Vermont Fresh Network recognizes the chefs who invest in their Vermont farmer partners. Announcing the Gold Barn Honorees for 2016!


June 28, 2016

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Meghan Sheradin, Executive Director

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Vermont Fresh Network recognizes the chefs who invest in their Vermont farmer partners. Announcing the Gold Barn Honorees for 2016!

All Vermont Fresh Network chefs have to know their farmers and serve products from Vermont, but there are some chefs whose commitment to Vermont-grown products is exceptional. The Gold Barn Honor recognizes the top 25% of the VFN culinary membership in terms of the number of Vermont farmers they partner with, the diversity of Vermont ingredients that they use and the volume of Vermont products they purchase. It is an inspiring group and we are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve. It is our extreme pleasure to announce the 2016 VFN Gold Barn Honorees! [see the complete list at the bottom of the release]

Each Gold Barn Honoree must meet both of the following requirements:        

1. Sourcing ingredients from 15 or more Vermont Fresh Network farmers.    

2. 35% of annual food purchases come from VT Farmers and Producers or they purchase over $200,000 of Vermont- grown food products annually.    

VFN - Transparency, Accountability and Integrity

VFN has fostered connections between agriculture and culinary professionals for the past twenty years based on interpersonal accountability – all farmer and food producer members have the opportunity to sanction partnership proclamations made by VFN chefs. Having both the farmers and chefs validate their relationship provides checks and balances one expects from a community. As a result, consumers can be assured that declarations made by VFN member chefs about their local purchases have been validated by the farmers that grew the food. According to data collected during our 2016 membership renewal, VFN’s culinary membership purchased over 44 million dollars of Vermont grown and raised food in 2015!

“Vermont Fresh Network members are an important part of building a resilient, human-scale food system that supports and strengthens the communities we live in. Rest assured that you will find Vermont grown and raised food in every member’s kitchen. Dine at a VFN restaurant or looks for VFN farm and producer producers at the market and taste the difference!” Meghan Sheradin, Executive Director of the Vermont Fresh Network.

VFN Celebrates 20 Years!

The Vermont Fresh Network will celebrate 20 years of unique and delicious partnerships between Vermont's culinary and agricultural crème de la crème at their Annual Forum Dinner on August 7th. For one special evening, farmers and chefs from all across Vermont come together to prepare a sensational meal on the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. It is a fundraiser for the Vermont Fresh Network -- all proceeds go to continuing programming that helps bring more Vermont grown and raised food to the table. Tickets are now available. For event and ticket information, please visit

Complete list of Gold Barn Honorees by County

Addison County

3 Squares Café, Vergennes

American Flatbread- Middlebury Hearth, Middlebury

Bar Antidote, Vergennes

Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op & Café, Middlebury

Bennington County

The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, Manchester

Chittenden County

Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington

Catering by Dale, Shelburne

City Market / Onion River Coop, Burlington

El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina, Burlington

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington

Guild Tavern, South Burlington

Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington

Hen of the Wood-Burlington, Burlington

Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne

Juniper Bar and Restaurant at Hotel Vermont, Burlington

The Kitchen Table Bistro, Richmond

Leunig's Bistro, Burlington

Misery Loves Co., Winooski

Natural Provisions Market & Deli, Williston

The Skinny Pancake, Burlington

Sodexo at St. Michael's College - Colchester

Sugarsnap, South Burlington

University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington

UVM Dining at Sodexo, Burlington

Franklin County      

Phineas Swann, Montgomery Center 

Lamoille County   

Doc Ponds, Stowe

Harvest Market, Stowe

Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe

Stowe Mountain Resort-Cliff House, Stowe

Orleans County

Sterling College, Craftsbury Common

Rutland County

Red Clover Inn and Restaurant, Mendon

Vermont Farms Catering/The Backroom, Pittsfield

Washington County

American Flatbread at Lareau Farm, Waitsfield

Hen of the Wood-Waterbury, Waterbury

Inn at the Round Barn Farm/Cooking from the Heart, Waitsfield

The Kitchen at The Store, Waitsfield

Michael's on the Hill, Waterbury Center

Red Hen Baking Co., Middlesex

Sodexo/Norwich University, Northfield

The Skinny Pancake-Montpelier, Montpelier

Windham County

duo Restaurant, Brattleboro

Halladays Harvest Barn Inn, Bellows Falls

Putney Food Co-op, Putney

SoLo Farm and Table, South Londonderry

Williamsville Eatery, Williamsville

Windsor County      

Coleman Brook Tavern at Okemo, Ludlow

Echo Lake Inn, Ludlow

Farmhouse Inn at Robinson Farm, Woodstock

The Inn at Weathersfield, Perkinsville

Jackson House Inn, Woodstock

King Arthur Flour Bakery and Café, White River Junction

Twin Farms, Barnard

Woodstock Farmers' Market, Woodstock