Vermont Annual Inspiration Guide

While farm-to-table dining is trending across the culinary industry, Vermont restaurants are established leaders in seeking out fresh produce and supporting local farmers. Vermont's artisan chefs and food growers partner to transform the bounty of the land into carefully curated menus using locally sourced ingredients. At its heart, farm-to-table implies that the ingredients that go into the food being served come directly from farms, without passing through a store or market first. Restaurants that offer farm-to-table dining form strong relationships to the local farmers, growers and producers that supply the ingredients used. This relationship benefits the farmers, restaurants and the patrons enjoying the food. PHOTO COURTESY OF: ADVENTURE DINNER PHOTO COURTESY OF (R): JESSICA SIPE 6 1-800-VERMONT Vermonters have always made a conscious effort to support local farmers. Little surprise, then, that farm-to-table dining abounds throughout Vermont. Here are some ideas to kickstart your locally sourced dining experience. THE PARKER PIE CO. West Glover Country stores are the heart of Vermont communities. Located in the Northeast Kingdom, The Parker Pie Co. operates out of the Lake Parker Country Store, a short drive from Lake Parker. Known for their pizza, the menu offers custom and specialty pies made with cheese, beef and chicken that have been sourced locally. The Parker Pie Co. has worked hard to cultivate relationships with local farmers and producers and is committed to a local-first approach. As an extension of their local-first approach, The Parker Pie Co. also gives back by offering community meals to help address food insecurity. In addition to serving pizzas made with local ingredients, The Parker Pie Co. pours Vermont craft beer. This includes many from the award-winning brewery Hill Farmstead, a popular destination for locals and visitors. If you're in the area in search oflocal ingredients, fresh pizza and good beer, you11 find it at The Parker Pie Co. Farms: Jasper Hill Farm (Greensboro), Hillside Farm (West Glover) HONEY ROAD Burlington Enter off of bustling Church Street in Burlington and step into the Mediterranean. This popular female-run mezze restaurant specializes in sophisticated family-style plates highlighting the best of what is grown in Vermont. Honey Road offers the perfect blend