Serving Up Vermont

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
By Meredith Knowles, Outreach and Education Coordinator

The holiday stretch can be a hard time to take care of yourself amongst the parties, family gatherings, and what seems to be an endless amount of cooking. This time of year, though, with limited daylight hours and schedules more packed than usual, it’s especially important to take steps that help us stay healthy.

Friday, November 25, 2016
By Sarah Bhimani, Outreach & Education Manager

Eggnog is one of the seasonal treats that you either love or hate. But even if it’s not your favorite, it is an interesting beverage with a long history.

Eggnog is made from combining eggs, milk, sugar, and cream and spicing with cinnamon or nutmeg. Traditionally, raw eggs are used in this uncooked drink, however there are pasteurized varieties commercially available, or if you are making your own, you can cook the mixture or try making a vegan variety.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
By Meredith Knowles, Outreach and Education Coordinator

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve sure got food on the mind. From turkey brine and cranberry sauce to mulled wine and pie crust, that Thursday in November ushers in the delicious and familiar. Stuffing may be one of the more polarizing dishes on the table, bringing out fierce loyalty to family recipes and perhaps the raise of an eyebrow begging the question—who thought of doing this the first time?

Monday, November 7, 2016
By Sarah Bhimani, Outreach & Education Manager

Dosa is a thin pancake-like bread made from a fermented batter of, traditionally, rice and lentils.  It is commonly found served along South Indian dishes, however, since it’s gluten-free, it makes a great substitute for wraps or crepes as well.  It can also be made with other types of legumes, such as red lentils, split peas, and chickpeas, and you can use either white or brown rice.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
By Sarah Bhimani, Outreach & Education Manager

We’ve received questions about avocados recently, specifically surrounding supply and price.  Turns out, there are multiple factors affecting our supply and pricing of avocados.  Below is more information about the state of the avocado market and what it means for us and our customers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
By Sarah Bhimani, Outreach & Education Manager

We are a week away from Halloween – do you have a game plan for what you’ll be handing out at your door?  If you are interested in finding alternative no-sugar or low-sugar options, here are some of our suggestions:

Monday, October 10, 2016
By Sarah Bhimani, Outreach & Education Manager

Halloween is coming up fast, and right behind it is Thanksgiving and the holidays, which means we’re entering the season of sugar, sugar, and more sugar at our fingertips.  From Halloween candy, cider doughnuts, and your co-worker’s holiday cookies, there are a lot of temptations out there.  Other than swearing off sweets for the next three months, there may be a way to make it through without overdoing it on the refined sugar, but still enjoying the desserts of the season.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
By Sarah Bhimani, Outreach & Education Manager

In case you missed it, the FDA released a new nutrition label design at the end of May.  These changes will be rolled out on packages over the next two years and should be in place by July 2018. This is the first update to the nutrition label in the past 20 years!

Monday, September 5, 2016
By Meredith Knowles, Outreach and Education Coordinator

Every month, I lead a Pennywise Pantry tour around the Co-op to highlight cost effective food shopping strategies. (If you haven’t done one yet, you can check our event schedule here.) Cooking from home and cooking from scratch are the most cost-effective (and nutritious!) ways to eat. Planning and prepping meals can be the most time intensive, so keeping a stocked pantry makes eating from home even faster than ordering take-out. Here are a few of my tips for building up a pantry without breaking the bank.

Monday, August 29, 2016
By Sarah Bhimani, Outreach & Education Manager

Many of you are probably familiar with probiotics – the friendly bacteria in our gut that help our digestive system function properly.  Probiotics are found in fermented foods, like yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, and sourdough bread.  But have you heard of prebiotics?