Serving Up Vermont
December 4th marked the first class in our brand new Community Teaching Kitchen at our South End store located on Flynn Avenue!
The Community Teaching Kitchen is located on the second floor of the South End store, right next to our Community Room! If you didn’t get a chance, check out our blog post about the Community Teaching Kitchen, here.
It is with great excitement that we announce the grand debut of City Market’s Community Teaching Kitchen. The Community Teaching Kitchen is housed on the second floor of City Market’s South End location, and will be home to a full array of cooking classes and community workshops all year long.
What will you find here?
Earlier this month we hosted our twelfth installment of The Dish series at ArtsRiot in Burlington's South End. The Dish is a collaborative “series for inquisitive eaters” organized by City Market and the Intervale Center to explore hot topics in the food world. For this installment, we looked at the role of women in the food industry with the help of Change the Story, a statewide organization focused on women's economic well-being.
In celebration of National Cooperatives Month, October was a time for getting out into our beautiful Burlington community! In addition to the 1,400 hours completed by our Member Workers this month, we hosted our final Crop Mob of the season and an employee volunteer night with The Good Food Truck!
On a warm and sunny Friday afternoon, with the landscape speckled in hues of red and orange, 14 City Market Members and staff jumped on a bus, and hit Route 7 to make our way south to Addison County. The area is known for many farms and food producers, and our group was excitedly headed to visit goats, a creamery, an orchard, and a cidery. It’s no secret that cheese and apples go together, and we got to see them both at their sources.
As we move into the beautiful fall season here in Vermont, there is much to celebrate. From a bountiful local harvest to the changing leaves and cool air, it’s clear that fall has arrived. In addition to the kick-off to foliage and hiking season in our state, October is a celebration of two things near and dear to us: Cooperatives and Fair Trade. October is both National Cooperative Month and National Fair Trade Month, giving us a whole lot to celebrate here in the store!
Throughout the growing season, City Market hosts Crop Mobs at area farms. These volunteer work parties give our Member Workers an opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn more about the farms where we’re purchasing our food from. Last month, we helped with weeding at Pitchfork Farm in the Intervale and just this past Saturday, on an uncharacteristically hot fall day, we harvested potatoes at Jericho Settlers Farm in Richmond.
In September, we celebrated National Honey Month, and we have a lot to thank our hard-working bees for. Much of our food system is dependent on the labor honey bees provide; as honey bees search for nectar for themselves, they also collect and transfer pollen as they move from plant to plant. This process of cross-pollination is critical for our food system, as it is what actually allows the plants (that we want to eat!) to reproduce. Human or technical replication of what the bees do for us naturally is not as efficient, labor-intensive, and very expensive.
Throughout the year, City Market staff members make the rounds to visit our local producers and get a behind the scenes look at their operations. With over 2,700 Local and Made in Vermont products, we have plenty of incredible vendors to choose from. This past week, a group of us visited Miskell’s Premium Organics in Charlotte and Besteyfield Farms at their new space in Hinesburg.
Last Saturday, a group of City Market’s trusty Member Workers headed down to the Intervale for a Crop Mob at Pitchfork Farm. This event was one of 102 events on 44 farms around Vermont as part of the Third Annual Open Farm Week. This weeklong celebration of food and farms began in 2015 as a collaborative effort among a number of members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network.