Every year our small town of Pittsfield celebrates Memorial day. It's the perfect blend of honoring and remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces and of celebrating spring and neighbors. On Monday morning neighbors gather on the Pittsfield Green. The parade consists of a small color guard, a small marching band from a neighboring town, and all the town's kids on decorated bicycles. The route wraps around the Green on Route 100, then the entire group - parade and spectators - follows into the Pittsfield cemetery.
Six runners will attempt run fifty miles a day for ten straight days through Pittsfield, Vermont's Green Mountain Trails in the Peak Pittsfield 500 starting Thursday. Here are some tips from Green Mountain Trails about sharing the trails so everyone can have a great time:
1. As always, those on foot have the right of way, but we need to emphasize this for the race. The runners may not always be coherent, especially days into the race.
2. Do not alter the course markings in any way. You may be placing someone in serious danger.
3. Bubba and Devil's Throat will be utilized in full. Take extra caution on these trails. The inconvenience will be worth it; an estimated 1000 trail crossings will really pack in these trails.
4. If you come across the competitors, be generous with encouragement. Believe us, it helps!
5. Don't think them mad. Do you know what's crazy? Ultra marathons of American Idol and Honey Boo Boo while scarfing down day glow, food related substances. Extended periods wandering the woods of Vermont is actually one of the saner pursuits we can think of.
The rest of the Peak Ultra runners will start:
5/24: Start of Peak Races Pittsfield 500, 4 p.m.
5/30: Peak Races Ultra 200, 4 p.m.
6/1: Peak Races Ultra 30, 50 and 100.
We have 7 flavors of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Coffee on special this month. Breakfast Blend, Columbian Decaf, Columbian Fair Trade Select, French Vanilla, Kenyan Highland Cooperatives, Our Blend and Vermont Country Blend. Stop in, or give us a call and we'll ship it to you 802-746-8888.
12 oz Green Mountain Coffee Roasters $7.99 (normally $9.79)
Last Spring our own Lee Ann Isaacson submitted to recipes to the Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, One for the General Store (our homemade Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe) and one for the Amee Farm. (our Lemon Lavendar Dressing). Both were printed in the cookbook which has just been published! Our wonderful farmers grow a variety of greens - including Kale and Spinach, which stand up beautifully to this dressing, it is great tossed with Feta (or goat cheese by the way).
MOTHER's DAY DINNER SPECIALS, eat here or take them home and surprise mom:
*Boneless Pork Chop grilled and served in a mushroom peppercorn brandy sauce, with maple glazed carrots and herb rice.
*Lemon Peppered Salmon w sautéed garlic & lemon fiddlehead ferns and herb rice.
*Grilled 8 oz flat Iron Steak smothered in sautéed mushrooms, pepper & onions, with maple glazed carrots and herb rice.
*Cheese Tortellini Alfredo with broccoli, roasted red peppers and mushroom and oven roasted garlic bread.
*Special Dessert: Triple Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
New on our Original General Store Menu today! The Grilled Veggie Panini with spinach, tomato, onion, olives, goat cheese, avocado and herbed oil. It was very hard to photograph this sandwich before it was eaten!
We're designing a new T-shirt for the store. The slogan will be "Meet me at the intersection of Bacon and Green Juice." That's because we serve amazing breakfasts ranging from traditional bacon and eggs to healthy fresh Green Juice.
We need your help, would you rather have a T-shirt with the design on the left (the sign posts for Bacon & Green Juice) or the design on the right (even Bacon Loves green juice.)? Vote by commenting on Facebook, or leave a comment here.
Remember the place you went as a child, your own forest hideaway, where you climbed trees, skipped across rocks, daydreamed by a waterfall, chased butterflies, spotted deer, skinned your knee, ran amok down twisty paths, got lost and then barely made it home before dark? That place still exists. www.greenmountaintrails.com
~by Matt Baatz