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A Mesoamerican Market Hits Waitsfield

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Roasted peppers at Domingo
  • Roasted peppers at Domingo

Only Moretown can call Waitsfield south of the border, but that isn't stopping Kingsbury Market Garden and Vermont Bean Crafters from hosting a caliente new event that will share the smoke and fire of Mesoamerica with the Mad River Valley. Simply called Domingo, the market and dinner kicks off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, and will continue each Sunday through September 20.

Joe Bossen began Vermont Bean Crafters five years ago and launched All Souls Tortilleria with Sam Fuller and Hubert d'Autremont last spring. A large portion of Bossen's beans have always been grown at Kingsbury, and Bean Crafters moved production into the kitchen at the farm this year.

Those beans, and a wide variety of chiles, are the focus of Domingo. "There's only a month out of the whole year when you can smell and taste fresh roasted peppers," Bossen reasons. "It's just the ghosts of those flavors we end up chasing throughout the rest of the year."

The burn will be far more tangible this Sunday. Besides more traditional Vermont produce, Aaron Locker of Kingsbury will sell fresh and dried peppers, as well as hot sauces that he and Bossen created throughout the past year. Several incorporate probiotics, including kimchi, for an extra health kick.

But even non-cooks will be attracted by the prepared cuisine. Each week, the menu will consist of foods that combine beans, chiles and tortillas with other local products. Queso fresco from Ploughgate Creamery figures into quesadillas, while the bones of Maple Wind Farm's chickens form the base of the posole. Each dish, including tacos, will come in a vegetarian and omnivore version. Scout's Honor will sell ice cream in flavors including sweet-corn-lime sandwiched between bean-based cookies. Beer from Lawson's Finest Liquids will flow to cool the fire.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Domingo Gigante"

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