A Strong Foundation

The Vermont Artisan Village provides the ideal environment for local culinary artisans to jump start their business. Growing continuously since our beginnings, we are now home to a group of thriving producers including Vermont Tortilla Company, Bijou Fine Chocolate, Douglas Sweets, and Fiddlehead Brewing.

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We are looking for more Vermont artisans to be part of our culinary showcase in the heart of Shelburne, including coffee roasters, bread bakers, cheese makers, cider producers, artisan meat crafters and more. Join our hub of passionate business owners and give locals and visitors easy access to your creations. Your products are unique, and your manufacturing and retail space should reflect your craft.

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We have a team of builders and architects ready to build the perfect space for your business. Building 4 is almost booked and this space will have a common loading dock. Construction on this new building is zipping along with the foundation complete and the steel structure due within the next week.

 

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The fantastic group of tenants onsite share our passion for local food sources and cultivating relationships with Vermont food organizations, such as the Vermont Specialty Food Association  |  VSFA Facebook.

Follow us on Facebook for updates and current events happening in our vibrant community.  Contact vermontartisanvillage@gmail.com for more information.

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Vermont Tortilla Travels to NYC

Taco-Glam-Shot-1-768x565Vermont Tortilla Company is revolutionizing corn tortilla production at our factory in Shelburne, Vermont and will be showcasing our 4” and 6” organic all corn tortillas this year at both the Summer Fancy Food Show and the Good Foods Mercantile in New York City. The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry trade event in North America, and the premier showcase for industry innovation.   The Good Food Mercantile is the “un-trade” show for tasty, authentic, responsible food.

Made from 100% certified organic and locally sourced corn, these corn tortillas are revitalizing ancient Mexican food traditions right here in Vermont within the Lake Champlain Valley.  By utilizing a several thousand year old method of production called nixtamalization, these Vermonters are transforming the way customers think about modern-day corn tortillas.

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The unique taste of an organic corn tortilla made from fresh, stone-ground masa will make you think of corn tortillas in a new light.  As one of only a handful of tortillerias in the country using organic nixtamalized corn, the small but mighty crew in Vermont is bringing nutritious, delectable corn tortillas to the forefront of people’s minds.

Our tortillas can be found in many Vermont restaurants and retail stores throughout New England. As we look to expand into our regional food system, we will never forget the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships within our community, and have quickly established a group of tortilla enthusiasts that stop by our factory every week for their warm tortillas fix. The growth we have seen in the first year is exciting, but we still strive to have an even stronger presence within our local food system.

About Our Tortillas

Made using only three ingredients (organic corn, water, food grade lime) these tortillas pack a punch in flavor and essential vitamins that one cannot find in most tortillas today.

Despite being nearly 4,000 years old, the method of nixtamalization plays an important role in modern food culture. The process, as follows, results in a distinctly flavorful and healthier tortilla:

  • Corn is cooked in an with alkaline solution (water and food grade lime) and let to steep for 12 hours
  • The reaction between corn and the lime breaks down the corn kernel and makes the B3 (niacin) in the corn more available.  B3 is an essential vitamin for humans
  • The process alters the protein structure of corn to help it bind together when it is stone ground into masa, allowing it to retain moisture and remain fresh
  • Fresh masa is the key to a delicious and healthy corn tortilla!

With a career commitment to sustainable food production and equal access to healthy food for all, the entire VTC team is excited to continue to fulfill their mission at both the Fancy Food Show and the Good Food Mercantile. Join us in our journey to spread the good word about authentic, local, nixtamalized corn tortillas!

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Shelburne Rocks!

Our lively community is rocking and rolling with a killer line-up of concerts and fun events this summer.

The Shelburne Museum is hosting the Ben and Jerry’s concert series again this year on the scenic green, where the Shelburne Vineyard and Fiddlehead Brewing will be pouring their craft beverages.

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It all starts May 27 with the sold out Cake concert at the Museum and the grand opening at Fiddlehead Brewing Company’s new brewery. On Saturday, May 27, Fiddlehead will offer free tours and activities from 12-3 and then an All Star Dead Set concert at 3:00pm for ticket holders.

Here is a run-down of the summer concert dates currently scheduled. Stop by the businesses at the Vermont Artisan Village before these events and check out how we have grown.

Cake – May 27

Lake Street Dive – June 16

Bob Dylan – June 20

My Morning Jacket – July 12

Elvis Costello and the Imposters – July 23

Alabama Shakes – August 2

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – August 3

The Avett Brothers – September 3

We are also thrilled to have the DIY Network and Travel Channel film crew here at the Vermont Artisan Village over the weekend of May 20. Our site will be featured as a “must-see” location around Burlington, VT in an upcoming video series. Rock on, Shelburne!

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Hop on By

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Spring is an exciting time at the Vermont Artisan Village in Shelburne, where fresh inspiration and new local products are in the air!

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Celebrate these warmer spring days by visiting our culinary artisans and grabbing some local goodies for filling up those Easter baskets. Spread joy this Easter with specialties from Bijou Fine Chocolate that are delightful both inside and out. Bijou has created decadent ganache filled eggs, festively wrapped chickens and bunnies galore.  Colorful chocolate eggs and the friendly folks at Bijou are ready to greet you.

 

 

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Photo credit Douglas Sweets

Try something new this season at Douglas Sweets bakery and retail space. Douglas Sweets has recently cobranded with Vermont Artisan Coffee and is now offering an Organic Dark Roast drip coffee. Pair this with their new variety of freshly baked scones served with delicious jams or freshly made lemon curd. Be sure to pick up a package of their signature shortbread treats that feature springtime flavors like lemon, lavender or raspberry.

We are also excited about the construction progress happening on Building 4 at our site. Calling all artisan producers to jump on this opportunity! Come by to see us and celebrate your spring locally.

 

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Make it Great

This month we are proud to highlight Evan Webster Ink, a screen-printing custom apparel business committed to quality and located at the Vermont Artisan Village.  A core value at Evan Wester Ink (EWI) is “If it isn’t great, why make it?” This was evident in our meeting with Evan, who took time from his busy schedule to talk with us about his growing business and life at “The Village.”

We were truly impressed with how the folks at EWI value punctuality, turning work around on time without compromising quality. Their commitment is shown in their latest investment of new equipment for the shop. “This will allow us to work on larger projects more efficiently, also providing an expanded range of colors and faster turnaround,” explains Evan. Their work is currently “busier than usual” for this time of the year, and they are also in the process of hiring additional local talent to be prepared for the upcoming busy summer season.

Evan explains why the Vermont Artisan Village is “the perfect location for our business.” He is able to bike to work from home, while being close enough to Burlington’s commercial center.  He also enjoys being part of a community of businesses that can collaborate easily in a centrally located hub.

EWI is excited to host an Open House on Friday, April 7 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at 120 Graham Way. All are welcome to enjoy refreshments, music, and T-shirt raffles. Meet EWI’s staff to get a full appreciation for their craft, and see the new automatic printing press in action at 5:15pm.

Get to know your local screen printer and have some fun on Friday, April 7. While visiting, be sure to check out everything that the Vermont Artisan Village has to offer.

 

Contact Evan Webster Ink:

www.evanwebsterink.com

802-222-0344

All images courtesy of Evan Webster Ink

 

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Embrace Local

It is the perfect season to celebrate the artisans in our community who put heart and soul into their craft. Two family-owned businesses at the Vermont Artisan Village have been working hard to lovingly create special treats for Valentine’s Day.

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Bijou Fine Chocolate raises the bar on your chocolate experience with passion and dedication to quality.  The Classic Heart Box from Bijou will delight and surprise with its contemporary style and exquisite contents.

The talented bakers at Douglas Sweets have created unique flavors and presentations to make your loved ones smile.  Their Valentine’s Day Box contains signature shortbread in a flavor of your choice, a sweet chocolate-dipped heart, and a dozen truffles covered in chocolate ganache that reveal rich shortbread on the inside.

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Photo Courtesy of Douglas Sweets

Take the opportunity to sample treats from these fine artisan producers at Shelburne Vineyard’s Wine and Chocolate Weekend on February 11 and 12. On Saturday, Douglas Sweets will share samples of their sweet and savory shortbread creations. Bijou Fine Chocolate will offer samples on Sunday, with chocolates especially crafted to pair with Shelburne Vineyard’s wines. Both producers will also have their treats for sale at the event, beautifully packaged and ready for giving. Pair all of this with a wine tasting for $7 per person, and you have the ultimate local Valentine’s celebration.

 

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Looking Back and Forward

2016 was a notable Bld1 Fiddlehead.jpgyear of growth at the Vermont Artisan Village, where buildings were completed and occupied by top-notch culinary and beverage artisans.

Building 1 has become the new Fiddlehead brew house, making loyal beer fans very happy. Delicious goods are rolling out of Building 2, where Vermont Tortilla Company and Douglas Sweets create their unique products.

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Building 3 is in progress and ready for electricians, plumbers and builders to complete the work.  Once finished, Building 3 will be home to a fabulous local distillery! We are also excited that Building 4 is ordered and permitted, and will start groundbreaking in the spring. That building will be ready for the next tenants to move in by fall 2017.

village-2016As we continue to work with potential tenants, we are always on the look out for others to join our local artisan project.  The Vermont Artisan Village community is eager to welcome bread bakers, cheese makers, cider makers and more at our site.

We send sincere thanks to our tenants, architects, builders, friends and neighbors for supporting our expanding community. The coming year will bring more exciting additions, so stay tuned!

 

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