Our events and classes are a great way to get involved as a volunteer or attendee! Click on any of the exciting events and classes below for more information.

Mar
23
Sat
Co-op Town: Exploring Maynard’s Deep Cooperative Roots @ Maynard Public Library
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Co-op Town: Exploring Maynard's Deep Cooperative Roots @ Maynard Public Library | Maynard | MA | United States

You’ve probably heard about the Assabet Village Co-op Market, an initiative to open a full-service, community-owned grocery store in Maynard. But did you know that Maynard was home to lots of cooperative businesses – including a thriving food co-op, oil company, bank, and more – for more than 70 years?

Come hear historian David Mark as he explores Maynard’s deep cooperative roots, from the first Finnish immigrants in the 1800s to today’s efforts to build a thriving food co-op for the region. Hear about our town’s cooperative past and get inspired for the opening of the Assabet Village Co-op Market!

Mar
26
Tue
Co-op Food Justice Committee Meeting! @ Maynard Public Library
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Co-op Food Justice Committee Meeting! @ Maynard Public Library | Maynard | MA | United States

Our next Food Justice Committee is coming, and we want YOU there! We’re working hard to build a community-owned grocery store that increases access to healthy food for all. That means connecting with underserved populations to find out what services, products, and in-store programs will best serve folks across the Co-op Community.

All are welcome! Bring your passion and ideas and let’s build a Co-op that fosters real food justice!!!

Apr
6
Sat
Learn to Keep Your Own Backyard Chickens! @ Great Road Farm and Garden
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Wanna learn how to keep your own backyard chickens?!

On Saturday, April 6, at 10am join the Co-op for Chicken Chat with our friends at Great Road Farm and Garden in Littleton! Learn about Feed & Nutrition, Care & Husbandry, Seasonal Info & Tips, and Flock Management. Ask all your chicken farming questions, and all attendees will enjoy 10% off all chicken supplies (the farm has everything you need to build your own chicken coop this spring!).

While you’re there, stop by our Assabet Village Co-op Market table to hear about our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store (target location: Maynard!). With more than 1,000 member-Owners on board and our site search underway, it’s a great time to become a Co-op Owner!

Chicken Chat is a FREE event, and we love supporting local farms So please RSVP by clicking HERE and we’ll see you at Great Road Farm and Garden On Saturday, April 6!

Apr
27
Sat
Tabling at Framingham Earth Day Festival!
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tabling at Framingham Earth Day Festival!

Think Spring! The Co-op will be tabling at the 9th annual Framingham Earth Day Festival, Saturday, April 27, 11-3 on Framingham Centre Common (between Edgell Road and Vernon Street). Bring the whole family for live music, awesome local food vendors, art from local artists, kids activities, and more! And of course, stop by our table to hear all about our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store. You can become an Owner on the spot!

We’ll see you at Earth Day!

Co-op Tabling at Concord Earth Day! @ The Old Manse
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Co-op Tabling at Concord Earth Day! @ The Old Manse | Concord | MA | United States

The Co-op will be tabling at the Musketaquid (Concord) Earth Day Festival, one of the region’s coolest Earth Day celebrations! Come for the parade, river floats, art, food vendors, music and kids activities galore!

While you’re there, stop by our table to hear all about our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store. With more than 1,000 Owners on board and our site search underway, it’s a great time to join the Co-op!

We’ll see you there!

Co-op Tabling at Maynard Earth Day!
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Co-op Tabling at Maynard Earth Day!

We’ll be tabling at the Maynard Earth Day 2019 Celebration on Saturday, April 27! Come for the parade, live music, yoga, community art projects, face painting, river floats, and local food vendors!

While you’re there, stop by our table at Veterans Memorial Park to hear all about our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store. With more than 1,000 Owners on board and our site search underway, it’s a great time to join the Co-op!

We’ll see you at Maynard Earth Day!

May
5
Sun
Spring Field Trip to Monadnock Food Co-op! @ Monadnock Food Co-op
May 5 @ 8:45 am – 1:45 pm
Spring Field Trip to Monadnock Food Co-op! @ Monadnock Food Co-op | Keene | NH | United States

Join us for our FIRST CO-OP FIELD TRIP as we head to the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH! We’ll get a private tour from store manager Michael Faber and a Q&A session. Then shop till you drop!

MFC is one of New England’s most successful startup food co-ops, and this is an awesome opportunity for Assabet Village Co-op Market Owners and supporters to get an inside look at the kind of co-op we plan to build right here in Maynard!

We’ll meet Sunday, May 5, at 8:45am at the Mill & Main parking lot on Main Street in Maynard. To reduce our carbon footprint, please let us know if you’re willing to use your car as a carpool. We’ll leave at 9am and caravan up to our friends at MFC!

Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags, and RSVP here to let us know you’re coming! We’ll see you on Sunday, May 5!

May
8
Wed
Author Talk – Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops @ Maynard Public Library
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Author Talk - Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops @ Maynard Public Library | Maynard | MA | United States

It’s our first Co-op author talk, and it’s a big one!!!

On Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30pm, the Assabet Village Co-op Market presents Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Supermarket Giants.

Hear Steinman read from his landmark book exploring food co-ops (community-owned grocery stores) as an alternative to corporate supermarket giants. Through penetrating analysis and inspiring examples of thriving American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Hear why co-ops are spurring the creation of local food economies and stronger communities, while changing the global food system for the better.

Mr. Steinman will also be signing copies of his book, and you’ll hear about the Assabet Village Co-op Market, a locally sourced, community-owned grocery store opening up right here in Maynard. This event is FREE and all are welcome. We’ll see you on May 8!

May
19
Sun
Co-op Produce Bag Sew-In!
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Co-op Produce Bag Sew-In!

Come get your FREE cloth produce bag at our first Assabet Village Co-op Market Produce Bag Sew-In!

On Sunday, May 19, from 9-12, stop by 8 Brooks Street in Maynard to pick up your free bag. We’ll be hand-sewing reusable cloth bags for all who want one – first come, first serve and available until they’re gone!

*CLOTH DONATION spots are set up at two great Maynard businesses: Serendipity Cafe at 1 Nason Street and Gallery Seven Frame Shop & Fine Art Gallery. Light-weight woven fabric is best. While you’re there, please grab a bite or a beautiful print and support local!

*WANNA HELP US SEW BAGS AND HAVE FUN AT OUR SEW-IN? E-mail Lorne@assabetvillage.coop to volunteer. Baked treats, coffee, music, and good people 🙂

We’ll see you at the Sew-In!