City Market upcoming events & classes

Pennywise Pantry

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
City Market, Downtown Store (map)

Pennywise PantryWith this interactive and hands-on tour, participants will learn how to shop for affordable, fresh, long-lasting, and nutritious foods at City Market. We will begin by exploring the Produce and Bulk departments, learning a simple method for finding the best value on fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans by paying attention to the price per pound. Then we will enter the Grocery aisles and Perishables coolers and learn to become savvy label readers as we shop for nourishing, long-lasting foods that contain 5 ingredients or fewer. No matter what kind of diet you follow, these pennywise tools will help you stock your kitchen with a variety of healthy, local, and even organic foods and develop a better understanding of Co-op sales.

If the date and time above doesn’t work for your schedule, or if you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one individualized tour, please contact our Outreach and Education Coordinator, Elena Palermo at or 802-861-9757.



The Power of
Prebiotics and Probiotics

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm
City Market, Downtown Store (map)

Food EducationProbiotics, whether in the form of manufactured supplements or fermented foods, are increasingly recognized as beneficial additions to a balanced diet. What exactly are probiotics though, and how do they differ from prebiotics, which is another term we’re starting to hear more regularly? Join Dr. Eric Garza, a food systems instructor at the University of Vermont and local health and wellness enthusiast, for a talk that will explore the differences between probiotics and prebiotics and the benefits of both. This will be an interactive talk, so questions are encouraged.

$10 City Market Members, $25 Non-Members


Fickle Pickling with Miss Weinerz

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Community Teaching Kitchen, South End Store (map)

Food EducationCome join Miss Weinerz to learn the basics of brines from salted lactos to vinegar boils. We’ll be pickling a variety of vegetables from local farms. Ren Weiner is the owner, baker and chef of Miss Weinerz. Ren is a food processor focused on ecological resiliency in the food system. Her sweet treats fly out of City Market faster than you can say “Lemon Balm & Gooseberry Jam Donut”!

$10 City Market Members, $25 Non-Members


Crop Mob at
Diggers’ Mirth Collective

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 9:00am to 12:00pm
Diggers’ Mirth Collective (map)

Crop MobJoin us for a volunteer work party at Diggers’ Mirth Collective Farm down in Burlington’s Intervale. Diggers’ Mirth is a 16 acre organic farm growing a variety of fruits and vegetables for the greater Burlington community. The Diggers have been growing vegetables for City Market since the farm started 26 years ago!

Come join the Diggers in some fall harvest and cleanup! Light snacks will be provided. Please come prepared with appropriate layers (that you don’t mind getting dirty), sturdy shoes, work gloves, and water. City Market Member Workers can earn hours for their time.



Harvest Run for Sustainability

Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Burlington’s Intervale (map)

GeneralJoin the Sustainability Academy and City Market for our 7th annual Fun Run/5K down in the Intervale! Romp through farm fields and dirt roads in this family-friendly event to support place-based learning at the Sustainability Academy.

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A Filipino Feast

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Community Teaching Kitchen, South End Store (map)

Food EducationJoin us for a Filipino feast! In this class we will learn how to make three traditional Filipino dishes. The first, Filipino Adobo is the “national dish” and is meat or vegetables marinated and braised in soy sauce, vinegar and peppercorns. The second dish, Pancit Bihon is a Filipino adaptation of Cantonese Lo Mein, a stir fry of meat and vegetables tossed with rice noodles. Lastly, we will make Putong Puti, a rice flour muffin that is steamed instead of baked. This class will be taught by Maria Garrido. Maria was born and raised in Florida in a Chamorro and Filipino household. After living in Louisiana and San Francisco, she moved to Vermont in 2005 to attend the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) and was most recently at the Burlington School Food Project.

$10 City Market Members, $25 Non-Members


Cooking with Indian Spices

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Community Teaching Kitchen, South End Store (map)

Food EducationTogether we will prepare an Indian rice pilaf, a nutritious lentil soup and a quick vegetable dish. Participants will learn that cooking with spices in Indian cuisine can be quite simple with delicious and healthy results. During the class, we will go over benefits of spices and how they aid in our digestion. We will also learn how recipes don’t have to be time consuming to offer health benefits. Akshata Nayak MSACN, MS is a Clinical Nutritionist who practices at Alternative Roots Wellness Center in Essex Junction.

$10 City Market Members, $25 Non-Members


The Art and Science of Kombucha

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
City Market, Downtown Store (map)

Food EducationStart making kombucha at home! Kombucha is a fermentation of sweetened tea. In this class we’ll learn how to make it and also discuss why fermented foods are so beneficial. Participants will take home a “scoby” (a starter culture) to get started. This class will be led by Suzanna Bliss, Licensed Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, Educator, and Director of Bliss Healing Acupuncture in Montpelier.

$10 City Market Members, $25 Non-Members


Drop In: Healthy Halloween
Snacks for Kids

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – 9:30am to 11:30am
City Market, Downtown Store (map)

Food EducationJoin us for a fun morning of making healthy Halloween-themed snacks! We will make pretzel & cheese broomsticks, clementine “pumpkins”, and fruit monster faces. This is a drop-in event, so no need to sign up. We’ll also have coffee and music to enjoy. Feel free to drop in for a few minutes, or stay for the morning.


Check out more upcoming classes and events on our website.


Register for classes online! It’s easy and convenient. Just click the Sign-Up button below each class.

Prefer to pay by cash or check? Stop by our Customer Service desk.

Questions? Please consult our class policies and FAQs.

Instore Tours

Want to learn how to shop at the Co-op and find ways to save money?

Not comfortable signing up for a group Pennywise Pantry tour?

We’re happy to offer one-on-one tours with our Outreach and Education Coordinator to help you feel more comfortable at the Co-op.

Please contact Elena at: or 861-9757 for more information.


Mentoring pairs can sign-up to take City Market’s food and herbal education classes for free! To find out how, please contact:

Food for All Members
may attend classes for free. Please email
to sign up.

All others may inquire about a scholarship by emailing


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Downtown Location
82 S. Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT | 05401 US

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207 Flynn Ave
Burlington, VT | 05401 US