What's crafted from goat's milk, wrapped in cheesecloth, tied with twine, carefully aged and ... lathers? Elmore Mountain Farm's Goat's Milk Soap, of course! When spring is in the air, in weather snowy or green, happy goats can be seen in the fields of Bunny and Peter Merrill's Lamoille County, Vermont farm.
In the midst of the Green Mountains, Elmore Mountain Farm is home to a quality-committed natural body care family business that values its wonderful Vermont farm location. Central to their company is "the fact that everything we do takes place on our farm - raising and milking our goats, manufacturing, marketing and shipping our products and being able to provide employment for our great staff. People feel a connection to our product when they can easily envision how and where it's made ... Most importantly, we want to keep the business small enough that we can continue to handle all production here on our farm. We love caring for our goats and being able to deliver a high-quality, 'farm-crafted' product."
Bunny and Peter Merrill are especially well-suited in the Elmore Mountain Farm partnership: "Bunny and I met at Middlebury College almost 40 years ago and have been married for 25 years. We work well together and have very complementary skills. We each completely respect what the other brings to the table ... Bunny focuses on caring for the goats, developing recipes and overseeing production. Peter oversees the marketing, sales and accounting and also draws the goats featured on our labels."
The owners support their local community and beyond by sponsorship of charity events, charitable giving, incorporating recycled, repurposed, natural and organic choices into their products and by bringing the beauty, quality and handcrafted traditions of Vermont to a wider audience.
Elmore Mountain Farm's Goat's Milk Soap can be found in Lantman's Gift Department!
There is gold in the trees. It's spring in Vermont and it first starts behind the bark when the sugar in sugar maples runs right along joining the babbling waters of brooks and streams, the twittering of birds and the softening of the ground ... Cambridge, Vermont's Runamok Maple takes the time and quality to individually hand place 81,000 taps in the cold and snow so that you can join them in celebrating the run of the sugarbush in their Infused, Barrel-Aged and Smoked Maple Syrups with delightful and incredibly satisfying flavors absolutely unique to this fine Vermont company.
Maple trees have thrived in Vermont for centuries and Runamok uses its organic certified sugarbush to exhilarate maple's enjoyment far and wide: "Maple is an iconic product with a rich history and we believe it deserves packaging that is fitting of that stature and we think our culinary focus paired with this beautiful packaging is the right mix to get consumers thinking about and using maple in very different ways. Taking maple to a new level and expanding its use is great for everyone involved in maple production."
Co-owners Laura and Eric Sorkin "saw an opportunity to blend Laura's love for cooking (she's a French Culinary Institute graduate) and Eric's eye for innovation ... Starting with the peak of the season maple syrup, Runamok's Sugarmaker's Cut, they infuse, barrel-age and smoke the syrup which creates an entirely unique maple experience for consumers ... We are obsessed with quality in everything we do, from our product to our customer service to how we manage our sugarbush to the spices and herbs we source for our infusions. Our core values are to be creative, culinary focused, and committed to Vermont. Our sugarbush is not only organic certified, it is also certified Bird Friendly by Audubon Vermont. All of our barrels are sourced from local distilleries like Mad River Distillers. We then partner with local breweries who use the barrels to make specialty beer."
Only one year old this year, Runamok has made astounding leaps of success as their products have traveled from the company's home base in Vermont to the plates of customers everywhere who share in our state's appreciation of the fabulous trees. "One year in and we could not be happier with the reception from consumers and the industry as a whole. We were selected last holiday season to be one of Oprah's Favorite Things and have been featured on the Today Show,
The New York Times, Food and Wine, ABC News and a host of other places."
Looking to the future, Runamok is busy creating a new line of maple candy to be introduced this year. Lantman's is excited to offer the entire product line of infused, barrel-aged and smoked maple syrups including unique varieties such as Cardamom Infused, Makrut Lime-Leaf Infused, Pecan Wood Smoked and Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged as well as more traditional syrups like Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused. You'll find Runamok's maple syrups in Lantman's front table display as well as on the maple syrup endcap between aisles 4 and 5.
The days are getting more filled with sunshine and soon those determined little vibrant sprouts of Vermont's herbs and flora will be springing forth! For centuries Vermonters have cultivated with love and care these valuable resources to love and care for their friends, family and community. Since 2009, Urban Moonshine's founder, Jovial King, has built her business drawing on her roots growing up in rural Vermont and her observations of the challenges faced in beneficially dealing with our potentially stress-filled contemporary environments. Herbal bitters and tonics in expertly-crafted formulas , she knows, can bring the power of plants into the busy lives of modern consumers, so Jovial seeks to encourage discussion, education and introduction of herbal products to current and future generations.
Initially debuting at local farmers' markets, Urban Moonshine quickly moved to a larger space in the Chace Mill in Burlington, Vermont, and is now growing their business into the local region and beyond. Organic ingredients are at the heart of Urban Moonshine's business practice. "Our product line is certified organic across the board, and we work closely with a Vermont-based farming cooperative to source a large portion of our ingredients ... we focus on building a healthy supply chain by buying certified organic ingredients; this leads to more acreage of farmland cultivating organic herbs and decreases the amount of pesticides and herbicides in the environment ... we have always had to go beyond Vermont's borders for ingredients not grown commercially here, but designed the bulk of our formulas to take advantage of the herbs that grow well here in Vermont. We work closely with a dedicated group of inspiring organic herb farmers that grow as much of what we need as possible."
Urban Moonshine is particularly excited about the addition to Lantman's shelves of one of its newest products: Cider Vinegar Bitters. "The Cider Vinegar Bitters is our very first product to be made using organic apple cider vinegar as the herbal extracting liquid instead of the organic cane alcohol we use in the rest of our products. It's still super bitter and effective, but provides an option for those who want to avoid alcohol."
Such valued Vermont traditions as apple cider vinegar are key to this local Vermont company. "We're rooted in Vermont. The herbalism we espouse embraces herbs that many Vermonters are very familiar with - Dandelion, Burdock, Motherwort, Elderberry etc, and have been growing, harvesting and preserving for generations. We're using those same simple techniques you can use in your kitchen, just on a larger scale to reach more people and sourcing raw material from Vermont in a meaningful way to do it."
You can find Urban Moonshine's Organic Herbal Bitters and Tonics in our new Natural Body Care Selection in Aisle 5 at Lantman's Market!
We couldn't be more pleased to welcome the outstanding Vermont company Maple Landmark Woodcraft - makers of eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts - to Lantman's Gift Department! When asked to describe the core values of their business, the reply showed why Maple Landmark is a shining example of the very best of Vermont:
"We use locally sourced material harvested in an environmentally respectful manner. We are up to date on all of the latest CPSIA testing regarding our toys. We pay our people well and treat everyone with respect. The average time people work is 11 years. The quality of our product is a reflection of the quality of the people we employ. The company is run in a fair, open and honest manner. All employees are encouraged to contribute their ideas about either new product design or running production in their area."
Mike Rainville was 15 years old when he established the company in 1979. "We have been in business for 38 years and have grown to a full time staff of 46 people. The company started because when he was 11 years old Mike's mother told him to go find something to do. She gave him a piece of wood, a coping saw and some sand paper. He took to it and Mom's been working here ever since ... Four generations of the founders' family work here from son Adam, 23 years old to grandmother Hattie, 97 years young. Mike's wife co-owns the company and runs our office. Mike's sister Barbara is our Sales and Marketing director and his mom, Pat, works in our spray and dip room. On days when he can't be out brush-hogging, Mike's dad, Claude, comes in to lend a hand ... The family history is quite important. Maple Landmark Homestead was the name of the sugaring operation that Mike's grandparent had in Lincoln, so Mike chose Maple Landmark Woodcraft as a nod to his heritage .... "
Caring for Vermont's wealth of forest heritage, environment and people is a priority for this business located in a state that cherishes its more than 4,500,000 acres of forests. "We follow the practice of sound harvesting and sustainability of lumber, which is important to all Vermonters. Our best asset in Vermont is our forested hillsides and we work exclusively with people who understand this ... We give away our scrap wood as kindling to whoever needs it. We have a dust collection that gathers all of our sawdust and deposits it in a wagon beside the building. Every couple of weeks a local farmer swaps out the wagons. He uses the sawdust as bedding for his livestock. We recycle junk mail and white office paper by shredding it and using it for packing material on our wholesale orders. We are also a zero-sort recycler in the Addison County Solid Waste District." Maple Landmark also supports the beauty and productivity of other local Vermont companies through its custom work. "We make tap handles for local breweries, display stands for products ranging from hard cider to Hinesburg's own Vermont Smoke and Cure, custom ornaments, cutting boards and much more." Vermont families thrive on the fun created by the innovatively designed products including the very popular Silly Sticks which offer lots of possibilities for photo opportunities at holiday time! Educationally enchanting toys engage children in hours of playtime celebrating classic Vermont quality.
Let this iconic melding of Vermont's craft, creativity and beautiful natural environment become a part of your home. Maple Landmark holds a treasured place on the shelves of our Gift Department.
Smooth Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake, Amazingly Rich Silky Ganache Topped Flourless Chocolate Cake, Cream Cheese Frosted Sourdough Carrot Cake, Buttery Raisin Cranberry Oatmeal Cinnamon Vanilla Cookies ... Local Vermont bakery Honeymoon Kitchens delivers their gems of quality and craftsmanship directly to Lantman's Bakery Department so that you can whisk them off the shelves directly to your lunches, brunch menus, dessert tables, celebrations and, of course, supreme snacking stashes!
John Diegel and Jessie Jerry now run Honeymoon Kitchens in Vergennes, Vermont after buying the company from John's parents in 2004. John grew up in the bakery, an enterprise that his parents originally started in Pennsylvania in 1995 just before moving to Vermont in 1996. The local bakery specializes in irresistibly crafted cookies, cakes and pies, providing special order cakes and cupcakes and offering conveniently packaged slices and cookies at quality local markets. Producing products that are beautiful and sumptuous, the owners explain why they feel a part of Vermont's small family business tradition: "Our products are fresh, local, and delicious, and call on the craftsmanship and attention to detail that Vermont craftsmen are famous for ... We aim to stay small and family run."
Honeymoon Kitchens' practices benefit local community charities, recycling and composting efforts and local farmers: "We are a supporter of the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, where we bring our slightly imperfect seconds (but still delicious!) and supply made to order birthday cakes for the children ... Our clamshells are recyclable, and all of our products are compostable. As a business, we recycle and we have a thriving compost pile for all of the eggshells, leftover batter, etc that comes from having a bakery ... All of our flour is from King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont. Whenever possible we source locally, either from Vermont or from New England and Upstate NY. The rhubarb for our summer Rhubarb Cake was sourced from Addison County, Vermont."
We welcome Honeymoon Kitchens to our selection of superb Vermont local products. Find Honeymoon Kitchens' cake slices, pie slices and cookies in Lantman's Bakery Department!
Bagels, omelets, pizza dough, sandwich spread, pasta, marinades, salad dressings, dip, potato salad, mashed potato, stir-fry ... organic garlic scape pesto brings irresistible deliciousness from Windstone Farm in Williston, Vermont. Garlic scapes, the vibrant green swirling sprouts of the garlic plant, are skillfully combined with walnuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper to enliven every meal of the day including traveling lunches, picnics and special celebrations. We knew we had to have it available to our customers when we tasted it, so you'll find Windstone Farm Garlic Scape Pesto a new addition to our offerings arriving this month!
Windstone Farm specializes in growing certified organic culinary herbs on a farm that began in Williston, Vermont in the 1840's. Williston is also known in history for being the site of Smith Wright's Cold Storage Refrigerator, one of the earliest cold storage freezing facilities in the nation, and it is this legacy that allows Windstone Farm to extend the season of their Vermont-grown scapes by freezing the pesto during the short scape season so that it can be enjoyed as the garlic bulbs ripen on the garlic plants into the autumn. This sustainable practice means that each garlic plant in the field provides culinary satisfaction as its scapes are harvested early, while encouraging the garlic plant to direct its energy into producing plump, succulent bulbs underground when the scapes have been removed.
Windstone Farm cherishes local produce and its commitment is to providing the freshest product to their friends, family and local community. They are members of the Northeast Organic Farming Association which works to "support local, organic farmers and gardeners ... and build strong, agriculture-based communities" as well as the Vermont Fresh Network, "dedicated to connecting farmers, food producers, and chefs that support Vermont agriculture, and bring fresh, flavorful, high-quality food to all Vermonters and our guests."
You can find Windstone Farm Garlic Scape Pesto in the dairy section (next to local salsas and pasta sauces) at Lantman's Market!
A bright new production facility in Shelburne, Vermont heralds the new addition of Vermont Tortilla to the shelves of Lantman’s this summer! April and Azur Moulaert are bringing Mesoamerica’s unique tortillas - made by the traditional, ancient process of nixtamalization - to our 21st century Vermont tables. Centuries ago, people living in the valleys of Vermont enjoyed nixtamalized corn grains at their own family food gatherings; the process of enhancing the taste and quality of locally grown corn made its way from the lands we now know of as the mountains of Peru, Costa Rica and central Mexico all the way to the fertile soils of northeastern North America.
Food loving ecologists, the Moulaerts “have always had a passion for food, and for foods that are produced in a sustainable manner. During our annual trips to Mexico we discovered that we loved corn tortillas made from corn grain and that we could not find anything like this in Vermont. A light went off - why don’t we bring delicious organic corn tortillas to Vermont ? … The vast majority of corn tortillas you will find in markets in the United States are made using corn flour, such as maseca. This is definitely the easiest way to make them. However a handful of places in the United States make corn tortillas the traditional way, using an ancient process called nixtamalization ... In corn nixtamalization the corn kernel is soaked and cooked in a lime solution which removes the skin of the kernel and produces a softer dough than unprocessed ground corn … there were a handful of tortillerias in the United States that prepare organic corn tortillas from nixtamal … We connected with and visited one of these tortillerias called Tortilleria Pachanga which is located in Portland, Maine. Lynn Rowe of Tortilleria Pachanga graciously showed us ‘the ropes’ and has mentored us to this day, for which we are very grateful. We then did the research on equipment and markets and we decided to go forward and, well, here we are!”
The Moulaert’s daughters Aurora and Athena help out sometimes in the family business which holds the core values of “taste, quality, healthy, organic, and supporting local producers” at the heart of its production. “We buy our certified organic corn directly from our farmer in Essex, NY, which is less than 20 miles from our factory in Shelburne. We also are striving to be a zero food waste business. Our corn waste is sent to several farms to feed animals." Vermont Tortilla also donates to Vermont Food Shelf and looks forward to working with growers to grow special ancestral varieties of organic corn for their use in the future as well as being excited to explore other possible future organic corn grain products such as tamales. Their tortillas are made using 100% certified organic corn, are non-GMO and are naturally gluten-free.
Taste the time-honored tortilla of centuries at your local Vermont market!
You’ll find Vermont Tortillas in Lantman’s dairy cooler with other refrigerated tortillas.
Where do you get a chance to visit, taste and try Vermont's chocolates, trail mixes, sorbets, honeys, cookies, pastas, beverages, breads, cheeses, sauces, peanut butters, pizzas, sausages, applesauces, granolas, crafted culinary oils, herbal bitters and organic soaps? All at Lantman's Bounty of Vermont Day 2016 of course!!!
Circle the day: Saturday July 23rd 2016 - celebrate Vermont's best with Lantman's Market 11:00 am - 4:00 pm inside our store and in our big tent outside! There will be raffle giveaway baskets, free samples to take home, free treats to enjoy while shopping, Vermont entrepreneurs to visit and a 10% discount on all represented products during the event!
As an independently-owned market in the heart of Hinesburg, Lantman's likes to give our community the chance to get to know the enterprising people and fine products that make Vermont the home of carefully crafted quality. Every day we carry hundreds of local Vermont products for our customers to enjoy. We work with people, farms and communities throughout the Green Mountain State to bring you these premium choices straight from Vermont's thriving local businesses - Lantman's Bounty of Vermont Day is a celebration of the Vermont companies that put that wide selection of outstanding choice onto our shelves!
See you at Bounty Day!!!
Going with a great idea can bring the magic of fruits, farms and families to a delectable sorbet! Husband and wife John Donaldson and Pamela Frantz made a decision twenty-one years ago that lights up the shelves of Lantman's frozen dessert selections: "I was the Pastry Chef at the Prince and Pauper Restaurant in Woodstock VT and I made ice creams and sorbets every week there for 10 years. The customers of the restaurant particularly liked my sorbets. One day I was looking to buy a pint of sorbet in a supermarket and the selection was dismal. A light went off in my head! I could do better than this. I came home and told Pamela I thought we should start a sorbet company and she agreed. A year later we had built a small commercial kitchen in our basement and produced our first batch of Blue Moon Sorbet."
The quality for which Blue Moon Sorbet is famous comes directly from the highest-quality fruits, purees and juices and the dedication of John and Pamela to keep their enterprise focused on the values of staying small and family-run to produce the best possible sorbet. That small, family-run, quality-intense ideal extends to the sourcing of Blue Moon Sorbet's ingredients: "Most of the fruit we use comes from a small co-operative of farms in the Lyon region of France and we do use local when possible. Our Fall seasonal Apple Cider Sorbet is made with Vermont apple cider. Our Wild Blueberry is made with wild Maine blueberries and our seasonal Cranberry Orange is made with cranberries from Massachusetts."
The simplicity of the pure, natural ingredients employed with the talented expertise of the Vermont company produces a sorbet that is all-natural, vegan, gluten-free and fat-free with an intensity of flavor that is spectacular: "We use less sugar because only the freshest, highest-quality fruits, purees and juices go into our sorbet. There is no added flavoring or coloring — the intense flavor and vivid color comes from the fruit itself."
Enjoy the vivid hues of Blackberry Lime, Pear Ginger, Raspberry Cassis, Lemon Zest, Mango Passion, Red Raspberry, Peach Melba, Wild Blueberry, Grapefruit Campari and Strawberry Daiquiri surrounded by the verdant greens and azure blues of a Vermont summer ... Blue Moon Sorbet is to be found in Lantman's Aisle 7.
Generations of families, bee populations and the environment all benefit hugely from each and every plant going into customers' hands from Claussen's Greenhouse and Perennial Farm in Colchester, Vermont. Lantman's loves working with Claussen's to bring beautiful and thriving garden delights right to your local doorstep!
In every direction you look, Claussen's cherishes taking care of the planet that provides the home for their beautiful herbs, flowers and vegetables:
Their greenhouse and perennial farm is participating in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program which consists of scouting for problem insects and diseases and then treating the troubled spots with a biological treatment. This treatment generally consists of the release of predatory insects. The IPM approach has helped Claussen's to reduce their chemical use by ninety percent in the past few years, significantly helping bees, humans and the environment as a whole.
Claussen’s also participates in a recycle program that recycles all of their used flats, 4-packs, 6-packs and individual sized pots to be melted down and made into new pots, flats, packs, etc.
During the Fall of 2015 Claussen’s went Solar! They installed 8 large Tracker Solar Panels and 50 Roof Mount Solar Panels on their warehouses. The new panels generate over 50% of the monthly energy to run the 40+ greenhouses, offices and multiple retail spaces at Claussen’s. This quarter million-dollar investment will have a significant impact in the future to reduce Claussen's Carbon Footprint.
This dedication to improving the environment began over 40 years ago when Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse & Perennial Farm was started in 1972 by William Claussen. Bill came to Vermont and purchased Carpenter’s Greenhouse to start his own nursery and garden center. For years, Bill worked on making his dreams come true, expanding the greenhouses and business with the help of his energetic staff. In the late 70’s Chris Conant came on board with Bill, a young man with the energy and dedication of three people. With visions of his own, Chris wanted to help Bill take this company into the future. With Chris’s ideas and Bill’s business experience, together they have expanded Claussen’s into an outstanding supplier of locally-grown, top-quality plants, delivering legendary service and exceptional value, and developing life-long relationships with their customers by understanding and delivering to their needs while supporting many civic groups and local charities which provide them the good fortune to give back to the communities that support them so strongly.
Claussen’s continues to be owned and operated by Bill Claussen and Chris Conant, working together, along with their dedicated team of employees of more than 25 people. The majority of staff, including two family members, have been a part of the Claussen “family” between 10 and 40 years. They hope to be able to continue serving the community, doing what they love, for many years to come.
Visit Lantman's often to see the wide variety of the bounty of Claussen's on display with brilliant hanging baskets, color-bright annuals, lovely perennials and pungent herbs to enjoy throughout the Vermont season!
Lantman's Market carries a wide variety of local products, from jams to specialty soaps. In this space we will highlight each month a company who works with us to sell some of Vermont's most outstanding products. Scroll down to check out our blog to learn more about the companies behind some of the products that you see on our shelves!