Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Alison Cummings has created Escape Skiing, a tourism company specializing in Women's Guided Ski Trips.
Creative Financial has launched a new site featuring their Vermont Financial Advisor services.
The Beez Kneez Garden Supply has a new e-commerce site coming soon, featuring the best in New England Hydroponics and Garden Supplies.
Friday, September 7, 2012
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Friday, May 18, 2012
Unfortunately, with the Bellows Falls market this afternoon and the potentially HUGE Community Jam tomorrow aka Pizza Hippo's grand opening of our flagship store aka Pizza Hippo #1 aka the Townshend VT Pizza Stand I still have a million details to take care of now.
I do, however, want to take the time to thank a few people who've been especially helpful with all we're trying to accomplish.
First, to my wonderful wife. Nothing happens without you. Thank you for being my partner in life and pizza.
Miles *gaping* Enough said!
Next, Drew at Kindle Farm. You're a visionary powerhouse. And guess what? We're doing it, baby! Ditto to all the other Kindle Farmers from the kids on up to the leadership team.
Brattleborology - you guys RULE. My most supportive partnership/friendship outside of my house. Thank you both. Your site really does equal Things to Do in Brattleboro, Vt. Keep up the great work.
Steve West. The Reformer. The Commons. Cider Mag.
Ann and Philip. Mom and Dad. Mark Hood. Williams Family.
Time to get to work. See y'all for pizza!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
To get out of the weather, the inspector and I popped into the greenhouse. He immediately commented on how clean and organized the area is kept. "Of course," I said, "my wife is in charge of this thing." The inspector gave his complements to Mrs. Amber O'Reilly for a job well done and seemed genuinely sad he lives over two hours away from Pizza Hippo.
Added bonus: Inspector said, "It's got to Hit the Spotamus with all the fresh herbs and vegetables on site." My thoughts exactly!
The rest of the inspection went fairly quick. I had a detailed list of notes from a prior conversation with the inspector, so everything was in perfect order at the fire grilled pizza station. The Kindle Farm kitchen was next, and we came pretty close to a perfect score (the hot water is too hot and we have to finish repairing one counter). The inspector was very pleased, and noted that we must have spent a lot of time getting everything spic and span. It's nice to receive complements from a guy who's paid to be knit-picky :)
Now that we're officially legal, it's safe to tell everyone our Grand Opening is May 19th in conjunction with the Kindle Farm School Plant Sale. So far, Toni Atari and a Grateful Dead cover band have committed to playing, with several other bands potentially signing on in the next few days. Can we hear Mo Ambesa???
We are looking forward to kicking off this year at the Pizza Hippo Townshend Pizza stand in just under three weeks, and hope all of you can join us.
More to come - stay tuned - and remember, Pizza Hippo hits the spotamus!
Friday, April 27, 2012
We now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for an update on our Townshend Pizza Stand, farm-to-table pizza in Townshend, Vermont, in progress.
Amber and I worked several hours yesterday at the Kindle Farm School greenhouse and on the grounds. We tilled a new bed and planted twenty beautiful little blueberry bushes right outside the Sacred Seeds garden. Amber then spent several hours transplanting tiny starts to the six packs folks can purchase for their gardens at the upcoming annual Kindle Farm plant sale (and Pizza Hippo Townshend Pizza Stand opening day) May 19th. Miles and I worked on planting two hundred new seeds, fifty each of thyme, dill, parsley, and cilantro. These, along with the 60 basil plants we've already started, will be eventually planted in the new herb garden in front of our house on Windham Hill Road.
For me personally, starting so many things from seed and nurturing them along to flower and then fruit gives so much more meaning to the cooking process. Using herbs started in April to flavor sauces in August adds a sense of time, a sense of the life cycle, and a sense of the earth's minerals you just can't get from ordering spices that get delivered on a truck from some far off location.
Developing a personal relationship with the garden, with each individual plant, also gives meaning to the process. Checking each, say, broccoli crown daily for weeks before harvesting just at the optimal moment and then using that produce IMMEDIATELY to feed the community a delicious, healthy value-added food product on-site (can you say ZERO carbon footprint?) just does something for me.
Look for more updates as we progress towards the West River Valley's first Farm-to-Table Pizza in Townshend, Vermont.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Yesterday, at the Putney School Earth Day Fest, we debuted a new pizza.
Baba Ganoush with Taylor Farm smoked Gouda cheese and arugula, brainchild of my lovely wife, Amber O'Reilly. Man, was it awesome. We sold out of it pretty quickly (not quick enough for me - I made one for the staff and we ate it during service). I was surprised at how many people didn't know what baba ganoush was, but decided to go for it anyway.
In case YOU don't know, baba ganoush is roasted eggplant blended with tahini, garlic, olive oil and spices. I've been eating it for years thanks to Lebanon's Cafe in New Orleans and a ton of other middle eastern eateries I've found since.
The Kindle Farm School grows several outstanding varieties of eggplant, and I've planted thirty seeds for my (my = Amber's) home garden. Y'all are going to love all the things we're going to do with it.
Come see us next week at Taylor Farm (details at www.pizzahippo.com) to try some more and to support their Kite Day set up to expose inner city children to the wonders of walking in grass barefoot, communing with cows and playing outside in the Green Mountain State.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
You can check out The Commons article here.
Thanks to Thelma O'Brian for the write up.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
What a gorgeous week we've been having here in southern Vermont!
We're in our last week of fundraising at our Kickstarter Campaign. Click here to contribute!
It's also only five days until Pizza Hippo opens the season at the Putney School's Earth Day celebration. The weather is supposed to be less than stellar on Sunday, mirroring last year's auspicious start. Hopefully we'll have more cloud and less rain!
It will be an amazing feat when we set up Sunday morning, though. Svetlana, our 88 Volvo Pizza Wagon, needs a new transmission and will not be getting one. She's on the auction blocks...anyone who wants a great parts car can check out our craigslist ad here.
Instead of Svetlana, we'll likely be converting Amber's Toyota to the new Pizza Wagon and saving up for a little pickup truck. Should be a fun rest of the week scrambling to make this happen!
Pizza Hippo has also been approved vendor status for the Frendly Gathering this June 14-16 right here in Windham, Vermont! Great line up, great people, and now great pizza, too! Can't wait to for our Windham slash Townshend pizza to represent the local food scene in a very legit way!
Finally, Pizza Hippo is officially going to be the newest addition to the Townshend Pizza scene here in Vermont. Opening day coincides with the Kindle Farm stand plant starter sale and a KF fundraiser. Any bands interested in donating their playing time should call Malcolm at 802.874.0321 to make arrangements.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
So get ready, so get ready
I'm gonna try to make you love me too
So get ready, so get ready, 'cause here I come (The Temptations)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
As of April 3rd, our little project on Kickstarter.com has been funded to 90% of our minimum goal of $5000. Yes, we probably need more than $5K in all honesty, and yes, we may end up raising more than that, but either way, we'll have the baseline capital to at least get this project off the ground. Exciting!
It's nice that 51 people so far believe I'm smart enough to make this dream into a reality, and have, on average, invested $87 per person. Hopefully more folks, specifically more local folks, will get in on the action, pre-buy some Vermont Organic Pizza and help us crush our minimum goal. Perhaps our upcoming press piece in The Commons will push us over the edge...stay tuned Vermont.
Hey Brattleboro! It's official!!! Pizza Hippo has been accepted by a jury of our peers to sling organic goodness at the Brattleboro Farmer's Market this summer. We'll be there on Wednesdays starting in May. It was an awesome feeling to hear Martha, membership director, complement our pizza so warmly and welcome Pizza Hippo to Brattleboro. Hopefully we'll hear more of the same from the other market's we're still waiting to hear from...come on y'all, the Pizza Hippo Pizza Wagon is nearly complete and ready to roll!
We also wanted to mention a strategic partnership in the works with Jamaica Cottage Shop. Still working on the terms, but it feels like we should end up with a great structure for the Kindle Farm Stand location. Hope we can work this deal out and keep it classy, Vermont.
That's all for now...sweet dreams.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Pizza Hippo - Vermont's Best Organic Pizza
Made to order and grilled to perfection over real, non-chemical treated charcoal and hard woods, our gourmet pizzas feature homemade Organic Sourdough crust, Local, Organic Vegetables, Local Meats, hand-crafted sauces, Artistanal Vermont Cheeses, and a wide variety of combinations, textures, and flavors.
Some of our food sources include, but are not limited to:
Kindle Farm Organic Vegetable Stand, Wild Sheppard Farm, Pizza Hippo’s home garden, Grafton Village Cheese Company, Taylor Farm, West River Creamery, Cabot, Wild Carrot Farm, River Bend Market Butchers, Snow Farm, and Guerilla Grown Produce. We also source the most local products available from Hillcrest Foods and Dole & Bailey.
All pizzas are single portion (feed one person) and will be served on compostable paper plates (on order) with unbleached, recycled paper napkins. To-go boxes will be available on demand, but will not be encouraged.
Veggie Freestyle Pizza on Classic Marinara featuring Vermont Cheddar Cheese. Organic onions, bell peppers, broccoli, garlic scape pesto and tomatoes.
Yeah You Right BBQ Pizza featuring Vermont Cheddar Cheese. River Bend Market’s own Italian sausage, organic onions, and baby portabella mushrooms over Pizza Hippo’s award winning New Orleans Yeah You Right barbecue sauce.
Creole Sweet Potatopotamus and Sopressata Pizza. Creole spiced sweet potato topping with organic onions caramelized in balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced sopressata featuring Vermont Cheddar Cheese.
Other specialty pizzas include, but are not limited to:
· Peaceful Hippo Thai Basil
· Hippo Bandito Ole Mole
· Hippo Hawaiian Pineapple & Ham
· Blancopotamus Alfredo
· Swingin’ Hippo Crawfish Etouffee
· Spicy Hippo Eggplant Creole
· The Classic Hippo (sausage, onion and mushroom on marinara)
· Creole Muffalettapotamus
Pizza menu changes weekly. Contingent on what’s fresh and chef’s whimsy.
Wish us luck, and have a great weekend. With any luck, we'll see y'all on Wednesdays this season at the market!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
And the road goes on forever
And I've got one more silver dollar - Gregg Allman
Monday, March 12, 2012
Thank you both for writing back to me.
As a former lobbyist in Louisiana, the tone of both of your emails
sounds like the bill is going to be put to bed in committee.
My neighbors, friends, and colleagues all urge you to TALK to the
committee chair and use all your influence to push the bill onto the
NOT TALKING TO THE COMMITTEE about such an important issue is the same
as NOT SUPPORTING THE BILL in my humble opinion. The day will happen
whether or not we get out of bed, after all.
This is the most important agricultural bill in Vermont at the
present. Please do more to support it than offer lip service. Take
action! We, your constituents, are counting on you.
If I can personally be of any service to you, I live down the street
from Mrs. Partridge and am easy to reach in person, by email at this
address or by phone at 802.874.8120.
Thank you both again for writing back to me.
Malcolm M. Hood
On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM, Matthew Trieber <email@example.com> wrote:
> Dear Malcolm,
> Thank you for contacting me regarding H.722. I agree with your e-mail, and
> the bill, although, I have not spoken to anyone on the committee directly
> about it. Please know that I do intend to support this legislation should it
> come to the house floor. Feel free to contact me again if you have any other
> Rep. Matthew A. Trieber
> State Representative for Windham-4
> (802) 376-1134 or
> Sergeant-At-Arms: (802) 828-2228
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
A better way to do the things we do - The Raconteurs
Working for the man every night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleeping
Worrying 'bout the way things might have been - Tina Turner
Monday, February 27, 2012
And that's okay, they're just afraid to change - Blind Melon
and let's change the way we treat each other. - Tupac