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Moving to Pownal, Vermont

versicle Sep 28, 2006 01:08 PM

I know the Blue Benn. What else is close by? Any suggestions of where to shop for food, besides the Hannafords in Bennington?

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    dukegirl Oct 5, 2006 02:08 PM

    There's a Wild Oats on Route 2 in Williamstown. There's also the Aldi's and Price Chopper in Bennington.

    Most of the local farmers' markets have ended for the season, but if you're up for a 30-40 minute drive, head up to Dorset, VT--there is an indoor farmers' market starting next week at the JK Adams Kitchen Store. www.dorsetfarmersmarket.com

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      KnittingShaker Oct 5, 2006 05:53 PM

      There is also Spice and Nice in Bennington, which is a small but well stocked natural foods grocery. They focus mainly on packaged items, but have a decent bulk area and a small produce section.

      Also in Bennington is Henry's Market, which has great bacon.

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      1. re: KnittingShaker
        RichK Oct 5, 2006 10:09 PM

        Henry's Market is also a great butcher shop and smoke house. Their smoked meats are excellent!!

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        versicle Oct 12, 2006 09:03 PM

        Is there somewhere to get fresh fish?

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          NBP Oct 15, 2006 06:36 PM

          Welcome to the area! Missing above is the Hannaford's grocery store in Bennington. They have a newly expanded natural products area. The only things we go to Price Chopper for are sushi and bagels. You can get fresh fish right off the truck on Thursday afternoons at the gas station in front of the Price Chopper. Then there are folks who swear by both Hannafords and P.C., but you need to find out how fresh it is before purchasing.

          By the way, the Wild Oats in Williamstown is a coop, not part of the chain by the same name. But it's newly expanded and definitely worth joining if you are into natural foods.

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          dukegirl Oct 16, 2006 12:26 PM

          I do like Hannaford's better than PC sometimes. One thing to note, if you're interested, is that the Hannaford brand milk is hormone-free (just look for plant no 50-13 on the jug).

          I've had mixed results w/Hannaford's fish, like NBP said, you just need to check it out before buying. PC fish can be good. I've never tried the fish truck on Thursdays, but have heard good things. If you don't mind a drive to Manchester, there's a full-service seafood shop called Earth & Sea. Very very good.

          Oh and the bulk natural foods at Hannaford are way more expensive than at Spice N Nice.

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            Harp00n Oct 16, 2006 06:43 PM

            We shop at the Bennington Hannafords store. We also vacation in South Harpswell, Me. every year and shop at the Hannaford's in Brunswick. The people in the Casco Bay region, obviously, have many seafood options. We join a goodly portion of the Pinetree Staters in shopping at Hannafords, the best supermarket chain in New England,IMO.

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