Serving Up Vermont
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 your typical bowl of hot oatmeal that has helped you 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.
The weekend of February 17th marked the 36th Annual NOFA-VT Winter Conference! There was an abundance of inspirational, innovative, speakers, workshops and activities throughout the weekend, not to mention a delicious lunch both days with highlights from a variety of Vermont farms. During lunch on Saturday, we heard from a number of state legislators and representatives including Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Welch and Governor Scott.
Did you know that the apple is the official state fruit of Vermont? According to the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, our little state produces around 1,000,000 bushels of apples annually which equates to about 40 million pounds. While over fifty percent of apples produced are McIntosh, more than 150 varieties are grown on roughly twenty apple orchards throughout the state.
The word aphrodisiac comes from the name of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. The Greek poet, Hesiod derives her name Aphrodite, first part aphrós or “sea foam” with the second part odítē meaning “wanderer” or dítē meaning “bright”. As February, the month of love, comes to an end, I thought I would take a moment to remind you to get in touch with your inner god or goddess and share some of my favorite self-care tips.
Stop! In the name of vegetables. Before you throw out - or even compost - those kale stems from your morning smoothie, imagine the many recipes you could create with them! Okay, so that might be a stretch but have no fear because the zero waste food movement is gaining momentum and before you know it, you will be cooking with celery leaves daily.
Here at the Co-op we’re all about supporting local farmers and producers. While the variety on offer fluctuates throughout the year, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate local products into your diet even during the harshest of winter months. That’s why we started our We ♥ Local Recipe Contest, now in its eighth year running!
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