Co-op schedule of events for December

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Food Co-op hosts a number of activities and workshops throughout the month of December, beginning with free food sampling during Gallery Walk on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

KidsPLAYce Story and Snack for Kids is scheduled for Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free and open participation during the Co-op hour, but KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play. 20 Elliot St.

Every first Monday of the month, Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders can take a spin class at no cost with Susie the BFC Seafood Department manager. Free for Co-op shareholders, $15 for non-shareholders. Dec. 4, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., at Body in Harmony Fitness Studio, 22 High St.

Learn how to make quick, healthy suppers using already prepared food as a foundation for a meal Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Brattleboro Co-op Kitchen Classroom, 7 Canal St. $7 for non-shareholders and $5 shareholders. Register required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net

Every Wednesday, the Co-op hosts an all-levels yoga class, led by a different local teacher each week. First come, first serve; bring a yoga mat. From noon to 1 p.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room. Free for shareholders; not open to non-shareholders.

On Dec. 6, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Cindy Hebbard will lead a workshop on how certain foods and herbal remedies can strengthen digestion. In the Brattleboro Co-op Community Room. Free, but registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

The Co-op has two Producers of the Month in December. The first is Wild Blossom Designs. On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet Cheryl Summa and view her beeswax candles molded into magical shapes and decorated with pressed wildflowers. Free. And onn Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet Kathy Thomas and Edith Platt, of Green River Aprons.

On Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Brattleboro Co-op Kitchen Classroom, learn how to bake with einkorn, an ancient grain that is twice as nutritious as modern wheat and easier to digest. With instructor Eli Kaufman, author of "Restoring Heritage Grains." $7 for non-shareholders and $5 for shareholders. Registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

On Dec. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Branden Howe, Academy School 4th grader, will lead a workshop for children on making apple pie with homemade vanilla ice cream, in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, Free, but registration required at 802-246-2821, msbfc@sover.net.

Free wine and cheese will be available on Dec. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.

On Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Co-op's day kitchen demo features roast beef. Also on Friday, Dec. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the Co-op's Fun Foods from Around the World features German Gingerbread Houses with spiced cookies, sweet icing, sugar, and assorted decorations. Free, but registration required, at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

On Dec. 21, starting at Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, the Co-op will host Fun with Food and Art: Celebration of Lights. Afterward, the class will walk up to the BFC Kitchen to make something delicious honoring the holiday season. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free, but registration required, at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

On Dec. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Co-op hosts It's All About the Food: Cranberries.

The Day Kitchen on Dec. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m., features New Year's Eve Goodies with seafood appetizers and snacks.

In January, the Co-op will host a five-class workshop on food choices, with Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Keene State College Robin Matathias, who will explore the connection between food choices, food production systems, and their impacts on both human and environmental health. Learn which food choices can lead to optimal human health, while having the least environmental impact. Learn to evaluate water use, land requirements, energy use, and waste production to assess the ecological footprint and sustainability of our daily food-consumption decisions. On Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3 Free, but registration required at 802-246-2821 or msbfc@sover.net.

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