Bits and Bites: Food news in the Shires of Vermont

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Back to your roots

Discover the beauty and versatility of winter vegetables Saturday when the Bennington Farmers' Market hosts "Back to Your Roots: Adventures with Winter Vegetables."

Children are invited to listen to vegetable-themed stories and create artwork with potatoes, carrots and other veggies. The 12-and-under crowd can sample sweet potato fries and everyone will have a chance to try roasted squash seeds.

Vendors will give out coloring sheets, word search games and recipes for using winter vegetables. Market bakers will offer goodies such as Chocolate Beet Cake and Carrot Cake with Lime Frosting.

The market is held the first and third Saturday of every month, November through April, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

For more information, call Audrey Pietrucha, 802-733-6981.

Get cheesy

Stop by the Brattleboro Food Co-op on Main Street from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to sample some cheese. Taste and learn about some local cheeses and the different families of cheese available.

Held every first and third Sunday of the month, the side-by-side cheese sampling at the BFC Cheese Department is free and open to everyone stopping by.

For more information, visit www.brattleborofoodcoop.com.

Fill your bowl

Chow down on bowls of soup and help a local school at the Hiland Hall School Third Annual Soup Stock on Saturday at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington.

For $5, you can sample soups, breads and sweets from 5 to 8 p.m. while listening to Joe Tucker & Friends. Hearty soups will be available from local restaurants, including The Spiral Press Cafe and South Street Cafe.

Proceeds from the event will support the Hiland Hall School Scholarship Fund. There is parking for the event in the rear of the building. Raffle prizes and a silent auction will round out the fundraising fun.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/The-Hiland-Hall-School.

Eat for a cause

At Elliot Street Fish, Chips & More on Elliot Streeet in Brattleboro, the first Wednesday of the month is dubbed a "Feeding Friendzy." Tonight, from 5 to 8, 60 percent of dinner proceeds will benefit MANOS — Maternal and Neonatal Outreach Services.

"We are celebrating, supporting, feasting in honor of MANOS ..." the eatery writes on their Facebook page. "Four local nurses who care passionately about access to appropriate health care for mamas and babes worldwide. They are doing amazing work and are lovely ladies to boot. We will again use our 'Speedy Service Menu' to get our tasty food out quick! Come and join us!"

For more information, call (802) 451-9482.


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