New Name Announced at Co-op Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2014

When the North Quabbin Community Co-op opens in its new, North Main Street location later this summer, the sign above the door will feature a new name: Quabbin Harvest.

The name of the downtown market was announced at the Co-op annual meeting Thursday evening, April 10th by board president Amy Borezo. Amy noted that while the corporate name will be unchanged, the expanded store, which will carry an expanded fresh produce, grocery, and health and beauty inventory, should have a name reflecting its mission: to be open and inviting to everyone in the community, offer honest food at honest prices, and maintain a commitment to local farms and producers.

The store will be moving into the former Workers Credit Union across from Town Hall in downtown Orange, through an innovative partnership with The Mount Grace Conservation Land Trust, which is purchasing the building. Mount Grace Executive Director Leigh Youngblood thanked the Co-op board and members for the work they have done, scouting downtown buildings and raising $55,000 in the past six months, and said she “can’t wait to see the doors opened.”

In other meeting business, the membership welcomed new board of directors member Karl Bittenbender, and re-elected Manual and Mary King for another term.

Michael Abbate, Chief Operating Officer of Common Capital, a western Massachusetts non-profit organization that provides financing and business assistance to small business and high-impact community projects, congratulated the Co-op on the growth it has experienced in five years, and on the plans for the expanded community store.

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