The Great River Co-op Blog

Great River Co-op Partners with Antioch University Graduate Students

Kira Yeomans
Kira Yeomans

We are excited to announce that two Antioch University New England students will be consulting with the Great River Co-op Board of Directors as we design our member outreach and development campaigns for spring 2018!  This partnership developed through the Antioch Collaborative Service Initiative (CSI) that is a faculty supervised capstone opportunity for graduate students to work together on projects for local organizations.


We would like to welcome Kira Yeomans and James Holcomb in support of our board through the spring of 2018.

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Please Welcome Gretchen Markiewicz to Our Board of Directors!

As we head into a new year, we have added a new board member! Please join us in welcoming Gretchen Markiewicz!


Gretchen recently moved from the Boston area to Walpole, where she grew up, with her husband and young son.  She works as a software engineer for Raytheon BBN Technologies, where she develops applications that use speech recognition and natural language processing.  The abundance of high quality, local food options and the strong sense of community in this area were factors in the decision to move back. 


Using her data skills to help get a food co-op off the ground is a great opportunity to support the area's agricultural economy and community, and she's excited to be a part of the movement! 


We'd also like to recognize board members Denny Searles and Kaylie Chaffee, and thank them for their contributions over the last several years as they step down from the board.  We appreciate your efforts toward opening the Great River Co-op!





Walpole Thanksgiving Farmers' Market is Saturday, November 18th

Stop by the Walpole Thanksgiving Farmers' Market this Saturday, November 18th from 9am to 1pm on the common to sample some of the best local foods and wares around! 


We'll have fresh baked goods, local cheese, wreaths and swags, soaps, candles, salves and bath and body items - plus more!


There are still tables available as well. Shoot an email to to reserve your space!

It's official! Our sign is UP!

It's official!  Our new sign is up in our future location, next to the Hungry Diner on Route 12 in Walpole! 


Those in attendance for the photo are from Left to Right: Steve Fortier, Board President Kim Mastrianni, Tedd Benson, Christine Benson, Co-op Volunteer Gretchen Markiewicz, Board Member Bruce Bickford, Board Member Ali Trow, Volunteer Judy Trow, and Sean Fortier.


Have you seen the new sign yet?



Thank you to Our Sponsors and Donors! (Harvest Dinner is this Sunday)

Our 2nd Annual Great River Co-op Harvest Dinner is coming up on Sunday, October 15th.   


The evening will begin with a cocktail hour sponsored by Huber Engineered Woods. Guests will enjoy the evening's signature cocktail, and take this time to peruse a collection of silent auction items donated by local businesses. 


The dinner will be a multi-course meal featuring as many local ingredients as possible-menu to be revealed on Facebook very soon!  Seating will be family style, and the meals will be plated and served in the Bellows Walpole Inn Dining room.  


(Continue reading to see our silent auction items!)

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Early Bird Tickets Now Available for 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner




This October, The Great River Co-op is joining in the celebration of National Co-op Month by holding our 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner Fundraiser! Taking place on Sunday, October 15 at the Bellows Walpole Inn, the event will showcase delicious foods from local farms, prepared in a multi-course fall-inspired meal.

Early bird tickets are available through September 24th, then the price per ticket will go up, so grab them fast! 

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Music Night to Raise Money for Great River Co-op


Announcing our lineup for the upcoming Great River Co-op Music Night at Mole Hill!

The evening will open with local singer Briena Pearl accompanied by Lou Eastman. Next, Party of the Sun, a duo from the band The Youngest Son will perform. And, BandBand will play the rest of the evening!

See the official poster here! 

Come on out and listen to some fantastic musicians, mingle with wonderful people, and support your local co-op!

If you would like to volunteer at the event, donate an item for the fundraising raffle or sponsor the event, please email Ali Trow at

Together, we can build it!

Great River Co-op Announces a Full Event Lineup for Fall






The Great River Co-op announces a full schedule of fundraising events for fall including a music night, harvest dinner and private screening of the movie Food For Change.  Read on for details! 

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