We are opening Thursday and what that is going to look like!

Hi Folks-

Well hi there!! We have missed you and our store. What a long strange ride it has been, very dramatic times. I hope each and every one of you, whether working or not, staying in or not, schooling at home, whatever you’ve been doing, have survived it.

I’ve cooked all kinds of fun things, learned new tricks and I have lots of new ideas but for now…

No doubt we’ll talk over time about what we all did but mostly today I want to talk about what we are going to be doing going forward. We are opening on Thursday May 28th at 7 am. The deli will be blocked off (main door only please) but there will be breakfast sandwiches, coffee and muffins available. Lunch will be call in only From 11 to 2 (weekdays only) and we are starting with a limited menu.

  • Tom Robbins

  • Reuben

  • Italian

  • Vegetarian

  • BLT

New Store hours until further notice are Tuesday through Saturday 7 to 7. We will be closed Sunday and Monday.

WE WILL BE WEARING MASKS TO PROTECT YOU AND WE ASK YOU TO DO THE SAME TO PROTECT US.

Fish deliveries will be on Fridays only and will be BY PRE ORDER ONLY. This means we aren’t going to fill up the fish case. We will need to receive your call or email by nine am Thursday morning and order will be available Friday after 2. We have also opted to go this route with meat as well.

HOW TO ORDER: EMAIL OR CALL THE STORE(we will be in the store Tuesday and Wednesday 9 to 2). For email you can just respond to this email, would be great if you put your name and the word ORDER in the subject line but we will figure it out!

What follows is a list of what we can order for you if we receive the order by nine am this Thursday (5/28). Should we happen to have fish or meat left over from ordering they will be placed in ½ pound or 1 pound packages out front in the cooler.

We expect to be able to open up the deli more as we get a sense of things. Additionally, if you’d like to sit on the porch, you will need to call ahead, make a reservation (doesn’t that crack you up, does me 🙂 and order your lunch ahead of time as well. In our current world we can only fit two tables of four and one table for two on the porch.

So we will start with the Fish you can order for Friday, (minimum 1 pound) must be ordered by 5/28 9:00 am

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Tuna

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Oysters in lots of 25

  • 2# bags of frozen peeled and de-veined shrimp

Meat Available for pick up on Friday (must be ordered by Thursday 5/28, 9:00 am)

  • Black River Meats 10 oz Rib eye

  • Black River Meats 10 oz NY Strips

  • VT Salumi, fresh Sausage – Italian, Chorizo or Red Wine and Garlic

  • Misty Knoll full chicken legs, drumstick and thigh

  • Black River Ground Beef, 1 pound packages

We will also have milk, local bread and eggs, yogurt, crackers, some produce, ice cream and a lot of the standard stuff. We have moved shelving around to create a wider space and an easy loop through the store. We do have to limit occupany so please be patient if you are asked to wait. We will do our best to move people in and out quickly.

So this isn’t my favorite way to open the store but we do miss you and do need to open so please bear with us as we figure out how to make our store work best for you!!

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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Closing Friday until stay at home order is lifted

Hi Folks-

How quickly things change! We have decided to close at 7 pm on Friday March 27, until the stay at home order has been lifted, current expected date April 15. For our safety and that of our staff and customers we just really feel like this is the right thing to do. Once the stay at home order has been lifted we will be back in the business of providing a great little neighborhood store with all kinds of wonderful food! If you want fish, or steaks this Friday you will need to order it by 1 on Thursday, we will not be buying for the case.

Stay Safe everybody and stay home, flatten the curve so everybody has a better chance!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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Next steps, the fish arriving and the news

Hi Folks-

I am so impressed with our community. Downtown is virtually empty, people are for real about social distancing (I honestly wish that they had used the phrase physical distancing, always pays to be clear) and there are signs of love and hope. Literal signs…in windows, on doors, neighbors greeting neighbors through signs. It seems to me also that as we struggle to figure this out people are making the extra effort to be kind and that is good. We will get through this.

So let me run you through the details. We will be opening one hour later and closing one hour earlier starting tomorrow. Monday through Friday we will open at 7:30 am and close at 7pm. Saturday will be from 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Lunch, as know you, is closed. Please bear with us as we re-tool here. Dinner specials will be coming back and soups too, all packaged in the reach ready to be reheated at home. It’s a little amusing at how different it is to have fish chowder packed and cold on Friday instead of hot and ready to serve.

We are continuing with full fish orders and stocking of meat and groceries. If you are concerned about face time (and you should be) I highly encourage you to call with fish orders. We are also willing to pack other groceries if you contact us. If you email us make sure to put “GROCERY ORDER” in the subject line and include a telephone number. Don’t include card information, we will call you with a total or you can pay when you pick up. If you call, please be patient, this is new for all of us.

So more fun things. Even though I am working I have found it really important to start on some longer term cooking projects. Cooking soothes me. The fire cider is done and wow, what a punch. I don’t know whether it help prevents colds or not, but it was fun to make and something that powerful made of good things can’t be bad for you. I started my own sourdough starter so in about two weeks I can make some of my own sourdough bread. It’s nice to plan something fun to look forward to. Maybe for you it’s planning cookies with the kids from what you have in the cupboard. While I am at the market everyday there is a part of me that wishes I wasn’t, that I was home too. I am indulging that part of me by cooking out of my cupboard and my freezer.

One gem that came out the freezer this weekend was Parmesan broth. This is a known fancy chef trick that actually works for everybody. Fancy chefs have super expensive Parmesan that they save the rinds from, store in the freezer and when they have enough, simmer in water and make broth. This is also extremely delicious with inexpensive Parmesan. I throw all of my rinds, and frankly all the waxy chunks that didn’t really get wrapped right into the freezer. When I have a bunch (maybe enough to awkwardly fill a four cup measure) I put it frozen into a four quart pan with water, throw in a bay leaf or not and peppercorns or not and simmer it for an hour or two, stirring periodically. Yeah some of it gets sticky and the pan likewise but the strained broth is fabulous. Use instead of chicken or veg stock or make an egg drop soup or put half a cup into your pasta dish, really super in risotto. So good.

So that’s it, that’s the news from this home front. Take care of each other and we will see you at the store, be it ever so briefly from a safe six feet!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Ocean Perch

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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eat good fish and keep a safe distance

Hi Folks-

Sharon is taking a nap after another long day at the store. She’s not getting much help from me with running things, as I’m in a high risk category in terms of catching the virus. I do what I can in the way of keeping our house clean and providing good dinners and welcome homes to
Sharon.
Last night I made beef barley soup, which is one of her favorites, and tonight we’re going with salmon and green sauce, some rice and spinach.

Sharon reports that while things were quite busy in the beginning part of the week they have slowed down considerably as the week has gone on. While things are uncertain it’s all the more important to call in advance with your fish orders, so that you get what fish you want and so that we don’t over-buy. For tomorrow I’ve made a pretty standard order, except that I did not order scallops or sole. We will have scallops next Tuesday and all the other standard offerings for tomorrow.

Our staff continues to make the store as antiseptic as possible and they deserve a lot of credit for the quality of the service you receive at the market. Sharon says it’s still the happy, relaxed place to shop it’s always been, and we still have the standard grocery items we’ve always offered as well all the beer and wine selections we carry. So please do what you can to support us, including telling your friends to come in if they’ve never tried our store. Remember too, to honor the safe social distancing guidelines practiced by all who know what they are doing.

Take care, and eat well. The fish arriving tomorrow is as follows:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Whew, flattening the curve

Hi Folks-

Whew, where do you start? By the time you have that figured out, things will have changed. I’m sure you’re inundated with Corona news, so we won’t do that here. I can tell you what’s going on at the Market.

Peter and my Dad, falling into high risk categories are only making flying guest appearances. We have instituted a rather impressive sanitation schedule. Food service places like ours are usually pretty good anyway (our Health Dept. scores rock!) but we took our sanitation selves right out into the market, so every handle you touch, every cooler door, every counter top, every door knob etc has been sanitized within the last hour. Our cashiers are wearing gloves during busy times and changing them very frequently (protecting customers and staff alike). We sanitize our pens, in short we are trying to be as protective as we can be.

We will have a regular lunch tomorrow but after that made to order sandwiches and salads will not be available. What will be available is a variety of your favorite sandwiches and salads in the reach in. The underlying theory here is…no congregating…no hanging out together waiting in a long line.

The store is fully on and provides a nice option to the scene at Shaw’s or other bigger markets. We are sanitizing like crazy out here, trying to bag appropriate produce and keep the shelves stocked with basics. Yes, we have toilet paper but you can only have one roll.

If you are in one of the high risk categories we encourage you to come in early. We open at 6:30 and while you might see a person strolling through for a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich you pretty much have the place to your self. We are also happy to provide gloves if that makes things more comfortable.

There will be a person in the deli to make breakfast sandwiches, sell fish and meat, prep for soups and make prepared foods. They won’t be able to make food to order but they are helping to keep everything moving forward.

We made a calculated decision tonight to buy approximately the same amount of fish that we normally do so availability shouldn’t be a problem. If you want to reduce your face time please call the market and we will have it packed and ready to go by a certain time.

So we are all in this together, be kind to each other, tip well everywhere (service people are really going to take a hit on this). Learn the elbow bump, it’s going to be okay, we can do this!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Ahi Tuna

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Pemaquid oysters, ME

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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Time to check out the reach in

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

There might be some amazing lunch there

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Black bean

Quesadilla

Friday

Vietnamese Chicken Salad and pulled pork in the case!!

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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mostly the fish

Hi Folks-

Tonight we’re attending the play “Grease” so I don’t have much time to chat, but I did want you to know about the fish we have arriving tomorrow. There have been several interested parties make earnest inquiries into buying our store, which Sharon and I find encouraging. We’ll keep you posted and you’ll find Sharon and I at the store our usual hours throughout, and as always we’ll be happy to see you all.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • whole 10 oz. Rainbow trout
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • PEI Mussels
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 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

Fire Cider, spring and the fish coming in!

 

Hi Folks-

Whoa, happy fake Spring! I’ll take it! And wish for a little more sugaring snow.

I made this really fun thing with Chelsea this weekend, fire cider. For those unfamiliar, fire cider is a traditional (read very old) tonic made by herbalist to help boost health. I have purchased fire cider from herbalist before and felt like it did help ward off the crud and minimize the crud when I got it. Anyway it’s a pretty basic recipe with all the things we know are good for us; garlic, ginger, turmeric, onions, thyme, black pepper, hot peppers, horseradish, apple cider vinegar and raw honey. I thought “Hey I bet I can make this,” and then I thought “hmm maybe I’ll call an herbalist and find out if there are herbs that help support respiratory health.” Certainly that is something Peter and I both struggle with (although my recently quitting smoking after years should help quite a bit too ;-). She recommended a couple of different herbs so I dropped by my local apothecary (how cool is that, I bet you have one too) and got both the herbs and some dosage suggestions.

It was intense, garlic, onions, fresh horseradish, ginger and jalapenos had our eyes running but we persevered and added all the ingredients to half gallon canning jars, covered the solid ingredients with raw cider vinegar. Shake every day for three weeks, strain and then mix in raw honey to taste. The recipe I used was from the Herbal Academy and is here Fire Cider Anyway, super fun project with Chels and who can’t use a little boost these days?

Peter has great fish coming in tomorrow and if the weather stays as it is, you should come eat on the porch, I don’t care if it is March! Also check out the prepared food case, all kinds of fun creative foods in there! Oh yes and wash your hands! All the time!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Blue Fish

  • Halibut

  • 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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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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basketball and sparkly party

Hi Folks-

This Wednesday Sophia and I went to the Montpelier boys basketball team’s game against U-32, a semi-final game in the Vermont State Tournament. I hadn’t watched boys basketball in years and it was intensely enjoyable, for an old high school jock who is dedicated to his love of sports.

These kids went all out. They were a team first and foremost, each boy feeding off the energy of his buddies, quite honestly rooting for the success of his teammates more than for himself.

And they did great, leading the entire game, and finally winning by about 20 points. Sophia had done yeoman’s work in getting her fellow Montpelier students to support the team very loudly and certainly. We drove home happily looking forward to the Finals against Fair Haven, on Saturday afternoon at the Barre Auditorium. You should go, anyone would enjoy it.

Then, not to be outdone, Sharon went to Bethany’s birthday party, held at Three Penny, starting just when the game started. The theme for the party was sparkle and shine, Bethany wanting her friends to be as “bright on the outside as I know you are on the inside.” Sharon brought as a gift a hand sized LED device that was a light show and almost a party ball, and looked elegant with the sparkles she’d applied to her body. That too, actually was quite exciting. She looked great.

So don’t forget that though we are selling the business we are still going forward with running the market as we have for years. We want the market to be the place you want to be. Sharon and I are here full time until we do sell, running the store the way we always do. Just so you know.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Ocean Perch
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Weirding out in aisle threee

Hi Folks-

Happy news first, if you haven’t checked out our most recent artist, Sarah Munro, you are missing out, look up, look around, she also has cards.

What does it say about our world and my small mind that I would rather think about a pandemic virus than the upcoming super Tuesday? Anyway Peter is covering us on the politics and I am grabbing the food end of things. I read the N.Y. Times this week end… I know, I usually do. To their credit they pointed out that they may have become way too big. So to help I am going to look around for other reliable news but this weekend I read about the coronavirus. Statistically, slightly worse than the annual Flu. Which if you aren’t immune deficient, respiratory impaired or really old (or weirdly, male, that apparently doesn’t help) you’re probably going to be okay but so many of us are all those things.

So into the grocery store I go. I do my usual, get all the vegetables, plan on looking at a little meat and then hit the dairy aisle. A bottle of wine and I am out of there. Then I thought “Oh jeez am I supposed to have canned food?” So down I went. Fessing up here, got canned corned corn, canned mushrooms, saw the canned beans and went nuts (black beans, garbonzo, cannelini, navy) saw the canned green vegetables and went back to the pasta aisle to get the super green pasta instead, and then as a matter of discipline, back to the canned food aisle. Canned salmon, tuna, crab and chicken…hard No on the corned beef, steak, beef stew, mystery chili. I didn’t get anything I wouldn’t normally cook with but wow the bags were heavy. Anyway I am sure we are all fine and if things get hinky call me, (maybe don’t stop by), we’ll figure it out.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Ocean Perch

  • Sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • PEI Mussels

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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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

Braised BBQ Beef with apple onion slaw :-)!

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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A breath of Spring!

Hi Folks-

Well wasn’t today a breath of Spring!! I was, unsurprisingly, overdressed, one of my favorite problems :-). Quick post tonight, I am making stuffed peppers for the first time in twenty years and trying to make them both healthy and delicious, I think the delicious will be the bigger challenge. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I do feel I should point out that it is also going to be warm tomorrow so that makes a great day to hit the porch at the market for lunch or comfortably fire up the grill and have some fresh grilled fish for dinner! There looks to be a little turbot left which I myself am hoping to grill tomorrow (in foil).

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • 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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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

Braised BBQ Beef with apple and onion slaw

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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