It is the second week in May, and we foodies all know what that means — it is officially Farmer’s Market season. They are popping up all week long, and the Burlington Market is officially outside this Saturday and running its full length (from 8:30am-3pm in case you needed a refresher). This weekend is supposed to be mostly sunny and in the 60s — so choose your outdoor activity and bring some food with you!
Wednesday (May 9)
Local Foods Can Be Affordable
Harmonized Cookery’s Lisa Mase shows how to stretch your budget by chowing down on seasonal produce.
5:30–7pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op. Montpelier. $8-10. Please preregister here.
Spring Into Soups
Learning Center chef/instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith whips up classic soups of spring with some twists thrown in.
5:30–8pm. Healthy Living. South Burlington. $20. Please preregister here.
Raw Dairy Processing Class
Learn how to make butter yogurt and mozzarella cheese with cows’ milk at this class presented by Rural Vermont and taught by Tamara Martin of Chandler Pond Farm. Proceeds benefit Rural Vermont.
1pm-4pm. Chandler Pond Farm. Wheelock. $20-40; sliding scale. Please preregister with Shelby Girard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 223-7222 with questions.
Thursday (May 10)
Gardening With Gaia
Fearn Lickfield, director of the Green Mountain Druid Order and certified flower essence practitioner, shows attendees how to connect with Earth energies in this workshop.
6–7:30pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op. Montpelier. $8-10. Please preregister here.
Fitness & Nutrition
Akshata Nayak helps form your meals to help amplify your workout.
5:30–6:30pm. Healthy Living. South Burlington. Free. Please preregister here.
Hand & Nail Care for Gardeners
This manicure is specifically for the dirt lover’s summer season.
5:30–6:30pm. City Market. Burlington. $5-10. Please preregister here.
Kids in the Kitchen
Quirky quesadillas are the order of the day at this mini-chef session.
3:30–4:30pm. Healthy Living. South Burlington. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult. Please preregister here.
Himitsu Sushi Night
Head to this winery’s tasting room to sample wine and … Japanese cuisine!
6–9pm. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery. Berlin. Cost of food and drink.
Friday (May 11)
Don’t wait till Saturday for your farmers market fix by checking out the Hardwick Farmers Market. 3–6:30pm. Granite Street. Hardwick. Cost of delectable local goods.
Saturday (May 12)
And yes, the Burlington Farmers Market is outside this week! 8:30am–2pm. Burlington City Hall Park. Burlington. Cost of delectable local goods.
For all those Montpelier residents, the Capital City Farmers Market will be around as well. 9am–1pm. 60 State Street. Montpelier. Cost of delectable local goods.
Then we’ve got the Norwich Farmers Market! 9am–1pm. Route 5 South. Norwich. Cost of delectable local goods.
Last but not least, there’s the Rutland County Farmers Market. 9am–2pm. Depot Park. Rutland. Cost of delectable local goods.
Friends Annual Plant Swap
Have a plant? Want a new one? Switch, swap, and label at this plant party. Invasives aren’t invited.
8am–12pm. Stranahan Memorial Town Forest. Marshfield. Free.
Garden Work Party & Community Celebration
Volunteers head out to plant fruit trees and veggies for this school garden — a garden that grows produce for the school cafeteria. Projects: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; potluck: 4 p.m.; square dance: 5-8 p.m.
9am–8pm. Twinfield Union School. Plainfield. Donations accepted for Farm to School; bring your own lunch, water and garden tools.
If you need more plants in your life, this is the event for you! Benefits go to neighborhood gardens and garden-based outreach & education.
10am–3pm. Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School. Burlington. Free; plant donations accepted through May 11.
Dinner & Silent Auction
Visions of ham and pineapple, mac and cheese, Southern-style green beans, and cole slaw make your mouth water? Southern food awaits diners at this event. Auction: 4-7:30 p.m.; dinner seatings: 5 and 6:15 p.m.
4–7:30pm. Faith United Methodist Church. South Burlington. $6-9 for dinner (takeout available); free admission to silent auction.
The title says it all — almost. We can’t forget the side dishes of mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and applesauce. Yum.
5–6:30pm. United Methodist Church. Vergennes. $4-8.
The Great Cookie Dunk
This event title reminds me a bit of the Great Pumpkin, but slightly more exciting because sugar is involved. Sugar lovers gather for a cookie-dunking bash! Benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont.
1pm. Battery Park. Burlington. $5 suggested donation; free for kids.
Mother’s Day Spring Herb Walk
Alyssa Doolittle lead this walk and talk that addresses traditional plant uses, basic botany, and edibles. Meet at the co-op at 9:45am or the Town Forest at 10am.
10am. St. Johnsbury Food Co-op. St. Johnsbury. $7; free for kids under 15. Please preregister by calling (802) 748-9498.
Sunday (May 13)
Mother’s Day Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
If you are a mom and like chocolate, then head over to Laughing Moon for complimentary berry treats.
10am–6pm. Laughing Moon Chocolates. Stowe. Free.
Mother’s Day Lunch
Be serenaded by harpist Margie Bekoff as you eat a three course meal with dishes such as carrot-and-ginger soup, strawberry salad, and crab cakes.
11:30am–4pm. Brandon Music Café. Brandon. $12-20. Please preregister by calling 802-465-4071 or emailing email@example.com.
Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Munch on pancakes with your mom in the morning! Sausage, bacon, and oj round out the meal.
7–10:30am. Masonic Hall. Bradford. $5.
Monday (May 14)
Learn how to “green” your healthcare with faculty and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.
4–7pm. City Market. Burlington. Free. Please preregister here.
Tuesday (May 15)
Round out your Tuesday with a trip to the Rutland County Farmers Market. 3–6pm. Depot Park. Rutland. Cost of delectable local goods.
Brown Bag Lunch: Home Gardens, Community Gardens & the Local Food System
Farmer’s markets, CSAs, and farmstands are vital, but they aren’t the only ways to find and eat locally produced food. Join the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and many others to discuss our role in producing local food. Feel free to bring your lunch!
12-1pm. Waterman Memorial Lounge. Waterman Building. UVM. Free. Contact Cheryl Herrick at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Growing Great Tomatoes
Arcana Gardens and Greenhouses’ Hattie White shows attendees how to perfect their tomato growing skills.
6–7:30pm. City Market. Burlington. $5-10. Please preregister here.
A Mosaic of Flavors
Zar Ni Maw, Burma native and contributor to the upcoming Mosaic of Vermont cookbook, teaches attendees how to whip up a shrimp-and-summer-squash curry.
6–7:30pm. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School. Burlington. $5-10. Please preregister here.
Beetle Bustling 101
Learn how to protect Vermont trees against invasive emerald ash borers in this workshop.
6–7pm. North Branch Nature Center. Montpelier. Free.
Wednesday (May 16)
Your Wednesday can have market deliciousness as well because there is the Barre Farmers Market. 3–6:30pm. Barre City Hall Park. Barre. Cost of delectable local goods.
‘No Sugar, Dairy or Wheat? So What CAN I Eat?’
Dietary restrictions or not, your meals can still make your mouth water. Learning Center chef/instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith shows attendees great dishes that won’t hurt picky stomachs.
5:30–8pm. Healthy Living. South Burlington. $20. Please preregister here.