Upcoming Classes & Events

Saturday, December 20
10:00am to 2:00pm
Memorial Auditorium

The Burlington Farmers’ Market goes indoors from November through April and features seasonal meats, produce, and handmade crafts from dozens of local producers. Once a month, stop by our activity table for fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Our December activity is all about aromatherapy! We’ll make our own “Comfort and Joy” room spray using simple essential oils – a great gift for the holidays!

Burlington Farmers Market
Sunday, December 21
10:30am to 11:30am
City Market

The perfect way to celebrate winter solstice and bring light and warmth to the cold winter nights is to light a beeswax candle. Back by popular demand, let your youngsters get crafty and create their own unique rolled candles with beeswax sheets and then decorate them. For ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Clem Nilan, City Market’s Local Food Project Manager, and Cristi Nunziata, City Market’s Outreach and Education Coordinator will lead this class.

For ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. When registering, please select a ticket for each child attending. Accompanying adults are free and do not need a ticket.

Herbal Education
Sunday, December 21
2:00pm to 3:30pm
McClure Multi-Generational Center

Have you ever wondered why the humble scone can be so challenging to make? In this class we'll explore the tricks and techniques to create the perfect English scone: delicate, crumbly and not too sweet. Come and get your hands into some dough. This is a fun, hands-on exploration of one of our most beloved pastries. Heike Meyer is the owner of Bee Sting Bakery in Fairfax, a small artisan bakery specializing in naturally leavened breads and pastries.

Food Education
Sunday, January 4
10:00am to 11:00am
City Market

Learn how to make refreshing homemade sodas using soda cultures that are fizzy, fun, and good for you. From sparkling cranberry-apple to zesty orange, the sky is the limit for winter flavors. If you have fruit from last summer in your freezer, this is a great use for frozen blueberries and more. Participants will take home a “ginger bug” culture to get started on their own soda adventures. Caroline Homan has taught food education for a number of years, and workshops for children remain one of her greatest joys. 

For children ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult. When registering, please select a ticket for each child attending. Accompanying adults are free and do not need a ticket.

Food Education
Wednesday, January 7
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Edmunds Middle School

We all love comfort foods, but not all of us love the heavy, fatty feeling we get after eating them! Fortunately, there are options... come join Chef Lisa Ruoff in cooking up some good-for-you Poutine. Instead of French fried potatoes and creamy, chicken based gravy, this Poutine consists of roasted herbed potatoes, topped with slow roasted butternut squash gravy, and will be served with savory lentil crumbles. You'll never have any clue that this is all gluten-free and vegan! Is there anything better than comfort foods without the guilt?!

Food Education
Thursday, January 8
5:30pm to 7:00pm
City Market

In this class we'll cover what you need to know to do a simple 5-day kitchari cleanse in order to move from feeling bloated, sluggish, and having low energy, to feeling lighter, refreshed, and ready for the new year! Kitchari is an ancient Ayurvedic dish praised for its cleansing and healing properties. You'll leave with recipes, done-for-you resources, support, and the know-how you need to do this simple and effective cleanse at home.

Herbal Education
Sunday, January 11
9:30am to 10:30am
City Market

With this interactive and hands-on tour, participants will learn how to shop for affordable, fresh, long-lasting, and nutritious foods at City Market. We will begin by exploring the Produce and Bulk departments, learning a simple method for finding the best value on fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans by paying attention to the price per pound. Then we will enter the Grocery aisles and Perishables coolers, to learn to become savvy label readers as we shop for nourishing, long-lasting foods that contain 5 ingredients or fewer. No matter what kind of diet you follow, these pennywise tools will help you stock your kitchen with variety of healthy, local, and even organic foods and develop a better understanding of Co-op sales.

Pennywise Pantry
Sunday, January 11
12:00pm to 1:00pm
City Market

This workshop will focus on growing a steady supply of wheatgrass. Ready to harvest in just 7 to 10 days, wheatgrass is an exceptional source of chlorophyll. Participants will learn to grow wheat grass using the same techniques as Indoor Gardening. Whether you live in an apartment or have a big homestead kitchen, Peter Burke will show you how to grow wheatgrass for yourself or your pets. Everyone will take home a planted tray and we will finish the class with a sample of wheatgrass juice.

Grow Your Own
Wednesday, January 14
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Edmunds Middle School

This monthly series is a collaboration with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. In January, we will be preparing Sarma, a traditional stuffed sour cabbage dish popular in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cabbage leaves are stuffed with a seasoned mixture of rice and ground beef, laid on a bed of sauerkraut and simmered to completion. We will also learn to make Kuglice sa suhim vocem, a healthy no-bake cookie made with dried fruit and spices. A professional caterer, Davorka will share all her secrets for making these two delicate and tasty dishes. Davorka Gosto came to Vermont from Bosnia-Herzegovina over 20 years ago. She feels blessed to be one of two daughters raised by a mother who trained and worked as a professional cook in Mostar. Davorka has written a cookbook, From Mama's Kitchen: Cuisine of Herzegovina, which will be for sale at the class.

A Mosaic of Flavor
Thursday, January 15
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Edmunds Middle School

Together we will prepare an Indian rice pilaf, a nutritious lentil soup and a quick vegetable dish. Participants will learn that cooking with spices in Indian cuisine can be quite simple with delicious and healthy results. During the class we will go over benefits of spices and how they aid in our digestion. We will also learn how recipes don't have to be time consuming to offer health benefits. Akshata Nayak MSACN, MS is a Clinical Nutritionist who practices at Alternative Roots Wellness Center in Essex Junction.

Nutrition Education
Monday, January 19
4:00pm to 8:00pm
City Market

Have you ever been interested in using herbal medicine to improve your health? Join Betzy Bancroft RH (AHG), Larken Bunce MS, and Guido Masé RH (AHG) and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in a free, personalized session focused on your individual constitution and any health conditions you may be experiencing. An incredible opportunity to explore the art of herbal healing with experienced practitioners! All sessions last about two hours and are completely confidential. By appointment. Please sign up by contacting Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism at info@vtherbcenter.org.

Herbal Clinic
Sunday, January 25
9:30am to 11:00am
Brio Coffeeworks

City Market has partnered with Brio Coffeeworks to offer a brand new line of coffee only available at City Market. Brio has carefully crafted a dark, medium, light and decaf roast just for us. The beans for each coffee are sourced from individual fair trade and organic certified co-ops, then roasted locally right on Pine Street. Come tour Brio’s brand new roasting facility run by Nate and Magda Van Dusen, learn about the roasting process and various techniques for brewing coffee at home. The class will be held at Brio Coffeeworks at 696 Pine St.

Food Education
Wednesday, January 28
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Edmunds Middle School

Learn the secrets to making a tasty gluten-free pizza crust. You will learn the classic Italian approach to pizza making, as applied to a gluten-free crust. Pizza dough must have a certain elasticity, crispiness and flavor, all challenging characteristics to obtain without a high-gluten flour. You will learn how to create a delicious gluten-free pizza dough, using a gluten-free flour blend, key flavor-enhancing toppings and high-temperature baking techniques. We will demo how to make a fresh tomato sauce and discuss selection and application of traditional pizza toppings. The class will include an overview of the origin, history and culture of pizza-making and regional traditions in Italy today. Students will take home a recipe packet and shopping list of ingredients for fail-proof gluten-free pizza dough.Anna Mays is an anthropologist who enjoys researching and teaching about world culinary traditions, agricultural practices and the intersection between food, diet, culture and well-being.

Food Education
Thursday, January 29
5:30pm to 7:00pm
City Market

Come learn about Ayurveda, India’s traditional medicine. Literally translated as “The Science of Life,” Ayurveda teaches us how to create balance and health in our lives through diet, routine, herbs, yoga, and cleansing practices. In order to understand the body and how to treat illness, Ayurveda categorizes the body into three main doshas, or body types. Knowing your individual dosha is invaluable to choosing the right diet and lifestyle for your optimal health. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of the doshas, how to recognize the doshas in the body and in the world around us, and practical tools to support a healthy thriving body unique to each individual. Anna Wiens is a student of Ayurveda with a focus on yoga, meditation, and medicinal herbs at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.

Herbal Education
Sunday, February 1
6:00pm to 7:30pm
McClure Multi-Generational Center

February 19th marks the start of the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Sheep. Learn about Chinese New Year foods and celebrations with Ben Wang, Co-op member and Chinese teacher at the Vermont Commons School. We will make two kinds of traditional Chinese dumpling fillings, one stuffed with pork and another with spinach. Then, using premade wrappers, we will stuff the dumplings, boil them, make accompanying sauces, and celebrate the New Year while we eat our dumplings together.

Food Education
Monday, February 2
4:00pm to 8:00pm
City Market

Have you ever been interested in using herbal medicine to improve your health? Join Betzy Bancroft RH (AHG), Larken Bunce MS, and Guido Masé RH (AHG) and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in a free, personalized session focused on your individual constitution and any health conditions you may be experiencing. An incredible opportunity to explore the art of herbal healing with experienced practitioners! All sessions last about two hours and are completely confidential. By appointment. Please sign up by contacting Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism at info@vtherbcenter.org.

Herbal Clinic
Wednesday, February 4
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Edmunds Middle School

Join Marie Frohlich who recently visited Battle Harbour in Labrador, a national historic site where cod fishing reigned supreme for over 100 years until the 1990’s when it was shut down. Marie will share a slide show of photos from her trip and discuss the cod fishing industry as well as the benefits of essential fatty acids found in cod and other fish. We will then create a delicious cod dinner accompanied by Brussels sprouts and a pear tart. Marie Frohlich is a Certified Health Coach and an herbalist.

Nutrition Education
Monday, February 9
4:00pm to 8:00pm
City Market

Have you ever been interested in using herbal medicine to improve your health? Join Betzy Bancroft RH (AHG), Larken Bunce MS, and Guido Masé RH (AHG) and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in a free, personalized session focused on your individual constitution and any health conditions you may be experiencing. An incredible opportunity to explore the art of herbal healing with experienced practitioners! All sessions last about two hours and are completely confidential. By appointment. Please sign up by contacting Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism at info@vtherbcenter.org.

Herbal Clinic
Monday, February 16
4:00pm to 8:00pm
City Market

Have you ever been interested in using herbal medicine to improve your health? Join Betzy Bancroft RH (AHG), Larken Bunce MS, and Guido Masé RH (AHG) and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in a free, personalized session focused on your individual constitution and any health conditions you may be experiencing. An incredible opportunity to explore the art of herbal healing with experienced practitioners! All sessions last about two hours and are completely confidential. By appointment. Please sign up by contacting Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism at info@vtherbcenter.org.

Herbal Clinic