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.

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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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Celebrate the Holidays Shelburne-Style!

‘Tis the season for incredible holiday festivals, tastings and of course, shopping. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites. Check them out.. and add them to your list of must-see for a festive holiday season!

The holiday season isn’t complete without a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Shelburne Farms!

Starting on Saturday, December 20, you can enjoy a 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride from the Welcome Center. Seats are first-come, first-served. And of course, all the sleigh rides are weather permitting. You can learn more on their website.

Starting on December 5, Shelburne Museum has three days of incredible events that are sure to please everyone on your list. From an Ornament Making Party, to the joyous sounds of local musicians, and a showing of the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Plus the little ones can make their very own winter-themed sock puppet and candy cane mouse! Visit the CelebratetheHolidays page for the complete Deck the Halls schedule.

 

Give your taste buds a culinary ride with Shelburne Museum’s TASTE! The Art of Food on December 11.

Bring your appetites for a gastronomic gala of Vermont’s most excellent cuisine. This two-hour tasting will feature an array of chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, bakers, and hash slingers who will be serving up their finest bites for a chance to be crowned “Best TASTE!” by event attendees.

Participants include Pascolo Ristorante, Fiddlehead Brewing Company, The Skinny Pancake, Juniper Bar & Restaurant, Queen City Brewery, LLC, Prohibition Pig, Caledonia Spirits, A Single Pebble, Shelburne Vineyard, Waterfront Deli & Catering, Citizen Cider, my little cupcake and The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa!

 

Don’t forget an opportunity to sharpen your culinary skills this holiday season. Chef Courtney Contos offers a variety of classes at her store. From Holiday Cookie Swaps to Cook the Book: Bar Tartine. Check out her selection of classes (and post-holiday too).

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Vermont Artisan Village!

 

 

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Breaking News! Act 250 Land Use Permit Approved

We have big news to report for the Vermont Artisan Village! The State of Vermont recently issued a Land Use Permit Amendment (Act 250 Permit) to the property at 6221 Shelburne Road, Shelburne VT (Shelburne Green) which specifically authorizes the construction of 12 buildings totaling 70,550 gsf with a combination of uses including general office, cafe, warehousing, food-processing, light manufacturing and accessory retail with supporting parking, storm-water management and utility infrastructure.

small wood buildingIn addition, the town of Shelburne has acquired an easement from the Route 7 sidewalk located at the intersection with Marsett Road, and extending south through the Shelburne Family Housing project. This project sits just north of the Shelburne green/Vermont artisan village project site. The new easement would thus connect the Shelburne green/Vermont Artisan Village project site to the Shelburne village.

CCTA Bus Stop SignDid you know that there are two CCTA bus stops for easy access to the Vermont Artisan Village? CCTA stops in front of the Shelburne Museum and right around the corner on Marsett Road. Both are within walking distances from the proposed site for the Vermont Artisan Village!

And finally, our website has been updated recently… The newly approved walking paths, common loading dock and garden areas have been added to the latest drawing which is now on our website.

Find out more information on the layout of Vermont Artisan Village and where your potential business can be located.

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You’re in Good Company: Shelburne’s Food Artisans

Not only is Shelburne home to iconic Vermont brands (Vermont Teddy Bear and Shelburne Farms, to name two); our quiet town is home to a strong, and growing, community of hard-working, passionate artisans. They do things by hand, they follow their hearts and they produce incredible products. Here are some to check out.

Studio Cacao Chocolatier

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Kevin and Laura Toohey, with their son Ronen, make each and every chocolate truffle by hand here in Shelburne. In fact, Studio Cacao was the first tenant to join Vermont Artisan Village back in 2012. Kevin, a trained chef, recently returned from a week at the L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat in New York City excited to tweak his silky-smooth truffle. “When a truffle is made properly,” he told us “it is super light and carries flavors well. I want you to bite into one of our truffles and get a real burst of flavor.” Sounds great to us! Toohey is currently at work perfecting a fleur de sel caramel and truffles infused with rose geranium. Check Studio Cacao out online and in the Burlington Town Center Mall on Church Street.

Folino’s Pizza

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Folino’s Pizza, housed in a shared space with the award-winning craft brewer Fiddlehead Brewing Company, has a simple mission: To Make the Best Pizza. Fresh dough is made daily and shaped, by hand, into pizzas scattered with simple toppings. Every pie is baked in a 1000-degree brick oven to bubbly, charred-crust perfection. Wait! Before you take that first bite, don’t forget to grab a growler of Fiddlehead’s funky, citrusy IPA.

Chef Contos Kitchen & Store

Chef Courtney Contos is a Chicagoan by birth, a chef and a consultant who has worked with Charlie Trotter and Martha Stewart. She recently opened a kitchen store in town where she sells a curated selection of cool stuff for the kitchen and home and hosts cooking classes. We hear that she recently hosted an Apple Cake Cook-Off and Fall Party. She makes us excited about food and is a vibrant personality. Plus, she’s launching a culinary tours business and has one of the best foodie Instagram feeds around.

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Located across the street from Vermont Artisan Village is Shelburne Vineyard, a pioneer in the Vermont wine industry. Shelburne Vineyard harvests almost 20 acres of grapes every year to produce award-winning wines like their Marquette, made from a red grape cultivated to thrive in cold-climates like ours. The Vineyard practices sustainable agriculture. The Winery is open seven days a week for tastings and tours. We’ll often pick up a bottle of Marquette and a few pizzas from Folino’s to bring home for dinner.

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Elizabeth Archangeli and Angie Lizotte are the designers behind Cricket Radio Linen, which makes beautiful linens and other gorgeous goods like pillows, aprons and the most adorable baby onesies! We are thrilled to have Cricket Radio onsite at Vermont Artisan Village. Their products provide a beautiful backdrop for beautiful food. Cricket Radio’s designs are influenced by Indonesian batiks, vintage Americana and rural Vermont and have a decidedly Martha Stewart-meets-etsy flair (no surprise, they were finalists last year in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards).

Shelburne Country Store

This country store, right off the Shelburne Green, dates back to 1859. Like any good country store, the Shelburne Country Store has anything and everything, including rubber duckie stickers, Bite Me boxer shorts, maple candy, handmade bracelets, scarves and authentic Vermont beef jerky. The collection, and store, is managed by Steve and Deb Mayfield.

What are some of your favorite Shelburne-and-area artisans? Please check out our Facebook page and share your ideas there.

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