Posted by admin on July 17, 2014
Here at Jessica’s, our Chef loves to use local products in his menu as often as possible. Another of the local purveyors we use is Blue Ledge Farm in Leicester, Vermont. Blue Ledge is a first generation small goat farm which specializes in farmstead goat cheeses. Greg Bernhardt and Hannah Sessions started the farm in 2000. The couple met in Florence, Italy while studying art. The young couple returned to the states and turned a 110 acre former Holstein dairy farm into their goat farm. Their stock consists of Alpine and La Mancha dairy goats. Each are breeds known for being high milk producers and the La Mancha is also known for having a high butter fat content to their milk which is perfect for cheese production. The farm has over 100 goats, milking 10 goats at one time with 80 total milked twice a day. The farm produces eight different varieties of goat cheese. These include Camembrie, Chevre, and Middlebury Blue. Since starting the operation, the couple has received rave reviews for their cheeses. In 2008, Wine Spectator named their cheese one of “100 greatest cheeses in the world”. In 2013, Yankee Magazine named their Middlebury Blue “Editor’s Choice.” The farm was also featured in the November 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Magazine. Greg and Hannah have also teamed with the Vermont Land Trust to ensure their 110 acres will never be developed. They are constantly striving to become more efficient and sustainable all while trying to expand their business. In 2008 the couple built a cheese cave to better ripen their product. Come into Jessica’s today and enjoy some Blue Ledge Goat cheese!
Posted by admin on July 2, 2014
Our culinary team at Jessica’s is continuously striving to use as many local products as possible. We frequently look for new products and new sources. One of our favorite producers we use a lot during the short growing season here in Vermont is the Elmer Farm located in East Middlebury. The farm has been around since the early 1800’s. In 2006, a young couple- Spencer and Jennifer Blackwell had been working at the Intervale Center in Burlington. The Intervale is 700 plus acres of dedicated farm land inside the city limits of Burlington. When they decided they had a connection to one another and that they both loved to farm, they were determined to buy some land to do just that. The couple purchased the Elmer farm with the help of the Middlebury Area Land Trust and the Vermont Land Trust. The two trusts strive to maintain the culture, agricultural landscape and economy in the state. The Vermont Land Trust has saved over 500,000 acres of land with 700 working farms on that land. Spencer and Jennifer both came from farming families and realized they wanted to continue the tradition on the 90 acre farm. On 25 of those acres, they and their staff grow 35 different vegetables with 200 different varieties of those same vegetables as well as grains and dried beans. A certified Vermont Organic Farm, many of the vegetables are heirloom varieties. The couple has now grown into a family with two kids. We are proud to offer some of their vegetables on our menu- radishes, zucchini, baby bok choy and some lettuces at this time. As the season progresses we will get more vegetables to showcase. Come into Jessica’s Restaurant and enjoy them today!
Posted by Dan Brown on February 22, 2012
Jessica’s at the Swift House Inn hosted an extremely well received wine dinner in February 2012. This is the second of our series of wine dinners. Jessica’s welcomed wine making legend Todd Anderson, owner and principal winemaker at Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards located in the heart of California’s Napa Valley.
Our guests enjoyed a remarkable marriage of eight superbly crafted wines with six brilliantly conceived culinary courses, resulting in an an engaging, truly memorable experience for all in attendance. The highlight of the evening was Todd Anderson’s talk of his wines and his wine making process, followed by his sitting at each guest table to personally speak to everyone. Not only a great wine maker, guests were treated to Todd’s interesting and engaging personality and stories! Our sincerest thanks extend to Todd and his capable team at Conn Valley Vineyards for their gracious and generosity in helping to bring this event to Middlebury Vermont.
Jessica’s currently has eight of Todd’s offerings on our wine list and our menu has many selections to go with whatever wine you choose. Choosing your dinner selection by complimenting your wine is probably a true wine connoisseur might view the process.
If you missed this stop by, enjoy these wine and our own wine expert Jason can assist in teaching you about these wonderful wines.