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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu June 1 - June 5

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 1 – June 5

June 1 - Greek Bean Bake

 Butternut Squash

 Seasoned Spinach

 Lemon Bars


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu May 25 - May 29

Senior Meals Menu May 25 – May 29


May 26 American Chop Suey

Brussel Sprouts

Garlic Bread



Amy's Closing

I just found out that Amy's Bakery and Cafe will be closing their doors in early June. This will be a huge blow to Main Street and one less reason to visit downtown. Amy's has been kind of a linchpin for Main Street. How many of us have made plans to " meet at Amy's"?  I wonder how much longer the rest of the long time businesses will be able to survive in an environment that is not kind to small businesses. I wonder if we will even be able to recognize Main Street in 5 or 6 years. This is a shame and this wonderful little cafe will be greatly missed.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - Week of May 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 18 – May 22

May 18          


Baked Potato


Pineapple Chunks


Mother's Day Brunch in Guilford

Broad Brook Grange will present its 19th annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event will allow for continued renovations of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Senior Meals Menu

May 11      Egg Salad Sandwich w Lettuce & Tomato

                 Split Pea Soup

                 Cole Slaw, Crackers  



Dosa Kitchen: South Indian Soul Food Re-opens For The Season May 1

Dosa Kitchen's first day of the season is this Friday, May 1. We'll open at noon and be there through the evening for Gallery Walk.

Dosa Kitchen offers healthy, delicious South Indian food with a focus on local and organic. All our food is gluten free. Our specialty is the dosa, a fermented rice and lentil crepe eaten by millions of Indians every day.

This year we've added dosa wraps with a variety of fillings from chicken curry to falafel to the menu. Wraps are a great gluten-free grab and go lunch option for folks who work downtown.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu

April 27     Turkey & Cheese Wraps

                Curried Apple & Cauliflower Soup

                Spinach Salad  



Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - April 20

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu


April 20     American Chop Suey

                Brussels Sprouts w/Red Peppers

                Garlic Bread  

                Tropical Fruit


The Co-op: Two Realities

    There is a very lengthy and continuing thread about what constitutes a real co-op.  There is the modern Big Store (food) co-op and the Little Buying Club.  There would have to be a lot in between but we'll leave it at that for now.

    The debate seems mostly to center around prices.  Big Store has high prices.  Little Buying Club would have cheaper prices (how much cheaper unknown).  Actually, Little Buying Club prices aren't too much cheaper because they can't get the volume discounts.  In fact the food itself is more expensive for that reason.  It can be sold cheaper because it has so much less overhead.  A private garage to receive and break down orders, all volunteer labor etc.  It can be cheaper still if it limits itself to bulk buying, avoids refrigerated and frozen foods and limits the selection to a couple hundred basic items and ordering just once a month.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu

April 13      Chicken Stir Fry

                 Bulgur & Lentil Pilaf

                 Citrus Glazed Carrots



Stroll's 2015 Locavore Index: Vermont Leads The Way Again

Which states are most committed to locally-sourced food? According to the 2015 Locavore Index, the top four locavore states (in order) are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Oregon.

These four states also topped the 2014 Index, which is compiled annually by Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local food advocacy group.

"The purpose of the Index is to stimulate efforts across the country to use more local food in homes, restaurants, schools and institutions,"said Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers.


Brattleboro Senior Meals - Week of April 6

April 6     Baked Chicken

              Oven Roasted Potatoes

              Lemon Broccoli Medley

              Mandarin Oranges


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu - Mar 30 to April 3

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu - Mar 30 to April 3, 2015

March 30 Corn Chowder
Ham Salad Sandwich
Pineapple Cole Slaw

March 31 Spaghetti & Meatballs
Garlic Bread


Spaghetti Supper on Jan. 28: Fundraiser for Music Enrichment

Friends of Music at Guilford is hosting a fundraising Spaghetti Supper at Guilford Central School (GCS) on Wednesday, January 28, to support its 7th annual Music Enrichment Program at Guilford Central (K-6) School.

The program's lead teacher, percussionist Todd Roach, will be joined this season by stringed-instrument specialist Mac Ritchey, for a 3-day workshop residency with grades 4-6 during the first week in February. The residency comes to a close with a concert of traditional and original music presented for the entire school community, assisted in part by their workshop participants.


Stroll presents Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival at River Garden, Feb. 13

Strolling of the Heifers will present a mid-winter Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival on Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 p.m to 8 p.m at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro. 

The event is a fund-raiser for Strolling of the Heifers, and takes place in conjunction with the Harris Hill Ski Jump. It features eight craft brewers and 16 cheesemakers and specialty food producers from throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.


Limited Income? Increase Your Food Budget!

With the arrival of holidays and winter, many of us who have limited income are feeling the squeeze financially. Here's a way to stretch your budget: Get 3SquaresVT!

If you're eligible you'll get a payment card (it looks like a credit card) to use at grocery stores, convenience  stores, farmers markets and food co-ops. If everyone in the household is 65+, the 3SquaresVT benefits may be deposited directly into a bank account. Seniors also may use medical expenses as adjustment to income, which may help you qualify.


Festive Fruitcake

This year, the Beard household is having a big, whiskey-soaked fruitcake. In years past I've made small fruitcakes, one pounders that were tasty and spirited, but this year it's a bundt cake. The small loaf is gone too fast!

We were a store-bought, tea-totalling fruitcake family growing up. Nobody liked them, and nobody ate them. When I began making them my opinion of fruitcake changed. I went to all lengths, soaking brown paper and wrapping it tightly, tying in cheesecloth and keeping in a pot, baking in a Bain Marie. To my relief, I've found that regular baking techniques work just fine. A standard spice cake recipe with alcohol-soaked fruit bakes up perfectly. I continue "feeding" the cake every other day until serving.


Winter Market Opens for 9th Season!

Hiphiphooray!  Look what's happening!


Greetings Winter Farmers' Market Fans!<

Despite what the thermometer might say, Winter Market season is here!  Join us at the River Garden this Saturday from 10 to 2 as we kick off the 9th season of the market.  Follow many of your favorites from the summer market and find some new faces indoors in a warm and dry location every week through March.


Bread From Fresh Local Grains Now Available At The Coop!

I was really excited to learn that Green Mountain Flour has started delivering bread to the Brattleboro Food Coop. Green Mountain Flour's flour (is that redundant?) has been available at the coop for a while now, but not their bread.

It will be really nice not to have to go all the way up to Windsor to get great bread made from flour that was grown locally and milled just in time for each bake.


iBrattleboro Poll

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