I have only just learned about Vermont Bean Crafters (though they have been in business for several years) and tried their falafel recently. Delicious! They also sell frozen black bean burgers, sweet potato burgers, and hummish and make an effort to use organic and local/regional ingredients. (I found mine in the freezer section of the Upper Valley Food Coop in White River Jct. Vt.)
This is what they say about their falafel: This is a falafel intended to be baked, rather than fried; making it a more nutritious shade of delicious. Instead of cooking the chickpeas, we sprout them to increase texture, flavor and available nutrition. Packed with authentic Middle Eastern flavors; like cumin and coriander this recipe holds true to its roots. We hold true to our own by incorporating unconventional ingredients that allow us use more local and organic elements.
And take a look at the description of ingredients in their black bean burger: Sautéed onions, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, cumin, and rosemary pack this burger with great taste and texture. Though organic black turtle beans are the main ingredient, freshly dug carrots and raw kale round out the flavor.
And the sweet potato burger: We oven-roast sweet potatoes and corn and incorporate these sweet veggies with fresh parsley and carrots. We’ve created our own maple-chipotlé BBQ sauce to brighten the burger’s savory soul.
Hummish: We took some time to develop a bean spread that utilizes regionally-grown ingredients: soldier beans, sunflower oil and apple cider vinegar. Use this spread as you would hummus: on a sandwich, in a falafel wrap or part of an appetizer plate.
Vermont Bean Crafters collaborate with neighboring growers. Vegetables, grains, herbs, beans, vinegars and oils are sourced from the following farms:
Burnt Rock Farm, Huntington, VT
Dog River Farm, Berlin, VT
Dwight Miller and Sons, E. Dummerston, VT
Genessee Valley Bean Co, Caledonia, NY
Georgia Mountain Maple, Milton, VT
Green Thumb Farms, Fryeburg, ME
Harlow Farm, Westminster, VT
Hoolie Flats, East Calais, VT
Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT
Jericho Settlers Farm, Jericho, VT
Kingdom Maple, Westfield, VT
Kingsbury Market Garden, Warren, VT
Maine Grains, Skowhegan, ME
Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, VT
Pete’s Greens, Craftsbury, VT
Schilitz Farms, North Lawrence, NY
Stony Brook Whole Hearted Foods, Geneva, NY
Teeny Tiny Spice Company, Harrisonburg, VA
Woods Market Garden, Brandon, VT
I am looking forward to trying all their products!