by Jon Megas Russell
With the holiday season upon us we welcome you to shop local for all of your holiday gift giving. We have many local producers throughout our store and we want to highlight three within our housewares section.
Time Trade Gift Bags
Brattleboro Time Trade has been active in Brattleboro since 2010 and has over 310 members that span Brattleboro, Windham County, and other outlying towns within the region. The main goal is to create a system where people can trade services, time, resources, skills, or energy to help others obtain something they may not otherwise get or could not afford.
When speaking to Brattleboro Time Trade Membership Coordinator Abby Mnookin, she stressed the importance of serving marginalized populations of the community and engaging as many people as possible who need support. She stated that Time Trade “levels the playing field” and sends a positive message that everyone has something to give. Whether it is massages, carpentry, sewing, childcare, or stacking wood, everyone’s time is valued equally and can be traded through an online portal.
They also have a wonderful fundraising program based on their gift bags. This program started a few years back at the local senior center and continues today. A group of three to four women and currently Jan, Nancy and Shirley purchase cloth and routinely sew these bags. It’s not often you find a product that is made with love, sustainable materials, and benefits a wonderful organization. Moving forward, the team at Time Trade has authored strategic plans and goals for continued membership growth, and is proud of the progress they have made in the past few years. Come by our housewares section to check these bags out.
Stop by the Co-op on Tuesday, December 8, 11am to 1pm, to meet the group who create the Time Trade Gift Bags.
Greentree Designs Cards
Greentree Designs started in 1997 and is a Vermont-based business producing note cards from photographer Sandy Gardner. These photographs celebrate the beauty of nature and convey a sense of respect for nature's place in our lives. Not only are the cards beautiful but they are also printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink. They are blank inside, which allows the sender to be part of the creative process.
While exploring the outdoors with her camera, Sandy seeks images that reflect her passion for the patterns and colors found in the natural world. Often she finds the images intuitively, but sometimes she builds them as well. She will compose a picture from an idea and return to a location, waiting for the light and structure to develop.
Photography is the most important part of Greentree Designs work but creating relationships with local markets like the Brattleboro Food Co-op and its people are what make a small business successful. Greentree Designs is grateful that folks in Vermont and bordering states value and support their local artists and producers. We welcome you to visit the Co-op this holiday season to obtain seasonal cards that capture the spirit and beauty of Vermont. Pick up a card and make someone’s day!
Come meet Sandy from Greentree Designs at the Co-op on Tuesday, December 8, 11am to 1pm.
Bronna Zlochiver’s passion for making pottery started with her first ceramics class in college in 1969. She loved working with clay so much that, after graduating and moving to San Antonio, TX, she began taking classes at the McNay Art Institute at night while teaching third grade during the day. After a year, Bronna “retired” from teaching and worked as the pot shop assistant at McNay.
A decade and several moves around the country later, now married with two children, Bronna studied with master potter Vally Possony in Falls Church, VA, for two and a half years. To this day, she calls Possony “my teacher—because of her strong aesthetic influence on my work.”
During the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, Bronna continued potting while working full-time as a secretary and later as a copyeditor and proofreader for the National Education Association. She retired and moved to Vermont in December 2008, intending to make pots full time. That winter, Bronna met Claudia Teachman at the Winter Farmer’s Market. Teachman suggested she join the Brattleboro Clayworks. From August 2009 to April 2014, Bronna was affiliated with the Clayworks, a relationship that enabled her to get to know the local craft scene and network with many local potters and other artisans. Bronna set up her home studio and founded Pacem Pottery in 2012. She says that her studio’s name was inspired by a recording of a Taizé chant, “Dona nobis pacem,” which is Latin for “give us peace.”
Bronna loves working at home. She creates mugs, bowls, soap dishes, and much more, seeking to put positive energy into each piece. Looking forward, Bronna hopes to expand the variety of pots she creates by combining hand building and wheel throwing.
Stop by the Wellness Department and check out Bronna’s soup bowls, mugs, and little pourers. They are beautiful, affordable gifts.
And come meet Bronna from Pacem Pottery at the Co-op on Thursday, December 10 from
11am to 1pm.