Oh, Christmas Tree!

It’s that time of year again! The market is buzzin’ with holiday cheer! Our garden center has transformed into a winter wonderland.  From wreaths to garlands and fresh Vermont Christmas trees, we have everything you need. Add a hot chocolate and cookie from the deli and you’re good to go.

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We want to make sure you’re prepared to pick out your perfect tree, so here is a list of things you should have in mind when choose your Christmas tree.

The Height:

Did you measure how much room you have from floor to ceiling? You want to make sure you leave enough room for any tree topper that you use for a decoration.

The Freshness:

Make sure you always take the time to look at the freshness of the tree. A good way to test it out is to pull a branch towards you. If only a few needles come off, then the tree should be good to go! Make sure the needles are nice and crisp and keep your eyes open for any discoloration, signs of dryness or loss of needles.

Bring It Home:

Once you find the perfect tree, it’s time to take it home. We can’t stress enough the importance of preparing the base of the tree. Preparing the base of the tree makes sure it is able to absorb water quickly and correctly. It’s a pretty simple to do! With a small handsaw, cut a ½ -1 inch off the bottom of the tree. Tada! Make sure you have your tree stand ready and securely fit the tree into it. Once you have the tree upright and secure, add a good amount fresh water to the stand.

Tree Care:

Make sure your tree gets lots of fresh water, especially in the first few hours. You’ll need to add water every day to make sure it stays well hydrated. A well hydrated tree = a safer, less combustible tree. It might be a good idea to check for any sap leaks just in case it starts to drip on the floor. The last thing you want to do is open sticky presents on Christmas morning.

Decorating Time:

Now comes the best part…decorating! This part is all up to you! Some folks like to go with classic white lights and garland or brightly colored lights with fun, handmade ornaments.

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Cheers To Thanksgiving Beers

Let’s face it, some of our guest just are wine people. Nothing wrong with that! If you’re a beer drinker or know someone that prefers a cold brew, check out the beers below to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Saisons:
Offering hints of citrus, white pepper, and ginger, Saisons have a firm balance of bitter and sweet. Bright, spicy and crisp, this beer is champagne-like effervescence, will refresh your palate with every sip. Saisons pair nicely with crackers served with strong, funky cheeses, light salad as a first course, and seasonal fall desserts. The herbal qualities of Saisons work in harmony with the traditional Thanksgiving herbs of sage, rosemary, and thyme.

  • Saison Renaud from Mystic Brewing
  • Hennepin from Brewery Ommegang

Brown Ales:
Rich and nutty, Brown Ales are hefty enough to stand up to the rich Thanksgiving foods without overpowering any of the flavors. The sweet nuttiness will accentuate the savory flavors in turkey, pair nicely with the cinnamon and nutmeg of pumpkin pies, and contrasts with the slight tartness of green beans or Brussel sprouts. The caramel flavors of the malts also pair well with roast pork or ham.

  • The Shed Mountain Ale
  • Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
  • Harvest Barn Ale by Long Trail Brewing

Belgian Style Wheat Beers:
Belgian style wheat beers are spiced with orange peel and coriander seeds which really light up next to cranberry sauces. We recommend pair with our own Cranberry Pear relish, your taste buds will thanks us.

  • Hoegaarden

 

Let’s Get Sauced! (Cranberry Style)

Cranberry sauce anyone? Whether you call it relish (we do) or sauce, there are a ton of recipes out there ranging from simple to complex. Whichever you prefer, starting with fresh cranberries is a must. We’re biased of course, but Vermont Cranberry Company grows some of the finest berries on their pristine farmland in northern Vermont. If you are not up for making your own, come on down to Farmers’ where our kitchen is buzzing making our own famous cranberry pear version. Pre-order today or snag a pint from our grab and go cooler.

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WFM Cranberry Pear Relish Recipe

  • 1 pound of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • Orange zest from 1 orange
  • 1 whole orange, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup pear, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a medium size heavy saucepan combine cranberries and water. Cook over medium heat until cranberries burst, about 15 minutes. Add all other ingredients, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 30 minutes. Pour finished cranberry mixture into a bowl. You can freeze for up to 6 months. Other than directly turkey, try it as a spread for sandwiches, mixed with cream cheese for a quick holiday dip, or spooned over yogurt.

Quick Thanksgiving Info:

  • Last day to order Thanksgiving catering is this Sunday, November 21st. Check out our full menu.
  • Last day to order fresh Misty Knoll turkeys are this Saturday, November 20th. Only $3.99/lb, for more details take a peek at our Thanksgiving Holiday Page
  • We will be open Monday, November 21st 7:30am – 7pm & closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Greens on sale Saturday, November 19th & Christmas trees arrive Friday, November 25th

See you at the market!

Thanksgiving Catering

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a week and a half away? We’re in full holiday mode here at the market, but don’t worry, we haven’t started to play Christmas music just yet. This is our favorite time of year because it’s all about the food. It’s pretty amazing to be a part of something that brings family and friends together.

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The Thanksgiving Low-Down:

  • Reserve your turkey today! Misty Knoll whole fresh turkeys are only $3.99/lb.
    If you find yourself asking “What’s the best way to cook my turkey?” Check out all you need to know with WFM’s Turkey Talk! Plus, our friendly staff is always happy to answer your questions in person or over the phone.
  • WFM catering covers everything you need for your holiday dinner. From fresh turkey to apple pies and all the fixins in-between. Check out our full menu. All Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Sunday, November 20th
  • Holiday greens arrive on Saturday, November 19th. Our garden center will be filled with wreaths, garland, kissing balls and holiday spirit! Keep your eyes peeled for Christmas trees arriving on Friday, November 25th

Hop on over to our Thanksgiving page for all the details of the holiday season. In addition to all the holiday fun, check out our November flyer for some great specials.

Now get back to day dreaming about your favorite Thanksgiving food.

November At The Market

It’s November. You know what that means? Thanksgiving! This is our favorite time of year because it’s all about the food. We have some great specials going on this month and don’t forget our Thanksgiving catering. Check out our Thanksgiving page which includes our full Thanksgiving catering menu as well as all the information you need to make it a great holiday. Take a peek at what’s happening this month at Farmers’!

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Celebrate Local Cheese: Grafton Village Cheese

Located in southern Vermont, Grafton Village cheese makes delicious cheddar and specialty cheeses by hand, using raw milk from small family farms. When fall hits, their cheddar flies off our shelves. From creamy grilled cheeses to cheddar and apple pie, there isn’t much we can’t do with their cheese. Plus! Their profits go to help promote Vermont’s rural communities through their parent company the Windham Foundation.


Photos from www.graftonvillagecheese.com

The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was founded in 1892 by dairy farmers who gathered together in a cooperative to make their surplus raw milk into cheese. In 1912, a fire destroyed the original factory. Several decades later, the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid-1960s, and a new era for the town was born. Today, quality and taste are the hallmarks of Grafton’s award-winning cheeses.

Learn more about their farm and cheese making process in the video below:

Join them this Friday 3-6pm while they sample their goods. 10% off all of their cheeses through Sunday!  Be sure to try this week’s grilled cheese special: “The Long Trail Blaze” Grafton Smoked Cheddar, Apple Slices, and Long Trail Mustard on Rye.

For more information about Grafton Village Cheese, check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Celebrate Local Cheese: Spring Brook Farm

This is our fourth week of celebrating all things local cheese! We’re highlighting a different maker every week with a grilled cheese special, 10% off their line of cheese, and a tasting with the makers!

This week’s maker is Spring Brook Farm in Reading, VT:

About 10 miles south of Farmers’ is one of the best kept secrets around, a working farm that allows urban kids to taste a little country and a lot cheese. Farms For City Kids Foundation at Spring Brook Farm in Reading, VT has been in operation since 1994, bringing groups of children to the farm a week at a time to experience a farming lifestyle such as learning to take care of farm animals, helping with making maple syrup, and teaching kids how to make great cheese.

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Photos from: http://farmsforcitykids.org/

The farm is open to visitors and the cheese house is designed to allow students and visitors to watch the cheese making process. Most importantly though, the Farm affords young kids the incredible opportunity to study things like economics, chemistry, microbiology, food preservation, health and nutrition in a working farm environment.

Learn more about the farm:

 

Check out their cheeses we carry:

Reading
Milder, semi-soft cheese that’s aged about 3 months and perfect for fondues as well as melting over just about anything

Ashbrook
Semi-soft, supple texture, and is lactic and bright with a funky finish.

Join them this Saturday 11am-3pm while they sample their goods. 10% off all of their cheeses through Sunday!  Be sure to try this week’s grilled cheese special: “The Jersey Girl” Pesto, arugula, tomato, and Spring Brook Read on white.

For more information about Cobb Hill Farm, check out their website and Facebook

Our upcoming cheese schedule:

  • Tuesday, October 25th – Sunday, October 30th
    Grafton Village Cheese (Grafton, VT)

Celebrate Local Cheese: Cobb Hill

This is our third week of celebrating all things local cheese! We’re highlighting a different maker every week with a grilled cheese special, 10% off their line of cheese, and a tasting with the makers!

This week’s maker is Cobb Hill Cheese in Hartland, VT.

Cobb Hill Cheese has been handcrafting 2 types of farmstead artisan cheese, for 16 years on their farm in Hartland, Vermont. Every batch of cheese is made from fresh milk every other day. Cedar Mountain Farm’s jersey cows provide a rich milk which imparts a delicious, nutty flavor to the cheese. Vermont cheese at its best and only 11 miles away from the market! They make two main cheese varieties, both of which we carry:

Ascutney Mountain:
 An alpine-style natural rind cheese. It was developed from a Swiss Appenzeller recipe. Ascutney Mountain has a sweet nutty flavor and is aged 8 to 9 months.

Four Corners:
a Welsh Caerphilly cheddar recipe. It has a natural rind and is aged 4 to 6 months and has a buttery tangy flavor.

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*Photos from: http://cobbhillcheese.com/

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*Photos from: http://cobbhillcheese.com/

Besides making delicious cheese, you can also find their line of frozen yogurts here at the market. Why yes, we are suggesting you treat ‘yo self to a sweet treat tonight. You can thank us later.

Join them this Saturday while they sample their goods. 10% off all of their cheeses through Sunday!  Be sure to try this week’s grilled cheese special: “The Swiss Pig” Cobb Hill Ascutney Mountain cheese, maple mustard, and ham on white.

For more information about Cobb Hill Farm, check out their website and Facebook

Check out our upcoming cheese schedule:

  • Tuesday, October 18th – Sunday, October 23rd
    Spring Brook Farm (Reading, VT)
  • Tuesday, October 25th – Sunday, October 30th
    Grafton Village Cheese (Grafton, VT)

Celebrate Local Cheese: Vermont Farmstead

This week’s maker is Vermont Farmstead Cheese out of South Woodstock, VT. Only 10 minutes from the market, so it’s safe to say this is truly backyard cheese! The Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company began as a community effort to save a local farm and its surrounding rural landscape in South Woodstock, Vermont. Their cheeses are made in small batches from their farmstead and local milk.

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Lille – Photo From Vermont Artisan Cheese

The milk comes from their own mixed herd of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorn cows. Check out some of their herd here. This blend makes for exceptional milk with each breed contributing a different component for a unique and excellent combination for cheese. Some of their most popular cheese includes their creamy Lille and delicious AleHouse Cheddar.

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AleHouse Cheddar – Photo From Vermont Artisan Cheese

Join them this Saturday while they sample their goods from 11am-3pm. Be sure to try this week’s grilled cheese special: “The Farmstead” Vermont Farmstead Lille, apple butter, and bacon on garlic Parmesan bread. For more information about Vermont Farmstead, check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Celebrate Local Cheese: Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Who loves cheese? We love cheese. Especially from our local cheese makers. Join us now through October as we celebrate amazing cheeses made right in our backyard! We’ll be highlighting a different maker every week with a grilled cheese special, 10% off their line of cheese, and a tasting with the makers!

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Photo From: http://www.plymouthartisancheese.com/

This week’s maker is Plymouth Artisan Cheese out of Plymouth, VT. They’re known for their delicious raw milk cheeses as well as a line of tasty blues. The cheese is made from Vermont raw cow’s milk free of any additives, anti-biotics or rBST and is sourced from a single dairy herd in close to the cheese factory to ensure freshness and quality. You can often find the cheese makers popping into the market to do some shopping or to chat it up with our cheese-heads. In addition to the quality cheese, their branding and packaging is pretty awesome.

The Plymouth Cheese Factory is the second oldest cheese factory in the United States and they continue to use the original recipe from the 1800s. Since they follow closely with the original recipe, their cheese is closest thing consumers can find to the cheeses America’s first farmers produced in the 1600’s. How’s that for a Throwback Thursday? Plymouth Artisan Cheese may be the only cheese maker that still produces this distinctive and original American heritage cheese, and it’s pretty cool that they’re only a 20 minute drive from the market.

Join them this Saturday while they sample their goods from 11am-3pm. Be sure to try this week’s grilled cheese special: “The Big Blue” Plymouth Artisan Big Blue and tomato on white bread. For more information about The Plymouth Cheese Factory, check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram

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Photo From:
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Photo From: http://www.plymouthartisancheese.com/

 

Check out our lineup for the rest of the month:

Tuesday September 27th – Sunday October 2nd
Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Tuesday, October 4th – Sunday, October 9th
Vermont Farmstead

Tuesday, October 11th – Sunday, October 16th
Cobb Hill Cheese

Tuesday, October 18th – Sunday, October 23rd
Spring Brook Farm

Tuesday, October 25th – Sunday, October 30th
Grafton Village Cheese

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