IT’S WINTER! GREAT EATS!

IT’S WINTER!!  Play hard, eat well! January tips to great eating!

TIP #1:  EAT EAST ASIAN!

Formerly Orient Express, our annual Asian food highlight spans many different styles of cooking:  Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean…after all Asia is pretty big (no duh).  But what’s most important is that we have fun!  Our Kitchen: creative daily specials, amazing sandwich specials and watch out for our sushi rolls!! Our Grocery Department: tons of Asian specialty products and terrific recipes.  Our Produce Department:  cool Asian focused stuff like galangal, makrut lime leaves,  yuzu lemons and dragon fruit. 

TIP #2: EAT CITRUS!

Ok, so we’re not in California.  While our dear friends at Bi Rite work with tons of local farmers this time of year, we have to rely on our direct wholesale relationships to get great citrus for this once a year citrus blowout.  But we push hard and get great results and sweet, delicious citrus from all over Florida and California arrives daily for the peak of season.  Check out Jake’s specials in Produce all month! 

 

TIP #3:  EAT WINGS, RIBS AND FOOTBALL FOOD!

Let’s not kid ourselves.  Wings and ribs are not the healthiest of foods.  But gosh are they good.  And we offer both fresh local meats in our cases plus our kitchen makes a ton of buffalo, teriyaki and dry rubbed wings to go.  Check out Farmers Catering–we have a ton of great football food just a phone call away.  The Super Bowl (February 4th) is our kitchen’s busiest day of the winter! We’ll be standing by to take your orders every weekend during the January playoffs!  PS…we also make a ton of our own salsa, guac, our famous pimento cheese, muffaletta and dips.

 

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR at the Market

We’ve got a ton going on for the New Year. Here’s a quick run down.

  • NEW YEARS WEEKEND: Silo Distillery, from Windsor, VT will be here Saturday December 30th!  They will be teasing you with some amazing concoctions made with their outstanding spirits and Fever Tree Mixers along with Stirrings drink mixers.  There spirits will be for sale during the time they are here!!
  • NEW YEARS WEEKEND: Abracadabra Coffee, from Woodstock will be here on Sunday New Years Eve brewing up their incredibly popular brews.  A perfect time to get your free pick me up and to purchase some their outstanding and unusual coffee beans.
  • OPEN TILL 7 PM NEW YEARS EVE:  Shop till you drop with tons of bubbly, snacks, entrees for dinner from our hot case,  beer and whatever else you need to party it up all night.
  • WE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST.   We are giving our gang a day off!  We’ll be back in operation bright and squirrely Tuesday morning at 7:30 AM.
  • January will be a ton of fun here at FARMERS’!

    • CELEBRATE THE FLAVORS OF ASIA!  It’s our annual  event with tons of fresh produce, specialty products and recipes for an outstanding make your own meal and amazing and creative sandwich, hot case and cold case salads with an Asian flare all month long!!
    • IT’S GAME DAY GRUB!  NFL playoffs and the college bowl games and playoffs are a great time to shop the Market for some great- for-you and not-so-great-for-you snacks (if you know what I mean!) We’ve got a ton of dips, chips, wings, guac and football food planned…so stop by and stock up!  10% off Tom’s Knows Salsa from Eden, VT,  15% off Switchback Beer from Burlington, VT, 20%  off Vermont Farmstead’s Lille cheese!  Click here for catering menus--wings, mac and cheese, chili, Joey D’s Italian Sausages  and more!
    •  CITRUS MADNESS!  It’s peak citrus season and Jake has some great specials on both conventional and organic citrus.  Plus we have wide selection:  cara caras, bloods, satumas, clementines, grapefruit, pomelos, navels, kishus and more.  All  from Florida and California!!

Procrastinators Rejoice!

Still have some folks on your shopping list? No worries, we have some pretty amazing products that will please the foodie in your left. Check out some of our favorite last minute gifts:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Sue’s Nuts
Savory, not too sweet all natural mix of almonds, cashews and pecans coated with a delicate meringue made from a special blend of spices. Delicious!

Vermont Farmstead Lille
Lille is bloomy rind drum with a velvety paste. It melts in your mouth with flavors of cream, butter and a pleasant salty rind

BENZ Woodworks Cheese Boards
Local Zach Benz has been crafting fine sustainably harvested local hardwood cutting and cheese boards for years. They are simple and gorgeous.

Dardimans California Pear Slices
Enjoy them as a snack, or with ice cream, cocktails, iced tea, caviar, prosciutto, and foie gras.

Maschio Sparkling Rose
Because bottles of mini wine are super cute. Throw it in a stocking or two!

Hop’n Moose Better Dayz IPA
Unfiltered Double IPA hopped with Citra providing a great balance of citrus and drinkability. Brewed right in Rutland!

 

My Favorite Things

Season’s Eatings!!

We are celebrating the holidays with My Favorite Things all month long!!

What the heck is “My Favorite Things?”

Our staff has little signs all over the store noting their favorite gift ideas!! Check out some great holiday food ideas over the next couple of weeks.  Shop local or on line!  We’ve got a ton of creative and interesting artisan foods from all over the worreal dillbig pixld!!

  • The Real Dill:  A cool little company out of Denver that makes the absolutely best Bloody Mary mix.  The secret is the pickle juice.  Patrick’s new favorite holiday product.
  • Tost:  The non alcoholic sparkling beverage made in Red Hook.  They came here last weekend and sold 6 cases in just an hour!  The stuff is amazing.  Staff favorite.
  • Our Own Cookie Boxes:  What an incredible hostess gift!  These babies are all the rage and our bakers are cranking them out daily!
  • Zack Benz cutting/cheese boards and Miranda Thomas Pottery:  Amazing house ware gifts from local artisans.  Great value, amazing quality.   Check out two of our favorite holiday boxes with Zack’s boards and Miranda’s pottery.  Our Fancy Feed Box and the Vermont Maple and Pancake Box are all the rage.
  • Wozz Balsamic Fig Mostarda:  Says Steve Moyer, “oh my goodness with cheese.”
  • Big Picture Caramels:  Mila from our deli crew swoons over these babies either as a gift or  an everyday little treat.

These are just a few of the hundreds of goodies we have kicking around for the holidays.  Of course you could always just do what many do during the holidays:  give a GIFT CARD!! 

Also, please remember our Harvest for Hunger promotion for December going great guns!!  We’re up to over $800–and our goal of $1,000 is well in sight!! Thanks so much–and remember, we MATCH EVERY DONATION!!

 

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Give Now! Great Cause!

Harvest for Hunger, our signature philanthropic program is in full swing for the holidays! Please give generously at our registers!! It’s a FRESH PRODUCE initiative where we match all giving at our registers and then purchase FRESH PRODUCE for the Reading Windsor Food Shelf and the Woodstock Area Community Food Shelf!! It’s a highly successful program and our goal for this holiday is $1,000–which, of course we will match, making the total a possible whopping $2,000!! We’ve already raised $500 as of December 1st.   We can do this! Please see our HARVEST FOR HUNGER PAGE for more details.

The economy may be improving for some but our local food shelves are being used more than ever!  Those with less often shop at the food shelf and find great items, but not often is there fresh produce available.

Farmers’ Market purchases great produce and partners with Black River Produce to get great pricing so that your dollars go even further.

Last August through this September we collected and matched nearly $5,200 dollars!!  And along with the Downtown Merchants group (Woodstock VT) who contributed monies, we totaled over $6,700!!

Thanks for all your support and your attention to this great cause.

Season’s Eatings!!

Season’s Eatings from all of us here at Farmers’. We’ve got a full plate (pun intended) this holiday so let’s get it started!!

Season’s Eatings is our holiday tagline: from our online store  (link to store) to Farmers’ Catering (link) to our ever-popular Gift Cards, we’ve got your holiday gift giving season covered. OK—so we’re not selling TV’s or NFL jerseys or Star Wars Legos—but we DO have tons of cool olive oils, cheeses, T-Shirts, Tote Bags, chocolates, cookies and coffee. Tired of socks and ties for Christmas? Try food!! It’s fun!

Harvest for Hunger: When we see—like yesterday—hundreds of dollars of FRESH PRODUCE piled up going to the Reading Food Shelf and the Woodstock Food Shelf—it’s what Christmas giving is all about. HELPING OTHERS is one of the hallmarks of why we love being a big part of this incredible community. Please, we beg you to give whatever you feel you can at our registers this season. WE MATCH ALL DONATIONS AND PURCHASE FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES TO THE MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO CAN’T AFFORD TO EAT GREAT FOOD. Please help our worthy cause this season. Our goal is $500 dollars in just 3 weeks—that means $1,000 of fresh produce for Christmas meals for our food shelves. Let’s do it.

Farmers’ Festivus 10% Storewide Sale: Join us for our first annual Farmers’ Festivus on Monday December 18th. It’s a 10% off storewide sale—Yes, 10% off everything for one day (except holiday greenery and fresh plants). We thought we’d make being open on a Monday extra special. We’re open 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Check out our website for full details of everything Farmers’ this season.

Gettin’ 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. Snag a pint in our grab and go cooler!

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.

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.