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Vermont farmers flock to market

Local vendors bring food, drinks, knowledge to campus

Published: Friday, September 23, 2011

Updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 14:09

Farmers's Market

The Vermont Cynic MAX LANDERMAN

Students shop and chat at UVM Eco-Rep's farmers' market located outside the Davis Center Sept. 13. The farmers' market will be on campus on Sept. 28, Oct. 12, and Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students got a taste of authentic Vermont food on Tuesday.

Farmers' market booths sponsored by the UVM Eco-Rep Program lined the walkway between the Davis Center and Bailey/Howe Library, selling everything from fresh produce and pint-sized terrariums to custom grilled cheese sandwiches and baked goods made from scratch.

One booth housed Superb Cupcakes, which sells gourmet cupcakes made in South Burlington. Superb Cupcakes makes 17 signature cupcakes and is working on making organic and gluten-free flavors too.

Owners Hannah Lenehan and Joseph Emmons said their signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake is the crowd favorite, a vanilla cupcake filled with chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with vanilla buttercream. Cupcakes are $3 a piece and if you're having a midnight snack crisis, Superb Cupcakes will deliver right to your dorm. For a full menu and to create custom cupcakes visit their website at www.superbcupcakes.com.

Another business selling their wares at the Farmer's Market was Rookie's Root Beer. Rookie's can be found on draft in 27 local restaurants as well as Brennan's in the Davis Center.

Owner Jenny Rooke uses all natural ingredients in her brews including licorice and sassafras root, wintergreen leaves, vanilla and molasses. The root beer is caffeine and corn syrup free.

LaLumiere's Greenhouses owned by Karolyn LaLumiere was one of the booths selling freshly baked breads and cupcakes. Of her specialty products, the customer favorite is her fudge marble cupcake with homemade buttercream frosting. She tries to use as many local and organic ingredients as possible.

In addition, LaLumiere and her family make all their pickled products by hand and use the berries from her farm to make jams. Her stand can be found at the Shelburne Farmers' Market on weekends.

Other vendors included Geni's Raw Vegan Foods, Terraria, French Farmhouse Crepes, The Baker's Corner, and several UVM groups including the Slade Garden Club, UVM Eco-Reps, Feel Good and Slow Food UVM.

"I've walked through it before. I think it's awesome," senior Jocelyn Ferland said. "I love fresh vegetables and I wish I had more money to do my shopping here."

If you couldn't make the farmers' market this time around, it will be back on Sep. 28, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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