The past few weeks at LACE have been a whirlwind of change and adaptation. We are just about moved out of 159 N. Main Street and are settling in to the kitchen at Knights of Columbus, which we are renting for the summer. It is sad to see LACE leave its home on Main Street, but we believe the new LACE will be stronger and better when the transition process is over. The trainees from the F.O.O.D. program have been very adaptable to the new schedules and location. For the past three weeks LACE has had a stand at the Barre and Waterbury Farmers Markets, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, respectively. The F.O.O.D. trainees have been developing products and selling them each week. Catherine has been developing her business, Extreme Dreams Bakery, with a line of gluten and wheat free baked goods. She has built and painted her own cart (pictures to come next week) and has customers who seek her out at the farmers markets, whether because they have dietary restrictions or just because the products are so delicious. She creates a new seasonal product every week! Jen is also developing a business plan for Kayliz’s Baked Goods (named after her daughters). She has seven different varieties of baked goods and chocolaty treats that she came up with. I can personally attest that they will get you hooked at the first taste, so watch out! Justin is continuing with his successful business, Justin’s Mint Magic, selling his rich chocolate mint cookies. You can find him in his own tent at both markets, and stop by for some samples. Crystal makes sweet and soothing iced tea for LACE and is generally a great help in everything we do. Sean makes and sells mini bagels that have people coming back for more. LACE is selling breads and bagels as well. All of us, except Justin, are under one tent – a one-stop shop for your baked goodies and breads! Come on down to the markets and see us!
We are continuing to develop and expand the program, attempting to make it as effective and successful as possible, and are excited about future prospects. As always, please let us know if you have questions. The best way to reach us at the moment is through email (email@example.com).
As of now, Kids Cooking Up a Story is postponed until future notice. We are still securing a location for the summer, but hope to have it up and running in the near future. Stay tuned!
We’re searching for volunteers to help us transplant the plants in our Window Garden Project to our plot at the Community Gardens at Metro Way on Thursday or Friday! Volunteers are also needed to help us pack and move this week and weekend. Please call 476-4276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. Ask for Anna.
Thank you! We appreciate your support during this transitional period!
Kids Cooking Up a Story will be on at LACE for the next two weeks (Wednesday and Fridays)! Come check it out and make yummy foods!
There is lots of stuff for sale at LACE – books, kitchen supplies, baskets, electronics, office supplies, shelving, etc. All items are by donation, so you may be able to find some real affordable treasures here. Stop by on Wednesdays from 11am-8pm during May and see what you can find!
Four years ago, the Local Agricultural Community Exchange (LACE) opened its doors to a crowd of hundreds of excited food lovers and believers. Mr. Ed and Mary Corrigan generously offered to lease the 10,000 sq ft that had formerly housed the Homer Fitts Company at 159 N Main Street to LACE. That spring of 2007, the community encouragement and support showered on LACE to push forward the mission to improve accessibility of fresh, local foods downtown set the organization off to a great start.
Today, with hard economic times, the loss of the Farm Fresh Market & Café as co-tenant, and the rising cost associated with such a large facility have all pointed LACE towards the need to re-focus. The positive impact of LACE programming out of the Community Kitchen has been greatly felt throughout the community. LACE provides a place where folks who have been disenfranchised from society are welcomed into the kitchen to gain job and social skills through the work of creating a sustainable local food system, and feeding the community wholesome meals.
Looking forward towards a sustainable future for LACE, the board of directors and staff has a plan of action: “We are taking it to the Farmer’s Markets!” This summer, the LACE Focus On Occupational Development (F.O.O.D.) culinary vocational training program will be making locally sourced products and selling them at farmer’s. Look for the LACE F.O.O.D. Stand at the Barre and Montpelier Markets!
Meanwhile, LACE will set up temporary shop in a local kitchen while seeking a permanent new space for next year. As LACE closes one chapter, the founder and director Ariel Zevon, along with the staff and board of directors wish to express heartfelt thanks to this community for all the kindness, support and effort it has taken to make it through these first four years. LACE welcomes the community to take part in the development of the organization as it evolves into the next phase: “Come find us at the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Barre, celebrate fresh foods with us, check out the work our F.O.O.D. trainees are doing, help us decide where LACE needs to go from here to best serve our community!”
Coming up in May:
LACE will only be open WEDNESDAYS from 11am to 8pm. Check out: Moving Sales, Gallery Sales, the Open Table Dinners and weekly film screenings.
LACE has reopened this week after being closed for several days. The Kids Cooking Up a Story program is back tomorrow morning – look out for some delicious treats being whipped up by our pre-K group. Come join us!
The Open Table and Kids Cooking Up a Story for 5-10 year olds is also continuing throughout the month on Wednesdays.
Look forward to seeing you!