Intervale Food Hub Cooking Classes - New for December!

 
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Join us for a cooking class to learn more about cooking at home with seasonal, local ingredients from the Intervale Food Hub!

UPCOMING CLASS DATES

Tuesday, December 4th — 4:30pm-6:30pm
Winter Cooking Essentials (details below)
(After class, stick around to enjoy your meal, or take it to go!)


Tuesday, December 11th — 4:30pm-6:30pm
Meal Planning and Creativity Building (details below)
(After class, stick around to enjoy your meal, or take it to go!)


CLASS LOCATION

Nomad Coffee - South End Station
208 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT

Entrance to the building is on Flynn Ave, across the street from the new City Market.

ADMISSION

2018 Classes are being offered at no charge to current Intervale Food Hub members. Spaces are limited to 8-10 members per class, so please RSVP to secure your place using the link below:

RSVP Here for December 4th - Winter Cooking Essentials

RSVP here for December 11th - Meal Planning and Creativity Building


CLASS DETAILS

Join Intervale Food Hub's Cooking Education Coordinator, Suzanne Podhaizer, for a cooking class this fall! We'll demonstrate and review helpful cooking techniques for our seasonal fruits and vegetables, and talk about ways to build your confidence and creativity in the kitchen. We'll also be able to answer any questions that you have about techniques or ingredients. We'll provide everything you need for the class, including cooking equipment and fresh, delicious local ingredients. There will be time to enjoy our meals and lots of opportunity for discussion. There will be opportunities for you to try things hands-on, though because of space and equipment limitations at this time, the class is not entirely hands-on.

December 4th - Winter Cooking Essentials

In this class, we’ll cover knife skills, kitchen vocabulary, and some cooking techniques that we think are especially helpful in winter months: braising, pan searing or sauteing, and roasting. For knife skills, we’ll cover mincing, dicing, and chopping. Our tentative menu includes garlic confit, pan seared chicken, braised cabbage, carrots and onions, and roasted squash.

December 11th - Meal Planning and Creativity Building

In this class, we’ll practice planning a meal around the basket of the week from the Intervale Food Hub. We’ll discuss techniques and ingredients you can use to build flavor, and make a meal together. More details coming soon!

Past Cooking Class Descriptions

September

In our September classes, we’ll prepare a beautiful roast chicken, with roasted winter squash, reduced cider and brown butter dressing, with greens and herbs. In class, we’ll cover techniques for how to break down a whole pasture-raised chicken, how to reduce cider for glazes, browning butter, and discuss tips for menu planning and building flavor with simple ingredients.

October

In our October class, we’ll prepare a hearty vegetable stew with a medley of fall vegetables and herbs. We’ll also review how to braise grass-fed stew beef. Both vegetarian (or vegan by request) and omnivore meals will be available. In class, we’ll cover the versatility of soups and stews, and discuss tips for menu planning building a variety of different flavors throughout the season with simple ingredients. We’ll discuss chopping, shredding, grating, pureeing – techniques for different flavors, texture, and adding variety to fall/winter vegetables. Vegetable Stock, Roasted Carrot Soup, and Borscht (Vegetable Stew) with optional Braised Beef are on the menu!

Hope to see you there!

Please contact Kendall with any questions: 802-660-0440 x112 or kendall@intervale.org

Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey from Maple Wind Farm

 
 

Looking for a delicious, sustainable Thanksgiving turkey for your holiday meal? Order a Maple Wind Farm turkey today!

All Maple Wind Farm turkeys are pasture raised and are moved daily to fresh grass. They are not fed hormones or antibiotics — ever. Turkeys are an important part of Maple Wind’s diversified farm: Beth and Bruce love raising turkeys! The noticeably improved taste and quality of the meat is a result of the birds’ freedom in the pasture, where they enjoy the grass and bugs and fresh air— turkeys are great foragers! Feed your friends and family with a special turkey this holiday season. 

Non-GMO turkeys were fed minimal amounts of grain that is Non-GMO to supplement their foraging on pasture. Organic turkeys were fed minimal amounts of Certified Organic grain to supplement their foraging on pasture.

Yes - these turkeys cost more than conventional turkeys. What’s behind the price? The careful process of raising birds on organic pasture, the high quality of their supplemental feed, and humane, ethical on-farm processing — unlike conventionally-raised meat, these practices result in a product that’s beneficial for the birds, the land they were raised on, and the farmers who raised and processed them, and is healthier and more nutritious for you to eat!

  • Non-GMO Pasture-Raised Turkeys: $5.25/pound ($20 deposit)

  • Organic (and therefore non-GMO) Pasture-Raised Turkeys: $6.45/pound ($25 deposit)

Please order your turkey by Wednesday, November 14th!
Pick up Monday November 19 or Tuesday November 20.


What Size?

Maple Wind Farm offers turkeys in 3 size ranges:

  • 9-12 lb

  • 13-17 lb

  • 18-22 lb

The general rule of thumb is that you can serve 1 person per pound of turkey. (Don’t forget you’ll want leftovers, too.) Your deposit will go toward the total price of your turkey. When you pick up your turkey here at the Intervale Food Hub, we will calculate the total price based on the exact weight of your turkey. You can pay with cash, check, credit/debit, or the payment source linked to your account.


Please order your turkey by Wednesday, November 14th!
Pick up Monday November 19 or Tuesday November 20 at the Intervale Food Hub


How to Order

You can call or email us to order! (802) 660-0440 x112

How to order online by Wednesday, November 14th:

  1. Go to the Pop-Up Shop

  2. Add the Turkey Deposit of your choice to your cart. There are 3 sizes of Non-GMO and 3 sizes of Organic to choose from.

  3. Click on the white “Cart” button and click “Check out”

  4. Complete your payment

  5. When you’re done, you’ll receive a confirmation email.

  6. Contact us to schedule your turkey pick up!

  7. At pick up, we will charge you the remaining balance due, based on the actual weight of your turkey. You can pay with cash, check, credit/debit, or the payment source linked to your account.


Holiday Delivery Schedule Changes for Fall/Winter 2018-19

1) Thanksgiving Week delivery schedule changes are outlined below. ONE ADDITIONAL CHANGE: Winooski Library Delivery will be on TUESDAY!

2) Winter Holiday Break: We will be closed for the weeks of December 26-30 and December 31-January 4. There will be no delivery during these 2 weeks.


During the week of Thanksgiving, we will make ALL DELIVERIES on Monday and Tuesday. Please see below for the updated schedule for the week of November 19, 2018.

Tuesday, November 20th

South End Home Delivery

New North End Home Delivery

VT Information Processing 1:00-5:00 PM  

Twincraft Skincare 1:30-5:30 PM  

MyWebGrocer/Marathon Health 2:00-5:00 PM  

VPR 2:30-5:00 PM  

EDGE Sports & Fitness - Essex 3:00-6:00 PM open until 10pm

REV Indoor Cycling 4:00-7:00 PM  

Winooski Library 3:00-6:00 PM open until 6:30 pm

Intervale Food Hub Official Pick Up  12:30 - 6:00pm  

Monday, November 19th

Old North End Home Delivery

All Wellness 1:30-4:30 PM open until 6:30 pm

Zero Gravity 2:00-9:00 PM open until 9 pm

Dealer.com 2:00-5:30 PM  

UVM Medical Center Main Campus 2:30-6:00 PM  

Community Health Center 3:30-6:30 PM open until 8 pm

Maglianero 1:00-5:00 PM  

VT Department of Health 1:30-5:00 PM  

VT Pub & Brewery 2:00-11:00 PM  

YMCA 2:00-5:00 PM open until 8pm

Hickock & Boardman Building 2:30-5:30 PM  

VT Gas 2:30-5:00 PM  

Data Innovations 2:30-6:00 PM  

EDGE Sports & Fitness - Williston 3:00-6:00 PM open until 8pm

Intervale Food Hub will be open 9am - 6 pm

 

If you schedule change does not work for you schedule, or if you are going to be out of town, you have a few options!

  1. You can pick up at the Intervale Center from 12:30-6:00 pm on Monday November 19 or Tuesday November 20.

  2. You can hold delivery, and double up at a later date.

  3. You can hold delivery, and receive account credit toward the Pop-Up Shop (75% of the average weekly value)

Please let us know at your earliest convenience if you’d like to make a change.

Email us or call Kendall at (802) 660-0440 x112

 

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Intervale Food Hub!

 
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Eco-Apple certified fruit at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, VT

 


#1. Support for Vermont farms and food makers

The Vermont farms and food makers we partner with are at the heart of everything we do. When you sign up for the season, you're providing reliability and stability to our producers, so they can focus on what they're so good at - creating delicious food! 

In the Fall/Winter season, when farm stands close and farmers markets slow down, there is still so much amazing local food to enjoy. 

 

#2. Promote healthy, sustainable farming practices

We partner with farms who are dedicated to sustainability. About 90% of the food that we source is certified organic, and the rest is grown or harvested using transparent, sustainable practices. Our farmers are contributing to keeping Vermont's land, air, and water healthy and clean!

 
Ben Butterfield collecting pasture-raised eggs from Besteyfield Farm’s laying hens

Ben Butterfield collecting pasture-raised eggs from Besteyfield Farm’s laying hens

 

 #3. Help small farms grow

As a Food Hub member, you're providing reliability and stability that helps farms grow! Whether it's Red Wagon Plants budding herb business, or Besteyfield Farm's move to bigger pastures to increase egg production, we're working together to help Vermont farms thrive.

 

#4. Support the work of the Intervale Center

The not-for-profit Intervale Center is home to the Intervale Food Hub. We envision food systems that support joyful and vibrant communities, thriving farms and food businesses, healthy natural resources, and nourished, happy people.

 
Andy Jones harvesting organic broccoli at Intervale Community Farm in Burlington’s Intervale

Andy Jones harvesting organic broccoli at Intervale Community Farm in Burlington’s Intervale

 

 #5. Cook with more nutrient-rich ingredients

The sustainable farming practices that our farmers use are not just good for the earth -they're good for you, too -- whether it's more vitamins and minerals in fresh produce organic produce, or healthier fats and more vitamins and minerals in grass-fed dairy. Regular deliveries of fresh, local food make it much easier to eat more nutritiously. Treat yourself!

 

#6. Embrace the changing seasons

Each season in Vermont is different - embrace the flavors and enjoy the variety that comes with the changes in local fruit, veggies, and other local specialty items from month to month! 

 
Nancy and John Hayden harvesting organic rhubarb at The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT

Nancy and John Hayden harvesting organic rhubarb at The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT

 

#7. Learn new cooking techniques

Check out our weekly email newsletter for recipes and cooking tips - we try to cover every ingredient that you get! We've also started a series of cooking classes for members - so you can gain hands-on experience learning helpful cooking techniques! 

 

#8. Try new ingredients and new flavors

With the changing seasons, you'll always find your old favorite vegetables in the rotation -- but you might find a new favorite vegetable or recipe, too! Learning from our team and fellow Intervale Food Hub members is always fun and enjoyable.

 
Nick and Bobby packing up organic kabocha squash at the Intervale Food Hub

Nick and Bobby packing up organic kabocha squash at the Intervale Food Hub

 

#9. Take advantage of flexible payments and vacation options

We've added lots of convenience to our subscriptions. As always, you can pay in set up recurring installments if you'd rather not pay in full. Plus, if you'll be out of town for a delivery, we have several vacation options now, too! 

 

#10. Customize your weekly delivery

We now offer our Vermont Vegetable Package in 3 different sizes, so you can find the perfect fit. We also offer an online Pop-Up Shop, so you can add eggs, cheese, meat, bean burgers, and other delicious local ingredients to your order from week-to-week.

 

 

What's your favorite reason to support the Intervale Food Hub?

Join us for the Fall/Winter Season!

 Sign up by Friday, October 26th

23 Favorite Fall/Winter Recipes

We are so excited for the upcoming Fall/Winter season! We’ve been cooking up a storm here at the Intervale Food Hub — and we’re happy to share our Fall/Winter recipe collection with you! The recipes below highlight the wide variety of fresh, colorful of Vermont vegetables that come with our Fall/Winter Vermont Vegetable Packages. All of these were cooked using ingredients from our weekly deliveries!

Are you wondering, “What’s even available in the winter?” We’re here to tell you that there is an amazing variety of local fruits and vegetables available, and our recipes will help you make delicious, simple meals at home.

Sign up for the Fall/Winter season to enjoy delicious meals like these, from November through February!

Intervale Food Hub 10th Anniversary Party

Please join us for an evening of great food & drinks to celebrate the Intervale Food Hub’s 10th Anniversary! We have grown so much together over the years, and have so much to celebrate.

Bring your family and your crew down to the Intervale Center for free pizza and ice cream, a cash bar, music, and a night of fun. See details in the invitation below!

To make sure we have enough food to go around, please RSVP here by September 20th: bit.ly/IFH-10thAnniversaryParty

 

See you there!

The Intervale Food Hub Team

 

 

Ordering Open for Fall/Winter 2018!

 
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Fall is an amazing time in Vermont!

Join us for our Fall/Winter 2018-19 Season to enjoy weekly deliveries of Vermont's bountiful harvest, from November through February. Our Vermont Vegetable Packages will include a great variety of fresh vegetables and delicious fall fruit, including apples from Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, VT (pictured above)! You'll keep your kitchen well-stocked through the holidays, and, as always, we'll provide you with lots of recipes and cooking tips each week. 

Read on for details, or shop our subscriptions!


Early Bird Special

Order by September 15th to receive a token for a FREE flatbread at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth! This will be limited to the first 150 members who sign up! Don't miss out :)

 
 
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Home Delivery

This Fall/Winter Season, we'll continue Home Delivery in Burlington!

Use the coupon code freedelivery when you order to waive the sign up fee!

 

Recipe Inspiration

Every week, we send recipes and cooking tips to make it easy to prepare simple, delicious meals at home. Browse through our weekly newsletters, ingredients, and recipes from last year's Fall/Winter Season below! 

Fall/Winter Season Details

When you sign up for our Fall/Winter season, you'll get a weekly delivery, starting in November and running 15 weeks through the end of February. 

  • Early Bird Deadline: September 15, 2018
  • Final Deadline to order: October 26, 2018

No deliveries the weeks of December 24 and December 31, 2018

Health Hero Farm | Grass Fed Beef

Health Hero Farm in South Hero, Vermont

Joan and Bob produced this short video about their practices, which include management-intensive grazing and special attention animal welfare. These practices are best for their beautiful land and waterways, and best for the health of their animals. These practices also result in high quality, nutrient-dense beef that's healthy and delicious. 

This video is an excellent illustration of why grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and dairy products are so important.

Watch their video to learn more!

Visit their website for more stories about the farm at www.healthherofarm.com

College Fall 2018 - Now Offering Home Delivery in Burlington!

Join the Intervale Food Hub for our the College Fall 2018 Semester

Intervale Food Hub offers local food subscriptions, with a delivery schedule that matches the academic calendar. Whether you're a student or faculty or staff member, we welcome you to join the Intervale Food Hub for the semester! 

Student schedules are so busy, and we're here to make it easy for you to eat fresh, healthy food and support Vermont's best farmers and food makers. Our members report that they are able to spend less time grocery shopping, and eat more meals that make them feel great!

We deliver to the University of Vermont Davis Center, Saint Michael's College Dion Student Center, and Redstone Lofts. If you live in Burlington, opt for home delivery! 

 

 
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About Our Local Food Subscriptions

We have something for everyone! The Intervale Food Hub now offers our Vermont Vegetable Package in THREE different sizes. Our Vermont Vegetable Packages includes a mix of vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and fruit, sourced from local, sustainable farms, and is delivered every week.

- The "Starter Size" Vermont Vegetable Package is perfect for one person, especially busy students who are learning how to cook.
- The "Variety Size" offers more food and a wider variety of ingredients, so it's perfect for a more adventurous individual, or two friends who cook together. 
- The "Value Size" is the largest option, designed with roommates and larger households in mind, and is perfect for making larger batches of meals.

The Omnivore Package includes Vermont Vegetables, plus meat, dairy items, and a delicious variety of specialty items like honey, maple syrup, sauce, and more.

The Localvore Package includes everything in the Omnivore Package, plus the essentials - one half-dozen eggs and a loaf of bread each week.

You can also add bread, eggs, cheese, meat, bean burgers, tortillas & beans, and wild Alaskan fish to your order!

Recipes & Cooking Education

Every week, we'll send you recipes and cooking tips to help you make the most of your local food delivery. 

On Fridays, you'll receive an email that lets you know what ingredients are coming the next week. On Mondays, we'll send you a collection of recipes and cooking tips for inspiration. You'll love trying new things and learning new recipes and cooking techniques. Check out what we've been cooking up on our blog!

Pop-Up Shop

From week-to-week, Intervale Food Hub members can shop our online Pop-Up Shop to add to your delivery! Essential local items like eggs, cheddar cheese, tortillas, and ground beef will be available, as well as a rotation of specialty items. 

This will make it even easier for you to save time grocery shopping and create delicious, healthy, well-rounded meals at home.

 
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College Fall Delivery Schedule & Locations

Intervale Food Hub offers free home delivery in Burlington. We also deliver to The University of Vermont (UVM) and Saint Michael's College! Click here to view our College Fall 2018 semester delivery days to each campus.

  • Deliveries start the week of September 10, 2018 and run through the week of December 3, 2018.
  • Deliveries are made once per week.
  • There are no deliveries scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving Break or over Winter Break. 
  • We offer flexible options for rescheduling if you have vacation or travel dates planned!

 

New for Fall 2018! Free Home Delivery for the College Semester

The Intervale Food Hub offers home delivery to all homes in Burlington, VT -- and now we've added home delivery for the College Semester, too!

Home delivery couldn't be easier - we'll deliver your food in a sealed cooler bag to keep things fresh. Look forward to your delivery on the same day & time each week. You do not have to be home to pick up your food!

 

Learn More | Sourcing Local Food and Filling the Gaps

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Hi Everyone!

Read on for a deep-dive into the world of sourcing fresh fruits and vegetables for the Intervale Food Hub.

Intervale Food Hub Purchasing Priorities

Our goal is to provide food that's good for you, good for Vermont, and good for the Earth. We also want to make sure that you know where your food comes from and how it was produced - we believe in transparency in the food system!

We prioritize working with local producers who fit with our values:

  • Supporting local Vermont farms and businesses,
  • Helping sustain small to medium farms,
  • Supporting organic certification and/or sustainable practices that are appropriate to the food in production,
  • Supporting farms and businesses with ethical production methods,
  • Sourcing high quality products,
  • Finding farms and business partners with appropriate food safety and delivery logistics in place

Our farm partners are at the heart of everything we do. We work with a committed network of farms and businesses -- every year, we pre-plan our subscriptions with our farm partners, and the Intervale Food Hub makes purchasing commitments to our farm partners in advance. Why? In the words of one of our partners, Justin Rich of Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington, VT:

“Having people who commit to buying products early in the season, who follow through on that commitment, pay you a fair price, and buy a lot of it at one time allows us to be much more efficient with our production. The relationship we have with the Intervale Food Hub is extremely valuable to us.”

When you sign up for the season with the Intervale Food Hub, you're providing extremely valuable support to our Vermont farm partners! Thank you!

 

Filling the Gaps

As Vermonters, you're keenly aware of our state's wacky weather and growing conditions. Sometimes farms are not able to deliver exactly according to the plan – this could be due to a crop failure, pests, extended cold or wet weather, etc. In that case, we need to find a different item to keep your baskets full.

When we look to fill the gap for a certain produce item, we have several steps we take to make sure that we're providing consistent, reliable deliveries to you, our members. First, we reach out within our network of partner farms to see if they have enough of a comparable item available for us. If our partner farms do not have the item or something comparable available, we might shift the delivery of one item around in the schedule, or go with a different delicious fresh seasonal item as a replacement. If we still have a gap to fill in our delivery, we would next look to a producer outside of our pre-planning network, who meets our standards for sustainable and healthy practices.

Once outside of our network, we are looking for farms and ingredients that meet our values and our standards for sustainable, healthy practices -- the prioiritiesat the beginning of the post.

For example, we occasionally source from Deep Root Organic Cooperative, a company that’s based in Vermont, and who works with many of the same farms that we do and also works with organic family farms just over the border in Quebec. We source from Deep Root Organic Cooperative farm partners because they are still geographically close, though not in Vermont, and they offer produce that is certified organic, high quality, and can be delivered to us on short notice.

As another example, we were approached by the family at Mousam Valley mushrooms in Maine, right about the same time that our Vermont mushroom producer was scaling back production. Mousam Valley Mushroom's sustainability practices, organic certification, and high quality mushrooms felt like the right fit for the Food Hub while we looked into finding organic Vermont mushroom producers to partner with. Now, as of publishing time, we're working with 1000 Stone Farm, a small certified organic homestead farm in Brookfield, VT!

 

Hopefully all the information above is helpful. We always appreciate the opportunity to talk to our members about the details of Vermont’s seasonal local food system and how the Intervale Food Hub works behind the scenes!

 

What are your values and priorities?

We also would love to hear from you to learn more about about your priorities and values, to help us source the best food possible. Let me know if you have any other questions or more questions about the same topic!

Thanks everyone!

Kendall Frost

Intervale Food Hub Internships

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Internships

Update: Fall 2018 Internships are filled!

Now accepting applications for Spring 2019

Are you looking for an internship where your work will have an impact on our local food system? The Intervale Food Hub is looking for a team of interns to help us change the world through the power of good food. Let's work together to create an internship that fits your skills, interests, schedule, and hours required.

The Intervale Food Hub is a small, fast-paced company and a leader in the local food movement. As an enterprise of the non-profit Intervale Center in Burlington, Vermont, we work to support healthy farms, land, and people. We deliver local food subscriptions to people who live, work, and learn in the greater Burlington area, and we also deliver wholesale local food to University of Vermont Dining.

 

About our Internship Positions

Internships with the Intervale Food Hub incorporate experience in both the operational side of the business and the marketing & outreach side of the business. We also create opportunities to learn more about the other programs of our parent organization, the Intervale Center. 

We will work with you to create an internship that fits your skills, interests, schedule, and hours required.

Typically, we aim for 10-12 hours per week. 

Spring 2019 Internships will start during the first week of classes.

If you're interested in focusing your time more specifically in one area or the other, please let us know when you send in your application. 

Operations/Packing Apprentice

  • Time spent in the operational side of the Intervale Food Hub will include learning about fresh local food procurement, packing local food orders, and maintaining our facility’s food safety standards. There are opportunities to learn more about local food procurement and distribution through experience and presentations from our Operations and Buying Manager. Our goal is to deliver the best local food to our members in a simple, convenient weekly package.

Marketing and Outreach Advocate

  • Time spent in the marketing and outreach side of the business will include developing creative content and photographs, publishing content through our blog, email, and social media channels. There are also opportunities for in-person outreach on campus or at Intervale Food Hub community pick up locations. Our goal is to educate people about our food, grow our community, and encourage people to sign up for our subscriptions.

Cooking & Food Blog Team

  • This position will focus on preparing food and researching recipes and cooking techniques to make the most of our seasonal fresh ingredients. Each week, along with two other interns, you will cook up all of the ingredients in the delivery that week. Our goal is to educate people about our food, encourage people to sign up for our subscriptions, and to showcase fun, inspiring meal ideas.

 

Qualifications

We hope that you bring a passion for local food and a can-do attitude. Applicants should be organized and positive. We look for individuals who can work well independently and have excellent attention to detail.

Intervale Food Hub is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provides employment & internship opportunities to qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

How to Apply:

Please send the following items to our team at intervalefoodhub@intervale.org 

 

Deadline for Spring 2019 internship applications is November 25, 2018

We review each application as it comes in, and are setting up interviews as applications come in to us. We encourage you to apply early! We will accept applications for the Spring Semester until November 25, 2018.

 

Compensation

Internships are unpaid. We encourage current students to apply for credit for your internship. Internship hours qualify for City Market Member Worker hours, which will earn you a discount for shopping at City Market. Interns receive a 20% staff discount on local food subscriptions. Interns also have access to complimentary fresh food through our staff program.

 

Spring 2019 Internships will start during the first week of classes.

Questions about the internship or the application process? Please email intervalefoodhub@intervale.org or call 802-660-0440 x112

Summer Sneak Peek | Recipes & Meal Plans

Rainbow Spring Rolls, made with carrots, turnips, cabbage, and pea shoots with our Vermont Vegetable Basket!

Rainbow Spring Rolls, made with carrots, turnips, cabbage, and pea shoots with our Vermont Vegetable Basket!

With a new Cooking Education Coordinator on board, we're excited to share more delicious and creative ways to use the food from your basket. This summer, in addition to our weekly recipes, we're rolling out weekly meal plans to help you make the most of the goods. During the season, these menu plans will come with recipes, process photographs, and maybe even a how-to video here and there. Here's a sneak preview! 

How do we create our meal plans?

  1. Focus on the Vermont Vegetables
  2. Include ideas for where to add in items from the Omnivore Package
  3. Add in staples - eggs, bread and cheese
  4. Feature local proteins - chicken, beef, pork, tortillas + beans, as well as wild Alaskan fish
     

Summer Meal Plan

For this meal plan, we used one of our weekly deliveries planned for August as an example:

  • Summer Vermont Vegetable "Variety" Package inlcudes Red Onions, Cucumbers, Corn, Tomatoes, New Potatoes, Green Peppers, Plums
  • Omnivore Package also includes Feta Cheese, Wild Alaskan Salmon, and Pickled Peppers
  • Localvore Package also includes eggs and bread

Sunday Dinner
Roast chicken & new potatoes, served with salad with cucumber, quick-pickled red onion, and feta cheese
Roasting the whole chicken will make lots of meals over the week easy! Serve roasted chicken thighs for dinner, save leftover chicken breast for tomorrow, and simmer chicken bones and scraps overnight for homemade stock

Quick Monday Dinner or Leftovers for Lunch
Serve leftover chicken, paired with a simple potato salad with leftover potatoes, and a side of quick-pickled cucumbers and red onions.

Taco Tuesday!
Season ground beef or sausage with taco spices. Serve in warmed All Souls Tortillas. Top with pickled peppers, tomatoes. and cheddar cheese. Serve with a side of black beans, grilled corn and lots of butter!

Wednesday Night Localvore Package Dinner
Salmon burgers with sautéed corn and a green salad. Dessert is grilled plums and feta. Fancy, but simple at the same time!

Simple Thursday Grain Bowl
You've used a little of everything, but still have plenty of ingredients left over. Use your homemade chicken stock to cook a big batch of rice, quinoa, or farro. Grill or roast your leftover peppers, onions, tomatoes, and corn. Serve with leftover beans, cheddar cheese or feta cheese, and maybe a little hot sauce too! Leftovers will make a delicious lunch tomorrow.

Fri-yay!
Take a break from cooking and go out on the town, or, hang out at home and enjoy some leftovers from your week!

Saturday Breakfast
Hopefully you have some tasty eggs from Besteyfield Farm. Scramble up some eggs with any leftover veggies and cheese, and smile - you made it to the weekend!

Of course, this meal plan can be moved around to fit your schedule. We want to inspire you to feel confident in the kitchen!
 

Tacos with Sweet Potatoes and Microgreens, All Souls Tortilleria Tortillas, and a fried Besteyfield Farm egg!

Tacos with Sweet Potatoes and Microgreens, All Souls Tortilleria Tortillas, and a fried Besteyfield Farm egg!

Summer Recipe Inspiration

 

Here are a few ideas of what you might want to make with your Vermont Vegetable Package over the Summer. Deliveries start in June, so for a little inspiration, we put together a collection of recipe ideas for the first month of deliveries!

See the week-by-week layout for our Vermont Vegetable Package, Omnivore Package, and Localvore Package here: intervalefoodhub.com/packages
 

June Week 1

  • Spinach and Asparagus Quiche with Bacon
  • Green Salad with Microgreens and Cucumbers
  • Rhubarb Tart with Maple Glaze
     

June Week 2

  • Beef Kebabs with Mushrooms, Bok Choi, and Scallion Rice
  • French-Style Butter and Radish Toasts
  • Mushroom-Asparagus Omelette with Chives
     

June Week 3

  • Smoked Salmon with Dill, Chevre, and Cucumbers
  • Primavera Pasta with Asparagus, Arugula, and Chevre
  • Strawberry & Arugula Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Asparagus and Swiss Chard Soup with Dill Yogurt
     

June Week 4

  • Stuffed Squash with Black Beans or Ground Beef and Mt. Mansfield Creamery Cheese
  • Omelette with Mesclun Mix
  • Zucchini and Mushroom Risotto with Mt. Mansfield Creamery Cheese
A summer meal plan from Summer 2017

A summer meal plan from Summer 2017

New & Improved Cooking Education Program with Suzanne Podhaizer!

Summer strawberries in Vermont, photographed by Suzanne Podhaizer

Summer strawberries in Vermont, photographed by Suzanne Podhaizer

We’re very excited to introduce our new-and-improved cooking education program with Suzanne Podhaizer!

Many people we’ve talked to say that it’s helpful to have recipes, cooking tips, and meal planning suggestions each week. We agree!

For the upcoming Summer season, all of the resources below will be included in your subscription, and will help you make the most of your weekly delivery.

 

Meet Suzanne

Suzanne Podhaizer is a chef, food writer, cooking educator, and erstwhile goose farmer. After playing a wide variety of roles in the Vermont food system, Suzanne came to the conclusion that there’s a missing link: we encourage people to purchase from area farms, but there’s not much support for people who need help learning to store and prepare seasonal, local ingredients. As the Cooking Education Coordinator for the Intervale Food Hub, Suzanne will be creating resources — menu plans, recipes, how-to videos, and more — that will help you feel more creative, confident, and empowered in the kitchen.

 

Recipes and Meal Plans

Each week, our team will create recipes that will use up nearly everything in your delivery. We focus on recipes that use a mix of the week’s vegetables, from simple salads and slaws to inventive entrées, and everything in between.

 

Cooking Basics

Each week, we’ll pull out a handful of cooking “basics,” and illustrate them with process photos and detailed descriptions. What are “basics?” These are the important techniques that you’ll use over and over again: for instance, making homemade vinaigrette, caramelizing onions, whipping up homemade pasta, and properly using your knife

 

Product Guide

This guide will include helpful information about individual ingredients. Want to know how to store mushrooms? Curious about the best flavor pairings for fennel? Interested in which foods are the best source of calcium? You’ll find all the details, here. We’ll build up the guide to include all of the ingredients featured in the Intervale Food Hub as the season continues, and you’ll always be able to check back.

 

Cooking Support

Have a dinner party coming up? Is one vegetable piling up in your fridge? Want a new way to make kale? Send an email to cooking@intervale.org, and Suzanne will help you out!

Sign Up for Summer! Early Bird Special, New & Improved Subscriptions, and More...

Big News: New & Improved Subscriptions, Even Better Recipes, Upcoming Celebrations, Early Bird Special, and more...

A look back at an early delivery from our Summer/Fall 2017 Season, featuring asparagus, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, chard, arugula, strawberries, as well as eggs, bread, and cheddar cheese.

A look back at an early delivery from our Summer/Fall 2017 Season, featuring asparagus, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, chard, arugula, strawberries, as well as eggs, bread, and cheddar cheese.

Summer 2018

Season Details

  • Deliveries will run from the week of June 4 - week of October 29, 2018
  • Summer includes 22 weekly deliveries & 5 monthly deliveries
  • The Early Bird Special deadline for Summer is Sunday, April 8 (see details below!)
  • The final deadline to sign up for Summer is Friday, May 28
  • Returning members will get a coupon code via e-mail to waive the $25 home delivery sign up fee, for 100% free home delivery in Burlington

New & Improved Subscriptions

  • We heard you! Some people needed a little more food, and some people needed a little less. Now we have something for everyone! We now offer 3 sizes of our Vermont Vegetable Package. (Which also means 3 sizes for Omnivore and Localvore Packages, too)
  • The "Single/Starter" package has been improved for a lower price, and a better fit for individuals.
  • Plus, we added a larger "Value" package. We designed this package for families, roommates, and avid cooks who want more food - and a good deal.
     
  • We've added new items into the mix for our Omnivore Package and Localvore Package (details coming soon)
     
  • New for Summer/Fall, we are offering a Flower Bouquet subscription from Stray Cat Flower Farm!
     
  • We've added new varieties to our Tortillas + Beans subscription
  • We've lowered the price and added variety for our Bean Burgers subscription
     

Even Better Recipes, Meal Plans & Cooking Tips

We have some exciting plans to expand the Intervale Food Hub team, which means that we'll be able to bring you a whole new perspective on recipes, meal plans, and cooking tips. We're still finalizing the details... So, think of this as the budding before the bloom, and stay tuned for more announcements and details about the program we'll have running this summer.
 

Celebrate With Us!

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Intervale Center, as well as the 10th Anniversary of the Intervale Food Hub! Learn more about the special activities going on over the next several months, including storytelling events, parties, and more in our dedicated blog post, which will be updated with details as they develop: Celebrating 30 years + 10 years

 

One happy bird from Besteyfield Farm

One happy bird from Besteyfield Farm

Summer Early Bird Special

Every season, we have a special promotion to say Thank You to our members who are ready to dive in to our next season. Here are this year's great perks:

  • For everyone - receive a complimentary flatbread from American Flatbread Burlington Hearth!
  • For 5 lucky winners - win $100 credit toward your subscription!

When you sign up early, it helps us get the ball rolling with our farmers, place orders, and make plans for the new season. (It also saves us a lot of worrying around the deadline!)

The details:

American Flatbread Token: All Early Bird members will receive a complimentary flatbread token from American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. This token is good for one free flatbread in their Burlington restaurant, to say THANK YOU for supporting Vermont farmers and food makers. These tokens are delivered in your delivery, in the second or third week of the season.

$100 Credit: We decided to spread the love this year. 5 very lucky Early Bird members will win a credit, $100 for each winner, toward your subscription. This is a special prize from us to say THANK YOU! The winners of this lucky prize will be drawn before the start of Summer Deliveries. This credit will be applied to your account, and so it could come in the form of a credit if you pay by installments, a refund if you paid in full, or you can keep in on file for an upcoming order or upcoming season.

Order your Summer/Fall 2018 Subscription by
Sunday, April 8
to be part of the Early Bird Special!

 
Harvesting herbs at Diggers Mirth Collective Farm in the Intervale

Harvesting herbs at Diggers Mirth Collective Farm in the Intervale

Policy Update: More Vacation Week Options

Your commitment to the Intervale Food Hub offers a huge benefit to the farmers we work with, so we're here to make it fun and easy for you too.

Summer is busy! We have lots of choices for how to make your delivery schedule work for you, and we're now offering credit for vacation weeks!

Send and email or call us to let us know about your schedule change in advance, and choose one of these options:

  • You can schedule a time to pick up you food from the Intervale Center earlier/later in the week, or,
  • You can hold delivery the week you'll be away, and double up your delivery the following week, or,
  • If you request your change one week or more in advance of your delivery date, you have the option to get a refund or credit for 75% of the week's value.

Our goal is to offer you options that will help make your Intervale Food Hub subscription work with your busy schedule. You are not limited in the number of vacations that you take or in the number of schedule changes that you request, as long as you make a request with enough time for us to make the change before your next delivery. As always, please request ANY schedule changes at least 2 days in advance. We're happy to make schedule changes days or weeks in advance, as soon as you know your schedule! With our new credit policy, we offer 75% for the week's value rather than 100% to help cover the administrative costs of our service. 

 

 
Eco Apple Certified apples, pears, and plums are part of our Summer Vermont Vegetable Packages

Eco Apple Certified apples, pears, and plums are part of our Summer Vermont Vegetable Packages

Free Home Delivery in Burlington

Now the best local food around will be delivered right to your door!

The Intervale Food Hub now offers free home delivery in all of Burlington! It's easier than ever to show your support for Vermont farmers and eat healthy, seasonal food all year round. We'll save you the time of grocery shopping or even making an extra stop on your way home. 

We deliver in three zones - the South End on Tuesdays, the Old North End and Center City on Wednesdays, and the New North End on Thursdays.

There is a $25 sign up fee to get started. Not to worry - this is a one-time fee, and we give you a discount code to use when you join for another season! The $25 fee helps us cover the costs of the reusable bins, thermal bags, and ice packs that we use to pack and deliver your food at the best quality and freshness possible. 

For more information, please visit our website:

 

Celebrating 30 years + 10 years!

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This year marks two major milestones at the Intervale Center! In 2018, we are celebrating the Intervale Center's 30th Anniversary, as well as the Intervale Food Hub's 10th Anniversary. 

Below are just a few events that we'd like to share with our community to celebrate all the work we have accomplished together over the years.

Head on over to the Intervale Center blog to learn more about the history of the Intervale, and so keep up with interesting news and events from our organization: www.intervale.org

  • Wednesday, April 4: Intervale Center Story Hour at Flynn Space
    Join us for an evening to celebrate the many stories of Burlington’s backyard, the incredible Intervale! Details and ticket information at intervale.org
     
  • Free public tours of the Intervale! Held the last Friday of the month from April - October at 10am-11am. Details and sign up at intervale.org
     
  • Saturday, June 23: Intervale Center 30th Anniversary Celebration!
    Join us for a community wide celebration at the Intervale Center! Stay tuned, details TBD!
     
  • Thursdays in July & August: SUMMERVALE!
    Join us for our weekly celebration of our local food community, featuring live music, local food and beverage vendors, and activities. Free admission, please bring cash for food & drinks.
     
  • Thursday September 27: Intervale Food Hub 10th Anniversary Celebration!
    Stay tuned, details TBD!

Home Delivery in Burlington!

Intervale Food Hub Free Home Delivery in Burlington!

 

Intervale Food Hub now offers home delivery to all Burlington, VT residents!

We are so excited to bring the best fresh, seasonal Vermont food right to your front door. Read on to learn more about how home delivery works and how to get started. 

Current Home Delivery Zones: (subject to change for summer)

- HOME DELIVERY - South End
(South of Maple Street)
Tuesdays between approx. 4 - 7 pm

- HOME DELIVERY - ONE & Central City
(Including Maple Street & above)
Wednesdays between approx. 4 - 7 pm

- HOME DELIVERY - New North End
(North of Burlington High School)
Thursdays between approx. 4 - 7 pm

Learn more on our Home Delivery page!

 

Sign Up for Spring!

Spring Season Details

  • Weekly delivery from the week of May 5 through the week of May 28.
  • The Early Bird Deadline (see details below!) is January 31.
  • The final deadline to sign up is February 23. 
 
Ben Butterfield and one of his Besteyfield Farm hens

Ben Butterfield and one of his Besteyfield Farm hens

 

Spring Early Bird Special

Place your order for our Spring 2018 Season by January 31st, and you will...

  • Receive a complimentary flatbread from American Flatbread Burlington Hearth!
  • Be entered to win a $250 credit toward your subscription!

When you sign up early, it helps us get the ball rolling with our farmers, place orders, and make plans for the new season. It also saves us a lot of worrying around the deadline! 

All Early Bird members will receive a complimentary flatbread token from American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. This token is good for one free flatbread in their Burlington restaurant, to say THANK YOU for supporting Vermont farmers and food makers. These tokens are delivered in your delivery, in the second or third week of the season.

One very lucky Early Bird member will win a $250 credit toward your subscription. This is a special prize to say THANK YOU for helping our business run smoothly! The winner of this lucky prize will be drawn before the start of Spring Deliveries. This credit will be applied to your account, and as a refund if the winner paid in full. You can also use it to add more food to your subscription!

Thanks everyone!

 
 
Owner David Marchant and Sam Rothberg sort organic rainbow carrots at River Berry Farm

Owner David Marchant and Sam Rothberg sort organic rainbow carrots at River Berry Farm

 

New Policy Update: More Vacation Week Options

Going to miss a week's delivery? We're offering another option to make your subscription even more flexible - now you can get credit for the week!

Send and email or call us to let us know about your schedule change in advance, and choose one of these options:

  • You can schedule a time to pick up earlier or later in the week
  • You can double up your delivery the following week
  • You can get a credit for the week. Credit Details: We'll credit/refund you 75% of the week's delivery value if you skip the delivery. Or, we'll give you 100% store credit for the week's delivery value if you use the credit to purchase food or to use toward your next season's local food subscription.

Our goal is to offer you an option that will help make your Intervale Food Hub subscription work with your lifestyle. We understand that everyone has different schedules, and we hope that offering more options for schedule changes will make it easier for more members to participate. You commitment offers a huge benefit to the farmers we work with, so we're here to make it fun and easy for you too. We offer 75% for the week's value rather than 100% to help cover the administrative costs of our service. 

As always, please request schedule changes at least 2 days in advance. We're happy to make schedule changes several days or even weeks in advance, as soon as you know your schedule!

 

 
Vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and eggs will be featured in our Spring Season Vermont Vegetable Package

Vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and eggs will be featured in our Spring Season Vermont Vegetable Package

 

 

Free Home Delivery in Burlington

That's right, the Intervale Food Hub now offers free home delivery in all of Burlington! It's easier than ever to show your support for Vermont farmers and eat healthy, seasonal food all year round. We'll save you the time of grocery shopping or even making an extra stop on your way home. Now the best local food around will be delivered right to your door!

We deliver in three zones - the South End on Tuesdays, the Old North End and Center City on Wednesdays, and the New North End on Thursdays.

There is a $25 sign up fee to get started. Not to worry - this fee is waived when you join for another season! Current members receive a discount code to discount the sign up fee for your next season. This fee helps us cover the costs of the reusable bin, thermal bags, and ice packs that we use to pack and deliver your food at the best quality and freshness possible. 

 

 

About The College Spring Semester vs. Spring Season

Intervale Food Hub delivers local food subscriptions to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Vermont! We deliver to the UVM Davis Center and to Redstone Lofts on Tuesdays. You can also pick up at the Intervale Center on Wednesdays.

What's the difference between the College Spring Semester and the Spring Season?

Both the Spring Season and the College Spring Semester give you the same great local food subscription options. The differences are in the schedule and delivery locations. 

Spring Season: Delivered to homes in Burlington and workplace/community delivery locations in the greater Burlington area. Weekly Delivery March - May.

College Spring Semester: Delivered only to campus (UVM Davis Center and Redstone Lofts). Weekly delivery through the semester, no delivery during spring break.

 

Learn More | Grass-Fed Beef

In this blog series, we will talk about the farms, food makers, and sustainable practices that make our food special. 

From hamburgers in the summer to stew in the winter, beef has become a mainstay of our diet, which makes it important to support sustainable beef production. The Intervale Food Hub works with Maple Wind Farm, Health Hero Beef, and occasionally other small farms to bring you local grass-fed beef from Vermont. This beef is 100% grass-fed and finished, a labor intensive practice that reduces environmental impacts while providing the best quality meat for you.  

The Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef

Grass-fed beef can do amazing things for our water and soils. When properly managed, the nitrogen-rich animal waste serves as a fertilizer, and can even increase the biodiversity of grasses and other plants in a grazing area. Following rotational grazing practices, cows are moved from pasture to pasture, allowing plants and soils to regenerate after grazing, and spreading animal waste over a large area of land to avoid over concentration. These techniques serve to replenish our soils and protect our waterways. In fact, healthy plants in intensively managed pastures help to pull carbon from the air and sink it into the soil. Mindful practices like grass-fed beef production strengthen our food security and protect our land for future generations.

Additionally, grass-fed beef is good for you! Grass-fed meats are leaner than conventional cuts, lowering the health costs associated with a diet high in saturated fat. Grass-fed beef even provides Omega-3 fatty acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acids, which contribute to heart health and prevent a variety of diseases. Grass-fed beef also typically contains important nutrients like Vitamins E & A. While many health risks, including heart disease and early onset diabetes, are associated with the consumption of conventional red meat, grass-fed beef offers a healthy—and tasty—alternative.

Plus - we as Vermonters love and appreciate our working landscape. Can you imagine how different Vermont would be if we didn't have all of our beautiful farms, barns, and pastures? We love supporting farmers who work hard to preserve the natural beauty of our state.

Maple Wind Farm cattle 

Maple Wind Farm cattle 

Rotational grazing in practice at Maple Wind Farm

Rotational grazing in practice at Maple Wind Farm

The Downsides of Conventional Beef

If you’ve watched popular food documentaries such as Food Inc. or Forks Over Knives, you may be familiar with some of the typical arguments in favor of grass-fed beef. These usually center around one main fact: conventional beef is bad - for animals, for eaters, and for the land. Animals are raised in inhumane conditions, kept in overpopulated feedlots all their lives. These tough conditions, combined with poor quality feed (often corn or other foods that are difficult for cows to digest), means that cows are often fed antibiotics, potentially making these medicines less effective for human use. Waste that's concentrated in these feedlots can contaminate the soil and drinking water supplies.

From a nutritional standpoint, the amount of saturated fat and lack of other nutrients in the meat that comes from conventionally raised cows can be correlated with heart problems and other health concerns for the eaters. However, rather than focusing on the negative side of things, we want to share the story of the Vermont farms who use practices that are good for animals, for eaters, and for the land.

Our Farms

For these reasons, the Intervale Food Hub is proud to partner with several Vermont farms that specialize in sustainably producing grass fed beef:

Maple Wind Farm in Huntington & Richmond, Vermont

Health Hero Farm, in South Hero, Vermont - also Certified Humane

 

Beth Whiting of Maple Wind Farm in one of the farm's pastures.

Beth Whiting of Maple Wind Farm in one of the farm's pastures.