At DigInVT, we are just as disappointed as you are that events are being cancelled and restaurants are closed, but we all recognize this is the right choice. Our members are still working hard to nourish us, however. The sap is still flowing, farmers are still sowing seeds for the growing season, and many restaurants are offering takeout. You may be worried about how this challenging time will affect food and farm businesses. We can all help by thinking outside the box a bit. Now is the time to shop local and support all our farms, eateries, and specialty food producers. Below is a list of our favorite ways to get a taste of Vermont from the comfort of your home.
Order specialty products directly from producers.
Order maple syrup, cheese or other specialty products etc. over the phone, by email, or through their websites that offer e-commerce. Look for the Mail Order emblem on their DigInVT profiles and/or contact nearby farmers and producers directly.
Order specialty products online for home delivery from our local shops and grocers.
Mad River Taste Place, J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery, MKT: Grafton, and more, have online ordering, in addition to over the phone. These folks are ready to help you build a gift basket of tasty treats for a friend or family member, or a bag of groceries for yourself.
Send a box of relaxing goodies to someone you haven’t seen in a while.
Nothing beats the scent of lavender or a warm cup of herbal tea in times like these. Lavender Essentials of Vermont and Free Verse Farm & Apothecary have all sorts of products for your favorite person.
Sign up for a CSA share from a local farm.
Many are currently marketing their spring shares, as well as early sign ups for their summer and fall shares. With restaurants closed and farmers markets cancelled for the time being, they will have an abundance of fresh products to sell. Look for the CSA emblem on their DigInVT profiles or contact nearby farms directly.
Shop from a local farmstand.
Many local farms have self-serve farmstands, which are a good option during isolation. Check this list for locations and be sure to contact farms directly to confirm hours and availability.
Purchase in bulk.
Some local farms are offering bulk packages, potentially at a discount, for folks looking to stock up. Check out Maple Wind Farm, Vermont Food Collaborative, and Snug Valley Farm, among others. Some are even offering delivery!
Order gift cards online for later use.
If you aren’t sure what to get, buy a gift card and when you're ready, start shopping.