Find A Farmers Market – Be Inspired!

When we stumbled upon the Capital City Farmers Market earlier this month, we were like kids in a candy shop.  Voted one of the Best 12 Farmer’s Markets by The Daily Green, this eclectic gem of a Farmers Market has been bringing local consumers and local producers together for over 30 years. 

Farmers Market Montpelier Vermont

Capital City Farmers Market open Saturdays from 9am - 1pm May through October. Located at 60 State Street, downtown Montpelier.

Music, samples, people watching, samples, incredible local farmers, samples.  Let’s just say we’re big fans and Saturday mornings at the farmers market have become an extra special treat. What do we love? Walking in and brainstorming how to make a meal out of it all.  Chatting with the vendors always inspires something new.  Plus, there’s nothing better than supporting local food producers. The food’s tastier, more nutritious and *gasp*, fresh!  Yes, we’re good food groupies and we just can’t hide it. 

Montpelier Farmers Market Vermont

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Here are our finds from our first week (brussel sprouts, grass fed tenderloin and Hartwell cheese… plus, locally cured Damn Fine bacon from our corner sto’:  Uncommon Market.)

Capital City Farmers Market Montpelier Vermont

Score!

Special shout out to: Ploughgate Creamery in Albany, Vermont.  Your Hartwell cheese is a dream.   Cheese lovers: think Brie on steriods. Hypothetically speaking of course…

And here’s the meal we made out of it all:

Capital City Farmers Market Montpelier Vermont

Double Score! Grass fed beef tenderloin with a red wine pan reduction, Hartwell and roasted garlic polenta, sauteed brussel sprouts with onion and local Damn Fine bacon. Cheers!

It’s our weekly splurge on the new budget. An extra special dinner date made with love, all for under 40 bucks.  As we like to say “Now that’s what’s up!”   Be inspired, let loose – find a local farmers market near you.

Until we explore again,
A & H

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Turkey Three Ways – Cupboard Challenge

When we moved, we knew money was going to be tight 1) because the hardworking husband is now a hardworking student (paycheck not included) and 2) because rent in New England is no joke (well actually, the joke’s what you get for your money.  Our lovely rental by the river excluded). 

So as much as we hated to admit it we knew we would have to REALLY scale back on one of the things we love the most – dining out and doing it big.  Wah wah waahhh…

On the flip side however, this change has opened our eyes to something we have missed for years.  The simple pleasure in planning meals together, taking time out to cook together, and best of all finally getting creative together. 

What we figured out? We’re pretty freakin’ good at stretching our grocery dollar.  Only downside uncovered – it does get tricky trying to stay local and on budget. But, the challenge continues (and ideas are most welcome!).

In the meantime, here’s a sampling of last week’s menu incorporating our hot buy of the week, ground turkey. Bet you can’t guess the rookie’s plate up (aka mine)…

Roasted Jalepeno and Onion Turkey Burgers With Sprouts, Spring Lettuces, Avocado and Cilantro Garlic Aioli

Roasted Jalapeno and Onion Turkey Burgers With Sprouts, Spring Lettuces, Avocado and Cilantro Garlic Aioli

 
Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatloaf with Brown Butter Gnochi, Fiddleheads, and a Spinach Salad with Fresh Cheese Curds, Bacon and Blueberry Vinagarette

Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatloaf with Brown Butter Gnocchi, Fiddleheads, and a Spinach Salad with Fresh Cheese Curds, Bacon and Blueberry Vinaigrette

Garlic, Onion, Sage and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Homeade Classic Marinara Sauce, Fried Hartwell Polenta Over Sauteed Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms
Garlic, Onion, Sage and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Classic Marinara Sauce, Fried Hartwell Polenta Over Sautéed Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms
Until we eat again,
A & H