Wondering what to drink this St. Patrick’s Day? We recommend beer.
But which style is the best fit for your taste buds? Nick, our cashier leader and beer buyer, has a few ideas for you. And two of them are $1 off through St. Patrick’s Day!
Whiplash by Red Barn Brewery
This Bavarian Wheat beer (Hefeweizen) is wonderfully complex, yet light and drinkable; it won’t fill you up before you’ve dug into your corned beef mash. Fresh grassy hops coupled with roasted wheat flavors (cloves with a touch of banana) makes Whiplash an excellent accompaniment to any meal or occasion. The brewery is based in Danville, Vermont. Check out their website to learn more.
Craic by Harpoon
If you’re an IPA lover, this may be the beer for you. Craic blends the toasted malt of an Irish Red with the fruity hops of an IPA. Here’s more about it. Harpoon is based in Windsor, Vermont. Get it at the Market for $1 off through March 17.
This employee-owned brewery has been in business since 1986, which makes it one of the oldest breweries in the state. You may remember the Harpoon Winter Warmer and Oktoberfest in the early 1990s, followed by the Harpoon IPA, way before anyone else on the East Coast was even thinking about IPAs. Those “firsts” have been followed by many more … If you haven’t tried this particular flavor, now’s the time!
The definitive Irish beer, Guinness is your typical go-to for St. Patrick’s Day. Rich and creamy, it’s truly a meal unto itself. Up until a few years ago, when the craft beer revolution hit Ireland, Guinness was one of three Irish beers on the market. Today this brew remains the most historical. The brewery was founded in 1759 in Dublin, Ireland, and is now brewed in about 50 countries. We’re offering Guinness for $1 off through March 17. Learn more about this legendary Irish beer.
Boy, have we faced some interesting times over the past 29 years. Fires, floods, tough economies, power outages—you name it, we’ve seen it all. We appreciate you hanging in there with us and truly making Farmers’ what it has become today.
Now we are all faced with a new twist, and it raises all sorts of feelings, from concern and uncertainty to outright panic. And during times like these we are always amazed at how our Farmers’ family rallies together in a spirit of optimism and goodwill. We feel so fortunate to live and work in such caring and supportive communities—both in Woodstock and in our new home in Waterbury.
We take our responsibility of being good stewards in our communities very seriously. And with the ongoing coronavirus news, we are firmly committed to being here for you—being the community place to come take a break, smile and laugh with your neighbors, have a coffee, eat great food, listen to the tunes, and feel safe. Honestly, it’s the least we can do during tough times.
Most importantly, although we’ve always prided ourselves in our high cleanliness standards, we’re taking extra precautions to maintain a safe place for you and our staff to shop and spend time. You can expect to see and experience our deep concern around health and food safety at both of our store locations. We’ve increased the frequency of our cleanings, have added hand sanitizers throughout our stores, and are taking a break from sampling for the time being. And while we appreciate your efforts to be more environmentally conscious, for now we’re no longer using customer cups and dishes for hot and cold items. We’re also keeping our staff informed on best practices and encouraging anyone who is feeling unwell to stay home.
We’ll continue to stay abreast of the situation and follow guidance from the CDC and Vermont Department of Health. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com or speak with one of our department leaders. Thank you for being part of our Farmers’ family.
Corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick’s Day staple. But there’s no one way to do it. Some people marinate their meat for up to 10 days before throwing it in the oven. Others toss it in the slow cooker for 8 hours, and presto!, dinner is served.
Our go-to recipe here at the Market is fairly straightforward and can be prepared in an afternoon (see below).
What You’ll Need
- 5 pounds corned beef
- 1 tablespoon pickling spices (optional)
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 12 small white boiling onions (or large yellow onion quartered)
- 3 purple-top turnips, peeled and quartered
- 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 small cabbage, cut in wedges, with some core on each wedge
- Rinse beef in cold water and place in deep pot and add cold water to cover beef by about 2 inches.
- Add pickling spices.
- Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
- Skim off gray foam (this is important). The cooking broth will be clear and more flavorful.
- Cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer the meat 4 to 5 hours, until tender.
- Remove meat from the broth to an ovenproof platter, tent with foil, and place in a warm oven.
- Bring broth to a boil and add all the vegetables except the cabbage.
- Cook the onions, carrots, turnips, and parsnips until just tender.
- Add the cabbage to the pot and cook 15 minutes until tender.
Corned beef is available beginning today, March 10, in our Woodstock and Waterbury locations. And we’ve got all of your St. Patrick’s Day sides, like potatoes, soda bread, and Irish beer! So stop by!
If you simply don’t have the time or energy to prepare a meal, visit the hot case in Woodstock on March 17th for St. Patrick’s Day dishes to-go.
If you’ve ever marveled at the stunning cakes and specialty desserts in the bakery case, you already know a little about Tom, our in-house pastry chef. He’s extraordinarily talented and creative.
But Tom’s a pretty quiet guy. So here are a few things you (and most of our staff) might not know about him:
Q. Why did you decide to become a chef?
A. Born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, I was first introduced to the idea of being a chef when asked in technical school, “Who wants to travel?” My hand went up, and many decades later, I am still at it.
Q. Where did you attend school?
A. Educated in Maynooth College Catering School, followed by working stints in Ireland, Bermuda, England and the U.S.
Q. Where did you receive your pastry training?
A. After many years working as a chef, I decided to try my hand as a pastry chef. Albert Cumin, an international pastry guru, was my greatest teacher and influence. I continued my education at the Chocolate Academy in Quebec and many courses throughout my career.
Editors note: If you’re not familiar with Albert Cumin, he was a renowned pastry chef who passed away in 2016. His work experience included creating signature desserts for the Four Seasons and Windows on the World in New York City; serving as Pastry Chef at the White House during the Clinton era; and training many up-and-coming chefs, including our beloved Tom. Here’s an interesting article about his life.
Q. Where did you work prior to joining the Farmers’ Market?
A. From 1990 to 2010 I owned and operated Morning Star Bakery in Cavendish, VT. Woodstock Farmers’ Market was a great customer then, and a great place to keep doing what I love doing now.
We’re so lucky to have you on our bakery team, Tom! Thanks for sharing your story with us!
If you’d like Tom to create a cake for your special occasion, you can reach the bakery at 802-457-3658, ext. 245.
Heading to the slopes? We’ve put together a list of nutritious, filling, and portable snacks that are great for the car ride or can easily fit in a jacket pocket for a quick pick-me-up on the lift.
Here they are:
Cauliflower Tortilla Chips
Brami Lupini Beans
Ziba Figs and Almonds
Mulberries and Pistachio Kernals
Owl Energy Bars
Chickpea Snacks by Biena
Peanut-Butter Filled Pretzels (good health)
Nuts (Bobbi Sues)
This is the week of love. First we have Galentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 13th…. an unofficial holiday to celebrate your female friends (it’s been around for about 10 years). And then there’s Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14th. Yes, it’s about romance. But, in a broader sense, Valentine’s Day is a chance to show your love for the people who make your life a little sweeter.
Here are a few ways to celebrate this love-filled week, whether you’re raising a toast to the gals in your life, that special someone, or your entire book club ….
Sweets for Your Sweetie(s)
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~Charles M. Shulz
Of course, chocolate tops the list of ways to express your feelings during the week of love. And the good news is: chocolates come in all shapes and sizes. Grab a large box of assorted chocolates for your significant other and individual candies for friends and family. We’ve got lots of chocolate gifts (large and small), including the prettiest chocolate bars you ever saw (check them out on Instagram).
“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” ~Alan D. Wolfelt
This is the week to indulge. We all have favorite foods we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy often enough. Well, the week of love is the perfect excuse. Make a special dinner featuring your favorite food and drink. Or host a Valentine’s potluck or cheese tasting. We’ve got some amazing Valentine’s Day cheeses that would make a beautiful cheeseboard.
Wondering what to serve for dessert? Our bakehouse has been busy pumping out all kinds of love-ly treats. Check out our Valentine’s Day bakery menu. Or grab a few ingredients (located alongside the Valentine’s candy…near the registers) to make your own chocolate fondue.
“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.” ~Coco Chanel
These may be our favorite bottles on the shelf right now. Leave it to the French to turn wine into art. We’ve got sparkling wines from Italy, Spain, Austria, and France. Along with lots of mini Champagne bottles, perfect for gifts or dinner for two (if you’re planning on an early ski day!).
Surf & Turf
“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.” ~M.F.K. Fisher
You could go out. But then you’d have to brave the cold, find a parking spot, and be social. We prefer dining in. Check out our weekend Surf & Turf specials, available in Woodstock only, (Thursday to Sunday, 2/13-16): 10% off tenderloin, rack of lamb, and hot & sweet Italian sausage; 15% off scallops, tuna, and mussels; and oysters are buy 9 get 3 free.
Happy Love Week!
Chocolate fondue is the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. It’s simple to make, involves lots of chocolate, and can be shared with one (or a few) other people. Here’s our go-to recipe. Just double it if you’re serving 4.
What You Need:
- ½ pound of Callebaut semi-sweet chocolate (or another favorite)
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- Cut fresh fruit, such as raspberries, strawberries, pears, apples, pineapples, orange segments, bananas, or shortbread cookie pieces.
What to Do:
- Melt chocolate and milk together in a heavy saucepan or in the microwave, stirring frequently, until smooth.
- Pour into a fondue pot. Dip fruit and cookies into the chocolate with a fork and enjoy!
Every day during the summer and fall, we look forward to seeing Harvey and Lois in our Woodstock store. And come November, when they head down to sunny Florida for the winter months, we miss their smiling faces.
In December Harvey celebrated his 100th birthday. And since we haven’t had a chance to wish him a happy birthday in person, we asked if he’d help us celebrate his 100 years by sharing via email a little bit about his personal history.
Thank you, Harvey, for saying “yes.” We’ve so enjoyed learning more about your life adventures and are excited to share your story with our Farmers’ family. Happy birthday!
Q. When and where were you born?
A. Dec. 18, 1919, in Meriden , NH
Q. Where did you live during your childhood years?
A. We moved to Taftsville, Vt. when I was five. My father bought a 200-acre farm and what is now Apple Butter Inn was my home.
Q. What did you do for fun growing up?
A. Worked in the hay field. Got a new a Yankee rake at 11 years old and raked all summer. Mowed the Taftsville cemetery for 25 cents an hour. Milked the Jerseys. Worked on the farm and hayfield.
Q. Can you describe the types of food you grew up eating? How do they differ from the foods you enjoy today?
A. I ate oatmeal, fried potatoes and bacon for breakfast, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch every day in high school. Today I eat juice, yogurt and cold cereal with fresh fruit. For dinner, we had lots of potatoes, homemade bread and butter. We ate the meat we had dressed off ourselves: pork, beef or chicken. Today I eat more vegetables and less meat. Always frozen yogurt for dessert.
Q. What are your earliest memories of Woodstock that might surprise someone new to town?
A. There was an A&P and First National store. We had two meat markets. The undertaker was where Bentley’s is now. The firehouse was where Mont Verte is. The jail (sheriff) is where the post office is now.
Q. What did your parents do for work?
A. We had a big dairy farm. Thirty cows and 40 head young stock. My mother was the lecturer in the Grange and my father was the master. My father did all the butchering for three miles around Taftsville.
Q. Where did you attend school in Woodstock? College?
A. I attended a one-room schoolhouse in Taftsville. The Mennonite church is there today. Then Woodstock High School (the elementary school is there today). I studied math and astronomy at the University of Miami. After the war, I went two years to Tucks School at Dartmouth.
Q. What was your profession?
A. First job : I worked on US 4 in the summer when I was 16. I was a class A downhill skier and raced in Sun Valley in the nationals at 18 years old. I flew for Pan American Airlines before WW2 out of Miami (flying boats).
I entered the Air Force as a first lieutenant on Dec. 8, 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I was conscripted by the Air Corps to fly anti-submarine patrol. After the war I taught fighter jet F94 pilots out of Grenier Field, NH. Then I flew B52s for eight years in the Cold War. I retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel after 26 years.
In 1956, I became postmaster in Taftsville and owned the country store until 1982, then retired.
Q. What comes to mind when you think about how Woodstock has changed over the years?
A. The police force only had one man who was the night watchman for the village. All the farms are now large home properties. The way of life has changed drastically.
Q. And, of course, we have to ask this final question: Can you share your secret to living a long, happy life?
A. Never smoked or drank coffee. I’ve always been active in some sport. Played golf all over the world representing the United States. In 1987 I was the Vermont state senior amateur golf champion and qualified in 1988 to play in the USGA senior amateur championship.
I’ve always been active in some sport until I had my hip operated on in 2015. So it’s keeping your mind and body awake everyday and ready for new experiences.
Here’s an idea for an extra special Valentine’s Day: a Valentine’s Cheese Tasting. Check out our cheese case for a variety of gooey, decadent cheeses made by local cheesemakers in honor of the day of love. Which one will you fall for?
Oh My Heart
Lazy Lady Farm in Westfield, Vt.
Mt. Mansfield Creamery in Morrisville, Vt.
Lazy Lady Farm in Westfield, Vt.
Boston Post Dairy in Enosburg Falls, Vt.
Champlain Triple Cream Heart
Champlain Valley Creamery in Middlebury, Vt.
Westfield Farm in Hubbardston, Mass.
Two Red Lines
Lazy Lady Farm in Westfield, Vt.