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Gold Barn Honorees

All Vermont Fresh Network chefs have to know their farmers and serve products from Vermont, but there are some chefs whose commitment to Vermont-grown products is exceptional. The Gold Barn Honor gives VFN a chance to acknowledge these chefs.

Gold Barn Chefs are the top 25% of our membership in terms of the number of Vermont farmers they partner with, the diversity of Vermont ingredients that they use and the volume of Vermont products they purchase. It is an inspiring group and we are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve.

Criteria are set by reviewing the previous year's member purchasing patterns and selecting thresholds for the top purchasers. In 2018 each Gold Barn Chef will meet both of the following requirements:

  1. Source ingredients from at least 15 individual farm partners, 10 of whom are Vermont Fresh Network farmers.
  2. Purchase 35% or more of annual food expenditures from local farmers and food producers, or purchase over $350,000 of locally grown / raised food products annually. 

We accept Vermont plus 30 miles for the location of local farms

2017 Gold Barn Honorees

American Flatbread-Middlebury Hearth

Bar Antidote

Basin Harbor

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op & Cafe

Catering by Dale

City Market/Onion River Coop

El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina

Farmhouse Tap and Grill, The

Guild Tavern

Hen of the Wood-Burlington

Inn at Shelburne Farms

Juniper Bar & Restaurant at Hotel VT

Kitchen Table Bistro

Leunig's Bistro

Natural Provisions Market & Deli

UVM Dining at Sodexo

University of Vermont Medical Center

Doc Ponds

Vermont Farms Catering

Hen of the Wood-Waterbury

Inn at the Round Barn Farm

Morse Block Deli

The Reservoir 

Three Penny Taproom

Farmhouse Inn at Robinson Farm

Putney Food Co-op

SoLo Farm and Table

Williamsville Eatery

The Inn at Weathersfield

Jackson House Inn

Sodexo/Norwich University

Woodstock Farmers' Market

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