Order turkeys NOW and a cool West African recipe!

Hi Folks-

And yes we will be having winter, apparently, here it comes. I’m ready mentally but obviously a little challenged practically, wore shoes without socks today and froze. On it, I have socks all set aside for the morning! And we have meatball subs tomorrow, so you know that will warm you up!

We are selling turkeys this year, Stonewood Farm from VT, $4.99 a pound and they come in the following pound increments: 14 to 18, 18 to 24, 24 to 30 and 30+. The bummer is that the DEADLINE FOR ORDERING A TURKEY IS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2nd ! I am super sorry about this, due to some missed communication we have a very short window for ordering this year, please let me know asap if you want a turkey!!

Two weeks from our wine tasting, still room. Really fun event, $25.00 per person, tons of wines to try, fabulous food. 12% off 12 or more bottles ordered that night, all the wine comes in the week before Thanksgiving. Who can’t use a case of wine over the holidays? Great for drinking, great for presents! Saturday, November 11 from 3 to 7 pm. Tickets available at the store.

In my never ending search for delicious, new and healthy food I came across a recipe for West African Peanut stew with Chicken by Mark Bittman. He’s a favorite of mine and I generally like his recipes. The weird thing is I was talking with Steph at work this morning, checking in on the weekend and part of what I always chat about is what I cooked. When I told her she looked at me and said “Really?! So did Dave! (her husband)” So that’s just weird but apparently we are on the same wave length and her family loved it too!

Delicious! A pretty quick preparation too.(I changed it up a little) I used 4 cups of stock, a 28 can of diced tomatoes and 28 oz can of whole plum tomatoes. Cut thighs just in half, and fished out just before pureeing a four cup measure full of the soup and adding back in. Shredded the chicken a little and garnished with cilantro and peanuts. (oh and used a quarter cup natural peanut butter and quarter cup jiff for the full half cup measure)A Big hit!

I’ve been thinking about doing an actual food blog and so I’ve been trying to photograph my food, because I love to see what I am making and I figure other folks do too. I made the peanut chicken stew Saturday night, thought of picture taking around four on Sunday and when I opened up the container, no veggies left, no chicken left just broth, not really photo worthy:-). Peter really liked it too!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Swordfish
  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea
  • Shetland Salmon
  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat
  • Trout
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
Day of the Week Lunch Special Soup Special Dinner Special
Monday Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll. Clam Chowder Italian meatloaf
Tuesday meatball sub Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Shrimp Scampi
Wednesday Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich Lobster Bisque Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo
Thursday Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Shrimp Quesadilla
Friday Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out! Fish Chowder Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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better than watching tom brady

Hi Folks-

Wednesday I watched my grand daughter, Sophia, and her junior high soccer team play against the U-32 team and I had more fun than if I were watching Tom Brady and the Patriots. Of course, Sophia is my pride and joy and I can happily watch her do anything at all, but watching she and her friends compete at this level is a joy. The girls are serious in how they play and really try to do the best they can against their opponents. Sophia is the goalie and she takes no small measure of responsibility for her team’s success or failure. She let in several goals by U32 and was downcast after the game, as teammates and parents alike gave her support and comfort. It takes courage to be the goalie for a junior high team.

Sharon is busy planning the Holiday Wine Tasting scheduled for November 11th, and we hope you all feel welcome to attend. It’s a great way to buy wines for holiday events and as gifts for your friends. It adds a little fun to your party when you bring out a wine that you’ve discovered on your own and think highly of. Tickets are on sale at the store: they are $25 and include tastings of over thirty wines and a large variety of Sharon’s great food.

Tomorrow for fish we have wild striped bass available, something that’s been out of our price range thus far this year. We’re taking $5 off what the price would normally be and selling it for $19.99/lb.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Wild Striped Bass
  • Lemon sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

How we eat

Hi Folks-

Well you will all be pleased to know I took Peter back to “The Spot,” a restaurant I had digged up for us but we didn’t have time for. My grilled chicken sandwich was delicious although poorly assembled (I had to take the chicken out, slice it in half so that the whole sandwich had chicken and stack up the bacon that was coming out like radial arms, but it was really good tasting). Peter’s fish tacos, very bland. I think fish tacos are harder for other people than I thought. If you haven’t tried it the seasoning packet at the market for fish tacos is awesome, You will totally win with it.

In the ongoing food consciousness that Peter and I are trying to maintain we are doing okay. I realized as we started down the road to another cleanse that I just couldn’t do it right now. Specialized diets are labor intensive and the added disadvantage of needing to eat your main meal as close to noon as possible was stressing me out (that’s when I’m feeding you all :-). Honestly though, we had been on (and continue to be on) a pretty good trajectory of losing a couple of pounds a week. Peter tends to swing a little more widely because he is essentially a wild man with a calm wife. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But his idea of dieting tends to be eating nothing for a week and then everything and anything all day on the sixth day.

So mostly I cook which makes for a bit healthier living I think. He does some too. Tonight, Chicken Piccata (not Italian but apparently Italian American), sauteed mushrooms, zucchini and red pepper with garlic and seasonings, and a salad of mixed greens, avocado, dried cranberries and a whisker of blue cheese in a creamy home made dressing. The dressing was fun, I’ve been trying to find something luscious but not killer calorie wise. I have one of those small food processors which makes experimenting with dressing easy. This one was lovely, ½ an avocado, 1/2 a medium heirloom tomato, one clove of garlic, a handful each of rough chopped cilantro and parsley, 2 tablespoons of balsamic, salt, pepper a few red chili flakes and ¼ cup walnut oil and a tablespoon low fat mayo, freaking delicious

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Healthy creamy dressing

bad news/good news

Hi Folks-

So today I’m starting early on the post and we’ll see if I can finish by the time Sharon gets home at 6. Traveled to Burlington today with Sharon and the colors are mostly gone, with the notable exception of the row of maple trees across the lawn in front of the capital. These trees are still magnificent.

So we went to an appointment I had with the Retina Center of Vermont where I’d been referred by local eye doctor Jay Kimberly. The doctor today confirmed that I have a condition called macular pucker. It’s when there’s scar tissue on the macular and it can cause problems with your sight. He said mine was “light to moderate” in its severity and since I can still see fine he recommended that I didn’t need any treatment or intervention. I asked him, and this is the point of me telling you all this, I asked him if the condition got progressively worse and he said no, not generally. To have a physical ailment that is not expected to eventually get worse was such a relief.

The bummer of the day was that the appointment took so long that we couldn’t have lunch before bringing Sharon back to work. While she was waiting for me to get done she had used a Google app to find the restaurants nearby to where we were and she found this really cool sounding place called The Spot. It’s a converted gas station on Shelburne Rd. and it sounded like an awesome place for breakfast or lunch. Anyway, Sharon had to get back so we’ll hopefully check out The Spot some time in the future.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • East Coast Halibut
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid Oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Things to do and not to do at the store

Hi Folks-

And it’s fall, finally, maybe, I kinda hope so. 73 degrees on the porch last night, which is not at all fall like.

So we have finalized the date for the Uncommon Market Holiday Wine tasting. Saturday, November 11 from 3 to to 7 in Montpelier. $25.00 per person and if you’ve been you can stop reading now. If you haven’t been this is a really fun event, 30 wines to taste, knowledgeable wine people, and gorgeous food. The Uncommon Market brings a beautiful spread of food that we do for catering, food that I do at home and food that you actually could do at home too. Wines are in the store the week before Thanksgiving. 12 or more bottles of wine that are ordered that evening (and frankly who can’t use a case between holiday parties and special meals) get a 12% discount. It’s actually hard not to win in this scenario. Tickets available on Friday October 20th.

Five weirdest product questions I’ve been asked lately:

  • Do you carry rifles?…Nope, not that Uncommon

  • Do you sell Cod sperm?… Ah NO, super NO (who’s job is that??)

  • Do you sell worms?…I kinda get this, I like to fish ….but no, under the soup you won’t find that handy little container of crawlers, blech!

  • Do you have the “Exotic Love rub”…actually we did but the whispery voice made it unnerving. It was a brand called “Rub with Love” and they had an exotic mushroom rub…

  • Do your fish have brains with them?…Whew tricky…they all did … the whole fish do (trout and special order can)…watcha looking for?

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • 10 oz. Whole rainbow trout

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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keeping Peter in line

Hi Folks-

Sharon worked until 6 tonight and I was waiting until she got home, hoping to have some fun, and forgetting that when I last saw Sharon she admonished me to go home and write the post, to get that out of the way so we could have some fun when she got home. So she arrives home and we open a bottle of wine, a Cotes du Rhone called Domaine Coste Chaude that’s really good for the price of $15.69. And we’re sitting at our kitchen table drinking our wine and talking about the store and its complexities, and our family and its complexities, and having an altogether nice time. Then it occurs to Sharon to ask if I’ve done the post, and alas, I had not. I am a little forgetful, I have to admit.

So we kept talking, feeling the peace of the wine and the fact we hadn’t had a chance to talk all day, and that went on for fifteen minutes until Sharon adjourned to the porch, letting me know that it was time to write the post. So I did.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Alaskan Coho Salmon
  • Bluefish
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Cook :-)

Hi Folks-

I guess we are never getting fall. Too bad, I love fall.

So my message tonight is to cook! I’ve been planning and implementing parties, which is different than cooking, similar, but different.

I’ll give you all of my recipes (ones I currently think you need are: peanut sauce, smoked mac and cheese, garlic tofu hot pot) but I am asking you to take fifteen unstressed minutes and think about the favorite thing you used to cook. Fab grilled cheese, your own version of coq au vin, cakes, unbelievable spaghetti sauce, your mom’s fettuccine, what was your favorite thing to cook? A dagwood sandwich, fresh cabbage and good mayo. Anyway, do that this week for fun. Maybe tell me about it if you do.

The party was amazing, so nice to see so many people!! So fun to work with our crew to have a great time. I kind of actually couldn’t believe we had a real live party in the store, talk about potentially the most awkward party ever, RETAIL… So that was good.

Save the date November 11 for our Holiday wine tasting, details to follow!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Whole Rainbow Trout, farm-raised

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Alaskan King Salmon

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboa

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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Chelsea’s Story

Hi Folks-

So a perfect ending to a perfect day, Chelsea’s story of the market. It’s long but it’s worth it. And thank every one of you for coming out today and making today so much fun. The staff killed it, customers rocked and everybody had a good time!

Chelsea here! I was inspired yesterday, excited for our 10 year anniversary party, and I decided I wanted to tell my story of how it all began. I say my story because my mom has hers, Peter has his — everyone involved in the market from staff to family to customers have theirs. But this is mine. This is a long post, a story really. So scroll on if that’s not your thing, but please hunker down and read on if it is.

Since my mid-teens I always remember my mom talking about owning a store. She may have talked about it earlier than that, but it started to stick with me around then. She talked about this magical place with all the best food and all the best people, it was as much a foodie spot as it was a community spot. It was her dream.

Fast forward some years later and I was “over it” with Montpelier, as any young adult around here usually feels at one point or another, so I decided to move to Providence, RI when I was 19. Not for school, or a guy, or anything noteworthy, other than I wanted out of Central VT. I vaguely remember telling my mom, in some conversation that lacked any real seriousness, if the store ever came to be I would come home and open it with her.

I loved Providence, seriously loved it. Awesome independent music scene, made amazing friends, while a “city” still a manageable size for my Vermont roots. I continued to work in the service industry seeing as that was my experience from home. I actually wore the black vested penguin suit for longer than I care to admit. But that vest meant higher check averages, I would have put on a full blown fuzzy penguin costume for higher check averages, so it was a good compromise. I was starting to get burnt on the service industry though, and decided I needed to find my “career.” This is a funny thing we all go through, that what we’re doing right now is enough but not what we’re supposed to be doing to be actually life-ing properly? I know you know.

So I pursued real estate. Got a gig running the back end of a small RE/MAX team selling properties in East Greenwich, RI. Nice place to be selling properties, for sure. The man who spearheaded/ran the team was David Splaine. I will never forget him. He was a seriously awesome guy who had the utmost respect and never ending encouragement for me as I learned new things and did the things I knew well. My plan, was master the back end of the team and then get trained to be a realtor. We had murmured those talks, David and I, that I might be interested in that. He seemed to think it was a really good path for me. I felt like I had made a solid move.

Enter my mom. Seemed almost out of the blue, but apparently the store was going to happen. She was writing a business plan, of which I was getting pretty steady updates, and looking at potential store spaces. Whoa. A while goes by, and time eludes me here, but all of a sudden BAM. They found 1 School Street in Montpelier and it was happening. My mom, being my mom, assured me I could do whatever I wanted. But me, being me, knew I was coming home to open the store with my family.

Within weeks I packed up in RI and headed home. The next month being almost a blur. So many renovations, so many things pushing back the date we were supposed to open. Everything, literally everything, takes longer than you think it’s going to. No matter how many times you’ve done it, and we had never done it. People were excited and curious as our windows were covered with butcher paper and contractor vehicles lined the streets every day. That Montpelier vibe of “Oooo, what’s happening?!” Eventually my mom and Peter had to call it. It wasn’t 100% there but it was dang close, and we opened on October 2nd of 2007.

We lived and worked together for months. Many, many hours together at the store followed with many, many hours together at home. That first Thanksgiving in ‘07 we vowed our plan was not to see each other, with love of course. We made alternate plans and it was magical. I got my own place shortly thereafter. The rest is history.

I was at the Uncommon Market, officially full time, for a little over five years. I went down to part-time, then super part-time, to now I don’t work there – but I’ll help you pick out wine and can still fix the register if the line is getting long. I got my job in cyber security because one of the two employees with my current company knew me from the market and what I did there. Maybe not your most common segue, but one would not have been without the other and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously. I have a tremendous amount of respect for my parents (Sharon and Peter) and all they have gone through and done over the years to make the market not just a kick-ass store, but a community staple as well. I’m not there daily anymore, but I never really left either. The market remains a huge part of my life and my heart, I hope you all feel some of that too.

Thank you everyone for making these last 10 years incredibly special.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Wild King Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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Sharon’s excited

Hi Folks-

It’s beginning to feel like a week before Christmas around our house. Sharon has a list she’s keeping for everything having to do with the party this coming Monday. She has a list of things she has to make, one for the things she has to do, one for the things I need to do and it goes on from there. Tonight she stayed late at the store making a test batch of small samples of tomato pie she wants to serve at the party.

I went this afternoon to Sophia’s soccer game. Sophia plays goal keeper and is quite good at it. The Red Sox are going to be in the playoffs starting in October and they’ve been battling their arch nemesis, the Yankees, all this month to gain the top spot. The Patriots won an absolute thriller this Sunday, with Tom Brady coming from behind and throwing a last second touchdown pass.

I guess that’s it for my brief sports update. Come to the store on Monday and join us for our 10th anniversary celebration.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Red Grouper
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Alaskan King Salmon
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • PEI Mussels
  • Pemaquid oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

How to find our recipes and our party ;-)

Hi Folks-

Holy summer time!! It is hot! I can’t believe I am running our air conditioner on the 25th day of September, but I sure am.

My mind is currently mostly focused on our Birthday party next Monday, the food is going to be great (street side BBQ!!), wine to taste, free treats…what’s not to love. But you know all about that and you’ve probably penciled it in. I am so glad it’s going to be more like 60 for BBQ’ing instead of 85 degrees.

So cool thing I figured out recently, if you go to our web page and you’re thinking, “Boy wasn’t there just a recipe Haddock with Charmoula sauce or some nifty trick to keep salmon from sticking to the grill,” I am here to say it’s actually a pretty good search tool. Go to the home page Uncommon Market and then in the right hand column it has a little box for search web site. Put what you want in there and I betcha it comes right up. This is my new favorite place to find my recipes :-).

So come party with us on Monday October 2nd, our customers are the best, you’ll have fun!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • King Salmon

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • Bluefish

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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