Hampshire, and Vermont. “I’m not actively selling anything,” he explains. “People just call or email, having tasted our gelato here or there, and then we are in a new retail or restaurant.” With distribution, more gelato and more employees will almost certainly be needed, so this new frontier is being carefully strategized.

Threshold: Year Three PDF Print E-mail

Alex Gyori,
General Manager
July 2014

In July, the Brattleboro Food Co-op will head resolutely into Year Three in the new facility! It marks a pivotal year in which gradual, consistent growth will settle the Co-op firmly back into its accustomed financial strength—those of you who have been following the Redevelopment Project are familiar with the challenges that BFC has faced. In this month’s article you will learn how we plan to reach our goal, and how you can help us get there.

Bag A Bean For Brattleboro! PDF Print E-mail

BFC Shareholder Carmen Berelson was traveling in California some time ago, and she visited a store that was doing something interesting: for every bag a shopper brought in to save the use of a paper bag at the checkout counter, they received a token that they contributed to a jar assigned to a local non-profit. 
She brought the idea back to Alex and others, thinking this would be a great thing for the Brattleboro Co-op to adopt. This idea has indeed been applied in some of our sister cooperatives across the country, and it allows you as an 
individual to contribute your nickel to a community organization that needs it. The thing is that your nickel aggregates with all the other shoppers' nickels to make a potentially significant contribution to that non-profit's coffers from our 

Support Your Right to Know PDF Print E-mail

July 2014

On June 12,  the Grocery Manufacturers Association and their allies filed a lawsuit to stop Vermont from being the first state in the nation to require labels on GMO foods. This news is upsetting, but not unexpected, and as of this writing the State and members of the Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition are working to mount a strong defense of the law. Vermont has written a strong and constitutional law, and with your help we can make sure we see labels on GMO foods.

How can you help? Stay informed by visiting for news and events. Visit and can make a donation in any amount to the Food Fight Fund to support your right to know! The Vermont Food Fight Fund was established by the Vermont Legislature in April 2014 as a special fund to support the State's implementation and administration of its first-in-the-nation clear Genetically Engineered food labeling law, including in litigation anticipated to be filed against it. Donations to the Food Fight Fund will help Vermont implement and administer its new law. Together we can win!

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