An impressive accomplishment: Vermont Farmers Food Center
Once again, I am impressed with how far Rutland has come toward being a super cool place to live. This time, it’s their new winter farmers market, located in the Vermont Farmers Food Center. We all know that I love a good farmers market, and this is a good farmers market. Winter farmers markets have been popping up all over Vermont to serve the needs of locavores and those who desire fresh, safe produce throughout the year.
Clearly there aren’t a lot of crops that can be grown in the winter, but there are some – leeks, kale, brussels sprouts, potatoes, cabbage. My tiny town even has a winter CSA.
The farmers market has much more than crops, though. It also has honey, maple syrup, soap, jewelry, prepared foods, ground and whole bean coffee, pastries, bread, wine, and so much more. I bought some shortbread cookies made by a woman from Edinburgh who also makes savory scones.
According to their website, the market was supposed to open at 10:00, but I arrived at 10:05, and the place was already packed! The atmosphere was festive, and everyone was friendly and helpful. The selection of prepared foods was really nice – I got a potato taquito that was excellent! The same booth had take-away portions of risotto salad and vegetable lasagna. Ana’s Empenada’s was there with their tasty treats, and the Indian restaurant in West Rutland had a nice selection as well. I lamented that I was there a bit too early to get lunch.
My hands were quite chilly during my shopping, so I bought a cup of warm apple cider. What a treat! There was also a musician adding lovely music to my shopping experience.
I left the farmers market feeling so energized and excited! I can’t wait to see how it evolves and grows. What a wonderful asset for the city.