Serving Up Vermont
Fermentation is everywhere! The process has been around for longer than we, most humans can probably imagine. There are a lot of different types of fermentation, and you have probably heard of some of the delicious products that result from the process. For example, there are many forms of vegetable fermentation, think pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, the list could go on forever. How about grain fermentation which is how our beloved sourdough bread and beer are made and last but not least, dairy fermentation, this includes cheese, sour cream and yogurt!
Spring at the Co-op is always an exciting time as we shift gears and start to prepare ourselves for summer’s bounty. As the temperatures rise, it’s time to head outside and what better way to do that than with a visit to our local vendors? Every other month, we host staff vendor tours where employees from different departments get a chance to head out to visit our farmers and vendors and tour their operations.
While searching for a parking spot at our downtown store, you may have noticed we’ve accrued some new neighbors over the past year or so. Highball Social, one of our newest neighbors is a cocktail bar by Stonecutter Spirits that opened in the summer of 2018.
February was flying by and before we knew it, it was the weekend of February 16th, which marked the 37th annual NOFA-VT Winter Conference. The conference highlights local farmers, gardeners and homesteaders and offers over 80 educational workshops, roundtable discussions, film screenings, and much more.
Vermont winters are the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen. While local produce is not quite as abundant in February as it is in the summer and fall, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of local and made in Vermont products all winter long. Each year, we host a We ♥ Local Recipe Contest where we feature a specific ingredient that’s available this time of year. For this year’s contest we’ve chosen the mighty sweet potato!
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Vermont formerly known as Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP) and City Market have had a long-standing partnership for a number of years. Since 2011, we’ve partnered on a monthly cooking class series titled A Mosaic of Flavor, where different cooks from the Vermont refugee community teach a class showcasing food from their home country and tell stories about their background and journey to Vermont.
January is here and after a couple months of indulging in your favorite sweets and treats, it is time to kick back into a healthier routine. We spend a lot of energy thinking of others during the holidays, so there is no better time than the New Year to check back in, focus on yourself and practice self-care!
In January, when you round up at the register, your donation will help to support a number of projects focused on strengthening our local food system through our Co-op Seedling Grants program.
The final push of the holiday season is right around the corner and we are here to provide recipe inspiration for any holiday parties, family gatherings or a quiet, cozy night at home. Whether you are cooking for 2 or 20, these recipes are festive, seasonally appropriate, and tasty!
Shirley Richardson grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont, but most of her professional career was in serving as a school counselor and principal. When Shirley retired from education in 2004, she and her husband, Michael Smith, started Tannery Farm Cashmeres raising cashmere goats primarily for their cashmere fiber.
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