The Farmhouse Tap and Grill opened just the past spring and has been packed every night since. It quickly has become one of the most popular restaurants in Burlington. This gastropub is all about featuring and supporting local farms and it has a tap room as well. In the summers you can sit and have a brew in the outdoor beer garden while you wait for table. Although the menu is heavy on the meat and dairy side the vegan options do not disappoint. Shortly after the restaurant opened I emailed inquiring about the vegan options and this is what I was told are vegan:
- Heirloom tomato salad (sans feta cheese)
- House soy burger (sans cheese and bun) we suggest over some wilted kale in place of bun
- French fries!
- Nitty Gritty Corn Cakes (sans buttermilk vinaigrette)
- Kale & arugula salad (sans blue cheese, with lemon vinaigrette instead of the buttermilk vinaigrette
- Marinated olives, spiced pecans from the snacks menu
- Roasted Beets (sans goat cheese)
- Phil’s Vegan Delight – not on the menu, but we make it often. Some braised greens, mushrooms, and veggies over grilled Red Hen Bakery bread
We have enjoyed the french fries which are crispy and delicious, the corn cakes with the lemon vinaigrette which is just to die for, the marinated olives- plump juicy and so good and of course the vegan delight. The thing I love about the vegan delight is that the basis is the same every time greens, mushrooms and veggies over bread however the combination is different each time I order it because it is based around what veggies they have that day. It is always amazing and the Hubz and I have been known to frequent here more often then any other restaurant around.
The beer selection is really outstanding which is why we keep going back for more. There is also a small wine menu that features some nice wines, however if you are looking for liquor you won’t find it here. The atmosphere is loud with low lights and is always packed and full of energy. Unfortunately due to the lighting inside I didn’t get great photos but I do have some from the beer garden. I have to say that if you are a beer and food lover this is the place to visit in Burlington.
Goody Good Stuff sent me a selection of their gummy candies to try. Good Good Stuff gummy candies are gelatin free, fat free and dairy free. They also are made with all natural flavors and no artificial colors. All of the gummies are vegetarian and 4 of the flavors are vegan:
Sour Mix and Match
Sour Fruit Salad
My husband and I really had to practice self control with these snacks because like chips you just can’t eat one. Once we opened a bag of these it was really hard not to just eat the entire bag in one sitting. I have tried a number of different vegan gummies and these are by far my favorite and the closest in texture to the gelatin (eww) gummies I had as a child.
My favorite was the Sour Fruit Salad; it wasn’t really that sour but it had a good tang with cute fruit shaped gummies. Coming in 2nd were the Sour Mix and Match, 3rd the Cola and 4th the peach (I’m just really not into peach flavors.
My husband’s favorite was the cola, surprise-surprise! The Hubz is a a former cola addict so when he saw these his eyes lit up and he was in love at first sight. For him the peaches came in 2nd, the fruit salad 3rd and the mix and match last.
Unfortunately you can’t find these wonderful UK gummies every where in the U.S. yet but you can find them on Veganessentials.com, amazon.com and in Stop&Shop’s.
‘Shrooms with a Brew
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It was Spring ’09 and we were fourth years at UC Berkeley. Both of us had offers in corporate America. Investment banking and consulting seemed to be the futures waiting for us after graduation. All that changed one day after listening to a lecture in one of our business ethics courses where we first heard about the idea that gourmet mushrooms can be grown entirely on recycled coffee grounds.
We could really do something with this idea: we discussed the possibilities. America is absolutely addicted to coffee. The world production of coffee is nearly 7 million tons a year. Only 1% ends up in the cup, while 99% ends up in the land fill. The possibility of diverting this waste stream, a negative externality, into something of value, gourmet mushrooms, was something we just couldn’t let go. As the weeks went by, we really dove into first seeing if we could actually grow mushrooms from coffee grounds, and then seeing if this idea could work as the basis of a full scale social venture.
The first plan of action was definitely an interesting experience. We went around to local coffee shops collecting used coffee grounds. Out of the 10 buckets of the mushrooms we planted, only one grew. In that one bucket though, we saw potential. We took that batch to the local Berkeley Whole Foods, and the team members we showed it to took a real interest. We created a plan and submitted our business proposal to “Bears Breaking Boundaries,” an entrepreneurial competition sponsored by the UC Berkeley Chancellor to provide $5,000 in initial funding for a ground breaking project. And that’s really the story of how we got started, giving up the corporate titles to carry a new one: “The Mushroom Guys.”
At its heart, BTTR Ventures (pronounced Better) stands for “back to the roots,” a phrase that encompasses the idea of creating a company that stands for sustainability, innovation, and social responsibility. What is so unique about Back to the Roots is its completely closed loop system. We first utilized a large waste stream to produce something of value: gourmet oyster mushrooms. The mushrooms were harvested and sold across NorCal. The coffee grounds, enriched by the mushroom growth, turned into premium soil amendment that was then donated to local nurseries and urban farms, giving back to the community from which we gather the coffee grounds from.
Since we launched in 2009, we have diverted & transformed over 50,000 pounds of coffee grounds into a rich soil for local, healthy food and have grown 7,500 pounds of delicious gourmet mushrooms sold at all Nor Cal Whole Foods Markets. Starting off as purely an urban mushroom farm, Back to the Roots has recently transformed into an eco-centered company dedicated to bringing fresh, sustainably grown food straight to the home through our grow-at-home mushroom kits: the Easy-to-Grow Mushroom Garden . Our vision is to serve as a standard bearer for innovation and responsibility in our community in order to inspire others to work towards a more sustainable future. We’re happy to be pursuing this vision first through our mushroom gardens!
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- 1 (8oz) container vanilla soygurt
- 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1t pumpkin pie spice
- 4 Newman’s Own Ginger-O’S, crushed
Whisk together the soygurt, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Crush the Ginger-O’s. In 2 small glasses place a spoonful or two of the pumpkin mixture, top with a sprinkle of the crushed Ginger-O’s and repeat.
The nice people at Nasoya sent me a few coupons to try out their Tofu Plus which is tofu that has been fortified with B2, B6, B12, Vitamin D and Calcium. I love any opportunity to get more of these vitamins into my body especially B12 which is the trickiest B vitamin for vegans to get. The tofu is great and does not taste different then any other tofu I have had.
Tex Mex Tofu Scramble
- 1T olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 sweet potato, diced
- 6 button mushrooms, sliced
- 1t EACH of salt, paprika, garlic powder and Italian seasoning
- 2t EACH of chili powder and cumin
- 1/2t black pepper
- 1/2T nutritional yeast
- 1 block of tofu, drained and crumbled
- water as needed
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the onions; cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper and sweet potato; cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and garlic; cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the spices and a little bit of water if necessary; just enough to evenly coat the veggies without being too dry. Stir in the crumbled tofu and let cook for 7-10 minutes, adding water if necessary so the mixture does not stick. Lastly, stir in the nutritional yeast and then taste for salt and pepper.
Serve with salsa, hot sauce, chips and guacamole.
Chocolate Chipotle Corn and Black Bean Soup
- 1T olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1t garlic powder
- 2t ground cumin
- 1t paprkia
- 2t chili powder
- 1t Italian seasoning
- 1T soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee
- 1T cacao powder
- 2T chipotle chiles in adobo, diced
- 1 (28oz) can peeled whole tomatoes with their juices
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- salt and pepper, to taste
In a large heavy bottom pot heat the oil over medium high heat. Add in the onion and saute for 5-7 minutes until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the spice and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the coffee, soy sauce, cacao powder and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chipotles and tomatoes with their juice; bring up to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the corn and cover and cook 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.