Carrier Roasting: They Taste Every Batch of Coffee They Roast

Delivering coffee beans from around the globe.

“To ensure the quality of your cup and the refinement of our craft we taste every single batch we roast.” ~ Carrier Roasting partners Ross Evans, Scott Kerner, and Matt Borg

Location: Northfield, Vermont

Distance from Market: 46 miles

Carrier Roasting Company is a small-batch Vermont roaster who cares deeply about the origin of their coffee beans. They work closely with their importing partners and producers to develop long-term, sustainable, and mutually beneficial relationships.

The company is named after the Carrier Pigeon, a bird that delivers messages home from faraway places. This is how Carrier Coffees team members see themselves: They bring high-quality coffee beans, and their unique stories and tastes, from distant lands to your cup. They also believe in the importance of maintaining the integrity of the bean’s flavor (and its unique birthplace) by not over-, under-, or uneven roasting.

Why We Love Them: We know it’s in the headline, but just to restate an important point: They taste every single batch of coffee they roast. The owners of Carrier Roasting Company score high on the “care factor.” As coffee lovers, we  appreciate their meticulous approach to the entire process, from sourcing to roasting to brewing.

Give it a try and let us know what you think. For the month of August, all 16-ounce bags of Carrier coffee are 10 percent off.

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Local Food Is Love is our summer celebration of the amazing things coming out of our neighbors’ farms and kitchens this time of year (and the people who make it happen). Every week this summer we’ll spotlight local farms and producers—and the good food (+nourishment and joy) they bring to our lives. Click here to read more stories about our local growers and producers.


What’s the Deal with Canned Wine?

A few years ago we carried only two brands of canned wine at the Market. This summer we have an entire display. Sales of canned wine have exploded in recent years. And they’re not just “cheap wines.” A number of reputable winemakers have jumped on the bandwagon. So what’s the deal? Why drink canned wine?

Here are a few good reasons (you might not have considered):

You can bring it to the beach or poolside.

No more sipping wine from a water bottle. Glass is prohibited at most public beaches and pools (even the grandparents have their rules). That’s why canned wine is perfect. You can stick it in a cooler right next to the beer, and you don’t even need to bring plastic cups along.

Cans chill down faster than glass.

Stick a can of wine in some ice and it’ll chill down in less than 10 minutes. And since you’ll find coolers in most places canned wine likes to travel—its portability makes canned wine a popular choice for camping, hiking, festivals, and other outings—you needn’t look far for that ice-cold plunge.

Sometimes you just want one serving.

The FDA defines one serving of wine as 5 ounces. Most wine cans hold about 8-12 ounces, or 1.5 to 2 servings of wine. Perfect for when you just don’t need an entire bottle, or want to practice portion control!

You can put it in a backpack.

Ever tried lugging a bottle of wine up a mountain for a sunset picnic? First of all, you probably don’t need an entire bottle if you’re planning on hiking down.  At one to two servings, cans are just the right size (and much lighter to carry). Plus, they don’t require glasses or a corkscrew.  Just open the can and enjoy.

It won’t explode if shaken (or shatter if you drop it).

We’ve all had this experience. The dreaded beer bomb. Red, white, and pink canned wines aren’t carbonated, so you can shake them all you want … you’re not going to lose half the canand ruin your outfitwhen you open it up. (This rule does not apply to sparkling wines, which are also now available in cans!)

Cans are 100% recyclable.

Even though we throw our glass wine bottles in with the recycling, the truth is, many cities and counties don’t recycle glass, even if they have recycling programs. Recycling centers are able to sell cans for approximately 80 percent more than colored glass. So experts recommend buying cans over glass whenever possible.

Find out for yourself why so many people are switching over to canned wine. Especially during the summer. We have a great selection of canned wines in the front of the store (near the cheese department). Grab a can or two for your next outdoor excursion, and let us know what you think!




Halvah Heaven: Made from Scratch in Small Batches

The best halvah we’ve ever tasted.

We read the accounts of the many who have tried and failed to make halvah in small batches. We were told that we had chosen an impossible goal. But we kept working at it and now have the luscious results for you to enjoy!” ~ Victoria Wallins

Location: Strafford, Vermont and Rockport, Mass.
Distance from the Market: 24 miles

Halvah is a tahini-based confection that is part of everyday life in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. When Victoria Wallins discovered that no other specialty food company in North America was making halvah from scratch, she decided to take on the challenge. But not without plenty of research and testing.

Victoria spent three years perfecting her product before she officially launched Halvah Heaven, the only artisan, small-batch halvah company on the continent. And quite frankly, it’s the best halvah we’ve ever tasted. Loaded with protein and calcium, this delicious treat is also gluten-free, vegan, nut free, and made with all organic sweeteners. 

She offers a full lineup of flavors, including the only Maple halvah in the world, Silk Road (which just won the Good Foods award), Cardamom Orange, Vanilla, and Honey Rose. And new this summer … Peanut Butter!

After three years of offering 10 popular flavors, I have recently introduced #11, Peanut Butter,” Victoria said.  “This one is going to rock the planet!”

Victoria Wallins, founder of Halvah Heaven

Why We Love It: Spend 30 seconds with Victoria and you’ll understand why we love having her (and her product) here at the Market. She’s just one of those people who makes you smile. We’re inspired by her spirit and enthusiasm for her work (bringing small-batch Halvah to the masses).

Victoria is passionate about her culinary creation and is doing an amazing job of sharing it with the world. We admire her perseverance, creativity, and entrepreneurism. And yes … her halvah is pretty darn delicious. So there’s that, too.

For more info:

Local Food Is Love is our summer celebration of the amazing things coming out of our neighbors’ farms and kitchens this time of year (and the people who make it happen). Every week this summer we’ll spotlight local farms and producers—and the good food (+nourishment and joy) they bring to our lives. Click here to read more stories about our local growers and producers.

Farmers’ Peach Cobbler

Don’t let the moment pass you by! We’re in the heart of peach season. And the Pennsylvania peaches coming in the door right now are sweet, juicy, and flavorful.

Here’s our favorite peach cobbler recipe.


6 large peaches, peeled and cut into thin wedges
¼ cup of sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 cup flour
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
¼ cup of boiling water

What to Do

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss peaches with ¼ cup of sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Spoon into a non-reactive pan (ceramic, glass or stainless steel). Bake in oven for 10 minutes.

While peaches are baking, mix together flour, ½ cup of sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend butter into flour mixture with fingertips or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir water into flour & butter mixture until combined. Remove peaches from oven after 10 minutes & drop spoonfuls of flour mixture over peaches. Topping will spread as cobbler bakes. Bake in oven until topping is golden (approximately 25 minutes).

Serves 4

Edgewater Farm: Just Over the Border in New Hampshire (Only 19 Miles Away)

Forty years and three generations.

Edgewater Farm in Plainfield, NH

“We are constantly trying to become better farmers and better land stewards. In so doing we ultimately become better neighbors.” ~Pooh Sprague

Location: Plainfield, NH
Distance from the Market: 19 miles

We may dream of trading our desk job for life on a small farm. But very few of us actually do it. Why? Because we know it’s incredibly hard work and we can’t stomach the uncertainties, from weather to yields to prices.

Pooh Sprague, who has been running Edgewater Farm in Plainfield, NH with his wife Anne for over 35 years, captures the challenges and rewards of farm life on his blog, Pooh’s Corner. We recommend grabbing a cup of coffee and settling in for an enlightening read. You’ll have a renewed sense of appreciation and respect (and a tad bit of “green” envy) for what the life of a farmer entails.

Pooh and Anne purchased the farm in 1974 from the Colby family, who had been farming the land since 1835. Forty years later the Spragues are still at it. They run the 170-acre farm with their children, Sarah and Ray, daughter-in-law, Jenny, and 36-year veteran Mike Harrington. And (below) a new generation of Spragues are making their way into the fields!

Edgewater Farm includes a seasonal farm stand, commercial kitchen, and approximately 70,000 square feet of poly greenhouses for growing vegetables and ornamental bedding plants. They grow fruit, vegetables, and cover crops on 80 acres of tillable land.

The Sprague family is committed to utilizing techniques and strategies that are sustainable and organic in nature whenever possible, such as integrated pest management and beneficial predatory insects in their greenhouses.

Why We Love Them: Have you tried their berries? Right now we’re scarfing down their black raspberries (also known as Blackcaps) by the pint. They’re sweet and flavorful and grown sustainably. And their multicolored tomatoes are just starting to make an appearance in the Market.

But we love the folks at Edgewater for more than their delicious fruit and veggies. In a world where so many families are pulled apart by geography and lifestyle, the Spragues have found a way to stay together. They share a commitment and passion for the land and the work they do.

Take a look at their Instagram page, and you’ll see what we mean. For this hard-working family, every carrot, strawberry, and beet that comes out of the field is a work of art.

Local Food Is Love is our summer celebration of the amazing things coming out of our neighbors’ farms and kitchens this time of year (and the people who make it happen). Every week this summer we’ll spotlight local farms and producers—and the good food (+nourishment and joy) they bring to our lives. Click here to read more stories about our local suppliers.