The Rutland farmers market ushers in summer
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Victoria Covarrubias said her family liked everything they saw about the Rutland area — except its lack of good Mexican food.
“I couldn’t walk up to a taco truck any more so I had to do it myself,” the California transplant said as she served up taquitos at the Rutland farmers market Saturday.
Covarrubias is one of several new vendors who took up their spots when the farmers market moved back outdoors last month. She and her family moved to West Rutland from Oxnard two years ago.
“We were house-hunting in California and it was a little too expensive,” she said. “My husband always had it in his head to come out this way. We came here and fell in love with a house on Clarendon Avenue, so we packed up our kids.”
Covarrubias offers tacos, burritos and quesadillas. She said this is her first time cooking professionally.
“There was a need and we filled it,” she said. “My father-in-law, he was a chef for a long time. I made tamales helping my mother, so I was hands-on.”
A row over, Pauline and Jeffrey Jackson were selling a variety of sprouts and microgreens. A local, Jeffrey Jackson recently moved back to the area from France, his wife Pauline’s native country. The microgreen business is the fulfillment of a desire to start a market garden he’s had since living in France.
“This is a common trend in the market garden world,” he said of the sprouts. “When we came across it, we didn’t see anyone in the market here who was doing it. ... Our staple greens at the moment are sunflowers, radishes, peas and popcorn.”
“They’re organic, non-GMO popcorn kernels that we sprout and grow in the dark,” he said.
The resulting yellow shoots are sweet with a gentle crunch.
They also put their sprouts in pestos and vinaigrettes, for which the Jacksons say they sourced the other ingredients as locally as possible.
“Our vinegar comes from Yoder farm,” Jeffrey Jackson said. “The garlic comes from Dutchess. ... The incredible thing about microgreens in general is they can be up to 40 times more nutrient dense than their grown counterparts.”
The summer market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/