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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Otter Creek Bakery

Posted By on Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Otter Creek sub - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Otter Creek sub
The home opener of the Middlebury College football team is six weeks away. It’s time to start pre-gaming for Panthers football.

No, I don’t mean drinking beer in the back of  your car or grilling sausage at the stadium parking lot. I’m talking about an anticipatory trip to  Otter Creek Bakery, a lunchtime oasis not far from the college football field. The café’s Otter Creek sub ($9.50) — akin to an Italian hoagie — and chocolate chip/walnut/orange cookie ($2.50) together form a top-notch, filling meal.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Applesauce and Vinegar Company in Central Vermont Trims Its Workforce

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 6:16 PM

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The applesauce and vinegar maker Vermont Village laid off about a dozen of its 50 employees this week and late last week, blaming a sales slump.

The Barre company got its start making small batch applesauce and jumped into the growing market for apple cider vinegar drinks a few years ago. It's overall sales had surged.

But over the last few months, orders slumped and the company decided to lay off about a dozen employees, according to Andrew Lawrence, brand manager. Employees work staggered shifts. The first were notified late last week and the last were notified Tuesday.

“Operations basically had exceeded what we could support with sales,"  Lawrence said Tuesday. "We are trying to get back to that level where we are cash-flow positive.’’

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fable Farm Fermentory Adds Tasting Room Hours

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 8:19 PM

  • Courtesy of Christopher Piana
  • Fable Farm Fermentory Wines
Barnard's Fable Farm Fermentory has no shortage of events: Thursday nights' Feast & Field Market, and plentiful farm dinners, food-forward tasting events and arts programming, too .

But for a company that makes wine production its main business, wine tastings have heretofore been spotty at best. That'll change this week when brothers Christopher and Jon Piana begin opening their winery for regular Friday afternoon tasting room hours.

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., $20 will buy visitors petite pours of eight naturally fermented apple, grape and honey wines, plus snacks including nuts, olives and local organic cheeses.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Joe's Snack Bar

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Scallop basket at Joe's Snack Bar - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Scallop basket at Joe's Snack Bar
When my daughter was little, one of her favorite books was Where Does Joe Go? The delightful picture book by Vermonter Tracey Campbell Pearson imagines the places where Joe — the proprietor of Joe’s Snack Bar — might go in the off-season.

Joe’s Snack Bar, of course, has real-life roots in Jericho, where it was founded in 1950 by Joe Rotunda. He owned the local IGA store and opened a snack bar, where he made hard ice cream, next to his shop. Joe’s son, Joe Jr., took over Joe’s and ran it with his partner in business and life, Marilyn Kozlowski, for 35 years. Kozlowski, 67, has owned and operated it since Joe’s death eight years ago.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Farmers Market Kitchen: Sesame Beef Skewers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Sesame beef skewers (and a hungry dog) - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Sesame beef skewers (and a hungry dog)
Here's an idea: It's sticky and gross outside, so let's grill.

In my non-air-conditioned old farmhouse, this weather calls for dinner outside. Most days,  the sun is waning and the evening breeze has picked up by the time we get around to cooking dinner.

Last Friday I headed to the Chelsea Farmers Market, just over the hill from my house. Chelsea's is a small market, and a lot of the farms are one- or two-person operations. So, at this point in the season, many of the vendors are selling the same things I'm harvesting from my own garden.

Still, the chance to bump into folks in my regional farm community, and to partake in a few awesome specialty products — including a cool and creamy cup of goat's milk gelato from Sweet Doe Dairy — make market visits a treat every time. With hot days in the forecast, I grabbed a package of Angus beef kebab meat from Allenville Farm and earmarked it for Monday's dinner.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Abracadabra Coffee Releases CBD-Infused Cold Brew

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 7:31 AM

  • Courtesy of Abracadabra Coffee
  • Chill Brew
In the past year, food and beverage producers have released everything from chocolate truffles to beer laced with cannabidiol, the cannabis compound said to relieve muscle pain, upset stomach, anxiety, autism symptoms and more.  Chefs have even prepared special meals with a dose of the stuff in every course.

Now, Abracadabra Coffee, the Woodstock roastery known for sourcing single-farm, single-origin beans, is set to release its first batch of CBD cold brew, company cofounder Sarah Yetter told Seven Days.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Starksboro Farmer Eric Rozendaal Has Died at 51

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro - SALLY POLLAK
  • Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro
Eric Rozendaal, a farmer whose products included eggs, butternut squash and maple lemonade, died Tuesday morning on a family vacation in the Bahamas.  He collapsed while running  at one of his favorite places, his wife, Keenann Rozendaal, told Seven Days by email.  Rozendaal, who was 51, owned and ran Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.

He started farming at the Intervale in Burlington, and established his 108-acre organic farm on conserved land in Starksboro in 2001. Rozendaal specialized in several crops — his egg business is called Eric’s Eggs.  He was an innovative farmer who processed his squash for donuts made on the farm and for large wholesale accounts, including the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“I think he was an extraordinary visionary in that he had more ideas than anyone could keep up with,” said Julie Rubaud, his first farming partner and the mother of Rozendaal’s daughter, Louissa. “There’s a huge hole in the world right now. Above all, he was an incredible father.”  Rozendaal also has a son, Hans, with Keenann.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Mad Taco in Essex

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Yam and carnitas tacos at Mad Taco in Essex - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Yam and carnitas tacos at Mad Taco in Essex
As a big-city diner from Burlington, I’m accustomed to — and perhaps scarred by — the perils of eating in the presence of seagulls. The most recent offense occurred a year ago, when a gull swooped down and stole part of my pastrami sandwich at Burlington Bay.

So I was wary when I arrived the other evening at the new Mad Taco, situated at the edge of a parking lot at the Essex Shoppes, and saw gulls circling overhead. Did I dare dine al fresco?  But it was a beautiful day, so I took my chances at a picnic table outside. My tacos were delivered there: roasted yams with black beans, slaw and cilantro; pork with mole, avocado-verde sauce, onions and cilantro.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Abracadabra Coffee: Now Open Weekends on the Reg

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee - COURTESY OF ABRACADABRA COFFEE
  • Courtesy of Abracadabra Coffee
  • Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee
In Woodstock, beloved local beanery Abacadabra Coffee opened for regular weekend hours earlier this month. Visitors can now swing by from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for espresso drinks and cold brew made with house-roasted, single-source coffees.

Hungry? Stay for a snack: On Saturdays, Olivia’s Bagels (that’s former Wild Roots chef Peter Varkonyi’s roving breakfast outfit) is there slinging puffy sourdough rounds, and doughnuts. On Sundays, Lebanon, N.H.-based Tacos Tacos pulls up with homespun Mexican eats.

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Clementine Catering Now at Cork Wine Bar & Market in Waterbury

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Clementine Catering's basil pesto Caprese sandwich - COURTESY OF CORK WINE BAR & MARKET
  • Courtesy of Cork Wine Bar & Market
  • Clementine Catering's basil pesto Caprese sandwich
Cork Wine Bar & Market’s Waterbury location has a new cook in the kitchen. As of last week, Elizabeth Deringer and Clementine Catering is serving locally grounded, seasonal fare such as pesto Caprese panini and rosemary-crusted pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes, in addition to the natural-wine-focused bar’s usual cheese and charcuterie plates.

Cork and Deringer are celebrating the change with a grand opening party this Thursday, June 14, from 5 to 9 p.m.

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