Is something organic if it is shipped across the country? What about the fuel that is used and how that affects our environment, not to mention the freshness of the food and a myriad of other factors. Over the last few years i have been reading everything i can get my hands on to help me answer these and other questions so sit back, relax and explore where my quest has taken me thus far.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Where are they now???

Bread and Butter Farms, Store
Well we made it!  We officially moved into our new place on April 1 and have only a few boxes left which are going out of my life and into storage this weekend.  This place is really neat, our neighbors are nice, they are college students but not loud and fun to talk to.  We can walk to the main area within minutes and also to the co-op (which we are now proud members of!) we can also walk to the lake which we did last weekend to watch an amazing sunset.

Everyone keeps asking about the weather here, it's great!  I hate heat so the slightly cooler temperatures are perfect for me.  NO it has not snowed since we've been here, we moved to Vermont, not the north pole for pete's sake!

We have even managed to make a couple of friends and have been spreading our soaps and business cards about town which has all been very well received.

Last weekend was pretty neat, we decided to skip the farmer's market and go straight to one of the farms.  It was pretty cool, only about 15 minutes from our place and they have a little farm store set up which runs on the honor system (how cool is that?)  We were able to buy fresh raw milk which came out of ol' Bessy just that morning, we also bought a fresh loaf of bread, farm fresh eggs and some meats which looked just divine.  Then we wrote down what we purchased and paid for it.....amazing concept the honor system.

The milk came in a glass jar, it was really neat.  I tried very unsuccessfully to make butter, it seems my homesteading skills are still lacking, but it was fun to try (frusterating......that's more the word i need here.)  The milk tasted quite good, the eggs were wonderful, the meat amazing and well who can beat FRESH BREAD? I also took some of the milk and made soap with it which I am very excited about, it seems like it will be quite bubbly due to the extra goodness (proteins and fats) in the milk.

It's just the most darling red barn!
The co-op is equally as interesting, it is called Onion River Co-Op (how cute it that?) the fruit and veggie section is SO colorful, it's like a big healthy rainbow, i just love it!  Then there is a "bulk foods" bag your own spices, teas, flours, honey's nut butters, name it then place a twisty tie with the bin number on it so you can be charged's amazing, I could stand there all day and daydream about the herbs and spices.  Aside from these two fun areas, there is a nice wine/beer section, big seafood and meat departments and of course a cheese/deli type department.  Oh and also an awesome prepared foods section, we have not indulged yet but we may.

Our last and newest discovery is a place called Chicken Charlie's, it is apparently one of the founder's of Ben and Jerry's favorite places and I think it may now be ours too.  We ordered from there on a whim and OMG it's unbelievable......only in VT can you order "fast food" (and they deliver) and it will be chicken that comes right off of a healthy farm.....and mac n cheese where the cheese also is fresh off the farm.  It was the most amazing delivery food i have ever had!  And just moving from NYC that's saying ALOT!  Oh and the gravy......the gravy was unforgettable.

Sunset over lake Champlain
Well we ave many more adventures to go on up here in our new town so stay tuned for the fun.:)

Take care

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