Food For Foodies
Guide to Food Shopping
LUDLOW FARMER'S MARKET ~ Ludlow, VT
Baba Louis Bakery ~ Chester, VT
Widely considered to be the best bakery in all of Vermont, Baba-A-Louis is the place to go for an incredible selection of pretty much every kind of homemade bread you can think of and probably a few kinds you haven't yet thought of. Also featuring a fantastic homemade granola and numerous freshly baked pastries, this bakery will tempt you with its irresistible aromas the moment you step inside. If you like what you see, don't forget to check out their cookbook, Baba-a-Louis Bakery Bread Book: The Secret Book of Bread by John McLure. (802) 226-7178 Chester Route 11. If you come up from I-91 and onto RTE 103, it's on the way!
Wine & Cheese Depot ~ Ludlow, VT
A charming little shop near the center of town featuring over 250 wine labels, local and imported specialty cheeses, micro-brewed beers and gourmet food items. And if it's cigars you're looking for, the Depot is also one of the few places in the region where you can find a decent humidor. (802) 228-4128
Ludlow on Depot Street (just up from The Hatchery Restaurant)
Owned and operated by the same Vermont family since 1946, Singletons' is truly a local establishment. Once inside this general store/market, there is no mistaking that you are in the country. For, nowhere in the city can you do your dinner shopping, wine and spirits, and at the same time pick-up all of your hunting and fishing gear. The store also cures its own high-quality meats and offers an extremely fine selection of fresh produce and wines.(802) 226-7666 In Proctorsville behind Black River Produce. Head towards Ludlow on Route 103, just past RR tracks, turn right and go up the road about ½ mile.
Woodstock Farmer's Market
A couple of miles outside of town on the road to Hawk, you will pass by this rather unassuming-looking farmers' market. However, don't be deceived so easily - the inside of this place is quite a treat indeed. Stocked with gourmet foods and fresh produce from literally around the world, and featuring one of the best (and most eclectic) selections of prepared foods in all of Vermont, the Woodstock Farmers' Market is well worth your attention. (802) 457-3658 Route 4 Woodstock, Vt.
Gillingham's For over 111 years, this gourmet grocery/wine shop/general store has faithfully served the residents of Woodstock and the surrounding area and has slowly become somewhat of a Vermont institution. From fresh organic produce, gourmet foods and fine wines, to a complete line of housewares, gardening tools and children's toys, Gillingham's is a favorite place to pick-up just about anything. While you're there, take particular not of Henry, the resident cat, who was the inspiration for the children's book, That Cat Is Not for Sale, by Frederick Lipp. (802) 457-2100
The Village Butcher, Woodstock
Located right off of the center of town, next to Gillingham's, The Village Butcher stocks one of the widest selection of high-quality meats in central Vermont, including specialty items you never figured to find in the countryside. To complement all of the choice beef, lamb, pork, veal, poultry and fish you will find here, there is also a wide selection of fine wines and cheeses. (802) 457-2756 Tell George or Linda that Alecia sent you!