Locally grown cranberries are available from the Vermont Cranberry Company! Look for their brand in your local co-op. Also, check out the following excerpt from RAFFL staff member Kris Smith’s Market Watch column. She goes through the how-to of her VT cranberry sauce. Yum.
With sage in the air and the long-awaited turkey holiday quickly approaching, the Localvore Challenge is in full swing. So far over 80 folks from the Rutland region have decided to make either a dish or their entire meal using all local ingredients. You can sign up at www.everydaychef.org. For anyone who is still on the rocks about the challenge, I have two words for you: cranberry sauce. Making your own cranberry sauce literally takes five minutes and can be easily accomplished using all local ingredients, thanks to farms like Vermont Cranberry Company out of East Fairfield.
To start your sauce, combine one cup of local cranberries with a ¼ cup of Vermont maple syrup and ¼ cup of water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat for five minutes, or until all the cranberries are popped, stirring every now and then. My partner and I loved this recipe so much that we ate the full amount in one sitting, so plan according for your family size. If you have a group of ten at your Thanksgiving feast, I would at least triple or quadruple this recipe. Check your nearest co-op for local cranberries!