As our supply of local foods narrows to just a few items- and the snow keeps falling- and it seems everyroom i am in nearly everyone is coughing or weezing- i am wishing more and more that i could hibernate for the season! But alas- you would not let me! each day, I get to share the warmth and coziness with some of montpelier's finest, and fantasize and make plans for the spring and summer to come- I am planning alot lately- planning our summer wedding menus (simple, fresh, and fabulous!), planning events for my book (come see me at the co-op in February!) and for kismet (can't wait for the farmer's market again this year!), and getting to work directly with farmers planning crops for this coming year! And... you may have heard, we are also hoping to plan a move by 2010! So, while the snow is still falling out my window and I am very much troubled by the depths and diseases of winter- I am also fully involved in an internal process like many of the farmers and foragers we love and depend on here in vermont- It is important to be just a little bit ahead of things- though sometimes it feels impossible to keep up a pace like that- winter does give us a moment (while stuck in our driveway) to contemplate easier and warmer times- and ways that we can help manifest them!
I would love to hear some of your ideas! Any idea where we should move to? what would you like to see kismet incorporate into it's plan for 2009? an outdoor patio? bloody mary's and mimosas? a new menu? dinner? let us know what direction you would like to see us grow, and if you have any resources you think we should know about-- please, LET US KNOW!
in the meantime, I will share with you some of my favorite Montpelier offerings you may not know about--
MAYDAY studios-- my favorite little bookbinder runs a letterpress shop here in montpelier- check out her website too!
Saragrace and the Suits-- this band only plays about once a month, but they bring the type of full sound that keeps you going well past that
fat toad farm cajata-- yummmmm
montpelier winter farmer's market-- every other saturday up on college street
an amazing sprout salad special at THE BLACK DOOR, using pete's greens micro salad (not on sale elsewhere)
soon to come-- Venus Tattoo studio! in east montpelier providing tribal, unique, and custom tattoos!
two rivers farm-- they are planning alot of work over there, and because it is so close to town, everyone who loves good food and loves montpelier should check it out and get involved
edible green mountains is a great new, FREE magazine dedicated to local food issues in vermont.. though they haven't featured us yet, I did have a conversation with Deb (the editor) that inspired me deeply.
transition vermont is this new communication and networking tool helping folks connect and participate in local events that will help to shape montpelier and the rest of vermont's future. Join us and become our friend!