Serving Up Vermont
Here we are in July! In this month, we typically find ourselves knees deep in an abundance of vibrant, local, fresh produce. Although we are grateful for the bounty, it can be hard to keep up with the weekly greens that arrive in your CSA share, or pour into your kitchen from your very own garden. So, what to do with all these greens? Here are a few tips that will help you turnip the beet, on your average, every day, mixed green salad.
There’s no better way to celebrate the start of summer than to visit our local producers and get a firsthand look at the coming bounty. This past week, a group of City Market employees ventured out to visit three of our local producers: Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics, Burnt Rock Farm, and Rockville Market Farm.
Over the summer, City Market organizes farm tours where we bring community members to different local farms across the state to learn about and gain a deeper understanding of where our food comes from. On Friday, June 15th City Market staff and participants gathered at our Downtown store to begin a full day of farm tour fun where we visited two of our vendors, The Farm Between and Lewis Creek Farm.
Warmer weather means more time spent outside, and what better way to spend your evenings than behind a grill cooking up some smoky, sweet, mouthwatering meals for family and friends. Last Thursday, City Market class participants gathered at the Intervale Center down by the Winooski River for a Grilling Fundamentals class. The class was taught by our very own Executive Chef, Michael Clauss. From managing his own catering business to running restaurant kitchens, Michael had tons of tips and tricks to share with the group.
Summer is right around the corner and with the sunny weather comes a whole range of on-farm fun! Check out the list below for local events ranging from on-farm meals to ballet, breakfast, biking, and everything in between!
Upcoming Co-op Events on Farms:
- Grilling Fundamentals
Thursday, June 7
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join the wait list here!
Blue skies, sunshine and tree buds mean the ground has thawed and springtime is upon us. We are knees deep in planting season and are looking forward to juicy berries and fresh salad greens that will be on our plates and then in our bellies soon! Here are some fresh new recipe ideas to hold you over until berry season really begins. Keep your eyes peeled when you are shopping, because you can find some of these recipes on our store floor, right now!
Here at the Co-op, you may have noticed a recent surge in products containing CBD. While we do carry an array of CBD-infused products from Nutty Steph’s chocolate hearts to Luce Farm’s CBD honey and even Kimball Brook Farms infused iced teas, this trend is not specific to City Market or even to Vermont.
Springtime is upon us! As we slowly crawl out of our caves, nests, and burrows and embrace the sunshine and warmer breezes, many of us are looking for a lighter breakfast option to move past our typical bowl of hot oatmeal that has helped us through these seemingly endless winter months. Well, we have the solution: Smoothie Bowls!
With an increasing amount of popularity over the last few years, smoothie bowls are an ongoing trend and show no sign of slowing down. They are easy, quick, and pretty and give us just the right energy to start the day.
Spring has sprung and it’s time for another round of Co-op Seedling Grants! Now in its fifth year, this grant program has previously been supported through the generosity of our Members in the form of uncashed Patronage Refund Checks. However, we anticipate that it will take several years for the Co-op to return to profitability after opening the South End store in November 2017.
Last Thursday our very own Community Teaching Kitchen was turned into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! In this class, participants learned about the different components of chocolate, how to temper chocolate, and ultimately how to make their own chocolate bars.
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