Bulk Ingredients

Spice Blends for Autumn

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz

Fall is a vibrant time for Vermont. Richly colored apples and squash obscure my countertops; beets and Swiss chard find their way into breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and most notably, the aromas of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and all of my favorite warming blends fill my senses. Surrounded by falling leaves, and starting to feel the chill in the breeze, I can’t help but feel inspired by it all. Mulled cider and wine make regular evening appearances and chili often cooks in a crockpot throughout the day, filling my home with these wonderful smells.

Stretching your Co-op Shopping Budget

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.

Soaking Grains and Beans

This time of year, when the ground begins to soften, the buds swell on bushes and trees, and squirrels resume their frisky high-wire acts, is a wonderful time to think about treating our whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds to a long, warm soak before we eat them. More than any other time of year, spring is a time when soaking seeds puts us in touch with the rhythms of nature, because it is happening all around us in the forest, fields, and flower beds. 

Bulk Up Your Pantry, January 7-13th!

It's time to Bulk Up Your Pantry!

January 7-13, we'll be highlighting Bulk foods through recipes, demos, store tours, raffles, and more. I've been reading up on Bulk foods myself to prepare for this week and educate our staff and shoppers about Bulk foods. Here are few of the things I think are neat:

Hoppin' John for the New Year

There are certain foods that become cozy comfort foods in your family, the kind that you look forward to at the end of a day of playing in the snow. In our family, Hoppin’ John, a savory stew made primarily from black-eyed peas, has become one of them, a meal enjoyed by all ages.

Black-eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas in our Bulk department

Back to School ABC's


Print by Mary Azarian

Vermont's children are returning to school, and as they learn their ABCs, let's not forget the important role that nourishing foods play for healthy, growing minds and bodies.

A Mosaic of Flavors: Iraq

At the end of January, we hosted the fifth Mosaic of Flavors cooking class, turning for the first time in the series to the flavors of a Middle Eastern country, Iraq. Fragrant with cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, turmeric, and curry powder, the biryani we made evoked the spice trade along the Silk Road.

Spices in an Egyptian marketplace

Sweet and Savory... New Local Products at City Market

We're glad to have been able to add 5 new Local and Made in Vermont products to our shelves in the past few weeks. I highly recommend sampling them all (and in the case of the bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, you might want to go back for seconds).

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

Randolph, VT

Aisle 1

The Bean Map of New England

The California Bean Map!

We’re trying something new this year at City Market – and it’s one of those things that makes so much sense it leaves us wondering why we haven’t been doing it for years. 

Our produce department spends time each winter holding dozens of meetings with each of the vegetable farmers that supply City Market. It’s a chance to reconnect, talk about how the relationship has been going, and make plans for the next season. 

Reason #64 to Cook Quinoa

You know how you go to somebody's house and whatever they're serving always tastes better than anything you cook at home?  

That happened to me the other day when my friend Jen served me this:

Quinoa stew with purple potatoes and corn

The funny thing about this is that Jen had just come back from a trip to British Columbia, where HER friend made this stew. So you see, it's true that food always tastes better at other people's houses.


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