Flavors of the Valley Vendor List

Check out the hottest new vendors and returning favorites! Samples are listed if the vendor has provided sampling information. Vendors will also have many delicious items for sale! All the details on Flavors of the Valley can be found here.

April 7, 11 am – 3 pm at Hartford High School. Don’t forget to buy tickets in advance for the 11 am-12 pm hour- only ticketed attendees will enter during 11 am-12 pm. Tickets at the door for 12 pm-3 pm admission.

Special thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Mascoma Savings Bank, Co-op Food Stores, King Arthur FlourThe Skinny Pancake

Yankee Farm Credit, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Great Eastern Radio

Photo by Molly Drummond

Join our team as a Communications Intern this summer!

Are you looking for a summer internship in the Upper Valley? Do you know someone who is? Vital Communities is looking for an intern to assist our Communications team from May through September. The position will entail drafting content and providing support for a range of communications projects, including social media promotion, both print and digital newsletters, WordPress blog posts, an annual report, and more. Check our job description for details, and, if interested, email our Communications Manager, allison@vitalcommunities.org, with a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. We’ll review applications on a rolling basis and the job description will be posted on our Employment Page until filled.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Have You Seen Our New Logo?

Have You Seen Our New Logo?

What do you think?!

Vital Communities brings people together to cultivate civic, environmental, and economic vitality in the Upper Valley—and after 25 years, it felt like time to refresh our look to match the impact and vibrancy of our work.

Vital Communities is an innovator, willing to test new approaches and share our learning. We focus on the unique challenges and resources of rural communities, specifically the Upper Valley—our laboratory for results-based community organizing. We are cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and ready to think and work in new ways. We build networks, bridge boundaries, and catalyze positive change in the Upper Valley.

We are Vital Communities.

Logo design by Nomad Communications

Flavors of the Valley – Call for Vendors!

Vend at Flavors of the Valley!

Registration is open for the 18th annual Flavors of the Valley, the Upper Valley’s premier local food tasting expo. With 50+ vendors and more than 1000 attendees, Flavors is a valuable marketing opportunity for farms and food businesses looking to expand their sales base.

Flavors attendees come to the event because they want to support local farms and food businesses. Be part of a fun marketing event and connect to new customers and the community.

Flavors of the Valley
April 7, 2019

11 am – 3 pm
Hartford High School, Hartford, Vermont

 Register Today!

Registration deadline March 15. We cannot guarantee table choice or inclusion in promotional outreach materials after deadline.

New in 2019 – Flavors Vendor Mini-Grants!
Farms and food businesses can apply to help defray the cost of vending at Flavors. Details here.

Flavors of the Valley Vendor Information & FAQ 2019

Party Time! Annual Open House & a Concert!

Join us at The Engine Room to celebrate 25 years of Vital Communities making a positive difference in the Upper Valley! Get to know our staff, board, and other supporters while you enjoy wine and abundant refreshments from great local businesses. We’ll also honor our Volunteer of the Year and Super Quest Grand Prize winners. Plus door prizes!

Vital Communities Open House & 25th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off
PLUS Concert by The Conniption Fits

Friday, December 7
5:30 pm—11 pm (Remarks at 6 pm)
The Engine Room, White River Junction

After the socializing, stay for a FREE concert by local favorite The Conniption Fits starting at 8 pm (21+, cash bar). Donations welcome to support Vital Communities.

RSVP here!

Think Local First and Save!

Local and independent businesses bring value to our communities in many ways: preserving community character, creating stable jobs, supporting area organizations and nonprofits, and strengthening our local economy by keeping our dollars in the Upper Valley. So, there are lots of reasons to think Local First this holiday season, and here’s another: deals! Below is a list of events and special offerings from Local First Alliance member to help you get a great deal while you keep your dollars where your heart is this season – in the Upper Valley!

LaValley Building Supply – Offering a 10% bonus LaValley gift card with any purchase of a LaValley Gift Card $50 or more (through Dec. 24).

West Lebanon Feed & Supply – Special Gift Card promotion begins 11/23.

Great Eastern Radio – Hot 97.5 hosting SANTA PAWS with our community business partner West Lebanon Feed and Supply. Pet Photos with Santa, and a portion of the proceeds to benefit area dog parks and humane society’s. December 8 and 9 at West Lebanon Feed & Supply.

Q106 and 923 GXL to host a day long Text “HAVEN” virtual Food Drive November 30 to support the Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf.  Hourly local business partners in the community will put challenges in as well to encourage participation.

KIXX will have an on air promotional schedule for the Annual David’s House on line Auction Friday December 8th

 

Farm-Way –  Many holiday specials including these brands: Pandora, Vera Bradley, Baggillini, LeCreuset, and Big Green Egg.

     

LISTEN Community Services – Holiday sale  Dec. 7- 25. All LISTEN Thrift Store purchases support our local community programs including the Holiday Basket Program.

 

Three Tomatoes Trattoria – Send a Three Tomatoes Gift Card for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, holiday, congratulations or just because.

To celebrate our 28th Anniversary, We’re offering you 28% more! Purchase $500 in gift cards between November 15 and December 24 and receive $140 in an additional gift card. Can be used towards today’s check!A portion of proceeds will be donated to local non-profits.

Free Pie Day: Friday, December 21 – Come in and celebrate our anniversary of becoming 100% Employee-Owned with a free slice of local pie!

Details at Gardner’s Supply.

 

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Crossroad Farm is the BOM!

Crossroad Farm is the Local First Alliance November Business of the Month and to celebrate they are raffling off all the fixing for a Thanksgiving feast – a Misty Knoll turkey and basket of local veggies!

Visit the stand on Route 5 in Norwich, congratulate them for being the BOM,
and enter for a chance to win your holiday meal!

For more than 35 years Crossroad Farm has been growing food for our community! The farm was started by Tim and Janet Taylor on 10 acres with just family labor. They now have grown to over 40 acres with 20+ employees. You can find their produce in our community at their two farm stands, Post Mills and Norwich, the Co-op Food Stores, and a variety of local restaurants.  At their Norwich farm stand, Crossroad also sources many fruits and veggies from other area farms – increasing the diversity of locally available produce while strengthening and expanding our food economy!

Commitment to Community
Crossroad Farm’s fruits and vegetables are sold within a 40 mile radius from the farm to establishments that include local restaurants, food markets, summer camps, and schools. Crossroad also offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, based on a pre-paid share system available at both of their farm stands! Sign ups could still be made for the month of November so you can fill your holiday table with locally grown produce from this Local First Alliance member. The 2019 CSA season will open mid-January.

For seven months of the year, they harvest and market seasonal produce, all to the local Upper Valley community. This includes donations to local food shelves, schools, Willing Hands, and The Upper Valley Haven with the commitment to give back to the community. Willing Hands visits the Norwich stand daily to pick up vegetable seconds, while gleaners visit the farm in Post Mills frequently to harvest thousands of pounds  of produce for donation.

Crossroad encourages everyone to “think local” through eating, purchasing, and hiring locally. Over the last 35 years the farm has hired over a hundred local high school students from Thetford, Rivendell and Sharon Academies, as well as Hanover, Chelsea, and Oxbow High Schools.

Show Your Love of Local this Season
The winter holidays are a time for giving gifts and eating meals with friends and family. In other words, a perfect time to add a little more local to your shopping! When planning your gift list or holiday meals this year, commit to buy just a few more things from local vendors. Ten more things? Ten dollars worth of food? Ten percent of your budget? Whatever you decide, rest assured those dollars are also a holiday gift to your neighbors, keeping our downtowns alive, businesses open, and farms thriving. Find more places to shop for your holiday table and gifts in the Local First Alliance Directory and the Valley Food & Farm Online Guide.

Bringing ‘Visions of a Better World’ to Your Community

Join Vital Communities for a community discussion on “Visions of a Better World: Social Movements for Transformation.” We will consider how millions of people across the U.S. and around the world, stirred by visions of a better world, are daring to rethink and reinvent institutions on local, regional, national and international levels. Often unnoticed by the mainstream media, they are establishing new possibilities in the shadow of dysfunctional and collapsing systems.


Historian/educator Ron Miller, coordinator of the Woodstock Learning Lab, provides an overview of these diverse new visions, including movements and concepts such as the “new economy,” agroecology, permaculture, transition towns, food sovereignty, relocalization, reclaiming the commons, Slow Food and Slow Money, and others. This presentation and conversation will discuss the key concepts, leading thinkers, and origins of these evolutionary trends.

Join us for a vital dialogue that digs into the contemporary shifting landscape of our time. Thursday November 8, 5:30–7:30 pm at Vital Communities, White River Junction.

Business Leaders Housing Breakfast

We had a packed house at the Fall Business Leaders Housing Breakfast, with more than 180 community members registered to attend.

We gained insights on the housing challenges facing the Upper Valley from Dartmouth College geographer Garrett Dash Nelson, plus got an update on the region’s real estate market from Buff McLaughry of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty and Lynne LaBombard of Housing Solutions Real Estate. Find the morning’s presentations on our Workforce Housing page, and contact Mike Kiess (Michael@VitalCommunities.org) for more information.

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