The Great River Co-op Blog

Share The Love, Get a Tote Bag!

Our goal for this month is to sign up 29 members in 29 days! And, we’re offering a Great River Co-op tote bag to anyone who signs up in this 29 day challenge! 


If you’re already a member, please consider gifting a share to a family member or friend! It’s a unique gift that supports a local cause and area growers! 


A single share is $25, and if you buy four shares at $100-you are a voting member. This means you will have a say in what the store looks like, what we carry and more! 


Join online today! 


Last minute local gifts that won't end up in the landfill

As we gather to celebrate the holidays together, consider gift giving and special foods that help build a more healthy, just, and sustainable food system and a stronger local economy!

Your local food co-ops and other area businesses offer many options, including:

Special Holiday Foods and Beverages and all of the ingredients you need for holiday celebrations

Make your own gift baskets filled with Locally Made items

Can’t decide what to get your loved ones? Give the gift of co-operation with a membership at Great River Co-op!

However you choose to celebrate this season, you can find all of the ingredients you need for a joyous time with friends and family — and a more inclusive and sustainable community at local co-ops and our many local businesses in the Great Falls region.

We encourage you to keep those dollars local this holiday season.

Thank you to our Farmers' Market Vendors!



The Great River Co-op Board of Directors would like to thank all those who will be setting up a table at the upcoming Walpole Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market.


This is an annual event that the community looks forward to every year, and we are honored to be a part of keeping it going.









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Join us for the Thanksgiving Market!

The Great River Co-op will be hosting the Thanksgiving Farmers' Market in the Walpole Town Hall on Saturday, November 23rd from 9am to 1pm. The Market will be held inside this year, so the weather can't ruin our fun!


We hope you'll come out and peruse the seasonal goodies available from your favorite local farms and producers while catching up with good friends and getting ready for the Thanksgiving Feast!


For information about becoming a vendor, contact Karen West at The cost for a space will be $20.


Please share, and invite friends and neighbors to attend!

We hope to see you there! 

It's Co-op Month - Come to a Listening Event

This October, the Great River Co-op is joining over 40,000 co-operatives and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month, observed nationally since 1964. To celebrate, the Great River Co-op board of directors will be holding an informal listening series of events at locations within the region.


This year’s theme, “Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community,” was chosen by the National Cooperative Business Association to promote how co-operative enterprises enable people to work together to meet their needs and build stronger communities.


Informal Listening Session one  will be at the Walpole Town Hall, Saturday, October 19th  from 10:00am to noon.

Informal Listening Session two will be at Wunderbar on Sunday, October 27th from 3-5pm.

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Great River Co-op Tours Badger Balm Facility

The Great River Co-op Board of Directors was recently invited to take a tour of the Badger Balm facility in Gilsum, New Hampshire. 


The purpose of our visit was to talk with co-founder Bill Whyte and Badger’s construction consultant, Steve Horton, about their construction materials and methods so that we can consider them as we begin working on plans to build the Great River Co-op facility. 


We would like to emulate these in our own building, because they align with our values of supporting our regional economy by sourcing materials as locally as possible, and making the construction and operations of the store as sustainable as possible.


Thank you to Bill Whyte for the tour! More photos are up on our Facebook Page. 


Borrow Grocery Story at Area Libraries

The Great River Co-op is donating copies of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops In The Age of Grocery Giants to area libraries so our community can learn more about the impact of a food co-op here in Walpole.


“The author, Jon Steinway, a Board member of the Kootenay Co-op in British Columbia, documents the consolidation of the food industry—from production to distribution to retail sale—with compelling cases for why this is not only bad for individual consumers but also for our entire food system,” said Great River Co-op President, Steve Fortier.  “Jon makes a strong case that food co-ops are an antidote to the economic, environmental and health challenges posed by a national food system with very few owners and decision-makers.”

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Please Welcome Karen West

Please join us in welcoming our newest board member, Karen West!


Karen grew up in Upstate New York and moved to New Hampshire in 2007 to work at C&S Wholesale Grocers after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics & Management. She currently works as a Sales & Marketing Manager for the distribution division of New Hampshire Industries based in Claremont. Karen and her husband, Jed, who grew up in Bellows Falls, moved to Alstead in 2011 and soon after started their own hobby farm raising chickens, rabbits and bees. 


Karen wants to be involved because she is interested in finding ways to make local and healthy food more readily available and affordable in our community. 


Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Steve Fortier at or 603-903-2602. To learn more about joining the Great River Co-op, please visit and on Facebook at