I love many things about living in the Pioneer Valley, not the least of which is the number of people who share my values. In most homes I visit in Northampton I can ask “where do put your compost”, rather than “do you compost” (or, “have you ever heard of compost?”); or “what did you grow in your garden”, rather than, “have you ever tried to garden?” It seems like almost everyone has at least thought about having backyard chickens. We are lucky to be surrounded by farmland, and to have a community that actively supports preserving our farms, rather than turning them into stores and homes. And we have a beautiful, green, friendly food co-op.
In September you offered to give us some tips on good things to do to
recognize important dates in the Jewish calendar of holidays. Do you
have suggestions to offer related to Hanukkah?
Thanks for asking! Here are some holidays ideas that would be relevant to
natural foods retail -
There is a tradition to give coins on chanukah and many people give
chocolate coins also called “gelt”. Divine chocolate makes a really nice
fair trade gelt that I would display prominently. (Last year it was in
the store, but hard to find.)
The miracle of chanukah hinges on the idea that the olive oilin the Holy Temple burned for 8 days instead of one. It might be nice
to suggest olive oil as a chanukah gift and make a display of good quality olive oils. This is a fair trade olive oil made by an Israeli Palestinian
cooperative that might be very cool to stock:
kes), usually served with applesauce and sour cream are a traditional food for the holiday. Local potatoes and onions would be an obvious item to highlight. I think the cafe has made latkes in the past.
Hope this helps,