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Thursday
Jun182015

First Harvest of the Zucchini!

As the first day of summer creeps nearer, the vegetables are growing bigger and bigger. We were able to harvest our first round of zucchini today, and hopefully we'll be harvesting more on Monday. 


Our demo the week before last at the Hunger Mountain Coop went really well--it was great to see so many familiar faces! Since we stopped working the Farmer's Market, we have lost touch with some of our oldest customers.  There were many factors that led to our decision to stop attending the Farmer's Market, but seeing all of our wonderful customers was most definitely not one of them! Not only was it lovely to catch up with all of you (that we got a chance to see, that is), but also it was exciting to hear the feedback on our newest products. 

In case you missed the news; we brought our new sauces to the Hunger Mountain Coop last week. Our Maple Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Soffrito, Chimichurri, Tomatillo Verde Sauce, and Enchilada Sauce are all available in downtown Montpelier!! ALSO, we just delivered our first batch of Basil Pesto to the Hunger Mountain Coop.


If you're familiar with the Basil Pesto that we used to distribute to our CSA members, or that we sold at the Farmer's Market--get excited!! It's back!! If you haven’t ever had it before, you may want to know that it is not only made from locally sourced ingredients, but it is nut free. We want as many people as possible to be able to eat it, and adding nuts makes it unavailable to too many of you. Also, you don’t even notice they’re gone!

         Hopefully all of you have a wonderful weekend, and if you get a chance, let us know what your favorite things to make with our sauces are! We’ll also post a few quick dinner ideas that we’ve tested (and enjoyed!) with our sauces.

More updates coming soon!

Olivia & Joe

Saturday
Jun132015

Farm Update

Things are really getting busy around here! We’ve gotten almost everything planted by now—broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, squash, herbs, garlic, and more! Now we just have to wait a little bit longer until we can eat fresh veggies straight from our gardens!

Peppers, chilis, and canning tomatoes!

            With all of the wonderful produce we can get our hands on now that it’s summer, we’re rolling out some of our favorite (and most popular) products. Our basil pesto goes into production this week, and our chimichurri and soffrito sauces will be on the shelves at Hunger Mountain Coop! We’ve already started making gazpacho (yum), and soon we’ll be making our chilled cucumber dill soup, as well as our summer minestrone (one of my personal favorites).

(tiny tomatoes! Can't wait to watch them ripen--and to eat them, of course)

            Speaking of soups and sauces, the new facility is coming along quickly! We’ve gotten all the floor drains and sprinklers set up, and if all goes as planned, the hood vents, cooler, and freezer are going to be installed by this time next week. Wohoo! We really can’t wait to be able to move into our own facility, and we plan to do so before the winter starts. As some of the big, initial projects get finished (like pouring the concrete for our floor), things are really picking up speed.

(the wall where our stoves, kettles, and ovens will be!!)

            We’ll try our best to keep you updated as things progress! And, as always, please stay in touch! We love any and all feedback that we receive.

 

Have a wonderful weekend (get out there and soak up some of this lovely sunshine)!

Olivia & Joe

Thursday
Jun042015

Gazpacho!

Tomorrow afternoon from 3-6, stop by the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier to taste soup fresh Gazpacho. This is the first batch of the year--and it's always worth the wait.

Gazpacho isn't the only thing we'll be sampling, though! We're also debuting our Soffrito Sauce, as well as sampling our Maple Chipotle BBQ Sauce, and our Tomatillo Verde Sauce. As the soup season winds down, we're able to make some awesome summer dips and sauces. After all, who wants to cook when it's warm enough to be outside?! 

If you're in downtown Montpelier tomorrow around 3-6, please stop by!! We'd love to see you, and have you taste some of our newest products :)

As always, stay in touch! We appreciate any and all feedback we recieve. 

See you tomorrow!

Olivia & Joe

Friday
May292015

Summer Products are Here!!

Summer is officially here! And with all of the sunshine and warm weather that brings, come fresh soups and sauces.

            This week, we’re going to be rolling out our first batch of Gazpacho for the year, along with our chilled Cucumber Dill soup! Yum! They are two of our most popular soups—the Gazpacho is perfectly crunchy, with just a tiny bite thanks to the fresh peppers we’ll be putting in there. And the Cucumber Dill soup is just the thing to eat on these hot and humid days: with a little bit of yogurt in there to thicken it, it’s cool and refreshing—not to mention ready to eat! I know around our house, no one wants to stand in front of the hot stove during the summer.

            We’re also releasing a new line of sauces and spreads that haven’t previously been available through many of our customers. Soon, Hunger Mountain Coop will be carrying our Maple Chipotle BBQ sauce, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette, Chimichurri (an Argentinian spread, used for cooking meats or veggies, that is parsley based—super fresh!), Enchilada Sauce, as well as our Cannellini Bean Dip, and Tomatillo Verde sauce. The Verde sauce was originally meant to be used hot, (for things like enchiladas), but we discovered that it actually tastes really good cold, as a salsa.

            Finally, our newest product is going to be hitting the shelves in the next few weeks! It’s a tomato-based sauce, called “Soffrito”. The sauce comes from Cuba, and can be used on pasta like a regular tomato sauce, but it’s also great for adding flavor to any meal. We’ll often put it in a pan full of zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, and other vegetables, or cook it into an egg frittata or tofu dish. It’s commonly cooked into rice, as well, and it also tastes great with meat!

            We’re excited that it’s finally warm outside, and plan to take advantage of all of the beautiful produce that’s starting to come in. And we can’t wait to share our new products with everyone!

            As always, stay in touch! We appreciate any and all feedback that we receive.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks,

Joe & Olivia

Friday
May222015

Sauces, Spreads, and Dips!

As the soup season starts winding down, we're able to focus more on our other products. We've developed a really tasty Tomatillo Verde Sauce, as well as a Soffrito--a mixture of tomatoes, garlic, peppers, and fresh herbs that can be used as a base (or just as a sauce!) for many dishes. It originated in Italy, but is used all around the world for cooking. 

Today, we're going to be at Healthy Living in Burlington from 3-6 today to have a sampling of our products! We'll be bringing our new Tomatillo Verde sauce, Maple Chipotle BBQ sauce, Maple Vinaigrette (if you ever saw us at the Farmer's Market, this was one of the most popular things we brought!), Chimichurri, and our Enchilada sauce. In addition to all of those tasty sauces, we'll be bringing our VERY limited edition Asparagus Soup! This is one of our products that's only available for a few weeks out of the year--we only use Asparagus that comes from our farm in this soup, and as a result it's only available when we're harvesting it. 

Creamy, but not too rich, our Asparagus soup is one of our favorite products. It's a delicious way to welcome in the new season--well worth the wait between batches. If you're in the Burlington area from 3-6 this afternoon, please stop by Healthy Living!! We'd love to see you, as well as for as many people as possible to taste our food!

As always, keep in touch! We'd love to hear any questions or comments you have.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Olivia & Joe