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Gov. Peter Shumlin announces the winners of our Great New England Bread Baking Competion

Gov. Peter Shumlin announces the winners of our Great New England Bread Baking Competion



Governor Shumlin

Gov. Shumlin announcing the break competition results

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was on hand Friday evening, June 1, during our Gallery Walk Street Festival, to announce the results of our 2012 bread baking competition, the culinary keynote of Stroll Weekend.

Earlier, celebrity judges had munched their way through the entries submitted by 15 finalists in each of the two division: yeast breads and quick breads.

For all the winning recipes, click here — or click on individual recipe links below.

The winner of the Grand Prize was Anna Piergentili of East Dummerson, VT, with her Pannettone Quick Bread.
Also taking home prizes were:

1st. Place Winner Quick Breads: Uncle Itchy’s Maple Cheddar Double Bag-ette, Daniela Nystrom, Brookline, Vt. (Danny and her husband are the owners of The Harmonyville Store.)

1st. Place Winner Yeast Breads: Hearty Spinach Herb Bread, Dianne Monteiro, Woburn, Ma.

2nd. Place Winner Quick Breads: Smorgasbread, Michael Wind, Putney, Vt.

2nd. Place Winner Yeast Breads: Czech Potato Rye Bread, Judith Serkin, Guilford, Vt.

3rd. Place Winner Quick Breads: Brattlebread, Tara Sullivan, Brattleboro, Vt.

3rd. Place Winner Yeast Breads: Cast Iron Maple Wheat Bread, Henny & Peter Bennett, Putney, Vt.

Wind and Sullivan had previously been winners in our 2010 bread baking contest, and the Bennetts were among the winners in our 2011 Great New England Sandwich competition.

The contest was sponsored by key Silver Sponsors Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs and Vermont Bread Company; with additional sponsorship from King Arthur Flour, Against The Grain, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Red Hen Bakery, Grafton Village Cheese Company, Cabot Cheese, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Crowley Cheese, Works Bakery Cafe, Amy’s Bakery and Vermont Foodbank. Please see the Sponsors section below for complete information about our bread competition sponsors.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

  • Grand Prize, to the best entry overall: $200 to spend at King Arthur Flour, a great King Arthur gift basket, and of course, major bragging rights
  • In each division(Yeast breads and Quick breads):
    • First prize — $100 to spend at King Arthur, plus Cabot Cheese gift basket
    • Second prize — $50 to spend at King Arthur Flour
    • Third prize — a gift basket from Grafton Village Cheese Company

Contest sponsors:

  • Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs (Key sponsor)
  • Vermont Bread Company (Key sponsor)
  • King Arthur Flour
  • Against The Grain
  • Orchard Hill Breadworks
  • Red Hen Bakery
  • Grafton Village Cheese Company
  • Cabot Cheese
  • Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
  • Crowley Cheese
  • Works Bakery Cafe
  • Amy’s Bakery
  • Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
  • Vermont Foodbank
  • Crowley Cheese
  • Mocha Joe’s
  • Sidehill Jam
  • The Works
  • Vermont Peanut Butter Company

Strolling of the Heifers works to help New England’s family farms prosper by connecting people with healthy local food. Annually since 2002, the organization has held a parade in downtown Brattleboro featuring scores of heifers (young cows!) led by future farmers ambling up the town’s historic Main Street, along with cows, bulls, horses, goats, poultry, floats, farmers, tractors, bands, clowns, and much more. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat enjoys food, music, dancing and fun, and learns about sustainable living and local foods at the Live Green Expo. This year’s parade takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2; the Live Green Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsors of our Great New England Bread Baking Competition, 2012:

Key Silver Sponsors:

Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs
Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs is a fourth-generation, family-owned farm in Monroe, New Hampshire. We’re the largest producer of cage-free, organic eggs in New England. Our hens roam about freely in cage-free barns where they have roosting and scratch areas plus outside access in good weather. They’re fed organic grain and given no antibiotics or medications. Pete and Gerry’s was the first certified humane poultry farm in the United States. Our eggs are certified organic by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture and by the USDA. As we’ve grown, we’ve recruited other small farmers to produce eggs for us using the same high standards. Thank you for buying our eggs and for supporting our family farms.

Vermont Bread Company
The Vermont Bread Company offers some of the best baked goods you can buy! Baked fresh from scratch and using only the finest, high-quality ingredients, Vermont Bread Company gives you the great taste and nutrition that can only come from traditional recipes, with loving care baked into every bite.
Additional Sponsorship from:

King Arthur Flour Company
King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company. Our flours are available in grocery stores in all 50 states and are known by avid bakers for their consistent performance and lack of unnecessary chemical additives. We back our superior flour and premium baking mixes with resources developed from our extensive baking experience. With its on-site and on-the-road baking education programs, King Arthur Flour is the largest educator of home bakers in the world. The company offers high-quality baking tools and ingredients, and dozens of premium baking mixes, through its catalogue, online at, and at The Baker’s Store in Norwich.

Against The Grain Gourmet
Against The Grain Gourmet is a family-owned, 15,000 sf wholesale gluten free bakery located in Brattleboro, VT. Using a unique combination of process and ingredients, it produces artisan baguettes, bagels, rolls, pizza, and pizza shells that have the look, taste, and texture, of wheat-based breads. Against The Grain’s products are baked with the highest-quality, freshest ingredients, with no preservatives, no trans fats, no additives, and no modified starches. We buy our eggs, milk, and cheese from local farms and suppliers, so when you buy local, you are in fact buying a product that supports local agriculture and the local economy. Our products are sold frozen and distributed in all of the states east of the Rockies.

Red Hen Baking Co.
As with any good story, there are a few different ways to tell the story of Red Hen Baking Company: It’s a love story: We are guided by an enduring passion for certified organic ingredients, and for the union of high quality grains, water, salt, and natural leavening. It’s an adventure story: No two days are exactly alike here at the bakery, and making excellent bread requires skill and attention. It’s a comedy: You should see us all laughing together while we work. Red Hen came into being when Randy George and Liza Cain, the bakery co-owners, moved back to Vermont. Red Hen is made up of about 32 full and part-time employees who work, collectively, 363 days a year. We take pride in our hard work – and, of equal importance, we have a lot of fun!As a bakery, we locate ourselves proudly at the crossroads of a return to traditional methodology – making bread with flour, water, and salt – and an exciting revolution in the way people think about food. We are part of the “bread revolution” that has, over the past 20 years or so, prompted a resurgence of interest in artisan bread in the United States.

Grafton Village Cheese Company
Quality and taste are the hallmarks of our company’s award-winning, handcrafted cheese. The cheese company is part of the Grafton-based Windham Foundation, whose mission is to promote Vermont’s rural communities. When you purchase Grafton Village Cheese, you directly support our mission! We have two production plants: our original in Grafton and a new facility in nearby Brattleboro, Vermont. Each has a retail store with viewing windows to watch cheesemaking and to taste the final product. Learn more about visiting us.
Amy’s Bakery

Amy’s Bakery Arts Café offers European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; pastries, specialty cakes, cookies, and more! Our baked goods are made completely from scratch with real butter and cream. Because supporting our local farms and economy is important to Amy’s, we buy locally whenever possible! Come visit and enjoy the art-filled space with broad windows overlooking the Connecticut River. Open Mon.- Sat. 8-6 and Sun. 9-5.

Orchard Hill Breadworks
Orchard Hill Breadworks is a small, rural bakery located in southwest New Hampshire. Our operation is run out of a renovated barn located on our family owned farm. Our breads are made with 100% organic flour and grains using traditional natural leavening techniques. All of our breads are baked in a wood fired. We strive to produce bread that nourishes the body and pleases the palate. We believe that making positive connections with people around food builds happier and healthier communities, and to that end we support the work of farms and organizations that share our hopes for a strong local food web. Please come visit if you’re in our area.

Cabot Cheese
Cabot Creamery is a 1,200 farm family dairy cooperative with members in New England and upstate New York. We value our roots as a cooperative ~ and as a way of doing business. Being a co-op, we are owned and operated by our members, which for Cabot are our farmers and their families. As a cooperative, we emulate the Rochdale Cooperative Principles. We value community, quality, democracy and local ownership. Our owners serve on school boards and select boards. They are volunteer firefighters, planning commission members and Green-Up Day participants. As Vermont is a small, intimate state, owners are also involved in making a difference at the state level, promoting our “working landscapes,” revitalizing our downtown economies and protecting our environmental resources which make Vermont, Vermont.

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Launched in 1984, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery still follows the path Bob and Allison took years ago — crafting artisanal dairy products in the European style through a vital link with local farms. Based in the town of Websterville, the company supports a network of more than 20 family farms, providing milk meeting the highest standards of purity. While Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery has earned worldwide recognition, the company is proudest of its contribution to the health of local agriculture.

Vermont Foodbank
Through a network of 280 food shelves, meals sites, senior centers, shelters, after-school programs, the Vermont Foodbank runs programs that help feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance.

Vermont Peanut Butter Company

Crowley Cheese

Mocha Joe’s

Sidehill Farm

The Works