The Great River Co-op Blog

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

Annual Meeting 2019 A Success!



The Great River Co-op held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 30th at the Congregational Church in Walpole. 


Amanda Littleton, District Manager of the Cheshire County Conservation District, spoke to attendees about the challenges and opportunities for a robust regional food system. Citing local examples of initiatives and programs already in place, her talk left attendees educated and enthused to do their part to contribute. 



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Great River Co-op Reaches 800 Members!



The Great River Co-op, a cooperative grocery store coming to Walpole, has reached an important milestone of 800 household members.


According to the newly-established Seven Roots Group (a co-op of co-op consultants,) 600-800 members is when a Board should start looking for a site. The Great River Co-op already has its site, on Tedd Benson’s property between Pinnacle View and The Hungry Diner, so the project is on course when compared with other cooperatives.


Community members interested in getting more involved in moving the project forward are encouraged to contact Steve Fortier at or 603-903-2602.

The 2019 Annual Meeting is April 30th!

Join us for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Great River Co-op on Tuesday, April 30th at 7pm at the First Congregational Church of Walpole, at 15 Washington Street.

The evening will include a celebration of accomplishments to date, an update on new developments and member input on future directions.

Members will receive a ballot to vote for new members on our board of directors either by email or by mail. You will RSVP for the meeting via your ballot.


All others interested in attending may RSVP at

Share The Love, Get a Tote Bag!

Our goal for this month is to sign up 28 members in 28 days! And, we’re offering a Great River Co-op tote bag to anyone who signs up in this 28 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! 

Great River Co-op Appoints New Board President




With the new year comes renewed energy to get the long awaited Great River Co-op facility built, and operations up and running. To help facilitate these developments, the Board of Directors is focusing most of its time and energy on Board Development, including a slight reshuffling of the board’s leadership.


After five years as President of the Co-Op Board, Kim Mastrianni is moving to the role of Treasurer. Before moving to Langdon to start a sheep farm, Mastrianni’s career was in finance at some of the nation’s largest multinational corporations. Her move to serve as Treasurer of the Co-Op allows her to focus on refreshing the pro forma operating budgets and determining the investment needs for construction and start-up.


Replacing Mastrianni as the Co-Op’s chief volunteer officer is its founding President, Steve Fortier of Alstead.

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Join us for the Thanksgiving Farmer's Market!

Stop by the Walpole Thanksgiving Farmer's Market this Saturday, November 17th from 9am to 1pm on The Walpole 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 Sean Fortier at to reserve your space!