FIND LOCAL FOOD
If you’re looking for local food at a big supermarket chain, chances are you won’t have much luck. It’s not difficult to find local food, but you do have to know where to look. Most stores carry at least a few Vermont products, and some stores make a real effort to carry a variety of locally grown foods. The St. J Food Co-op carries many items year-round, and The White Market and Natural Provisions have some. Buying directly from a farmer will give you much better choices and prices. Visit a farmers’ market or a farmstand, check out a farmer’s website to see what they offer, or take the kids berry-picking! There is a map at the bottom of this page which shows locations of many farms and farmers' markets.
Listings by town
Listings by category of food: beef, lamb, pork, chickens, turkeys, strawberries, blueberries
WHERE TO BUY
Many people consider farmer’s markets the most fun way to shop for local food. You get to browse many stalls of vegetables, meats, baked good, crafts, and much more. Live music often adds the a festival-like atmosphere.
CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture farms, are a great way to get to know a local farmer, ensure a consistent supply of high-quality local food, and support local agriculture. Customers join a CSA, paying in advance for a season’s worth of food and usually picking up a box once a week. Most CSAs offer vegetables; some are meat-only; others offer a variety of food.
Farmstands are open seasonally and offer a variety of goods. Some are self-service and honor-system.
What better way to get up close and personal with your food than to harvest it yourself? Pick-Your-Own (PYO) farms usually offer strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
St. Johnsbury Area Local Food Alliance (St. J ALFA), 490 Portland Street, St. Johnsbury VT 05819