Groceries in Rural VT

wp-1453071117427.jpgOver the last 5 or so years i have become nutritionally inclined. I have always tried to eat “healthy” but my definition of what that is has changed over the years. Today, what that means is organic, pastured or grass fed and not processed. I prefer local.

Moving to Vermont should make this easier, right? I mean, the stuff is all grown here. I have been here 6 weeks. There are 3 places in town to get stuff. They are all so expensive that Whole Foods looks cheap, but sometimes you just don’t feel like leaving town.

Right in town is FH Gillingham & Son’s General Store. They have a little bit of everything, and if you visit me, you MUST go here. There is a resident cat who just might own the place. And I have it on good word that they sell caramels that are divine.

The local, family owned grocery store is called Mac’s Market. It has a very small section of organic produce and every time I am there it is empty/being restocked. There is no organic meat, but they do have grass-fed ground beef on occasion. I haven’t “shopped the aisles” because I don’t do that often.

The Woodstock Farmer’s Market is my personal Disneyworld. Pretty good selection of organic produce. No organic meats, but they do also have a grass-fed ground beef. They have organic milk and cream! They are more of an artisanal store. You won’t find tons of national brand stuff here, which I love. There are tons of local products. My favorite is Fat Toad Traditional Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce…it is worth every penny of the $12 it costs (it’s a bit more online). I have no clue why the makers include recipes on their site because it should just be eaten straight out of the jar…mmmmmaybe over vanilla ice cream, or a dollop into your cup of coffee. But I digress…

So yesterday, I went to West Lebanon, NH where all the shopping is – Hannaford, K-Mart, Wal-mart, TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, JC Penney’s. It was nice to be in civilization. But, it turns out Hannaford doesn’t have much more for organic produce. They have a good selection of gluten free stuff though.

I miss the organic meats from Wegman’s. They had everything – bacon, chicken, beef, veal, pork and duck. And multiple cuts. I miss the organic bulk section from Whole Foods. They also had almost everything available as organic in the produce section.

I miss things like a bottle of organic lemon juice. I KNOW I try to avoid processed food, but there are some things that just make things easy, like the lemon or lime juice. I end up wasting money when i buy fresh lemons or limes…or i use them for other stuff and then have none for a recipe.

My next field trip is to the co-op. This is a thing that I think should be in more places. There are actually some co-ops in MA. I love the idea that you buy in with your membership and are a part owner (meaning, you can receive disbursements).

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