Natural High | Food News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It

Natural High 

Side Dishes: Area groceries are making market moves

Joe Adler, an assistant manager at Healthy Living, can’t get enough of the market’s “Crème Brûlée French Toast” topped with a dollop of apple crisp. It’s just one of the offerings at the store’s weekly Sunday brunch, along with breakfast burritos, scrambled eggs and tofu.

Thanks to Adler’s efforts, the food now comes with entertainment. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., musicians entertain diners with bluegrass, Americana and more. The Max Power Trio are regular visitors.

Adler attests that attendees are having a great time: The music even keeps youngsters rapt while grown-ups eat. “Now the problem that I’m running into is that it’s starting to pick up, and I’m wondering where to seat everybody,” he says.

In other HL news, Nina Lesser-Goldsmith says that the Healthy Living Learning Center — which will offer “affordable, interactive cooking classes,” as well as seminars on nutrition and wellness — should launch in mid-2009.

At City Market in downtown Burlington, there have been changes galore. The store recently expanded its café — now both warmer and quieter — and is adding a second restroom.

Other recent initiatives include reducing the cost of membership from $25 to $15 per year, and instituting a 10 percent discount for folks who qualify for food stamps or WIC through the Food for All program.

Starting January 1, City Market’s grounds will be smoke-free for both customers and employees. Marketing and Community Relations Manager Nicole L’Huillier Fenton explains: “It has been in contrast to our mission to allow smoking on the grounds. Having a healthy quality of life is something we support.”

One delicious upgrade is the new line of “signature soups” that includes chicken noodle, minestrone, seafood gumbo and tomato basil — the four bestsellers from the hot bar.

It’s been a long haul, but Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier is done with its construction. The upgrade includes a 7000-square-foot addition, new checkout lanes, better lighting and fresh insulation.

Planning is underway for a food co-op in Winooski. An eager crew got together at The Monkey House last Friday for an initial meeting.

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Suzanne Podhaizer

About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the former Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose,... more


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Food News

Social Club

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2018 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation