Serving Up Vermont
This is a guest blog post from Hunger Free Vermont.
Vermont is well known for being a localvore heaven, especially this time of year when co-ops, farmers markets, and gardens are bursting at the seams with fresh, local, and incredibly delicious food. However, many people aren’t aware that for thousands of Vermonters, just getting enough food for themselves and their families is a daily struggle. Currently in our state, 1 in 10 Vermonters are considered “food insecure”, which means that they lack consistent access to enough food. Even worse, 1 in 7 children live in food insecure households. That’s why our mission at Hunger Free Vermont is to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. It’s a big task, but we aren’t alone in our fight.
Last week marked the fourth annual Vermont Open Farm Week! Farms all across the state opened up their fields, barns and pastures for a number of different fun activities, as a way to connect the public with Vermont’s farmers and the beautiful agricultural landscape.
As September approaches, we’re starting to gear up for our fall lineup of Co-op classes. As you peruse the listings and contemplate checking out the Old North End Farmers’ Market or joining us for a grilling class, you’ll notice a change in our pricing structure.
Need some quick and easy dinner inspiration? Grab a Rotisserie Chicken at our South End Store and begin to build a week of tasty, unique meals! A little bit of chicken can go a long way when supplemented with other plant based proteins and veggies.
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!