Annual Baking Fest and Silent Auction Summary

We were pleased to raise over $875 for the Potsdam Neighborhood Center through our 17th Annual Holiday Baking Fest and Silent Auction held on Sunday, December 7th.

Over 100 people strolled through the Carriage House behind the Co-op and enjoyed sampling over a dozen mouthwatering entries and silently voting for their favorites. Daisy Cox, Director of the Potsdam Neighborhood Center, Co-op Board Members, and Co-op member-owners served the delectable treats to the eager visitors.

Vanessa Bittner won in the Savory category with her creation of Vegetable Kulebyaka; Linda Meyers took first place in the new Fruit category with a Spiced Apple Cake; the favorite in the new Chocolate category was John Dewer's Nathan's Ultimate Chocolate Brownies; and Wendy Turnbull took the prize in Special Diet with her gluten-free Marzipan Bars. These winning bakers all receive a $25 Gift Card and a frameable Award Certificate from the Co-op.

The fundraising aspect of the Baking Fest comes into play when visitors place bids on the duplicate, uncut version of their favorite entry displayed in the Auction Showcase, hoping to take it home to enjoy.

Many thanks to the bakers who donated their wonderful creations! Because of their generosity we are able to continue this festive holiday tradition and community event. Thanks also to those who bid on the delicious treats and contributed to the collection jar. This collective effort makes the Baking Fest and Silent Auction a successful event that generates needed funds for the Potsdam Neighborhood Center. We appreciate everyone’s time and energy that makes this all possible

Please join us next year as we begin the holiday season while supporting this worthwhile organization!

View photos from the event here: 2014 Annual Holiday Baking Fest and Silent Auction

Third Thursday Tasting

December 18, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Potsdam Co-op - 24 Elm St.

We will be offering holiday inspired products during our 3rd Thursday Sampling on December 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Used for baking, topping, drinking, dipping, and snacking, Maraschino cherries are small, but can play a big role in making things festive. The Co-op offers CherryMan Maraschino Cherries with stems, grown and made in the USA without high fructose corn syrup.

And you'll be able to dip those cherries in whipped cream made from Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk. This rich and creamy non-dairy staple is also used in soups, stews, curries, smoothies, and baked goods.

Then cleanse your palate with a taste of R.W. Knudsen’s sparking juice. Their celebratory beverages are packed in elegant champagne-styled bottles, perfect for special occasions. These non-alcoholic drinks never contain sugar, artificial flavors, or preservatives. Sparkling Crisp Apple Juice is 100% juice from fresh whole apples. Sparkling Concord Grape is from Kosher grape juice from concentrate.

Also being served is December’s Cheese of the Month, the "Queen" of Cheeses, Imported French Double Crème Brie!  Our French double crème Brie contains 60 - 75% butterfat which results in a creamier cheese with a wonderful buttery taste.  Brie is a must for your cheese platter during the holiday season.  However you decide to serve it, it is certain to be a hit.

So stop by the Co-op on Thursday afternoon, December 18 between 3:30 and 5:30 and see how these fine products can enhance your holiday table.

Buying Club Online Ordering

Take advantage of our Buying Club from home by using our online service! Member/Owners can sign up for a Buying Club account online at, or by using the link under the Buying Club heading in the left sidebar. It may take up to three days for an account to be activated. Once there, you can search UNFI's catalog and add items to your cart. The order will be locked from Monday at 6 a.m. until Tuesday at 4 p.m. so that we may place and process the order. We will email you an invoice for your records and have a printed copy in the store that you can use to purchase your goods. If you have any questions about how the system works, please do not hesitate to call and ask. You may also visit the "Information" link in the left sidebar for more details.

About the Potsdam Food Co-op


The Potsdam Co-op is a member-owned and operated natural foods cooperative where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone can join.

The Co-op was established in 1973 and has been dedicated to meeting the community's need for specialty and whole foods at the lowest possible cost ever since. Now in its fifth location, the Co-op remains a locally-owned business whose members volunteer to work alongside paid staff to keep the shelves stocked and the store running.

 As a member of the local community interested in its well being, we attempt to use local sources whenever feasible. We strive to provide a pleasant shopping experience and working environment, with an emphasis on education shared information, and developing our relationship with the community. We encourage environmental respect through the manner in which we conduct our daily operations.

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