Old Creamery Cooperative

Old Creamery Cooperative
Your Hilltown Community Market

Store Hours
Mon - Sat 7:30am - 8:00pm
Sunday 8:30am - 8:00pm
(413) 634-5560

Cooperative Leadership

Dan Esko - Interim General Manager

 

DanEsko.jpgWith over 20 years experience in the cooperative grocery, retail service, and local food space, Daniel has developed a wide breadth of skills in business management, retail store operations, finances, fundraising, human resources, and business development. He has worked in various positions from entry-level up to senior management for the Kushi Institute Store, Whole Foods Market, Shire City Herbals, and the Berkshire Food Co-op. After serving as Berkshire Co-op's General Manager from 2016 to 2018, Daniel took on the role of Project Manager shepherding this Southern Berkshire mainstay into a brand new 14,000 square foot store that opened in June of 2019.

Committed to strengthening and growing cooperative enterprise locally and across the country, he has worked with the greater co-op community to support local farmers and food producers, help sister co-op's improve their retail operations, and build a vibrant local economy based on stakeholder partnership and cooperation. Raised in the hilltown of Becket, MA, he now lives with his wife Sheri and their three children in Dalton, where he enjoys cooking, back yard gardening, spending quality time with his family, and playing music. 

  

Email: gm@oldcreamery.coop

Tom Utterback - Grocery Manager

 

tom-utterback.jpgI grew up in the small city of Tullahoma, TN and now live in Conway with my 9 year old son Avi, a 4th grader at Conway Grammar School.  I have experience in grocery management from River Valley Co-op, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's.  When I'm not working, I love playing with my son, going to movies and lately, learning pottery.  I am a big fan of wood fired pizza and the food of Southeast Asia.

 I care about co-op principles such as honest and open business practices, democratically elected leadership, shared responsibility and social awareness. Particularly at the Creamery, I was drawn to the challenges we are faced with here as we strive to continue to be a vital part of the Hilltowns.  I fully expect us to get over the hump next year and become self-reliant. It's my goal everyday and it's what excites me to come to work. 

Email: grocery@oldcreamery.coop

Stanly Langston - Kitchen Manager

 

hey-stan.jpgFood was all around when I was growing up.  I decided that if I learned how to cook, I would never go hungry.  I got my culinary degree from Johnson and Wales and went on to work at Leslie College, Boston University, and Harvard School of Government.  I opened a few restaurants in the Boston area - mostly creative new American cuisine.  I also had a side business making BBQ and specialty sauces on the Cape.

I was born and raised in Malden but my three grandkids all live in Western Massachusetts now.  I worked as a culinary instructor at Smith Vocational for a few years, and managed the food service compnay at the Academy of Charlemont for six years.  The Creamery is an interesting new challenge for me.  I care a lot about food quality and see a lot of opportunities here for new ideas.  I love to get inventive in the kitchen.  For me, cooking is a way of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Leadership

Your Board Welcomes Your Help and Ideas

The Co-op Board of Directors includes longtime Hilltown residents as well as relative newcomers. We are farmers, lawyers, parents, community leaders, business owners, social-change activists, artists, “foodies,” public interest advocates, and community builders.

We are volunteering our time, expertise, and creativity because we support the Old Creamery and we believe that people can accomplish more by working together than they can on their own.

The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Sustainability Library up behind the store. Any changes to the date, time or location of regular board meetings will be posted in the store.  Past Board minutes and agendas are also available to Member-Owners in a binder upstairs in the library or upon written request.  We welcome the participation of Member-Owners in our meetings. We also welcome and encourage Member-Owner participation in our sub-committee work and/or as a volunteers for projects at the Co-op.  

Click here to see a current list of Committees you can join to get more involved!

If you have time or particular talents that you would like to contribute to our cooperative journey send a message to the general manager gm@oldcreamery.coop, let any board member know, or drop us a line at board@oldcreamery.coop.  

2019 Schedule of Board Meetings

The planned 2019 Board Meetings are as follows.  Additional meetings or changes to this schedule will be posted on the Board bulletin in the cafe.

 

January 8  May 14  September 10
February 12 June 11 October 8
March 12 July 9 November 12
April 9 August 13 December 10

Katy Eiseman - Cummington - Board President

KEiseman.jpgI grew up at the other end of Hampshire County, in Pelham. After a few years in Washington and New York studying and practicing law, I came back home to Western Mass, moving to Cummington in 2004. I've been a morning baker at the Creamery, worked on Only One Cummington Volume II, and ran the Blue House Café in Haydenville for five years with my husband. I've also worked with It Takes a Village (the Hilltown Village) and with the Hilltown Land Trust. When the Kinder Morgan pipeline threatened the region, I founded the Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, which I still run. My two kids attend RH Conwell in Worthington.  I now serve on the Cummington Planning Board, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Creamery Board and help develop a shared vision for what we want our co-op to be, and a path to realize that vision.

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Peg Cowen - Cummington - Vice President

Peg-cowen.jpgI have lived in Cummington for 30 years and witnessed the transformation of The Old Creamery from a simple country convenience store to a vibrant and thriving cooperative that feeds, employs and serves as a meeting place for so many of us in this region. Thanks to the vision, dedication, hard work, and generosity of so many people, The Old Creamery's future looks bright.

For the past 18 months, I have been a member of The Creamery's Outreach Committee; I served on the finance committee at the West Cummington Congregational church for many years, and on the board of directors of the Worthington Health Center for three years; My husband, John Bye, and I founded and ran Berkshire County's 3rd CSA from 1996 - 2008. I am a clinical social worker, with a private practice in Northampton and Springfield.

I'm excited to see the directions we, the Member-Owners, will decide to grow The Co-op. How will we evolve as an employer? How will the Creamery grow in its role as a key institution in the local community? How will The Co-op participate in critical debates and actions regarding larger, global issues? The Co-op Member-Owners have the opportunity to embrace these challenges and I am honored to serve on the board as we turn toward these exciting questions and possibilities.

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Fletcher Schneeflock - Cummington - Treasurer

fletcherboardphoto.jpgMy family and I moved to Cummington in 2015 in part to be closer to my brother-in-law who runs Grace Hill Dairy. Without the Creamery, however, I'm not sure we would have. The importance of the Creamery to our community, as a store and a community center, cannot be overstated. It's not just a place to buy groceries, but to see your neighbors, to meet and make new friends. Previously focused on data management, I've been a full-time parent since the birth of our twins in the fall of 2014. When I can spare the time I'm also a bicycle tour guide, endurance cyclist and trail runner. I spend most of the summer in our garden eating husk cherries and coaxing hot peppers into growing in our climate.

 

 

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Sarah (Sadie) Stull - Plainfield - Clerk

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I have enjoyed living in Plainfield for the past 23 years.  I have been a member of several co-ops over the years, starting with a co-op in Northampton, MA in the late 1970's.  I am a strong believer in co-operatives.  I look forward to bringing my enthusiasm for working with others and problem solving.  I have run a small construction business for over 20 years, and been involved with many community organizations such as the Hilltown Seed Saving Network, Raspberry Hill Community Garden, and the Plainfield Cultural Council.  I currently serve on the Plainfield Agricultural Commission and the Plainfield Council on Aging.  I value the Old Creamery Co-op as a place to shop, have a meal, and meet other members of the community.

 

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Paul DiLeo - Plainfield

paul-dileo.jpgI have been coming to Plainfield with my wife Cynthia for 30 years, camping first and moving here full time 20 years ago.  We’re raising two kids, Claire and Celeste, who have been in Shawn Thayer’s 4H sheep club for 15 years and built a flock of Border Leicesters.  We also grow peaches, apples, have horses and chickens, etc.  I’m the founder and a managing director of Grassroots Capital, a B Corp and Public Benefit Corporation which manages investments in microfinance, affordable education, and other “social impact” businesses in Africa, Latin America and South Asia and am on the boards of several such companies and investment funds.  In this capacity, I travel a fair amount which has limited my local engagement, but over the years I have been a Board member of the Hilltown CDC and on various Plainfield Town committees.  My travel schedule is now relaxing a bit so I look forward to working with all the Creamery’s current and future stakeholders to move it into the future, continuing and expanding its role as a resource for everyone who lives in and visits in these Hilltowns. 
 

Peter Feitner - Cummington

Peter-Feitner.jpgPeter has been a resident of Cummington since 1989. Previously of Ithaca, NY, he has worked in a wide array of settings ranging from athletic coach for a collegiate sports team, travel planner and tour leader, arts administrator, potter and small business owner, artist, builder, and on it goes. He has a degree in Business Administration and Management from Ithaca College and served for six years as a Trustee for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. He lives about one mile from The Creamery which has been an almost daily part of his life for the entirety of his residency. He is married to local artist and potter Christy Knox and they have two daughters, Karina and Lilah. He is looking forward to the excitement and challenges of serving on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative and working to ensure the continuing stable and vital presence of the Old Creamery as an iconic part of this wonderful community.

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Seva Tower - Cummington

st-crop-mini.jpgI moved to Cummington in 2015 to start a nut farm with my partner, Kalyan.  We are both committed to growing nutritious food and soil using regenerative farming practices and have felt very at home here in the Hilltowns.  I grew up in Northfield and spent a few months traveling in south asia.  Prior to finding land I worked with refugee and immigrant farmers in Worcester and West Springfield and was involved in local anti-racism and food justice work.  I now work part-time at the Creamery and the Hilltown CDC, and serve on the Cummington Agricultural Commssional and Cultural Council.  My hope for the Creamery is that it can provide access to good food for all Hilltowners while reflecting the unique values and character our whole community.  As a board member I am committed to improving outreach and community engagement and I look forward to the opportunity to help set a new course for the future of our store.

 

Board Terms

Board Member          Year Elected           Term            Expiration            Action               

Wil Hastings                    2017                  3 years             2020                                                              

Peg Cowen                      2018                  3 years             2021                                           

Peter Feitner                   2018                  3 years             2021                                           

Fletcher Schneeflock        2019                  3 years             2022  

Sadie Stull                      2019                  3 years             2022

Katy Eiseman                                                                                             Appointed August 2019, Ratify by Member Vote in 2020

Paul DiLeo                                                                                                 Appointed August 2019, Ratify by Member Vote in 2020

Seva Tower                                                                                                Appointed September 2019, Ratify by Member Vote in 2020

Board Committees

Member-owners are encouraged to get more involved in the co-op by joining (or starting!) a committee.  Currently committees, descriptions, and meeting dates are listed below.  To join a committee or contact a committee chair, please email board@oldcreamery.coop

 

Member Engagement Committee

Advance initiatives to deepen member-owner engagement and ownership stake in the Creamery, including revising the Ends/Mission statement, improving communications, fundraising, implementing affordability programs, and organizing volunteer opportunities. Join a sub-committee or start your own!

Meets: Monthly, Third Mondays at 6:30PM

Chair: Sadie Stull

 

Outreach Committee / Ad-hoc Communications Committee

Develop initiatives to build bridges and strengthen relationships with the town of Cummington and other local Hilltown businesses and non-profit organizations.

Meets: Monthly, First Tuesdays at 6:30PM

Chair: Peg Cowen

 

Personnel Committee

Offer support and human resource services to staff by regularly reviewing employee policies, conducting surveys and exit interviews, and fostering a healthy and attractive work environment for current and prospective employees.

Meets: Quarterly (Dates TBD)

Chair: Sadie Stull

 

Finance Committee (Invitation-Only)

Monitor the Creamery's financial position and make recommendations to the Board as appropriate.

Chair: Kimberly Longey (Member Owner/Assistant Treasurer)

Additional Members (2019): Peter Feitner (Co-op Board President), Fletcher Schneeflock (Co-op Board Treasurer), Wil Hastings (Board Member and Assistant Treasurer) Sadie Stull (Board Member), Amy Wang (Member Owner)

Note: if you are interested in serving on this committee please contact the Chair with your skills/background to seek appointment