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Shopping for food can become a lackluster necessity for many. Hunting for items in vast, featureless chain grocery stores can drain the energy out of even the most confident, seasoned shopper. We can say without hesitation that you won’t have that experience here – grocery shopping at Hunger Mountain Coop is meant to delight!

Our shelves define the word “abundance.” We offer a wide variety of local and natural products that are free from artificial ingredients and preservatives, as well as familiar favorites. Not only do we carry just about any item you could possibly want or need, if we don’t have it, our knowledgeable Grocery staff will find it and order it for you - that’s our specialty! Having trouble finding a certain item? Want to learn more about how to use a product? Looking for alternatives to suit your dietary preferences? Our friendly staff is ready to help you find what you need to make your experience most enjoyable.


Don’t miss the opportunity to check out our fantastic Bulk Department where you can buy as much or as little as you like!

Grocery News

10/31/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tucked into Vermont’s Champlain Valley, Kimball Brook Farm is home to a herd of over 200 Jerseys and Holsteins that is responsible for a complete, nutritious health food: Vermont organic milk!

 

JD and Cheryl began transitioning the 220-cow farm to an organic dairy in 2003. Kimball Brook Farm became one of the largest certified-organic dairy operations in the state of Vermont. The first shipment of organic milk was in September 2005. 

 

In 2010, they began the process of opening their own creamery. During this time, they received the Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award in June 2011. Their dreams of opening a creamery became a reality on May 17, 2012 — that was the official opening of Green Mountain Organic Creamery, located in Hinesburg (in the former Saputo cheese plant).

 

Our herd consists of Holsteins, Jerseys and Jersey/Holstein crosses. During the growing season, our cows and heifers (teenagers) graze on the lush grass our pastures provide. Our milkers also get some mixed legumes and grains at the barn to provide them with the energy they need to maintain a healthy body condition so that they can make our great organic milk. 

 

At Kimball Brook Farm, it is our belief that organic farming is not only better food for us but also for our herd and the environment. Part of what makes Vermont so special is its beautiful landscape. By farming organically, we preserve the farmland that our cows graze on and the land that produces the hay that feeds our cows all winter. We believe that by maintaining the health of the land and the health of the cows, we can provide our consumers with fantastic organic milk free of growth hormones, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics.

 

Kimball Brook Farm’s organic milks, creams, and teas are premium products kept close to the land. By staying local and organic, we bring to our customers healthful and delicious dairy and tea that supports good nutrition, respects the environment, and promotes the well-being of our herd.

 

The Creamery staff are proud to assemble, bottle, and package all of the Kimball Brook Farm products, including whole milk, half-and-half milks, skim milk, creams, half-and-half, chocolate milk, maple milk, iced cappuccino in mocha and coffee flavors, cultured butter, and buttermilk. We also brew and bottle organic iced teas, (black sweet and unsweetened teas, and green sweet and unsweetened teas), brewed from a local pristine water sourced from Stockbridge, Vermont. 

 

Our products can be found locally at Hunger Mountain Co-op and many grocers throughout New England, New York, and parts of the southern East Coast. Local stores can be found on our website, kimballbrookfarm.com, by viewing the “Find Us” page.


 

 

10/4/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By Nurbu Sherpa, owner Sherpa Foods


Sherpa Foods, in South Burlington, is a Vermont-based, small, family food-supply business that produces and supplies authentic traditional Nepalese foods to different co-ops, health-food stores, and supermarkets. Sherpa Foods was founded in 2014 by Nurbu Sherpa and his family, with the mission of bringing an authentic, delicious Nepalese delicacy to their customers — a delicacy that is made locally and with fresh and natural ingredients. 

If you ask any Nepalese what their favorite food is, chances are they will sa, “MOMO” (Nepalese dumplings) without any hesitation. Just how popular are momos in Nepal? Let’s put it this way, there are more momo shops in Kathmandu, Nepal, than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined in New York City. You get the point. Basically, momos are the unofficial national food of Nepal — even more so within the Sherpa communities in particular.  

 

Momos are the Nepalese version of dumplings. They are thickly wrapped in flour dough and stuffed with flavorful fillings of minced meats and vegetables, and served steamed or fried. They are a comfort food made during special gatherings for guests.

 
Sherpas are known for their climbing skills, warm hospitality, rich culture, and delicious momos. Momos are more than just food for Sherpas; they are a symbol of camaraderie and of coming together as a family and community, and they are an expression of love and appreciation toward each other while sharing a healthy and flavorful dish. Momos are one of the most popular items on the menu at Nepalese parties and gatherings. People who have not seen each other in months come together to share stories and catch up with each other while making momos. Momos can be made with different fillings such as beef, vegetables, chicken, etc. The most popular momos are beef and vegetable. 

 

Momos are served with sauce, and there are a number of varieties: tomato based, sesame seed based, etc. Our sauces are handmade tomato based with Nepalese curry powder and other ingredients that give the Himalayan-style spicy taste without overpowering the flavor. We currently sell mild, hot and sesame-flavored sauce. 

 

Our family is delighted to be sharing our special foods with you, and we thank you for trying our momos and sauces. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we enjoy making them. 

 

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9/7/2016

By Chris Pyatak, Capitol Grounds roaster

 
Capitol Grounds has been roasting coffee since 1998. When we first opened the doors of our café on State Street in Montpelier. Since our inception, we have committed ourselves to providing our customers and community with the best fresh roasted coffees from around the world. The Roastery, which is now located in East Montpelier, is VOF-certified organic and also has a wide range of fair trade and bird-friendly coffees. We roast to order in small batches and deliver weekly, ensuring that our coffee is always fresh.

Regardless of what certifications a coffee may have, Capitol Grounds is committed to environmental, economic, and social responsibility from farm to cup. It is our mission to look for new ways to bring you the best coffee available while doing everything we can to make the world a better place. In recent years, we have traveled to countries of origin to meet with farmers who grow the coffees we love. This provides us with a firsthand look at the hard work that goes into growing, harvesting, and milling the coffee before it ever gets to us for roasting.  It also allows us an opportunity to witness the farming practices and listen to the needs and goals of those farmers with an eye toward developing lasting relationships. Our goal is to foster a reliable, sustainable supply chain that not only improves traceability but also consistently improves quality at every stage in the long voyage of the coffees we all love so much.

For years, we at Capitol Grounds have been privileged to have a great relationship with the Hunger Mountain Co-op. “Hunger Mountain Co-op was one of our earliest wholesale customers, and we love their commitment to promoting local, quality producers,” Capitol Grounds’ owner Bob Watson said. “It’s great to have that kind of hometown relationship with a business we share so many common philosophies with.”

We have a wide variety of our coffees available in both the grocery and bulk departments, including three coffees exclusive to Hunger Mountain; “Hermit Thrush” (a bird-friendly, fair trade, organic French roast); “Three Little Birds” (a fair trade, organic medium blend of three coffees from the Americas); and “Peruvian Sunrise” (a fair trade, organic blend of light- and dark-roasted Peruvian coffees). We have also had the honor of providing coffee for Hunger Mountain Co-op’s spring and fall Truckload sales, where customers have been able to get great deals on a featured selection of our coffees. At this fall’s Truckload Sale, running from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, look for our fair trade organic French roast Colombian, fair trade organic Vienna roast Ethiopia natural Sidamo, and fair trade organic Mayan decaf in 2-pound bags at significant savings. In the months between the Truckload sales, you can always find sales on at least one, often more, of our coffees at the Co-op.

At The Roastery, we take pride in our coffee and the care and attention to detail we put into roasting it. We are always looking to hone our craft and improve upon what we feel is already the freshest, highest quality coffee available anywhere. And we are taking on new projects that will bring new products and even better quality. Stay tuned; exciting things are happening here. Together with the Hunger Mountain Co-op, we’re looking forward to a long future of great coffee.