thanksgiving

Turkey Roasting 101

Roasting a turkey can be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s your first time or you’re entertaining a houseful of hungry guests! We hope that this handy guide will help you through the steps with sanity intact.

Easy Turkey Gravy

A Thanksgiving feast just doesn’t feel complete without a generous serving of gravy! This year, skip the canned stuff and avoid those powdery packets – making your own gravy is really quite simple and oh-so-delicious! It allows you to make good use of the drippings in the bottom of your turkey roasting pan and gives you something to do while your turkey rests so that you aren’t tempted to carve that bird too quickly!

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you’re looking for a Brussels sprouts recipe to convert those who’ve sworn off this cruciferous vegetable at your Thanksgiving table, this one’s for you. The crispy caramelized sweetness of sprouts and shallots is beautifully balanced by the bright acidity of lemon juice and Worcestershire. It’s also simple to pull together, taking about 35 minutes from start to finish. You’ll find Brussels sprouts featured in our weekly sale from November 18th – 24th, just in time for your holiday feast. If you’re not feeding a crowd, feel free to half the recipe and use one sheet pan.  

Turkey Roasting 101

Roasting a turkey can be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s your first time or you’re entertaining a houseful of hungry guests! We hope that this handy guide will help you through the steps with sanity intact.

Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Making mashed potatoes can be as simple as whipping together two or three ingredients, but for Thanksgiving, it feels right to give your spuds some special treatment. This herbed mashed potato recipe does just that, by first steeping milk and cream with savory herbs and garlic to bring this classic recipe to new heights. You’ll find local, organic gold potatoes in our weekly sale from November 11th – 17th, giving you time to taste-test this recipe in advance of your holiday feast. 

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie vs pumpkin pie — it’s an age-old debate hashed out around many a Thanksgiving table. Some of the preferences seem to be regional, as those who grew up in the American South can hardly fathom a Thanksgiving feast without a sweet potato pie, while those raised in New England tend to opt for the pumpkin. Lines are drawn around flavors and textures, as well, with many professing that the sweet potato version is naturally sweeter and texturally more custard-like than its pumpkin-filled cousin, which boasts a nuttier flavor and a fluffier texture. No matter where you swing on this pie pendulum, we encourage you to do a bit of taste-testing with this super simple sweet potato pie recipe. You’ll find organic canned sweet potato and local Mirabelle’s frozen pie dough featured in our Weekly Sale from November 11th – 17th, giving you plenty of time to assess this pie’s worthiness of a place in your holiday spread!

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Looking for a pumpkin pie recipe using fresh, wholesome ingredients? Look no further! You will not need your can opener for this one!  The bit of extra time it takes to prepare this pie is well worth the effort, as you’ll truly be able to savor the roasted flavor of your pumpkin and the sweetness of pure Vermont maple syrup. Bonus flavor-points if you’re able to pick up one of Golden Russet Farm’s Long Island Cheese pumpkins available in the Produce department while supplies last. The rich, earthy sweetness of those pumpkins is unbelievable! Ready-to-bake pie crust from Immaculate Baking will help reduce your prep time and you’ll find it in the first dairy cooler near our bulk section at the Co-op. If you want to make things even simpler, pick up a ready-to-bake 9-inch pie shell of your choosing. If pumpkin isn’t your thing, feel free to sub in roasted butternut squash or roasted sweet potatoes. Either way, we have a feeling this will become your new go-to pie for the holidays!

Holiday Pre-Order Guide

Happy Holidays!  The season of celebratory feasting is upon us and we’ve got everything you need for a delicious, stress-free holiday spread. You may pre-order your desired items using our online form by clicking HERE, or you may place your order by phone, or in-person at our Customer Service Counter. We will continue to take orders through Friday, December 20th. If you miss our pre-order deadline, it’s still likely that we’ll be able to accommodate your needs, but pre-order is your best guarantee. Here are the items we’ll be offering:

 

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We are offering Fresh Turkey from Stonewood Farm, two types of Beef Rib Roasts from Boyden Farm and a Tenderloin Roast from Silver Fern Farms. Here’s a little more info about each of those options:

Stonewood Farms logo

Stonewood Farm offers all-natural, free-range indoor turkeys from their family-owned and operated farm Orwell, VT. Stonewood turkeys will range in size from around 12 lbs to over 30 lbs. When you place your order, you’ll have the opportunity to specify what size turkey you’d like. We’ll aim to get you a turkey within 3-5 lbs of your requested size. The price is $3.19 per pound. All turkeys will be fresh (not previously frozen).

Wondering how much turkey to buy to accommodate your guest list? A handy rule of thumb is 1.5 pounds of turkey per guest. And note that it’s always better to have too much than too little – especially during the holidays when leftovers are key to feeding out-of-town guests throughout the week.

 

Boyden Farm strives to provide you with the best quality Vermont born and raised beef. They hand-select, grass-fed and non-GMO grain-finished beef cattle from Vermont family farms for the most flavor and tenderness. We’ll have pre-order options for bone-in rib roasts and boneless rib roasts from Boyden Farm. They are third-party certified by the Non-GMO Project. Bone-in roasts will be $14.99 per pound and the boneless roasts will be $16.99 per pound.

 

 

 

 

Looking for a 100% grass-fed beef tenderloin roast? Thanks to Silver Fern Farms, we’ve got you covered! Founded in 1948, Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s leading procurer, processor, marketer, and exporter of grass-fed and pasture-raised lamb, beef and venison. Their climate allows the animals to be on lush green pasture year-round where they’re free to roam and graze.

 

 

 

Side Dishes & Desserts

The Co-op Kitchen will be cooking up a mouth-watering array of side dishes and desserts for your holiday table. The same pre-order and pick-up schedules apply. We will have a limited supply of these items, so be sure to pre-order to guarantee that we’ll have what you need. Your order may be placed online, by phone, or in-person at the customer service counter. If you miss the pre-order deadline, please check with any Deli staff member to see if your request can be accommodated. 

Sides

Side dish options include Roasted Chestnut Mushroom Soup, Brussel Sprout Salad with Chestnuts, Stuffing, Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, Maple Sweet Potato Puree, Green Bean Almondine, and Cranberry Jalapeno Dip. 

Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

Desserts

Dessert options include a  Berry Basil Tart, Chocolate Babka, and Orange Saffron Custard Pie

Orange Saffron Custard Pie

Cheese Platters

The Vermont Artisan Platter will deliver a selection of artisan cheese, preserves, and crackers produced in our own backyard that is sure to please everyone from cheese novice to connoisseur.

You may also opt for the Vermont Farmer’s Platter, which includes a tried and true classic assortment of local Vermont cheese, local smoked sausage, nuts, figs, and preserves.

Vermont Artisan Platter

 

Click HERE to see the full list of offerings, ingredients, pricing, and more. 

 

 

Pick-Up

All holiday pre-order pick-up will begin on Saturday, December 21st and end on Tuesday, December 24th. When you arrive to pick up your pre-ordered items, please follow the signs to the holiday pick-up station located in our meat department. A staff member will be waiting to assist you!

 

Questions? Give us a call at (802) 388-7276 or ask any staff member next time you’re in the store!

 

Berry & Basil Tart

 

 

Easy Turkey Gravy

A Thanksgiving feast just doesn’t feel complete without a generous serving of gravy! This year, skip the canned stuff and avoid those powdery packets – making your own gravy is really quite simple and oh-so-delicious! It allows you to make good use of the drippings in the bottom of your turkey roasting pan and gives you something to do while your turkey rests so that you aren’t tempted to carve that bird too quickly!

Turkey Brine

If you volunteered to cook the turkey this year and you’re feeling nervous about serving a dry bird, we have a bit of advice for you: brine it! Turkey is naturally a very lean bird and without the extra fat, it’s easy for the meat to become dry and tough. Giving a turkey a 24-hour soak in a brining solution is a fool-proof way to prevent dryness and to boost flavor.