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Food Co-ops in AmericaCommunities, Consumption, and Economic Democracy$
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Anne Meis Knupfer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451140

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451140.001.0001

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Adamant Food Co-operative and Putney Food Co-operative

Adamant Food Co-operative and Putney Food Co-operative

(p.106) 6 Adamant Food Co-operative and Putney Food Co-operative
Food Co-ops in America

Anne Meis Knupfer

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at the Green Mountains of Vermont, where the oldest and third oldest food co-ops in the United States are located. The Adamant Food Co-operative (started in 1935) is the oldest food co-op in a village with a population of sixty-eight. It is reminiscent of an old general store, which sells various practical goods along with hardware, organic produce, and a fine selection of wines. It was able to survive through its rich traditions and the dedication of its members. The other Vermont co-op is the Putney Food Co-operative, which belongs to a different kind of community. Putney was a haven for hippies, artists, and other nonconformists during the 1960s. In contrast to Adamant's, Putney's co-op was more political, as it participated in boycotts and deliberated on which foods should be sold.

Keywords:   Vermont co-ops, Adamant Food Co-operative, practical goods, hardware, organic produce, Putney Food Co-operative, hippies, nonconformists

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