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COVID-19 Store & Whammy Updates

 March 25, 2020 The Maple Corner Community Store remains open for business for curbside pickup only.  PLEASE do not come inside unless absolutely necessary.  
The Whammy Bar remains closed.

HOURS:  
For the remainder of this week, we will be open 9 AM to 6PM.

Beginning Saturday, 3/28, our hours will be Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM and Closed on Sunday. 


MAIL:  We are retaining access to the Post Office lobby area, but have a limit of one person in the post office at any given time.  If there is someone in there, please wait outside.  We are offering mail & package pickup for those who prefer not to come in and are comfortable having us check your mail. To participate, sanitize your P.O Box key and put it in an unsealed envelop with your full name, phone number, & PO Box number on the outside.  We will hang onto your key and you can call or email us anytime to have us check your mail and leave it in a paper bag on the shelf out in front of the store.

Please call us at 802-229-4329 to place an order for grocery pickup. We recognize the line is often busy, we are very busy!  Please be patient and keep trying back. Please have your order and credit card number handy when you call. We only allow same day pick up – please do not place a grocery order if you can’t pick it up  by closing on the day you order it. 

If there isn’t any hurry, feel free to email an order to maplecornercommunitystore@gmail.com – be sure to include a phone number so we can reach you as we are picking out your items.  

Tabs:  We are encouraging folks who have tabs to use them for most purchases. Please plan to call or email anytime to check your tab balance. We’ll let you know where you stand and you can (1) drop off a check, (2) mail us a check or (3) pay via PayPal with a $0.50 processing fee.  Please try to keep your tabs up to date and pay at least every 2 weeks.  While we still greatly appreciate positive balances on the tabs, we know this is a challenging time for many people in the community and are flexible on that.

Deli:  The science of transmission via prepared food is unclear as of now and our deli has been really busy some days and unused others, which results in significant waste for us.  Thus we are closing the deli, including all prepared foods, effective immediately. We will still slice deli meat and cheese to order. 

Egg Cartons:  We are selling a lot of eggs and while we have a limited supply of local eggs we have a steady supply Pete & Gary’s Organic Brown Eggs.  We buy them in bulk and repackage them to save waste.  Please drop clean egg cartons on the shelf in front of the store. We will let them sit in the back for 72 hours before re-filling them.

Wine Spotlight: Farmstrong Field Red 2015  For those of you who enjoying trying a different wine, with interesting and enjoyable flavors this is one worth trying. The Field Red is a blend of three grapes which do well in some of the warmer California wine regions. The grapes are Carignane, which is widely grown in Chile, Zinfandel and Syrah which is a mainstay in southern France. The combination of these grapes and the unique wine making process has produced a wine which is dark red in color, has fragrant aromas of dark fruit and complex flavors. The wine also has a smooth finish and is fun to drink. RAB

Beer Spotlight:  We have a selection of double IPA’s and other top notch beers from Frost Beer Works in Hinesburg, Vermont.  Including: Lush Double IPA, Plush Double IPA, Double Shush Imperial IPA, The Poseidon Adventure Double IPA, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

Inventory Updates

We recognize the challenge of shopping without being able to come in and are working on ways to make it easier.  Please view photos of various shelves on the inventory page of our website. We are working on getting an inventory list up on our website, but it’s a slow, tedious process and our inventory changes regularly. For now we have photos of most of our shelves.  
Please bear with us as we work to keep as much inventory on the shelves as we can, our supply chains are no longer consistent.   Please buy responsibly and save some supplies for others.  As of now, we have a fairly steady supply of beer, wine, most grocery staples, frozen goods, produce, and many other products.   

Inventory at a Glance

Bread:
We get Manghis Bread Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday and Patchwork Bread on Tuesday and Friday (no Patchwork delivery today, 3/24).

Dairy:
When available we still have Strafford Organic glass-bottle milk & half and half, as well as Booth Brothers milk, half & half, heavy cream and orange juice. We also carry Stonyfield Organic half gallons (whole and 2%) and when available Organic Valley half & half.


Yogurt: Quarts of organic Larson Farms Cream Top Maple or Plain, Cabot Plain Greek Yogurt & Green Mountain Creamery Pleain Greek Yogurt. We also have Sweet Cow individual serving yogurt and squeeze tubes of Green Mountain Creamery Yo-Yummy yogurt for the youngsters.

Cabot cheese and butter, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, Maplebrook Farms Ricotta cheese, Vt. Creamery Cultured Butter

Meat/Soy:
Misty Knoll – Comes in on Mondays and goes really fast. Please limit of 2 items per person.  We have boneless turkey breast, Chicken Legs, wings & drumsticks. We also have Sweet Turkey Sausage & Ground Turkey.

Schoolhouse Farms – Eggs & frozen ground beef, raised right here in Calais.

VT Salumi Sausage- Rosemary, Maple breakfast, Chorizo,  Red Wine & Garlic.

Boyden Farms (VT) ground beef, Black River Meats ground beef & steak

Rosie’s Vermont Beef Jerky – Everything and Maple. On Sale this week for $2.89 each.

Tofu/Tempeh – 8 oz organic Nasoya Extra firm (2 for $5.99) or 2 pound blocks of VT Soy Tofu, 2 pound blocks of Rhapsody Tempeh.  We have been unable to get the Callafia Oatmilk we usually carry, for now we’ve replaced it with Original Oatmilk by Nutty Life – lightly sweetened with Dates.  We also have organic Eden Soy Original Soy Milk and Almond Breeze original unsweetened almond milk.

Cultured Raw Veggies, Sauerkraut & Kimchi from Flack Family Farm, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Nori Chocolate Bars, Franklin Heyburns local honey, and a wide selection of soaps & lotions from Elmore Mountain Farm.

Produce:  
We are ordering far more produce than we had been to help you avoid town. Every Monday afternoon we get a selection of greens, radishes, chard and other goodies from Goodheart Farmstead in Worcester. As of today we still have radishes and Carrots available.

Other (mostly) organic produce include: 
Baby carrots, kale, spinach, arugula, green, red & yellow peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, yellow & red onions, garlic, ginger, dill, parsley, cilantro & rosemary, potatoes, beets, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, Granny Smith apples, and bananas (so many bananas).

Bulk goods (mostly organic):
Regular Rolled Oats, Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats, Thin Cut oats, black beans, cornmeal, Long grain white rice, brown rice, white basmati rice, Turbinado sugar, Cane Sugar, white quinoa, Chick Peas, nutritional yeast, popcorn & of course, Maple Syrup.

Bulk Herbs:  
Ground Cardamom, Basil, Curry Powder, No-Chicken Vegetarian broth powder, whole black peppercorns, while cumin, ground cinnamon, Hawaiian pink sea salt, powdered garlic, oregano leaf.

Bagged Bulk Snacks: PB Pretzels, candied ginger, trail mix, m&m trail mix, & raisins & nuts party mix.

Dried Fruit & Nuts: Mango, sweetened mango, sun dried figs, Noor Dried Dates, fresh dates, cherries, cranberries, raisins, almonds, walnuts, & Pecans.

Chocolate covered goodies: almonds, raisins, pretzels, & coconut chews. 

Deli:
While we are no longer preparing food in our deli, we can slice Ham, Turkey, Salami, and Roast beaf, as well as cheddar, provolone, Swiss or American cheese. We are also selling frozen 7 inch white sandwich rolled  which bake in 6 minutes, as well as our breakfast sandwich sausage patty’s.

Coffee:
Vermont Coffee Company: Tres, Extra Dark, Dark, Medium, Mild & Decaf.  
Artisan Coffee: Dark, Catamount Blend Medium, Dark Decaf
802 Coffee: Dark, Medium & Decaf.  
We are always happy to grind your coffee for you at time of purchase.

Grocery:
We are fairly well stocked with crackers, cookies, cereal, hot sauces, chips, salsa, baking goods, snack food, dried nuts and fruits, condiments, and all the other staples we typically carry. Plus of course, Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream.

Paper goods:
We are once again out of Toilet Paper, but will attempt to get more.  We do have a limited supply of Paper Towel, please limit yourselves to 2 rolls per family per day.
 While I never thought we’d be rationing toilet paper, it’s another sign of how much has changed this week. We will adjust.

Wine:  
We have a steady supply of all our regular wine inventory. Please see photos on our website for details.

Beer List (not exclusive):

IPA’s/Microbrews (4pack/6pack):
Frost (4 varieties), Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine, Super Session 6 & Maple Nipple, Zero Gravity Cone Head, Green State Lager, & Little Wolf, Alchemist Focal Banger & Heady Topper, Two Roads Road to Ruin, Bay State Kelly Squared & Becky Likes The Smell, Rock Art Ridge Runner, Six Point Resin, Crisp, Bengali & Hazy IIPA, Stone IPA, Dog Fish Head IPA, Harpoon IPA, Long Trail IPA,  Ransack the Universe IPA, FAB Pilsner for Peace, Enter Nigh Pilsner, Switchback, and New Castle Brown Ale. 

12 packs IPA/microbrew:
Long Trail IPA Variety Pack, Lawsons Super Session #6, Stone IPA & Stone Delicious IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Founders All Day IPA 25 Pack

Domestic: 
Bud, Bud Light, PBR, Molson Canadian (6 pack bottles, 12 pack bottles, 12 back cans), Labatt Blue & Blue Light (6 pack bottles or 12 pack cans), CORONA, Twisted Tea (6 pack bottles or 12 pack cans)

Ciders, Seltzers & Kombucha:
Citizen Cider – Dirty Mayer, Unified, Lake Hopper, Tulsi & Wits Up
Stowe Cider – Safety Meeting & High and Dry
Nature of Things Hazy Apple Cider
White Claw 12 can variety pack
Flying Embers Hard Kombucha – Ginger & Oak

Non-Alcoholic AquaViTea Kombucha – Hibiscus Ginger, Elderberry & Strawberry Sage

Bombers:
Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing, White Claw Seltzer, Rock Art Vermontster, Founders Solid Gold, CORONA, PBR & Molson Canadian

Sincerely,
Anne Marie, Caity & Jamie


Community Corner:

A note from Twin Valley Senior Center
Hello All,
I am sending this email and hoping it is finding everyone well. The Senior Center (as I am sure you are aware by now) closed. However, the dedicated staff and volunteers are going strong delivering cooking, packing and delivering meals. I have a wonderful outpouring of residents reach out to us to help in ways that they can. 
 I wanted to touch base with you folks to ask if you hear of anyone who needs food or meals during this terrible time to please give them our phone # 223-3322 or email  twinvalleyseniors@myfairpoint.net. I have a list of volunteers who maybe would be willing to help them in other ways if they need assistance with other things.

 Please know that Dudley’s store in East Montpelier contacted me that they are willing to do curb side service if someone needs groceries or food items. They just need to call the store ahead @ 223-2792. I have told them if they could not deliver we have names of community members that maybe willing to help.

 Thank you in advance for your help. Stay Safe & Well. I know our work will not stop but it makes for a good breather and catch up time.
~ Rita

The Woodbury/Calais food shelf is open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am – 11am and the following Wednesday from 5 – 6:30 pm. It is located behind the fire station in Woodbury, next to the drive into the Woodbury school. Arrangements can be made to open other times by calling Carol Ray: 472-6292

If you have a need, feel free to take advantage of the Food Share box of free non-perishable groceries on the front counter of the Maple Corner Community Store.

Please feel free to use the store WiFi from outside the building. likewise the Wifi at the MCCC is available to use from the parking lot.
COVID-19, Reduced Store Hours &
Switching to Curbside Pickup ONLY


 March 19, 2020

The Maple Corner Community Store remains open for business, but will reduce our hours starting Saturday, 3/21 and are asking our customers to call grocery and deli orders in for curbside pickup.

New Hours:
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm
Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm.
 

 We are asking our customers to  call ahead with all grocery and deli orders, and pick them up on the bookshelf outside the door. For anyone with a tab or able to pay with a credit card over the phone, we will leave your order in a paper bag on the shelf just outside the front door.  If you need to pay upon pickup we will have it ready on a table just inside the door.  We will retain access to the Post Office Box area, but have a goal of reducing foot traffic in the store by 80-90%.  PLEASE – only come inside if you really need to.  If you are unable to call your order in ahead, please come in, place your order and then wait for it outside. We are more than happy to bring it to your car. 

We have been very busy all week, please bare with us if there are extra wait times for grabbing groceries or for prepared food – another reason to call ahead! 

We have several large orders delivered tomorrow and Saturday, including expanded offerings of bulk & non-perishable grocery items, lots of produce, fresh local eggs & local ground beef from Schoolhouse Farms, Misty Knoll chicken, and much more. Call anytime to place an order for pickup.

We are working hard to keep our shelves and your pantries well stocked.  That said, please don’t panic buy!  We have not yet implemented limits on purchases, but are counting on our community to buy what you need (and we appreciate the sales), but to hold back and not buy us out of products unnecessarily.

New this week: We just got in a variety of tinctures from Samhain Herbs to help keep your immune system up as we move through these uncertain days and weeks ahead. We also started carrying two pound blocks of Rhapsody Organic Tempeh.

We are in the process of creating a system for folks to order online. There is currently a page on our website where you can view photos of our stocked shelves to help you pick products to call and order.  By the end of the weekend we hope to have a full inventory list on the website.  In addition to being able to order items off the shelves, the inventory list will include most regular items we are able to order, what day we order them and what day they come in.  Orders you’d like to pick up same day must be called in, orders you’d like us to special order you can order via online form and we’ll let you know when it comes in. More details to come.

We are keeping our deli open for breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches and pizzas to go, but please CALL AHEAD TO ORDER. We are no longer making coffee, muffins, or pre-made breakfast sandwiches in the morning.  We want to provide all the groceries and deli items you need with as little public contact as we can.

We are so sad to have to take these precautions and will greatly miss chatting with each of you in the store everyday.  Thank you for helping us keep our customers and staff as safe as possible.

Friday Night Live From The Whammy

We are teaming up with the The Larkspurs to bring you live music direct to the comfort of your home! Friday night The Larkspurs will be live-streaming from the one and only Whammy Bar. Please do not plan on attending in person – stay home and stay healthy, but check them out from your home computer, TV or phone.

Click here to LiveStream the Larkspurs on your home device
Friday Night from 7 to 9pm!


In a moment when so many of us are isolated and anxious we know that music heals and despite it all we must still find ways to share our art and human connection.

We’re also in a moment when musicians across the globe are out of work and needing to find creative ways to keep our music and livelihoods sustained.

Please join us this Friday, March 20th, from 7 to 9 PM for a night of live music direct to your home via YouTube Live! Donations to help The Larkspurs pay their bills and pursue their music for years to come can be made via their PayPal and Venmo accounts. But ultimately this is an opportunity for all of us to share music at a time when the world needs to heal. We hope to bring you a little extra love and connection.

Check the event FB page or watch live at 
www.thelarkspurs.com/livestream
 
Sincerely,
Anne Marie, Caity & Jamie


Community Corner:

The Woodbury/Calais food shelf is open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am – 11am and the following Wednesday from 5 – 6:30 pm. It is located behind the fire station in Woodbury, next to the drive into the Woodbury school. Arrangements can be made to open other times by calling Carol Ray: 472-6292

While we all need to keep physically separated, remember that it’s still important to check on our neighbors.  If there are ways in which the MCCS can better support our community, please be in touch.  We have had many folks volunteer to help with grocery deliveries if that would be helpful for anyone who is fully confined to their homes.

COVID-19 Store & Whammy Updates

 March 17, 2020 

The Maple Corner Community Store remains open for business.  As you are well aware, the situation is very fluid and we are re-assessing on a daily basis.  Our goal is to keep the store open and the shelves stocked as long as we are able to do so. This is a challenging time for all of us, if you have the means to support the store by doing your shopping here, we are very much appreciative.

As of today, the Whammy Bar is closed but the Store remains open Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00PM, Saturday 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday 830 AM to 5:00 PM.  We will send an update if the hours need to be reduced in the future.

The MCCS Management Team, with the support of the Board of Directors, is working hard to keep up to date on the COVID-19 situation and to make the best decisions we can to ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers, while continuing to meet the needs of our community.  

Please assist us in supporting our community by adhering to the following guidelines when you visit the store.

 
~Do not enter if you have or have recently had a cough or fever or have traveled to high infection areas. Call us and we will get groceries to you.
 
~ SANITIZE YOUR HANDS AS SOON AS YOU ENTER THE STORE. We have hand sanitizer on a table just inside the door.
 
~Refrain from touching any surfaces you don’t absolutely have to touch or any products you don’t intend to buy.
 
~Limit store occupancy to no more than 6 customers at any time if it looks like there’s a bunch of people inside, please wait a few minutes before entering.
 
~Please don’t linger. We love your company and want to encourage the use of the store as a place to share information among neighbors, but please come in, buy your goods and leave to limit contamination.  Feel free to chat with neighbors (6 feet apart) out in front of the store.
 
~ We continue to make breakfast and lunch sandwiches and pizzas to order but all food must be taken TO GO. We have removed all chairs from the front of the store and are adhering to the statewide ban on consumption of food inside a store or restaurant.

~In general, please keep your distance from staff and the register area as much as possible as the health of our staff is of the utmost importance so we can keep the store operational to support the community.

For those folks who prefer not to enter the store (for your safety or for ours), you can call 229-4329 to place an order. We can charge your tab or a credit card over the phone and will happily deliver your goods to your car.  If you need home delivery, that can be arranged as well, just let us know.  

Please feel free to call us at anytime. Many folks are calling to check on inventory to see if they can avoid stopping at the Coop or Shaws on their way home.  Others are requesting curb side pick up – we are happy to arrange such.  Please let us know how we can best support you through this trying time.

A note about inventory:  We are finding that some products are no longer available from our regular vendors and others have had price increases.  We are working hard to find substitute sources for items we can no longer get from our regular vendors.  Please be patient as we work to keep our shelves stocked as best we can.  

For the time being we are well stocked with many items that are growing scarce in town, such as local eggs, tofu, tempeh, non-dairy milks, and organic produce.  Feel free to call anytime to check product availability.

On a more positive note:
New in the Store

With the help of our friends and neighbors, we have developed a food share box on the counter at the front of the store.  If you are experiencing hardship, please feel free to take free items from this box.  If you are able to purchase items in the store to donate to the box, please consider doing so.  

While the spring CSA shares dropped off every Monday by Goodheart Farmstead in Worcester have sold out, the good news is we bought two of them to repackage and sell in the store.  This week we have fresh radishes, chard and spring mix.  Please check each Monday evening for fresh produce from Goodheart Farm.

Wine Spotlight – Reserva Do Monte Tinto-Red 2016 comes from the wine region around Portugal. Because Portugal is hot and relatively dry, there are many wine regions that produce wine from indigenous grapes that aren’t grown elsewhere. This wine is a blend of four of those native grapes and comes from Vinho on the outskirts of Lisbon. This wine has nice color and bouquest and is very easy drinking, dry, medium bodied and nicely balanced. It is consistently rated 88 by the Wine Enthusiast, which is a good rating and amazing for the price. This wine is a real bargain at $10.99. You can find it on the top shelf of the red wine section along with other interesting reds. RAB

This Week in the Whammy

While the Whammy Bar remains closed for business, we have been working with local artists to develop ways we can continue to support our arts community while bringing you the music you love.  

This week we are teaming up with the The Larkspurs to bring you live music direct to the comfort of your home! Friday night The Larkspurs will be live-streaming from the one and only Whammy Bar (please do not plan on attending in person- stay home and stay healthy! but check them out from your home computer, TV or phone).

In a moment when so many of us are isolated and anxious we know that music heals and despite it all we must still find ways to share our art and human connection.

We’re also in a moment when musicians across the globe are out of work and needing to find creative ways to keep our music and livelihoods sustained.

Please join us Friday night for a night of live music direct to your home via YouTube Live! Donations to help The Larkspurs pay their bills and pursue their music for years to come can be made via their PayPal and Venmo accounts. But ultimately this is an opportunity for all of us to share music at a time when the world needs to heal. We hope to bring you a little extra love and connection.

For links and instructions to join, please check the event FB page or the MCCS website.


 Sincerely,
Anne Marie, Caity & Jamie


Community Corner:

In accordance with state and federal recommendations to encourage social distancing and avoid group gatherings, the Maple Corner Community Center has decided to cancel all events, classes, workshops, and rentals until further notice.  Please direct any questions to maplecornercc@gmail.com.

The Woodbury/Calais food shelf is open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am – 11am and the following Wednesday from 5 – 6:30 pm. It is located behind the fire station in Woodbury, next to the drive into the Woodbury school. Arrangements can be made to open other times by calling Carol Ray: 472-6292
 
Temporary Whammy Bar Closure 
as a Preventative Measure

 March 12, 2020  

The management team, along with the board of directors, have decided to cancel tonight’s wine tasting and to close the Whammy Bar until further notice.

The store remains open.

While there are only two presumptive positive cases thus far in Vermont, we feel this is a prudent decision to help keep our community safe.  The Vermont Department of Health currently advises against group gatherings of 25 people or more, and many businesses around the state are canceling public events.

In the store and kitchen we are following the preventative measures recommended by the Vermont Department of Health for protecting the well-being of our customers and employees.

At this time we plan to keep the store open normal business hours – Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm, Saturday 830am to 7pm and Sunday 830am to 5pm. 

Feel free to call and place take out orders for salads, sandwiches, wings or pizza on Friday and Saturday nights between 5 and 7pm.

If you are currently self-isolating due to safety concerns or to your own health status, please feel free to call ahead to order prepared food or groceries to pick it up at the door.

We will keep you up to date on how things progress, and look forward to reopening the Whammy Bar once the storm has safely passed. 
Sincerely,
Anne Marie Shea, Caity Kaye & Jamie Moorby

Community Corner:

The Saint Paddy’s Day Tea Party that was scheduled at the Maple Corner Community Center for Sunday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 IS CANCELED.
Maple Corner Community Store & Whammy Bar Newsletter

March 10, 2020 

This Week in the Whammy

Thursday, March 12th: Wine Tasting in the store 5:00 to 7:00 PM (details below) followed by Open Mic Night & Thirsty Thursday.  
Come to listen or to play and enjoy $1.00 off all draft beers.
As part of our new rotating weekly Open Mic Night Hosts, this Open Mic will be hosted by Anne Marie Shea and Rob Lamb. 

Friday, March 13th: Sky Blue Boys and Cookie Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner – known throughout the Northeast as The Sky Blue Boys – team up with a dynamic and entertaining musician who adds a new instrument (the upright bass), new styles (the blues, some funky jug band music, a hint of jazz), and even a new gender to “the Boys’” performances.
 
Saturday, March 14th: The triumphant return of Liz Beatty and the Lab Rats.
A seven piece blues and rock band hailing from Maple Corner, VT. 
Liz Beatty – vocals
Artie Toulis – guitar
Rob Lamb – bass
Michael Giamusso – drums
Seamus Hannan – keys
Peter Lind – harps
Brent Kingsley – sax Friday and Saturday Night Specials:

Burgers – A third of a pound of Schoolhouse Farm beef topped with Sautéed Trumpet Mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and Garlic Aioli on a Challah bun. Served with coleslaw, a pickle & chips.


Soup – Gut healing Miso Soup made with local Vermont soy, miso and seaweed, garnished with green onion.

Wings – Maddie’s Hot Wings. Deep fried wings drizzled with a very spicy Cilantro & Hickory Smoked Onion hotsauce from Butterfly Bakery.

Please consider making a donation to Maddison Holmes as she recovers from a traumatic brain injury. If you love the wings, pick up a bottle of the hot sauce to take home. Hot sauce is sold in the store for $8/bottle, 100% of which goes directly to Maddie.
This Week in the Store Wine Tasting – Robertour Vermont Wine Merchants rep will be hosting a Wine Tasting at the store this Thursday, March 12th from 5-7 PM.  We’ve chosen three reds and three whites we think you’ll enjoy, and will have a selection Jasper Hill Farm cheese, Patchwork bread and other special snacks to nibble on. Come out and try something new.

Sign up today for our first annual CSA Pick-up from Good Heart Farmstead.   You can pick up your share at the Maple Corner Community Store every Monday between 4:00 – 7:00, March 16th – May 18th. Learn more and sign up today at goodheartfarmstead.com.  
Reserve now, shares are limited.

Beer Spotlight:  Bay State Brewing Company’s new double IPA Kelley Squared. If you like Becky Likes the Smell, you’ll love Kelley Squared. 

Corona Virus Update: We want our customers to know that we are taking the spread of the Corona Virus seriously. We are cleaning and sterilizing surfaces regularly and are taking extra precautions with handling food. That said, as of now, we don’t anticipate any direct impact on our hours or services.  

Please feel free to use our bathroom sink to wash your hands at any time and/or to use the hand sanitizer by the register.Sincerely,
Anne Marie Shea, Caity Kaye & Jamie Moorby

Community Corner:

Please join us at the Maple Corner Community Center on Sunday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 for our somewhat annual Saint Paddie’s Day Tea Party. We will have good strong Irish tea – along with some decaf as well – tea cakes, scones, Irish soda bread and trifle. We are also thrilled to have Susannah Blachly on the fiddle providing some festive Irish tunes for the party. Please stop by for a lovely cuppa and visit with neighbors and friends. Carol Beatty, Anne Connor and the MCCC Program Committee
Maple Corner Community Store & Whammy BarNewsletter –
March 4, 2020 

This Week in the Whammy

Thursday, March 5th: Open Mic Night & Thirsty Thursday.  Come to listen or to play and enjoy $1.00 off all draft beers

Friday, March 6th: The Larkspurs.  Eclectic American Roots music played by D Davis and Django Soulo on guitar and vocals, Liz Beatty on vocals and Seamus Hannan on percussion. 

www.thelarkspurs.com
 
Saturday, March 7th: Brian Clark and Angela Paladino – Angela and Brian are precisely one half of the Vermont rock band Anachronist.  As a duo they rework the band’s originals, include an occasional cover and focus in close on tight vocal arrangements and beds of indie/folk sounds.  The band’s bassist, Mike Donofrio, will join for some of the evening.

Friday and Saturday night Dinner Special will be Indian butter chicken: chicken thighs marinated in yogurt and warming spices, simmered in a tomato, cashew and almond butter sauce.  Sumptuously serves over rice and topped with cilantro and golden raisins.
 
Wing Special: Thai curry with cilantro, green onion and lime

This Week in the Store

 We continue to add to our selection of books by local authors with The Full Value Of School: A Social Emotional Learning Community by Richard Maizell.  

Spring CSA Pick-up – Looking for fresh local veggies delivered right to Maple Corner?  We have just the thing for you: a Spring Farm Share from Good Heart Farmstead. 

After a long winter, the Good Heart Spring Share will lighten your step and have you feeling like a sunny spring day.  But don’t take our word for it—one Farm Share Member told us, “This share made me feel vibrant!”

This share features all the best of early spring freshness: mesclun, spinach, kale, chard, baby beets, hakurei salad turnips, radishes, and fresh herbs. You can pick up your share at the Maple Corner Community Store every Monday between 4:00 – 7:00, March 16th – May 18th.

Learn more at goodheartfarmstead.com.  Don’t wait!  There are only 10 shares available — sign up today to reserve your weekly share.



Wine Spotlight – Carlos Serres Crianza 2016 and Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines 2018. These wines come come from the Rioja region in north-central Spain. Rioja has the perfect climate and soils for producing fine red wine. Carlos Serres is one of the oldest vintners in Rioja and is family owned. Both of these wines are a blend of tempranillo and granacha grapes and are highly rated by independent wine authorities. Both have beautiful red color, medium body and good balance with a smooth finish. The main difference between the two is that the Crianza is aged 14 months in oak barrels which gives it greater complexity and smoothness. These wines are easy to drink and would go well with salmon, grilled meats or even pizza. These wines are very reasonably priced and wines of comparable quality from the US or France cost significantly more. Enjoy! RAB

Please note that we meet with our Vermont Wine Merchant rep every other week so many wine spotlights are run two weeks in a row. 

Wine Tasting – Save the Date – Robertour Vermont Wine Merchants rep will be hosting a Wine Tasting at the store on Thursday, March 12th from 5-7 PM. Check out our new selection of local Elmore Mountain Farm Soaps. Treat yourself or a friend!

Sincerely,
Anne Marie Shea, Caity Kaye & Jamie Moorby

Community Corner:

Friends of the Calais Town Hall
FREE ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP!

Sign up anytime between now and March 31, 2020 to receive a FREE one year membership to “Friends of the Calais Town Hall”.

This new non-profit organization has formed to support the ongoing development and use of the newly renovated Calais Town Hall.

Following the Town Hall’s Grand Re-Opening later this spring, it will be used for municipal meetings and events, as a cultural and performing arts center, and available to rent for special occasions.


For your free one year membership, to donate or volunteer, go to CalaisTownHall.org or email FriendsoftheCalaisTownHall@gmail.com.  Join Us On Facebook.

 Copyright © *Maple Corner Community Store,* All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 91, Calais VT 05648

Our Phone Number is:
802-229-4329

Our Website is:
www.maplecornercommunitystore.org

Our Email is:
Maplecornercommunitystore@gmail.com
 Whammy Bar Hours:Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Open:  Thursday – OPEN MIC NIGHT – 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Open:  Friday & Saturday – LIVE MUSIC – 5:00PM to 10:00PMMusic starts at  7:00 PM on Thursday
7:30 on Friday & Saturday


  **All events are free…but tipping the band is appreciated**

See our monthly music schedule on the Whammy Bar Page! Store Hours:Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
 Post Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PMSaturday: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Maple Corner Community Store & Whammy BarNewsletter – February 26, 2020 
This Week in the Whammy

Thursday, February 27th: Gaelic Sessions – Open Session featuring traditional Cape Breton, Scottish & Irish music. Sessions are held round-robin style, allowing each musician the opportunity to lead tunes of his/her choosing.

NEW THIS WEEK: Thirsty Thursday’s – Join us for Gaelic Sessions and get $1.00 off all draft beers.

Friday, February 28th: Inflatable Alien – Bob Hannan, Seamus Hannan, & John Ryan.

Saturday, February 29th: Shanty Rats – Join us for a Sea Shanty and pub-song sing-along. Burger special (Friday & Saturday Night): Ethel Melt – School house farm beef, homemade Russian dressing, Flack Family Farm kraut & swiss cheese served on a challah bun.  Served with coleslaw and pickle

Wing Special: Thai curry with cilantro, green onion and lime
New in the Whammy – We have homemade Shirley Temple’s for kids, no corn syrup!


This Week in the Store

Wine Spotlight –  Carlos Serres Crianza 2016 and Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines 2018. These wines come come from the Rioja region in north-central Spain. Rioja has the perfect climate and soils for producing fine red wine. Carlos Serres is one of the oldest vintners in Rioja and is family owned. Both of these wines are a blend of tempranillo and granacha grapes and are highly rated by independent wine authorities. Both have beautiful red color, medium body and good balance with a smooth finish. The main difference between the two is that the Crianza is aged 14 months in oak barrels which gives it greater complexity and smoothness. These wines are easy to drink and would go well with salmon, grilled meats or even pizza. These wines are very reasonably priced and wines of comparable quality from the US or France cost significantly more. Enjoy! RAB

Wine Tasting – Save the date – Robertour Vermont Wine Merchants rep will be hosting a Wine Tasting at the store on Thursday March 12 from 5-7. More details to come.

Postage Stamps – We are now keeping a selection of forever stamps in the store for sale when the P.O. is closed.

New Products this week include Lake Champlain Chocolates and Single Cut Brewery WHAMMY IPA.The Whammy IPA dive bombs into lupulin glory with smooth and balanced tropical and stone fruit hops aplenty. And pitch shifts with some good ‘ol signature SingleCut dank weed to further bend your palate.Sincerely,
Anne Marie Shea, Caity Kaye & Jamie Moorby
Maple Corner Community Store & Whammy Bar
Newsletter – February 19, 2020


 This week in the Whammy

Thursday, 2/20 – Open Mic Night

Friday, 2/21 – Rust Bucket – A fun trio consisting of a steel guitar, an upright bass, and a banjo, playing high energy old time country blues.

Saturday, 2/22 – Groove Philter – three guys who love to play some bumpin’ music. Our music ranges from classic rock, to downright dirty funk. 

Burgers are back this week!  Schoolhouse Farm ground beef burgers with arugula, pickled red onions, BBQ sauce & bacon on patchwork buns, served with a pickle & coleslaw. Available Friday & Saturday nights.
 This week in the store
Patchwork Bakery – Patchwork Bread was delivered on Tuesday this week and will come again this Friday but will be off ALL of next week. They’ll return to their regular Tuesday/Friday deliveries on Town meeting Day (March 3rd).  

Manghi’s Bakery will also be closed next week and will return Town Meeting Day.

Wine – Milbrandt Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Columbia Valley in the state of Washington, which is a very good region for growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This wine has a beautiful deep red color and nice aroma. It has lots of fruit and a smooth finish, and is a good example of a young Cabernet that is very easy to drink. This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with foods that are a bit spicy like an Italian Sausage Pizza or a burger with all the fixings. 

Beer – We’ve carried a variety of Frost Beers over the years, but new to us is the Bourbon Barrel Aged Heavy Imperial Stout. Available in 4 packs or single can.

Madi’s Healing Hot Sauce – Cilantro Onion & Maplewood Smoked Onion.  Made by Butterfly Bakery in Montpelier, this special small batch hot sauce is being sold to support local resident Madison Holmes as she recovers from a snowboarding accident.  The hot sauce was donated by Butterfly Bakery, so 100% of the $8.00 purchase price goes directly in the Madi Donation Jar.  

Sincerely,AnneMarie Shea, Caity Kaye, Jamie Moorby

Community Corner 

ATTENTION CALAIS VOTERS: Town Meeting Day and the Presidential Primary will be on Tuesday, March 3rd. Early voting is available at the Town Office Monday through Thursday 8 am to 4 pm. You may request absentee ballots via a form that is at the Store, at the Calais Town Office, or on the town website, but time is of the essence and mail can be slow! Ballots must be returned by Monday, March 2 to the Town Office, or Tuesday, March 3 to the polls at the Calais Elementary School.

Advance Care Planning: It’s Always too Soon…Until it’s too Late
Thursday, February 20 at 6:30; Maple Corner Community Center

It always seems too soon until it’s too late. An accident, injury or serious illness can happen to anyone at any time. Do your loved ones know your health care values and priorities? Preparing in advance for how you want to be cared for at the end of life minimizes conflict and uncertainty about medical decisions that may arise. Advance care planning is a process to help a person, in advance of injury, serious illness or catastrophic event, think about and plan for future medical decisions at a time when they are unable to speak for themselves.This workshop will provide an overview of medical decision-making, clarify the tools available in Vermont to document health decisions and discuss the importance of planning in advance of critical illness or health emergency. Led by Cindy Bruzzese, Executive Director of the Vermont Ethics Network. Come learn about advance care planning and leave motivated to do or to update your advance directive.Free and open to the public. Questions, contact Nel Emlen, 229-4919 or nelsflowers@gmail.com

Want to list an event or other local tidbit in the community corner? Simply reply with event details.
Maple Corner Community Store Newsletter
 February 12th, 2020

This Week in the Store

Our wine spotlight this week is Omen Cabernet Sauvignon, a classic California Cabernet with bold fruit flavors that become more subtle over time, and a beautiful deep red color. The vineyard is in the Sierra foothills which has great soils and climate for growing Cabernet grapes. The wine is sustainably crafted using no additives and is sugar-free. The vineyard is family owned with limited production. This wine, with its bold yet balanced flavors, would go well with BBQ, steak, lamb chops or Chinese food. It is very enjoyable to sip by itself. This wine sells for 25% above the store’s price on Wine.com, which rates it highly.  

This wine is also available by the glass in the Whammy Bar. Stop by this weekend if you want to try it before you buy it.

Wine Tasting Saturday, February 15th, 5-7pm:  We will be tasting three wines chosen to pair well with the Chinese Dinner being held at the Maple Corner Community Center, and one of our featured wines in the store. If you’re signed up for the sold out Chinese Dinner come grab a bottle, if you’re not, join us anyway and taste some brand new wines!

Please note that the Chinese Dinner is sold out – feel free to add your name to their wait list.

Non-Dairy Milks: We have Organic Edensoy Unsweetened Soymilk, Unsweetened Organic Vanilla Almond Milk, Barista Blend Oat Milk, and Silk Soy Creamer.  Other vegan friendly options include Organic Tofu, Tempeh, Earth Balance, and more.

 This week in the Whammy

Thursday, February 13th:  Open Mic Night. Come to play or just to listen. All acts welcome, from poetry or storytelling, to solo acts or full bands. Sign up at the door.

LOVE LOCAL on Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 14th: Join us for Valentine’s Day. We had a last minute cancelation for Friday night music and instead are lucky to have Lewis Franco and Jim Vantresca teaming up to give you a Valentine’s evening to remember. If you’d like to sing a song to your special someone please let us know and we will make that happen.

Valentine’s Day is also BURGER NIGHT!  Come enjoy a juicy blue cheese & bacon burger, made with local Schoolhouse Farms ground beef on Patchwork Bakery buns and topped with pickled red onions and arugula. Served with chips, coleslaw and a pickle. We’ll also be offering a Falafel Burger as our vegetarian option.   

Chicken Wing Special: Deep Fried Wings smothered in Higgins Burnt Garlic Hot Sauce

Drink Special: Espresso Martini

Dessert:  Top the night off with a Chocolate Dessert Plate with local honey goat cheese, fig jam, dried fruit, and of course chocolate

Saturday, February 15th: Celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long with Kava Express.  Kava Express plays “mildly euphoric and potentially addictive rock and soul classics”, from The Beatles to Nina Simone to Michael Jackson.  They have lots of new songs to share  plus a slightly different line-up which will make it a unique and exciting evening.

Featuring:  Jeff Guerin-keyboards and vocals; Jill Sudhoff-Guerin- vocals; Chris Steller-percussion and vocals; Terry Youk-saxophones; plus special guests John Ryan on bass and Aaron Scoti on drums and vocals.

See you in the store,
AnneMarie, Caity, & Jamie

Community Corner:

Happy Valentines Day from all of us at the store.  Someone has been hiding tiny Valentine’s around the store.  Whoever you are, we love you!  There are still Valentine’s Day card making supplies on the community table if you need to whip up a last minute card.

We also have a selection of Valentine’s Day Candy available for last minute gifts.
 Copyright © *Maple Corner Community Store*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 91, Calais VT 05648

Our Phone Number is:
802-229-4329

Our Website is:
www.maplecornercommunitystore.org

Our Email is:
Maplecornercommunitystore@gmail.com
 Whammy Bar Hours:Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Open:  Thursday – OPEN MIC NIGHT – 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Open:  Friday & Saturday – LIVE MUSIC – 5:00PM to 10:00PMMusic starts at  7:00 PM on Thursday
7:30 on Friday & Saturday


  **All events are free…but tipping the band is appreciated**

See our monthly music schedule on the Whammy Bar Page! Store Hours:Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PMPost Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Maple Corner Community Store Newsletter – February 5th, 2020

New at the Store:

Greeting Cards:  We have a wide selection of locally made greeting cards for all occasions. We carry Carve Design Cards by Paige Canfield, as well as greeting cards by Janet MacLeod, Erika Mitchell, Adrian Wade, and Esther Macke.

Deli – We are now getting Connie’s Kitchen Donuts delivered every Tuesday morning. As always, feel free to call anytime to hear about our daily sandwich and soup specials.

Grocery – Have you ever had the Cranberry Pecan salad at the Whammy Bar?  If so, you’re familiar with our home-roasted candied Pecans – which we are now selling in the store.  They’re sweet with a touch of spice, delicious on their own or added to any salad.  We also brought in Flack Family Farm Organic Sauerkraut, Kimchi and Cultured Raw Vegetables. Find them in the produce cooler.

Beer – In addition to Sip of Sunshine & Super Session #6, we just added Lawson’s Finest Maple Nipple as well as the new Zero Gravity Loral Lager and a Ginger & Oak of Hard Kombucha.

Wine Spotlight – This week we are featuring two sparking wines. 

– Alice Tajad Frizzante is a fun and tasty sparkling wine from Italy. It’s got a touch of spiciness, a touch of rusticity, and a lot of character. 

– Cune Cava Brut is a Cava from Rioja, Spain and can be described as having fruit notes, fresh acidity for balance and a creamy texture. Cava’s tend to be a bit drier than a Prosecco. It has a nice release of tiny bubbles riding to form a cheerful crown of mousse!   

Either wine would be a wonderful addition to a romantic Valentine’s Day!

This Week in the Whammy:

Thursday, 2/6  Open Mic Night

Friday, 2/7 – Umlaut – one of Vermont’s finest Polk Rock bands. Consisting of the three brothers von Umlaut: Jüppchen on accordion, Günther on cello, und Fritz on vocals and rhythm guitar. Their music is infused with a taste for low-hanging fruit. 
 
Saturday, 2/8 – Flycatchers The Flycatchers are a Vermont-based trio playing Americana Roots, Red Dirt Oklahoma and Texas Alt Country sounds. 

Dan Blondin: vocals, guitar, harp. 
Barry Lampke: vocals, guitar, mandolin. 
Vicki Maier: vocals, guitar.

We continue to upgrade our food and drink menu at the Whammy. Please check our website for our monthly cocktail menu, expanded wine list, dinner menu and deli menu.  

Remember, anything on the Whammy Bar menu can be ordered for take-out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

This week’s cocktail special is a Limontini – a slightly sweet vodka martini made with homemade limoncello. $10

Whammy Hours 
Thursday 5-9, music at 7.
Friday and Saturday 5-10, music at 7:30. 

Thank you for your continued patronage, together we are building a stronger community,

Sincerely,
Anne Marie, Caity & Jamie


Community Corner:

Valentine Making: Starting later this week we’ll have a variety of Valentine’s Day card making supplies available at the community table at the front of the store. Come make cards for others, or to hang around the store.

Sunday, February 9th, 530 PM – Winter Potluck at MCCC.  
New to town or just feel like you haven’t really gotten to know your neighbors? Lived here all your life and can’t wait to share a meal with friends? Whatever the case, come on over and join us for the upcoming potluck at the Maple Corner Community Center on Sunday Feb. 9 at 5:30 pm. Spread the word and see you there.

Help Support Maddison’s Recovery:
We put up a donation jar on the pellet stove to support local resident Maddison Holmes as she heals from a traumatic brain injury due to a snow boarding accident. Donations in the jar or on her GoFundMe site are very much appreciated! Maddie (Jamie’s cousin) grew up in the area and graduated from Hazen Union High School in 2013. You may know her from her many years working at Positive Pie (Hardwick & Plainfield). 

Want to post an event, inspirational quote, wildlife siting, or other neighborhood tidbit in a future Community Corner? Send a note in reply to this email.Copyright © *Maple Corner Community Store*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 91, Calais VT 05648

Our Phone Number is:
802-229-4329

Our Website is:
www.maplecornercommunitystore.org

Our Email is:
Maplecornercommunitystore@gmail.com

 Whammy Bar Hours:Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Open:  Thursday – OPEN MIC NIGHT – 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Open:  Friday & Saturday – LIVE MUSIC – 5:00PM to 10:00PMMusic starts at  7:00 PM on Thursday
7:30 on Friday & Saturday


  **All events are free…but tipping the band is appreciated**

See our monthly music schedule on the Whammy Bar Page! Store Hours:Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PMPost Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Maple Corner Community Store Newsletter – January 28th, 2020

Dear Friends Near and Far,
It’s wonderful to see so many of your familiar faces in and out of the store and Whammy throughout the week. Almost every day somebody new comes in and introduces themselves as a shareholder or other supporter.  How fortunate we are to live in such a dynamic and engaged community, we love meeting those of you we didn’t already know.  As you’ve seen, we continue to change a little something each week and it’s all starting to come together. If you haven’t had a chance, stop by and say hi.

Store News:
The Hunger Mountain Coop is currently our source of Organic Strafford Farms milk in glass bottles, however they are out until Wednesday. We’ll get it in as soon as they do and are working to secure a more reliable distribution source so we don’t have to rely on their supply.

We continue to have Patchwork bread delivered Tuesday’s and Friday’s, generally delivered early afternoon.  We are now using their bread for our daily sandwich special.

The Times Argus is being delivered Tuesday through Saturday.  Pick one up to read at home, or peruse the store copy at the community table over breakfast or lunch.

Last week’s featured wine, a 2017 Vietti Barberra D’Asti, has been enormously popular so we are keeping it on for
another week. This is a red wine from the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, known for its fine red wines. This wine goes well with pizza or pasta, but also burgers or lamb chops. 

Big news in the beer cooler this week is that we’ve brought in Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine in cans as well as 12 packs of Lawson’s Super Session #6 IPA.  We also have Sip of Sunshine on tap at the Whammy Bar

We are also now carrying both a Hard Kombucha & Hard Ginger Beer.  We still have two flavors of non-alcoholic Kombucha in the drink cooler, as well as Reeds Ginger Beer.

This week in the Deli we’ll continue to have a hot sandwich on Patchwork bread as our daily sandwich special. We’ll have a hot soup most days and fresh baked muffins every morning.  Please feel free to call ahead to learn about our daily specials.

We have switched our drip coffee to Artisan’s Coffee Roasters, and have almond milk and soy creamer available by request. We also have a variety of Harney & Son’s Tea.  We are offering breakfast sandwiches to order, in addition to having them pre-made in the warmer.  Feel free to call in an order and add veggies, fresh avocado, or to request  an upgrade to a Patchwork Bagel (subject to availability).  We can also do Bacon or Sausage & Egg Breakfast Burrito’s to order.


This week’s Whammy Line-up:
Pick up a copy of our monthly music schedule at the store, or view it on our website.

Thursday, January 30th – Open Mic.  Come to perform or just to listen. Sign up when you arrive.

Friday, January 31st – Big Hat No Cattle  – Swinging out from Montpelier, Vermont, Big Hat No Cattle plays and sings old and new songs in a vintage western style. The band includes: Kevin Macneil Brown on steel guitar, guitar, and vocals; Michael Ricciarelli on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and vocals; David Blythe on bass and vocals, and Danny McHugh on drums.

Saturday, February 1st – John Smythe. John Smyth has been playing his original music in venues throughout Vermont since 2010. His album, “Hunger Mountain Clay”, was released in 2018. John plays with full bands, performs solo and acoustic and anything in between. He is ready to record his next CD with Colin McCaffrey at the Green Room in Plainfield Vermont.

Come check out our new cocktail menu and daily drink special. In addition to our dinner menu,we have daily Sandwich, Crostini and Soup or Entrée specials.  Feel free to call ahead to learn about them.

Big Hat No Cattle at the Whammy Bar.

Sincerely, the MCCS Management Team,
Anne Marie Shea, Caity Kaye, & Jamie MoorbyCommunity Corner:

Welcome to the first Community Corner, a new feature at the end of each newsletter.  Each Community Corner will include two or three local events, tidbits from neighbors, remarkable things someone saw on their walk, inspirational quotes, or whatever else may come our way.  Feel free to reply to the newsletter with suggested Community Corner items.  

Please be aware that, due to space limitations, we can’t post everything. We will select two or three items each week to feature. 

Upcoming Events at the Maple Corner Community Center:Mark your calendars: 2 evening pot lucks at the Maple Corner Community Center. Sunday Feb. 9 and Sunday March 29th @ 5:30 pm.Advance Care Planning: It’s always too soon…until it’s too late — February 20th, 630pm. This workshop will provide an overview of medical decision-making, clarify the tools available in Vermont to document health decisions and discuss the importance of planning in advance of critical illness or health emergency. Led by Cindy Bruzzese, Executive Diretor of the Vermont Ethics Network. Free and open to the public.Sponsored by the Maple Corner Program Committee. Stay tuned for more events, including a Persian Cooking class in April.
Copyright © *Maple Corner Community Store, All rights reserved.

We are located at:
31 West County Road,
Calais Vt 05648

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 91, Calais VT 05648

Our Phone Number is:
802-229-4329

Our Website is:
www.maplecornercommunitystore.org
1/20/20 Newsletter:


Maple Corner Community Store Newsletter – January 21st, 2020

Dear loyal customers and community members,
Today marks one month since our grand re-opening on December 20th.  As a management team we are finally settling into a routine and getting a little more sleep. We are proud of how much we have accomplished in our first month of operation, and owe a huge thank you to everyone who lent a hand as we got up and running.  Also thanks to everyone for your increased patronage – we only flourish as a sustainable community resource with your ongoing support. Be sure to come in this week to check out the newly painted Whammy Bar.

 This week at the store:

We will continue to get Patchwork Bread Tuesday’s and Friday’s, however Charlie of Patchwork won’t make it this coming Tuesday (1/21). Look for his return on Friday.

Our customers are really loving the Strafford Farms organic glass bottle milk.  We now have quarts of whole and low fat milk, pints of half and half, and half gallons of whole milk. Remember our price includes a $1.50 bottle deposit so be sure to bring your bottle back for the refund.  If you have bottles you bought elsewhere, we’ll still take them and refund your deposit.  

Our Bulk section continues to grow. New this week is Nutritional Yeast flakes, Organic Quinoa, Organic Black Beans, and Organic Chick Peas. We’ve also begun adding bulk herbs and spices. We currently have Black Peppercorns, Cinnamon, Organic Curry Powder, Organic Basil, Organic Garlic Powder and Pink Sea Salt.. 

We have stopped carrying commercial white chicken eggs and in their place are offering Pete & Gary’s organic brown eggs (at a lower price than our old white eggs were) as well as local eggs from Schoolhouse Farm right here in Calais. While we love Pete & Gary’s eggs we want to stop buying them in plastic egg cartons.  Instead, we plan to buy them in bulk and repackage them for sale in reused egg cartons. Please feel free to drop off your empty (clean and intact) egg cartons for us to re-use.

We are now carrying a wide variety of vegan groceries.  We have organic Eden Soy Unsweetened Soy Milk, Vanilla Almond Milk, Silk non-dairy creamer, organic Firm Tofu, Rhapsody Tempeh, and Earth Balance.  We are offering Silk Soy Creamer and Almond Milk available for your morning coffee, just ask.

On the shelves this week you’ll also find an assortment of new products.  Check out the Once Again organic Tahini and Almond Butter, and Chu Chee authentic Thai Curry Paste.  We also brought in Knudson Morning Blend juice and Knudson Cranberry Juice Concentrate.

In the Dairy Cooler, we have brought in Natalie’s Orange Juice, Vermont Creamery Cultured Butter, Cold Hollow Cider, and thick cut Cob & Hardwood Smoked McKenzie Bacon cured with Vermont Maple Syrup.

In the Freezer, be sure to check out our selection of frozen Tony’s Pizza, American Flatbread, organic Misty Knoll Chicken, School House Farm (Calais) Ground Beef, Caity’s Home Made Arugula Pesto, Wyman’s Blueberries & Raspberries, Amy’s Organic Dinner Bowls, and many other frozen favorites.

Our Produce Cooler this week features all the usuals including organic Kale, Arugula, whole white mushrooms, Caity’s home made hummus, an assortment of bulk cheeses, avocado’s, garlic, onions, potatoes, and much more.

We are building our inventory of local artisan crafts. In addition to Carve Design block print cards by Paige Canfield, we now have wonderful print cards by local artist and U32 art teacher Adrian Wade. We also continue to carry Sarah Russell Pottery, and have just gotten back in stock Junkyard in No Town,a novel by local author J.C. Myers. What better way to support the store and local artists than by buying local art at the store.

 Deli:

We’ll continue to have fresh homemade muffins each morning, a lunch sandwich special on toasted Patchwork bread each day, as well as a hot soup available to eat in or take out. Call ahead to learn about daily lunch specials.

 

Wine:  This weeks featured wine is a 2017 Vietti Barberra D’Asti. This is a red wine from the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, known for its fine red wines. Piedmont borders France and Switzerland and has an ideal climate and soils for producing fine red wine. This wine made from the Barbera grape is medium bodied, dry with nice fruit and a very smooth finish. This wine goes well with pizza or pasta, but also burgers or lamb chops. It is rated quite highly by wine experts.

Beer:  After a being unavailable for nearly a month we are excited to have Two Roads “Road 2 Ruin” back in stock, both in the store and available in cans at the Whammy.  This is a wonderfully hoppy Double IPA.
 

This week at the Whammy:

On Thursday, January 23rd we have our monthly Gaelic Sessions hosted by Footworks.  This open session featuring traditional Cape Bretton, Scottish and Irish music will be hosted in a round robin style, allowing each musician the opportunity to lead a tune of his/her choosing.  Feel free to come and play, or just come to listen.

On Friday, January 24th we welcome backWorm Dogs featuring Eric Soszynski and Nick Ledak on Guitar, Danica Cunningham on Fiddle, Will Pearl on Percussion and Braden Lalancette (of Papa’s Porch) on Bass.

On Saturday, January 25th join us in welcoming theDevon McGarry Band. This original rock band from Burlington, VT explores just about every corner of the genre, from slow blues to raw angst. The rhythms are glued tight, the leads are soaring, and the lyrics are heartfelt. What more could you want?

Whammy Bar Specials:

Thai Curry Wings with Cilantro, Scallion & Herbs
Cocktail Special – Warm up on a cold night with a Bar Hill Gin Toddy
Stay tuned or give us a call to learn our dinner special and a salad special. These will depend upon availability of ingredients.

We are introducing our new and improved cocktail menu, featuring a Bar Hill Bees Knees with a sprig of Rosemary. Additionally, we are now offering a variety of Red and White bottled wines available by the glass.
Devon McGarry Band

Sincerely, The Management Team,
Anne Marie, Caity & Jamie


 

1/14/2020 Newsletter:

What’s New at the Maple Corner Community Store & Whammy Bar?
Welcome to the first weekly MCCS & Whammy Bar newsletter! 

First, a resounding thank you to our shareholders, supporters, customers, volunteers, and entire community for the abundance of energy and generosity that has brought us this far. If you are a shareholder, you have probably received your share certificates in the mail. If you haven’t, they’ll arrive shortly.   All 200 “A” voting shares have been sold, which is our maximum allowable number of individual shareholders.
 
 What’s new at the Store?
We’ve received strong positive feedback on the changes so far, such as fresh paint, new lighting, new shelving, and the community corner for dining with friends, as well as product changes, increases in inventory, and our efforts to offer competitive pricing store wide.  If you haven’t had a chance to add your product suggestions to our suggestion jar, please stop in and do so. The square footage of shelf space has nearly doubled over the previous design, and we are making good progress toward filling it with products you want – please let us know what they are.
 New Products
~Patchwork Bakery (Hardwick)– Fresh deliveries every Tuesday and Friday

~Produce:  We now carry a variety of produce such as onions, garlic, red & green peppers, kale, arugula, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, clementine, avocados, tomatoes, and more.

~Bulk Maple Syrup from Lamb Sugarworks (Calais) – Bring your own container, or buy one of ours.  Just be sure to have your jar weighed before you fill it.  And of course we still have Kents Corner Sugarhouse specialty syrup as well.

~Calais Honey from Franklyn Heyburn 

~Strafford Dairy – Whole Milk, Low Fat Milk & Half & Half.  Be aware Strafford milk prices include a $1.50 deposit on the glass bottle, which helps reduce the amount of plastic in the waste stream. 

~Two pound blocks of Cabot Cheddar Cheese, plus Cabot Cream Cheese, Sour Cream & Cottage Cheese

~Multiple flavors of Polar Springs 1 liter Seltzer

~ Bulk Ingredients:  In addition to Maple Syrup, we’ve added a variety of bulk rice, dried beans, sugar, flour, granola, oats & more.  If they sell well, we’ll upgrade to bins instead of pre-bagged and save even more plastic.

~Bulk Nuts, Fruits & Snacks:  Check out our growing selection of bagged bulk goodies – trail mixes, dried papaya, mango, banana, figs & dates, almonds, walnuts, and pecans, plus yogurt pretzels, chocolate raisins & almonds, and lots more.

~School House Farm (Calais) Fresh Eggs and reasonably priced Ground Beef (in the freezer).

~Times Argus – coming soon we’ll have papers available Tuesday Through Saturday
  
 Beer and Wine
We continue to offer a wide variety of beers from Bud Light and PBR to Heady Topper, Citizen Cider and everything in between.  We’ve lowered the majority of our beer prices by a dollar or two in order to match what you’d pay in town. If there’s a variety we don’t carry, let us know and we’ll try to get it in.

With the assistance of our Vermont Wine representative and several community advisors, we have added many new varieties of wine, now located at the back of the store.  Come check out our great new selections.
 Deli In addition to our breakfast sandwiches, we have fresh homemade muffins and other goodies available each morning. Feel free to call ahead for breakfast sandwiches to order, and let us know what other breakfast options you’d like to enjoy with your morning coffee.

In addition to our standard sandwich menu we’ve added daily soup and sandwich specials. We love that lots of folks are coming with friends to dine in our Community Corner! Always feel free to call ahead to learn about daily specials. 
What’s new at the Whammy?
 The Whammy Bar continues to be a vibrant part of Maple Corner. We are still open every Thursday night from 5 to 9 PM and Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to 10pm.  We thank you for your patience while we repaint and redecorate the Whammy Bar, it’s coming along slowly but will be finalized in the coming weeks.  Hours & Booking:
Every Thursday is Open Mic Night – sign up at the door to perform. Music starts at 7:00PM

Every Friday and Saturday we continue to host musicians and bands from near and far. Music starts at 7:30 PM.  We have monthly half-sheet Whammy Schedules available at the store for you to take home and put on your fridge.  You can also always check our website, http://www.maplecornercommunitystore.org for the monthly music calendar.  

If you are interested in booking a gig, please email whammybooking@gmail.com.
January Music Schedule:
 Thursday, January 16th: Open Mic
Friday, January 17th: Bella & The Notables
Saturday, January 18th: Jim Ventresca – Sing AlongThursday, January 23rd: Irish Sessions
Friday, January 24th: Worm Dogs
Saturday, January 25th: Devon McGarryThursday, January 30th: Open Mic
Friday, January 31st: Big Hat No Cattle
 Menu & Specials: While we’ve kept Artie’s signature Wings, Salads & Pizza’s, we’ve also added a little something special to each menu item and have a variety of food and drink specials each night. Caity’s culinary skills are quickly becoming well known which has pulled in more folks coming for dinner. We look forward to seeing you there.
This week’s Whammy Bar Specials:

Dinner Special: Vegetarian Borsch served with award winning Patchwork Bakery(Hardwick) Matzah.  
Salad Special: Winter Citrus Salad with mixed greens, grapefruit, pistachio, feta, pickled red onions & avocado. Dressed in a grapefruit, maple, poppy dressing.
Crostini Special:  Turkey Reuben with swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing.

Drinks:Be sure to come down this weekend to check out our weekly cocktail special as well as our new wine and cocktail menu. 
  Sincerely, the Management Team,
Anne Marie Shea
Caity Kaye
Jamie MoorbyCopyright © 2020 Maple Corner Community Store, All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
PO Box 91, Calais VT 05648

Our Phone Number is:
802-229-4329

Our Website is:
http://www.maplecornercommunitystore.org