Feeding Vermont during COVID-19: Resources for Local Food
Managing everyday life, like parenting children or buying groceries, just got a lot more complicated. When it comes to food, you may be asking: How much should I have on hand? What are my safest options? Or how can I support local farmers?
In addition to traditional grocery stores that are working hard to ensure access, affordability, and safety, farmers are also playing a major role. They are ramping up production, updating food safety protocols, shifting sales channels, and creatively serving Vermonters who are in search of local, farm-fresh food. This resource list is your place to start for the full range of options available across the state.
Food Delivery and Pick-up Options
Many farms throughout the state are continuing to sell their goods right from the farm with extra safety precautions. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) maintains a map of Vermont farmstands on their site. It’s always best to check with each farm on their hours and practices before heading out.
Delivery and Pick-up
We’re also hearing about farms that are arranging food delivery or pick-up. Check out our growing list of farms in your area.
Farmers to You is an online farmers market that delivers farm-fresh food sourced from Vermont farms and producers to locations in Boston and Northern Vermont. The Intervale Food Hub delivers local produce, proteins, and provisions from Intervale farmers and other producers in the region to homes and community locations in the Burlington area.
The South Hero Land Trust has a listing of farms offering pick-up or delivery in the Champlain Islands.
List of CSAs
These and other farms also provide CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), whereby farmers offer shares of vegetables, meats, produce, or other farm products to subscribers. NOFA-VT maintains a list of CSAs throughout Vermont. Check with each farm to determine availability, pricing, and pick-up.
Maple & Cheese
Don’t forget about the Vermont Sugarmakers, with dozens of maple producers from around the state, selling syrup and other goods online. The same goes for many Vermont cheesemakers who sell cheese online or through their on-farm stores. The Vermont Cheesmakers online directory can help you order cheese from farms across the state for pick-up or delivery.
Grow Your Own
Interested in gardening this year? Many farms and nurseries are selling plants and can get them to you safely. The Vermont Community Garden Network can point you to community gardens in your area if your backyard won’t suffice. They also have resources on how to garden safely during this time.
Hunger and Food Access
With schools and many food pantries closed, Vermonters who are food insecure are facing more barriers to staying fed and well. Most schools are offering free delivery or pick-up of school lunches at sites throughout the state. In addition, Hunger Free Vermont has up-to-date information on the state’s food security response to COVID-19, and The Vermont Food Bank maintains a comprehensive list for Vermonters looking to access food and services.
If you are a Vermont farmer that is offering food through a farm-stand, CSA, or delivery, and would like us to feature you in future guides or on social media, please reach out to Rasna.
For the next several months, we will continue to share ways for Vermonters to purchase local food in a safe, secure manner. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Also sign up for our monthly e-newsletter where we provide more ways to connect to farmers, our land, and all that springs from it, during a time when we need it most.