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yolo snacks
gourmet ready to eat popcorn

on their homepage they say that “yolo” is a made up word. well, technically it is – but nowadays many know yolo to be the acronym for you only live once!

it’s perfect. you do only live once. so, if you’re a popcorn fanatic like steve and peter, the yolo guys, then you should be eating yolo popcorn. it’s fresh iowa popcorn popped in vermont and tossed with
the best and purest vermont flavors” the yolo guys could find. their flavors include:

cleverly packaged in a clear bag, you can see exactly what you’re getting with this popcorn. all their popcorn is:

  • gluten free
  • whole grain
  • trans fat free
  • 100% natural

you can order online or find yolo snacks at any of these stores (and there are plenty).

yolo – so try a bag today!

south end art hop
vermont’s largest exhibition of visual art

for 20 years the south end arts & business association (seaba) has been presenting the south end art hop – a 3 day exhibition of visual art in burlington’s pine street corridor. with 60+ participating sites & 600 artists, the art hop attracts more than 30,000 visitors who ‘hop’ along pine street celebrating the vibrant arts community.

the weekend’s line-up of events is long and impressive. come and enjoy:

  • concerts
  • light shows
  • comedy
  • artist market
  • kids hop
  • fashion show – strut! (the only event you need to buy tickets for)
  • juried art show
  • short film series
  • dog hop
  • pottery wheel demonstrations
  • brewery tours
  • taste the world
  • artist’s studios
  • and more…

here’s a full list of this year’s art hop events, where you’ll also find a full list of participating artists and sites as well this great map.

not sure how to start? check out this awesome “go-with-the-flow-chart” from seven days (sponsors of strut!) helping you navigate the art hop. it’s broken down for families, foodies, thrill seekers and foward thinkers. we love this clever chart!

the fun starts friday – so get hopping!

p.s. seaba’s thinking of having an artcar parade next year – if you like that cool idea email them at info@seaba.com with artcar parade in the subject line.

daily chocolate

all handmade in vergennes, vermont these daily chocolates are unique and delicious. owned by chocolatier jen roberts and her husband judd markowski, these chocolates are:

  • made in small batches
  • hand cut & dipped
  • GMO free
  • made with local & organic ingredients when possible (monument farms & cabot creamery, just to name a couple)

besides having the basic chocolate bars (dark, milk and white), daily chocolate also creates these flavor combinations:

  • black rum caramels
  • cara -mallows (that would be marshmallow, caramel & dark chocolate)
  • caramel pretzels
  • cherry wine clusters
  • coconut clusters
  • coconut lime creams
  • delightful bars (coconut, almonds, dark chocolate)
  • english toffees
  • ginger orange clusters
  • macadamia nut caramels
  • peanut butter fingers
  • pecan turtles
  • peppermint patties
  • tangerine infused dark chocolate with sliced apricot

or maybe barks are your thing – check out this impressive list – one for every mood:

  • classic almond
  • fruity
  • hazelnut cherry
  • lemon lavender
  • midnight mocha
  • moroccan
  • mountain (toffee, almonds, coconut, cherries, dark chocolate)
  • mr. great (almonds, sea salt, milk chocolate)
  • pistachio green chili
  • toffee almond
  • village (milk chocolate with toasted hazelnuts, cinnamon and espresso)

 don’t you think you should be eating your daily chocolate?

start today.

two guys in vermont
all natural, no artificial anything, nothing ordinary, delicious foods!

two guys in vermont make the best soup around! their soups are:

  • all natural
  • plant based
  • cooked in small batches
  • made with ingredients from local farms
  • have no artificial anything
  • packaged in glass jars (i.e. no BPA’s)

as of now they have the following soups:

these are soups that you want to make but never have the time. don’t bother.  stock up on two guys in vermont and you’ll always have all-natural-tastes-like-homemade-soup-because-it-IS in your kitchen at all times.

buy these great soups online or at any of these locations.

and..if you love their soups and want more, consider donating to their new crowdfunding campaign – they need your help to bring you more of their great soups.

come on – you know you want to help these two guys!

p.s. guess how many pounds of regional fresh farm foods they have bought so far? answer here

wholesome cravings
you can have your craving and eat it to!

admit it. everyone has cravings.

so when you get that craving for something sweet look no further than these wholesome snacks packed with protein.

these protein bars, brownies and dry mixes are all handmade in vermont with the best ingredients and taste amazing – you’d never know they are actually good for you!

and they are all certified gluten-free*!

their flavors include (both bar and mix):
apple ginger
banana chocolate chip
caramel apple
decadent chocolate
pumpkin spice

you can order these wholesome cravings at these stores or if you are interested in a bulk order or even a private label? just contact them.

snack smart. snack strong.

* just to be clear – the protein snack cake mixes are certified gluten-free and are made in a certified gluten-free facility in vermont. and their protein bars are made without gluten but are not baked in a certified gluten-free facility.

 

burlington farmers market - rain or shine - one of vermont's oldest & largest markets

burlington farmers market
year round. rain or shine.

held outside in burlington every saturday from mother’s day weekend through the last saturday on october, this is one farmers market you don’t want to miss. you’ll find it right in downtown burlington’s city hall park, right off the church street marketplace. during the off months you’ll find the winter farmers market  in burlington’s memorial auditorium.

you’ll find more than 60 stands will everything vermont from delicious foods, crafts, wares, flowers and lots of fun. It’s the best place to check out new vermont made goodies.

there is so much great stuff – we couldn’t give you our favorites because the list would be too long.

you’ll find products galore – it’s all there including:

baked goods
cheeses
chocolates
eggs
fresh veggies & fruits
honey
jams & jellies
jewelry
maple everything
meats
mustards
pasta

plus all sorts of incredible artisan wares, prepared foods and entertainment. check out this video. and if you’re looking for a specific vendor you can check their vendor list.

put this on your calendar and plan on going every saturday, if you can.

it’s worth the trip!

oh – and don’t have cash handy? you can use a debit card at the market manager’s table.

buy local. buy vermont.

douglas sweets
traditional shortbread and other scottish treats

ok, we know shortbread is scottish and we’re talking about shortbread made in vermont. this scottish shortbread is absolutely delicious and we think you won’t be buying the imported stuff anymore once you’ve tasted these sweets!

douglas sweets are made from an old family recipe with the finest vermont ingredients. they’ve got a wide variety of choices:

chocolate dipped biscuits

  • cappuccino
  • chocolate – dark, milk & white
  • coconut
  • creme dementhe
  • hot chile
  • lemon
  • orange spice
  • pistachio lavender
  • raspberry
  • vermont maple (of course)

traditional squares

  • sandwich filled chocolate dipped
  • scottish s’more
  • peanut butter
  • raspberry dark chocolate
  • raspberry white chocolate

they also give back. we love that they have created a line of scottish scones in memory of sam cohn and all profits go to sam’s foundation.

you can find douglas sweets at these stores  or better yet, order online today!

p.s. they’ll be at the burlington wine & food festival on june 23rd

vermont fresh network
promoting farm and chef partnerships

the vermont fresh network has a vision “to build a flourishing vermont food and farm economy”. all vermonters and visitors to vermont benefit from our farmers and chefs creating direct partnerships so we can all enjoy great local vermont food while eating at any VFN member restaurant.

by connecting chefs of vermont restaurants to local farms the benefits are much greater than just enjoying that amazing local food, the vermont fresh network is also helping to:

  • build partnerships between farms, food producers and restaurants in vermont
  • strengthen the local economies of members
  • connect communities through the relationships of members
  • maintain vermont’s agricultural heritage
  • promote vermont’s farm economy
  • support our farms
  • create local jobs
  • keep our farmers farming which means open fields and beautiful views
  • keep vermont’s carbon footprint down
  • have us all eat more local foods
  • educate vermonters and tourists on the importance of eating local
  • keep vermont GREEN

the vermont fresh network offers an innovative approach to solving so many of the issues we are facing today in our food industry. learn more about VFN or get to know a farmer – don’t you like to know where your food comes from?

it should also be noted that VFN was started in 1985 and was the first statewide nonprofit organization focused solely on building relationships between farms and chefs.

so the next time you’re going out to dinner in vermont, check out the VFN member list or look for the VFN logo at member restaurants to support our local vermont food and agricultural economy!