The Common Sense store offers locally sourced organic food and natural products

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Locally sourced goods and products at the Common Sense Store. Photo provided by Joe Milliken

BELLOWS FALLS, Vermont – Located in the historic former Fletcher’s Store space next to the Bellows Falls Opera House on The Square, The Common Sense Store recently opened in mid-December and offers fresh, organic produce and beauty products that they create, as well as products from other local sources as well.

The store’s opening had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to store manager Daraq Racine, who is also a spokesperson for the Twelve Tribes religious groups. “We had wanted to open a store in town for several years so that we could sell our local specialties, and when the opportunity arose [in early 2020] we jumped on it. But when the pandemic hit and town halls were closed for a while, it delayed the end of our lease.

“We who run the Common Sense Store, also run Basin Farm in Westminster as well as Common Sense Soap, which are the two main entities of the Common Sense Store. We also manage Commonwealth Construction and Millwork in North Walpole, New Hampshire, who did all the building work to get the space ready.

The new store offers its popular organic salad mix, which includes lettuce grown during the winter months in its greenhouse. They also offer other farm-grown vegetables, including beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic.

“Currently, we offer a selection of organic products from Basin Farm, as well as other local products. We also carry a substantial display of approximately 50 different personal care products that we manufacture, as well as freshly baked muffins and banana bread, freshly brewed coffee, tea, Yerba Mate [a caffeinated drink from South America]dairy products and local ice cream, snacks, bulk cereals, as well as organic spelled flour.

The Common Sense Store’s personal care and beauty products, including shampoos and conditioners, triple ground natural soaps, hand creams, moisturizers and toothpaste, are all produced at their North Walpole store. They also offer many other fine local products, including maple syrup from Hidden Valley Springs in Putney, milk and dairy products from Miller Farm in Vernon, and honey from Hall Apiaries in Plainfield, NH.

Another view inside The Common Sense Store. Photo provided by Joe Milliken

“Most of the products we offer are items and goods that we manufacture in-house from start to finish, and we have created a warm and welcoming environment where people can feel free to sit back and relax. a moment at our tables and enjoy coffee or tea, and our free Wifi.”

The Common Sense Store is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The store is closed on Saturdays. For more information, visit www.commonsensesoap.com.

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