Vermont’s Bountiful Harvest

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On this perfect New England fall weekend I spent my time creating my pasties and scones, using as many Vermont products as I could gather.  This time of year not only brings that crisp to the air that is so refreshingly New England it gives us the opportunity to truly live off of the land. I was able to use fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, milk, cream, butter and flour all produced within 50 miles from my home. The recipes I chose for this weeks market were based on all the beautiful local food I had available to work with. I made three kinds of scones, apple pecan, peach and pumpkin chocolate chip. For my pasties this week I was able to make a local veggie rosemary pastie full of corn, beans, potatoes, beets, two kinds of onions, garlic and fresh rosemary, always very popular with my vegetarian customers. For my meat lovers I made my pork and pear pastie which I keep simple with local pork, pears, shallots, leaks and potatoes, this week I added thyme instead of rosemary, just to give it a try as it is such a fall flavor to me.

This week at The Putney Farmers’ Market we were fairly busy. We had visitors from parents weekend at Landmark College and there was a regatta down at the river too.    Visitors loved my pasties and I really enjoyed seeing the different combinations people put together, my favorite was the pork pie and the apple pecan scone for dessert.

What are you making for dinner tonight? Do you know where it came from have you meet the farmer that grew the food you are about to eat? This weekend seek out your local farmers market and get inspired to make your own local meal. What appeals to you and what can you make with it? If you are having a hard time deciding what to make head to the Internet and see what others are making. The people at King Arthur Flour give excellent directions with their recipes and I have yet to not love every recipe of their I try. The other site I find myself on often is Simply Recipes as their recipes are just that simply delicious. This weeks applesauce recipe came from them. I could not help but replace the white sugar for maple syrup and it came out so deliciously sweet.  So go on give it a try eat local, live well and build your community.

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