A Local Thanksgiving!

Join us for our favorite holiday! Thanksgiving is all about the food and we’re here to help you have the best one yet. For all the deets check out of Thanksgiving Page which includes all of our deadlines, menus, and, and heating instructions. Also be sure to check out our November Flyer which is full of specials and events happening all month long. See you at the market!

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V Smiley Preserves

Born on her parents’ farm in New Haven, VT, V grew up working the land and putting food by. After years of working in restaurant kitchens on the West Coast, she and her partner moved back to the farm, and started making preserves in earnest.

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All of her preserves are sweetened with honey which means that the honeybee provides everything they need to make fruit preserves. Complementing the fruit with herbs and spices make the jams complex and versatile, as delicious served with cheese as they are on toast. These preserves are very special. Join us this Friday at 3:30pm to taste for yourself how delicious these truly are. All jars are 10% off through the rest of the month.

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Winter Squash Weekend!

It’s Winter Squash Weekend! We’re celebrate all week long with some great specials on squash, pumpkins, and pumpkin pies! Check it out:
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Unsure of what squash is best for what? Read about our most popular winter squashes:

Butternut squash
An extremely versatile squash that can be baked, roasted, mashed, pureed, stewed, you name it. They are similar to pumpkins in their taste and texture but are often on the sweeter side. Butternuts are easily made into soups and curries, or even used as a substitute for pumpkin in many recipes.

Carnival squash
They have a yellow meat and are reminiscent of sweet potatoes and the butternut squash. They can be easily baked or steamed and then combined with butter and fresh herbs. One of the easiest ways to prepare a carnival squash is to pierce whole squash in several places, cut them in half, and after removing the seeds, bake with the hollow side up.

Buttercup Squash
A sweet and creamy orange flesh that is much sweeter than many other winter varieties. They can be baked, mashed, steamed, stuffed, or simmered. Buttercups make a great replacement for sweet potatoes in many recipes as well.

Sunshine Squash
Unlike the other squash, Sunshines are completely stringless and are filled with succulent, ultra-sweet flesh. They have a nutty after taste that you are sure to love. The creamy sweet flavor is brought out well when the fruit is baked, steamed, or even microwaved.

Delicata Squash
A more mild variety of winter squash and isn’t as sweet as some of the others. Its yellow flesh tastes similar to sweet potatoes and butternut squash. It pairs well with hearty winter dishes and is great for baking, stuffing, or steaming. The delicata’s thinner skin is barely detectable when cooked so there is no need to peel it!

Acorn Squash
A mildly sweet and have a yellow tender flesh. They are great for roasting, baking and stuffing with just about anything. Add butter, syrup, or brown sugar and spices and you are pretty much set.

Blue Hubbard
Also called the New England Blue Hubbard, is a great choice for a sweet tasting winter squash. The flesh of the Blue Hubbard is deep orange. It is dense and has a nutty, sweet taste of a sweet potato.

Harvest For Hunger

We feel compelled to help others, especially those that have less than we do. And we’re committed to making a positive mark on our community. Besides our giving mantra being “help everyone eat better tasting and more nutritious food”, we actively contribute time, money, energy, and information so we can make this great town even better. 

Harvest for Hunger

Next week we will be re-launching our “Harvest For Hunger” campaign here at Farmers’. This is our annual campaign to get our community involved with helping us purchase fresh produce for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf and the Reading/West Windsor Food Shelf. We see a real need to have fresh produce available for everyone, especially during the winter months. 

 

From November 1st, 2016 through September, 4th 2017 we have collected $2,640 at our registers and WFM matched the $2,640 for a grand total of $6,734 of money towards fresh produce purchases. Amazing! 

Now more than ever we need to come together as a community and help each other be the best we can be. Keep your eyes peeled for our donation boxes up at the front registers over the next few months and into the holidays. 

Red Kite Candy

Made by hand in the small town of Thetford, Vermont, Red Kite Candies epitomize the small-batch, artisanal foods we prize. Elaine McCabe has made her special sweets for years, finally turning her passion into a business when demand grew and word of mouth spread.

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Sourcing ingredients from Vermont is important to Elaine, and a big reason why her treats are so special. Organic Vermont milk and cream, and European-style cultured butter are the foundation of her products, which are enhanced with local maple syrup as well as Belgian chocolate and organic nuts. Her caramels are superb—rich and buttery, just chewy enough, and not cloyingly sweet. Our favorite are the Sea Salt caramels but the Chocolate caramels or the regular ones do give them a run for their money!

If toffee is more your thing then Red Kite Toffees will be right up your alley. They are made with that great Vermont butter, organic sugar, organic almonds and Belgian chocolate. Crunchy, rich, and sweetly flavored with vanilla and sea salt…and are made to order, hence the relatively short sell date on the bottom.

Join Elaine this Saturday from 10am-2pm and take 20% off her candy all month long!

 

 

Take & Bake Pizzas!

We’re finally getting into some weather that is perfect for turning the oven on! Our famous take & bake pizzas are in full swing so kick your weekend off right and pick up a few for you and your family this season. Check out our menu and be sure to check our Facebook for our weekly pizza special.

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Champlain Orchards and Cidery

Located in Shoreham, VT, overlooking Lake Champlain, Champlain Orchards now produces over 100 varieties of apples. Born in 1998, they are one of Vermont’s oldest continuously operating apple orchards.  And for the past 15 years, we’ve had a great relationship with owner Bill Shure selling their apples, apple cider and now their hard cider.

Every apple is grown, pressed, fermented and crafted at their orchard creating delicious hard ciders. They grow their fruit with strict Eco Apple practices in mind. They have a clear vision: to provide wholesome fruit, ciders and other products using sustainable growing and renewable energy practices.  This means that the customer is sure to know that they are getting fruit that is eco-sensitive and minimally treated with chemicals or pesticides.  The result is pretty easy to discern: outstanding apples and cider plus a hard cider that has now become one of the top Vermont ciders.

If you get a chance to visit their operation in Shoreham, you’ll find yourself in another world.  It’s stunning:  gorgeous mountains rise to the east and west with a rolling green valley (Champlain Valley) that’s perfect for growing a variety of fruit.  It’s like you’ve been transplanted to the Mid-West, yet you’re right here in central Vermont.

And don’t forget it’s Apple Weekend at Farmers’ with discounts on apples, apple pies and breads, plus Champlain Cider is 10% off all weekend.  Bonus: they are here for a tasting Friday evening from 4-6 pm.FullSizeRender

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. Take 15% off all month long! Clothbound and cheddar bars!

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.

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

 

 

Farmers’ Harvest!

Join us this September and October to celebrate all things Fall! Even though every season is pretty amazing in Vermont, Fall is one of our favorites here in Woodstock. Chilly nights, colorful trees, and local apples. Take a look below of all the things happening this September here at Farmers’:
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True North Granola

It’s that time of year again…back to school! While parents celebrate and kids groan, we’ll be here for all of your back to school snack needs. One of our favorites come from our friends at True North Granola out of Brattleboro, VT. True North Granola was started in 2006 by two lifelong educators, Ingrid and Franklin Chrisco. Unsatisfied with the taste and quality of the granola options they found in  grocery stores, they  launched True North Granola Company from their home. Their intent was and remains to create healthy granolas that are never “too sweet,” that are low in carbs, sodium, sugar, and that are rooted in healthy fats.
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Throughout their educational careers, Ingrid and Franklin saw first-hand the link between a child’s eating habits and their ability to learn. Children who eat well have more energy, longer attention spans, and are in better physical health than children who eat unhealthy foods. Their granola is the perfect balanced snack for growing and active kids. Now retired from the school systems, Franklin and Ingrid continue to address childhood obesity through True North Granola by working with local schools to provide free and healthy granola to students. True North has been donating granola to after-school programs in the business’ hometown, Brattleboro, Vermont, for the past five years. As the company continues to grow, so too will its support and promotion of healthy eating in schools.
*Photo from http://www.truenorthgranola.com/

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