Joe's grandmother’s kitchen in East Randolph VT is the inspiration for the wholesome, flavorful, value-added agricultural products from Joe’s Kitchen at Screamin' Ridge Farm. When Joe was a kid, his grandmother's kitchen was the hub for the entire family. An assortment of cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends were constantly trooping through, and all were greeted at the door with the smell of the ubiquitous soup pot simmering on a back burner. Gram’s kitchen was definitely the place to go when you were hungry.
With equal regard for flavor and economy, Gram used whatever was at hand to pull together a great-tasting soup; ingredients like roasted chicken, potatoes, onions, and vegetables. What really made Gram’s soups special though, were the quality ingredients harvested from the garden out back and the seasonings. Fresh parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary were snipped from the kitchen garden in the summer months and during the long, cold Vermont winters, Gram made do with the ample shelf of spices right next to the stove. Joe’s mom continued the tradition and passed it on to Joe with love and skill; she spent many hours cooking for him and with him as he grew up.
This training was a great basis for Joe's early career as a restaurant chef and entrepreneur. He trained in France and cooked managed restaurants for about 20 years. Joe has been making the transition from chef to farmer over the last 10 years. With about 8 years of sustainable farming under his belt, he is now coming full circle to realize his ambition of both growing ingredients and then cooking them into great tasting prepared foods.
When the Mad River Food Hub opened in 2011, Joe began cooking in their licensed food processing facility at an affordable rate. He can now produce prepared food for retail sale. Look for Joe’s Soups at Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. If you’d like to see Joe’s Soups at a store near you, let us know!