Why are VT Dinners frozen?
Freezing allows us to use ingredients from local farms that aren't available year round. By freezing our meals we extend their life span far more than if they were say, just refrigerated. This allows our customers the opportunity to eat local produce in the off-season months when there are not other options readily available. Good deal, huh?
It also helps us reduce spoilage and waste that can happen while meeting the demands of consistent fresh preparation. By tailoring our production cooks to a few batches each season we are better able to use all our ingredients at one time; when they are the freshest and most delicious! Read more.
Why aren't VT Dinners certified organic?
We're big believers in organic agriculture and try to use organic ingredients whenever possible. We chose not to pursue certification immediately because
A) Our goal of sourcing as many ingredients locally as possible means we work with some farms who aren't certified. That makes achieving certification for meals made with those ingredients difficult or impossible (depending on the amount).
B) The process of certification requires a significant investment of time and money... two things we're short on at the moment. We intend to pursue certification eventually.
When can I get VT Dinners at the local co-ops and other stores?
We're aiming to have our tasty meals available in the freezer aisle of local stores and markets this fall! Until then, and even after, you can still order online and pick up at one of our pick-up locations or find us at the farmers' market. See details below.
Have some ordering questions? Check out the details below...
Where can I pick up VT Dinners?
Lots of places! Stop by the kitchen, find us at the Brattleboro summer farmers' market, or pick up at one of our two summer cooler drops.
- At the VT Dinners kitchen (209 Austine Drive, in the Vermont Building) Open hours are 9-11am every Tuesday.
- At the Tuesday farmers' market on Flat Street from 4-7pm.
- At the New Chapter local food buying club, held Tuesdays at lunchtime.
- At the VT Country Deli every Friday from 1-6pm.
- At the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market every Saturday from 9am-2pm.
*With the end of the school year we've suspended delivery to school-based buying clubs (BAMS, GCS) and the Putney School. Look for those to resume in the fall.
How do I...
...order VT Dinners for delivery?
...order VT Dinners for pick up?
Select all the meals you want and add to your cart. After adding each item you can review your cart. Use the "Pickup/Delivery Date" field to specify when you want to pick up your meals then click the black "Check out" button to complete your order. You'll be prompted to enter a shipping address -- enter your billing address (which is required) then select the desired pickup site in the "Shipping Method" section.
...give VT Dinners to a friend or family member?
To give them the most choice, get them a VT Dinners gift card! Simply enter their email address in the "customer information" screen during checkout and we'll email them a gift card for store credit. If you'd like to give specific meals, simply add them to your cart and check out as normal. (If they live in the 05301 zip code, enter their address and choose home/workplace delivery as described above.)
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