Monday, September 24, 2012

The Great Pumpkin

Local Food: Though we still await the Great Pumpkin's rise out of the patch, Hardwick pumpkins are popping up all over, including our menu. These symbols of Halloween come to us from Sam Kish at Agape Hill Farm, who has been growing pumpkins on his family's land since he was eight years old.  Steven roasts the pumpkin until the flesh is sweet and soft, and the skin a shiny shell. Wheatberries and groats (the whole oat) from Butterworks Farm fill the roasted pumpkins, adding a crunchy texture to every scoop of sweet and tender.  Leeks from Hatchbrook Garden perfectly pair up with the pumpkin, given their mild onion flavor. Steven cooks the leeks down to a buttery, melty texture, which, mixed with a cream reduction, creates a fondue-like sauce. Roasted cauliflower from Pete adds another slightly nutty and creamy element to this cozy autumn dish. Look for pumpkin popping up at the bar too. Try it with a taste of the new Dunc's Mill Backwoods Reserve Rum.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, September 30th we offer a $2.50 pint of Fiddlehead IPA, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red. The Whiskey Apple Fizz, with whiskey, Champlain Orchards apple cider and ginger beer, is offered for $5.  Monday enjoy a pint of Switchback with Grilled Cheese for $8.50.

Around the Galaxy: Constance Hale visits Galaxy on October 9th to introduce her new book, Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing. Synthesizing the pedagogical and the popular, the scholarly and the scandalous, Hale combines the wit of Bill Bryson with the practical wisdom of William Zinsser. She marches through linguistic history to paint a layered picture of our language - from before it really existed to the quirky usages we see online today. On October 10th, Constance Hale and Zoe Fitzgerald Carter will lead a workshop in Greensboro called First Person Plural: Crafting Stories from our Lives. Look here for more information.

Music Notes: Last October join us Thursday, September 27th at 7:30.  A truly unique listening experience, this acoustic singer/songwriter duo create a musical journey that will deeply tug at your heartstrings.  Honing their crafts from different sides of the country, Erica Stroem and James Kinne came together through their sheer love and respect for music.  With powerful harmonies, rich song writing, and passionate storytelling, Last October has found a distinctive way to interpret their rapidly evolving style.

Local Events: Pete's Greens Harvest Celebration is this Saturday, September 29th. Pete and others will give farm tours throughout the afternoon, with plenty of food and snacks.  Evening brings a farm to table dinner and a special benefit concert with Anais Mitchell!  Dinner begins at 5:00, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Vermont Farm Fund. The concert begins at 7:30, and a portion of the ticket proceeds benefit the Vermont Local Food & Farms Fund, an extension of the Vermont Community Foundation. Tickets are available to purchase at The Galaxy Bookshop.

The annual Share the Harvest fundraiser will be held Thursday, October 4th to benefit NOFA-VT's Farm Share Program. The program helps limited-income Vermonters afford CSA shares from their local farms. On October 4th, restaurants, co-ops and food stores will participate in Share the Harvest by donating a portion of the day's sales to the program. Both Claire's and Buffalo Mountain Co-op in Hardwick will participate.

Reminders: We are open seven days a week in September!

We are open daily after 2:30 for coffee, bar service, and baked goods, and free WiFi, with dinner reservations available from 5-9, Sundays from 5-8. We serve our special Blunch menu Sundays from 11-2. We appreciate it when you use cash or a check - credit card companies charge us a fee that really adds up. Thanks to many of you we have been able to significantly reduce those fees.

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