The Latest Info on Food and other Shopping in the Greater Montpelier Area

(Latest Update May 9, 2020)
This post is being updated constantly; most recent updates in red

Table of Contents

I.Where and how to buy local produce
1. Capital City Farmers Market
2. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
3. Farm Stands
4. Front Porch Forum posts from & about local agricultural food producers 

II. Where and how to get home delivery and/or curbside pickup of groceries, pharmaceuticals, and other needed supplies

III. Take-out meals, books and other products from local merchants who accept phone and/or online orders and need your business to survive!


I. Where and how to buy local produce

1.   Capital City Farmers Market


OPEN EVERY SATURDAY BEGINNING MAY 2, IN OUR NEW LOCATION!
2 Taylor Street! 10am-1pm!

According to the CCFM Facebook page: 


Summer season is here! If you joined us for the last two Saturdays (May 2 & 9), you got to see our new mode of operation.


Come join us at 2 Taylor Street for the safest shopping experience in town!


We plan to allow a few more customers in the market at a time (as long as there isn't congestion in the flow of traffic) to keep your wait time shorter....please shop quickly to help your neighbors get inside faster.


In the case of rain, the line will begin at the transit center to keep you dry!


Masks are required to enter the market, no dogs allowed.


We'll post a list of vendors as soon as it's finalized.


Need curbside/home delivery? Email us! manager@montpelierfarmersmarket.com


THANK YOU for supporting the market!






Pre-order pick-up from regular Capital City Farmers Market Vendors
Don't forget to place your orders for pickup next Saturday (May 16)! 
When you place your order, confirm time and place for pick-up or delivery

Partial list* of participating CCFM vendors:
LePage Farm - https://lepagefarm.square.site/ (produce)
Wilde Side of VT - 802-461-6681 (pesto & honey)
Lazy Lady Farm - laini@lazylady.com (cheese & meat)
Burelli Farm - 802-595-6444, peter@burellifarm.com (meat & eggs)
Greenfield Highland Beef - www.greenfieldhighlandbeef.com (meat)
Big Gear Coffee - 803-371-9388 (bag coffee)
Silloway Maple - http://www.sillowaymaple.com/ - use code CCFM at checkout for 10% off
Peg’s Pantry - pgrdnldy@aol.com (baked goods)
Mt. Mansfield Creamery - 802-888-7686 / www.mtmansfieldcreamery.com (cheese)
Huard Family Farm - 802-279-0429 /www.huardfamilyfarm.com (goat products)
Earth Rhythm Herbals - 802-229-4176 / www.earthrhythmherbal.com (herbal tinctures)
Gracie’s Tamales - graciestamales@madriver.com (Mexican-style prepared food)
Red Hen Baking - https://www.toasttab.com/red-hen-baking-co/v3#!/order / alyssa@redhenbaking.com (baked goods)
Rise Up Bakery - 401-396-6694 (bread)

*Contact other vendors directly to see if you can pick up at their farm or arrange a delivery or meet-up; a list of vendors and their contact information is available on the Farmer’s Market website: http://capitalcityfarmersmarket.com/vendors/
Thank you for supporting your local producers! ❤️

2. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 
CSA's are as varied as the farms that provide them. Several basic models exist in our area. Most are farms from which you purchase a share in advance and then receive weekly bags/boxes of whatever they have available that week. A disadvantage of this model is that you have to commit in advance to the size share you’ll get every week. Other models provide greater flexibility for choosing items and quantities. They may do so by, for example, operating a farmstand from which you can pre-order particular products to pick up (or have delivered), using a weekly share payment you’ve made in advance. (See Farm Stands, below)

Some CSAs grow fruits in addition to veggies. Some also provide herbs, flowers, mushrooms, meat, cheese, even wild-caught Alaska salmon. Pick-up/delivery options vary by CSA and some provide both. Some CSAs allow share-holders to come to the farm for pick-your-own of certain items like herbs, flowers, and berries. Other CSA's offer additional items such as eggs, cheese, flour, canned goods, bread and other baked goods. Some of these products are their own and others are offered in conjunction with other farmers or bakers. 

In deciding upon a CSA that meets your needs, you should consider location and timing of order pick-ups, products offered, and model of CSA (farmstand or traditional weekly share bag/box). It's generally a good idea to opt for a farm that is experienced in growing food in our region, even if operating a CSA may be new to them. Due to the current unstable marketing system given COVID-19 restrictions, some very experienced growers who haven't been offering CSA's might jump in this year and do so.

Here is a list of local CSAs for which we have contact information:
Ananda Gardens -- Montpelier, anandagardens.com
1000 Stone Farm -- Brookfield, 1000stonefarm.com
Bear Roots Farm -- Berlin, bearrootsfarm.com 
Good Heart Farmstead -- Worcester, goodheartfarmstead.com 
Old Road Farm -- Granville, www.oldroadfarmvt.com
Cate Hill Orchard -- Greensboro,  catehillorchard.com
Pete's Greens Good-Eats CSA -- Craftsbury, petesgreens.com/good-eats/good-eats-csa-vt
Mansfield Mushroom Company -- mansfieldmushroomco.com
Honeywilya Fish-- Duxbury, honeywilyafish.com

If readers know of other CSAs in our area, please email their contact information to phkelman@ gmail.com

3. Farm Stands
Dog River Farm: Pre-order & some items available without pre-order; also CSA-like Dog River Dollars and delivery option; sells their own products and those of other nearby farms
https://www.dogriverfarm.com/

Green Mountain Girls Farm: Pre-orders, pick-up or delivery; CSA-like Farm Shares; sells their own products and those from other nearby farms.
eatstayfarm.com

If readers know of other Farm Stands in our area, please email their contact information to phkelman@ gmail.com

4. Front Porch Forum posts from local agricultural food producers and from people recommending them; there have been such postings in every FPF Montpelier Issue since 4038 3/13/20.


Where and how to get home delivery and/or curbside pickup of groceries, pharmaceuticals, and other needed supplies

1. Instacart delivers from both Price Chopper and Shaw's [as well as CVS, Tops, and even Petco]. It's free for the first two weeks and then costs $99 for free delivery for a year. Orders over $35 have no service charge. it's easy to shop by categories or individual items. Type what you want and up pop pictures of everything of that type in the store. You pay and tip by credit card. Your order arrives at your door within two hours or a designated time [of] your purchases. I started it when I was too sick to shop and now do it by preference...I love it, it made being housebound workable.  [Source: Susanna Griefen FPF 4040 3/34/20]  

2. Kinney Drugs in Montpelier also provides home delivery of pharmaceuticals and other household goods; check directly with Walgreen’s in Montpelier about their delivery options.

3. Farmers to You: Pre-order from weekly list of food and related products grown and/or made in Vermont; delivered to neighborhood pick-up sites or your home farmerstoyou.com

4. Misfit's Market: A national CSA-like company; you order the size box you want; they fill it with a mix of organic fruits and vegetables; and  it is delivered to your home.  misfitsmarket.com

5. Hunger Mountain Co-op continually expanding curbside pick-up


Take-out meals, books and other products from local merchants who accept phone and/or online orders and need your business to survive!

In light of the gradual relaxation of the Governor's 3/24/20 Executive Order: "Stay Home. Stay Safe," to find out which merchants are currently 
open and/or providing curbside pick-up or delivery options, contact merchants directly or check the continuously updated list of these businesses on The Montpelier Alive website www.montpelieralive.org/updates 

Check 
Front Porch Forum several times a day; more and more local businesses of all kinds (vegetables, meat, wine, coffee, health products, etc) posting on how one can order, pay, and receive their products. 

A number of fast-food providers on the Barre-Montpelier Road have drive-through capabilities. If you don’t know which ones have this capability, check Google Maps for their phone numbers and call them to ask.



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