News & Events
The Valley Co-op supplier list has now expanded to 36 different farms and businesses and a few more will be signing on soon. Ever since we started doing business, only a handful of folks have been handling the coordination of ALL these suppliers. The Leadership of Valley Co-op has decided that with the ease of our new online system and the growing workload it is now time to shift to another model of team management of suppliers.
This means that each supplier will be matched to a team of Valley Coop volunteers who will facilitate all aspects of getting that supplier’s products sold through the Co-op.
Many of our suppliers are independent, doing their own VCShop input and only need a team of 2 people to act as contacts; calls to those would be minimal.
Suppliers with more diverse needs will require larger teams to spread out the responsibilities of ordering, entering and managing products in VCShop, checking inventory, and coordinating deliveries. Susan Simonson and Jen Keller will train volunteers to use VCShop, and provide technical assistance.
Teams for larger suppliers (e.g. Frankferd Farm, Trickling Springs, Frontier) may hold their own meetings, communicate and coordinate by email, or do whatever works best for the team to ensure that products are ordered and delivered. The team will not necessarily be responsible for dividing bulk orders, as that can be handled by other volunteers. One or two people will need to identify themselves as their team’s main contact.
The table below describes our assessment of the needs of individual suppliers. Find your favorite supplier to see how you can support our carrying their products.
Please consider signing on a supplier team. Teamwork and responsibilities start today! Many members are needed. You may sign on for more than one team; some suppliers require little to no effort. If you would like to know more about what it takes work on a specific supplier team, or to sign up, feel free to contact Susan Simonson (firstname.lastname@example.org 301/745-6284) or Jen Keller (email@example.com).
If enough people do not sign up to volunteer, we will begin calling members to solicit help. Working from home on a supplier team from home, online or otherwise, counts towards volunteer hours.
Valley Co-op Supplier Teams/Contacts
|Supplier Teams||Responsibilites||Suggested minimum # of team members||Current Team Members|
|A Little of Everything||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1||Jessica Renner|
|Black Hill Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2|
|Blue Faerie Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Susan S/Jen K|
|Blue Mountain Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Carol Niedzalek|
|Burkholder’s Baked Goods||
|Cedar Ridge Soaps||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Rachael Rinebolt|
|Cookie & Crumb Bake Shoppe||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Sandy Shields|
|Cool Brook Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2|
||4||Dave Hadley – ordering
|F&D Apiaries||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2|
||8+||Stephanie Kline – orderingDreama Brown
|Friedman Family Fisheries||
|Frog Eye Blueberry Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls; Seasonal||1-2||Jennifer Mills|
|Frontier Natural Co-op||
Jessica Renner (?)
|Good Gracious Gardens, at Dunrovin Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Lena R
|Grandma Whimsy’s Cupboard||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2|
|Green Bamboo||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Lena R|
|Harmony Gardens||Contact only; periodic updates and calls; seasonal||1-2||Susan S|
|Legacy Manor||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Susan S\Kathy Powderly|
|Litton’s Produce & Berries||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2|
|Mulberry Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2|
|Odonata candles, LLC||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Susan S/Jen K|
|Palmyra Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Traci Garland|
|S&S Maple Syrup||
|Slice of Heaven||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2|
|Small Valley Milling||
|South Mtn Coffee Roasters||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Cliff Lane|
|Spirit of the Lotus Tea Company, LLC||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Susan S/Jen K|
|Spriggs Delight Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Carol Niedzalek|
|Trickling Springs Creamery||
|Waltz Family Farm||Contact only; periodic updates and calls||1-2||Cliff L|
|Windmill Meadows Farm||
- What’s New for Order #84
- My Juicing Journey
- We Bought A Farm…a Blueberry Farm! Get to Know a Supplier: Frog Eye Farm
- New July Order Schedule
- Spreading out & Moving across the hall….
- SPEAKER: Becoming Bay-Wise: Creating Healthy, Sustainable Gardens
- Using Berries for Skin Care
- Get to Know: Product – Green Food Feast from Wilderness Family Naturals!
- Addtional Supplier Services
- Breakfast & Brunch
- Co-op Business & Development
- Community Involvement
- Food News
- Get to Know…
- Homemade Cleaners
- How To's
- Meet a Supplier
- Monthly News Article
- Online Ordering
- Order Info/Archive
- Personal care
- Recipe Roundup
- Recycling Tips & Hints
- Your Food
Valley Co-op Stats
as of 2/25/12
Feb (9), Jan (4), Dec (9), Nov (5)
Number of Volunteers: 51
Number of members making purchases:
Data coming soon.