Food in Vermont: Weekly Events, 10/17-10/24

Heads up for the Week:

• The Food Systems Symposium is coming up quickly (just two weeks away!), and more details are out. Find them on our Facebook page.
• It Takes a Region NESAWG Conference is coming up on Oct 28-30th. All those working for food systems change should check it out. Register and find more information here.

Wednesday (Oct 17)

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Thursday (Oct 18)

Feeding Nine Billion and Maintaining the Planet

Jason Clay, Senior Vice President Market Transformation for the World Wildlife Fund, will discuss his goal to create global standards for raw materials such as carbon and water and his work to improve the environmentally sensitive practices of agriculture and aquaculture.

5pm. Ira Allen Chapel. UVM Campus. Burlington. Free. Preregister here.

Fair Trade Café & Market

Snack and shop in a socially responsible way from vendors such as Ben & Jerry’s and Ten Thousand Villages.

11:45am–1:15pm. Farrell Room. St. Edmund’s Hall. St. Michael’s College. Colchester. Free.

Empty Bowl Dinner

Eat some soup (out of a ceramic bowl you can keep!) and salad to support at-risk and homeless youth. A cash bar and music by Guagua make this do-good dinner complete.

5:30pm. Elley-Long Music Center. St. Michael’s College. Colchester. $20-50.

Farmyard Story Time

How better to listen to a story than amidst cows and sheep? The Children’s Farmyard hosts the little listeners.

10:15–11am. Shelburne Farms. Shelburne. Regular farm admission, $5-8; free for members, Shelburne residents and kids under 3.

Bacon Thursdays

Attendees get platters of bacon that they can dip in a variety of sauces. Yum. Oh yes — there’s music and chatting too. Partial proceeds benefit NOFA-Vermont.

7–10pm. Nutty Steph’s. Middlesex. Cost of food; cash bar.

Friday (Oct 19)

Harvest Celebration Potluck

The community closes down their garden for the winter, and then feasts in honor of the season.

4pm. Community Farm. St. Johnsbury. Free; bring a local-foods dish to share and garden gloves.

Wind, Water & Pasture: Managing for Sustainability

Kevin and Christine Fuess use multiple energy and ecological conservation strategies on their 100 acre organic dairy. If you’re interested in wind power or sustainable energy for a small dairy, this field day is for you! Refreshments will be provided.

10am-12pm. 7874 Walter St. Oriskany Falls. NY. Free. Contact Violet Stone at with questions.

What’s Grain Got to Do With It?

As you prepare for the winter ahead, join NOFA-VT Farm Advisor Willie Gibson to explore ideas on feed sources and feeding strategies. Discussion groups will also cover long term strategies to enhance your farm’s feed energy production.

11am-2pm. Stony Pond Farm. 336 Emch Dr. Enosburg Falls. Free. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Contact Sam Fuller at with questions. Also on 10/22, 10/23, & 10/24 at different locations.

Brick Church Concert to benefit NOFA-VT

Bread and Bones is a Vermont-based acoustic trio performing original music with a strong traditional-roots foundation. Made up of Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron, their sound is characterized by imaginative two- and three-part harmonies over solid guitar and bass work.

6pm. Doors open at 6; concert starts at 7. Old Brick Church. 100 Library Lane. Williston. $10 in advance/$12 at door ($8/$10 for children & seniors). Purchase tickets here.

Saturday (Oct 20)

Folding for Food Demo

Ten-year-old Val Laverty and his brother fold complex paper ornaments to support the Vermont Foodbank.

12–3pm. Vermont Artisans Craft Gallery. Burlington Town Center. Burlington. Donations accepted.

Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker Launch

Confectioner Eric Lampman shows the making of the chocolate bars from start to finish, honoring the launch of a new Lake Champlain Chocolates product line designed to celebrate American craftsmanship.

12–4pm. Lake Champlain Chocolates. Burlington. Free.


The brewery hosts local vendors, live music, limited-edition brews, and factory tours to celebrate the month.

12-5pm. Magic Hat Brewing Company. South Burlington. $5 entry fee to benefit Vermont Food Bank.

Unlocking the Nutrients

Turkey Hill Farm’s Margaret Osha shows attendees how to soak their grains and beans before cooking. Recipes include chili, brown rice and a dessert.

11am–1pm. McClure MultiGenerational Center. Burlington. $5-10. Please preregister here.

Kirk Kardashian

The Vermont author of Milk Money: Cash, Cows and the Death of the American Dairy Farm discusses the difficulties surrounding the dairy market.

4pm. Billings Farm & Museum. Woodstock. Free.

Sunday (Oct 21)

Local Motion’s Annual Party

Wood-fired flatbreads, sled-dog rides, a bicycle carousel, Zero Gravity beer and kids games celebrate people-powered transportation and 13 years of this local nonprofit. Farm Barn.

3–6pm. Intervale Center. Burlington. $5; free for members. Please preregister here.

Stowe Restaurant Week

Delicious cuisine at prix-fixe prices? Sign me up.

12pm. Stowe. $15-35 per prix-fixe menu. Continues all week. More information here.

Monday (Oct 22)

Let’s Make Unsalted, Cultured Vegetables

Attendees learn about probiotic foods from personal therapeutic chef Tara Carpenter.

5:30–7pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op. Montpelier. $10-12. Please preregister here.

Tuesday (Oct 23)

‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’

You’ll think twice about your chocolate habit after this film. This documentary examines the child trafficking and slave labor that helps produce chocolate. Fair trade hot cocoa provided; discussion follows.

6:45–8:45pm. Room L207. Lafayette Hall. UVM Campus. Burlington. Free.

Homemade Mozzarella

Attendees learn the ease of cooking up some mozz at home.

6–7:30pm. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School. Burlington. $5-10. Please preregister here.

Wednesday (Oct 24)

Food Day Panel

The University of Vermont’s Real Food Working Group will be hosting a panel to discuss how the Real Food Campus Commitment that was signed by the University in March will impact local farmers and the agricultural economy. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Linda Berlin of UVM’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture and is sponsored by the UVM Food Systems Spire. A reception with local, in-season foods will follow the discussion.

4:30-5:30pm. Chittenden Bank Room. Davis Center. UVM Campus. Burlington. Free and open to the public.

Mad River Valley Flood Resiliency Planning Meeting

Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development staff discuss issues surrounding the local watershed and how to better protect existing buildings, infrastructure, and more.

6:30–8:30pm. Town Hall. Moretown. Free.

Matt Rigney’s Book Discussion

This avid fisherman brings photos and video to illustrate his new book: In Pursuit of Giants: One Man’s Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish.

7pm. Town Hall Theater. Middlebury. Free; cash bar.

How Carrots Won the Trojan War …Rebecca Rupp’s Book Discussion

If you want to know, read Rebecca Rupp’s book (How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables) or just come to this talk.

7pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier. Free.

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