Serving Up Vermont
Earlier this week, a few of us from the Co-op had the opportunity to visit our friends out at Boyden Farm in Cambridge, VT to get a tour of their beef operation. It was a gray, late winter day, but we stayed warm as we walked around visiting the cows and learning all about what the Boydens and their staff do.
Valentine’s Day weekend this year, for many City Market staff and Members, was not just about sharing the love with family and friends. Hundreds of farmers, food producers, students, and food enthusiasts descended on UVM for NOFA-VT’s 33rd annual Winter Conference. This year, we were all sharing the love of a local food system and “Growing the Good Food Movement,” the theme of this year’s conference. The conference workshops focused not only on technical aspects of farming and food production, but also aimed to open and continue conversations about farm and food equity, building a fair and just food system, creating access to healthy food for everyone, and creating a system where farmers and farmworkers receive the respect they deserve and a living wage.
Did you ever wonder how pizza came to be? When Anna Mays teaches a cooking class for City Market, no question is left unanswered! She ties culture, nutrition and cooking info into each of her classes, which gives a comprehensive view of the topic at hand. And her Gluten Free Pizza Class was no exception. As someone who followed a gluten free diet for several years and as an avid pizza-lover, I can say that pizza was the one food that I missed the most during that time, despite having tried many restaurant and frozen options. The pizzas made in City Market’s Gluten Free Pizza class, led by Anna Mays, were excellent and the discussion of the history of pizza enriched the experience.
It's midwinter - the season for root vegetables. But you can only eat so many roasted beets, right? But, did you know that you can actually eat beets raw, too? They are best sliced thin or grated and can be used in salads, in baked goods, or as garnishes. And peeling beets doesn't have to be hard. Mary, one of our Produce Buyers, likes using a vegetable peeler to make beet shavings to brighten up salads. She demonstrates her technique in the video below:
Beer and cheese. A perfect pairing in theory, right? (I'm thinking cheddar ale soup, burgers, etc). But how do you know which cheese goes well with which beer? Our friends at Harpoon Brewery and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company stopped by to offer some suggestions for pairing their respective products. Read on to learn their tips!
In Vermont, we are fortunate enough to have some locally-produced staple foods such as eggs, cheese, yogurt, and bread available year-round, but as the cold months of winter progress, it becomes more and more challenging to eat locally. As the variety of local produce diminishes, we are left daydreaming of the return of the green landscape and the bounty that our dedicated farmers provide.
It all started with a free bag of medlars. I had been interested in using medlars for some time, and so when a free bag of medlars close to their prime were offered up by our Produce Department in December, I snagged them to make medlar jelly.
It's mango season! I don't know about you, but I love fresh, ripe mangoes - in salads, salsa, juice, chutneys or jams, on ice cream, or just eating out of hand. But cutting mangoes can be tricky. Mangoes are stone fruits and have a hard stone pit in the middle. Because of this pit, it's not as simple as cutting the flesh off in slices. Here is our favorite way to cut a mango:
The New Year is here, which has left many of us pondering strategies to be healthier. As many complex resolutions are made, one quite simple approach to do this is by eating well. Eating nutritiously may seem complicated or expensive, but truthfully it is quite simple. Buying raw ingredients and cooking for yourself is often the least expensive choice when shopping, which is one point that we focus on at City Market’s Pennywise Pantry tour. If you think shopping at the Co-op or purchasing local, healthy or organic foods is too pricey, think again.
Pomegranates are a delicious treat this time of year, but I know I'm not alone when I say they are one intimidating fruit. How do you know when they are ripe? How do you cut it? How do you get all those delicious kernels out of the intricate pith inside? But once you figure it out and taste the sweetness of the seeds, all that work seems totally worth it and not as hard as initially thought.