Apple cider vinegar (also known as ACV) is vinegar that boasts friendly bacteria inside every spoonful. It’s made by extracting liquid from apples and adding yeast to help the sugars ferment. This liquid eventually becomes alcohol, which is the stage when bacteria is added. After fermenting a second time, the ACV develops acetic acid—the active ingredient in apple cider vinegar. When it’s ready to use, ACV takes on a light brown, occasionally murky color, thanks to something called the “mother,” a cloudy sediment that rests at the bottom of the bottle. It might look a little offputting, but the mother is known for having proteins, enzymes, amino acids, fiber, and good bacteria, which makes your ACV a probiotic powerhouse.
The History of Vermont Village
In the 1970s, a community in Vermont started a food cooperative so locals could share a commercial kitchen and process crop yields to use throughout the winter. More than 20 years later, in 1995, Village Cannery of Vermont was established in Barre, Vermont. (It would later be renamed Vermont Village.) In the company’s early days, it focused on offering organic canned foods like salsas, relishes, and unsweetened applesauce, which turned out to be the most popular product by far. Raw and organic apple cider vinegar is a newer addition, and already enjoying a cult following.
Vermont Village Company Mission
The mission of Vermont Village is to offer healthy and accessible foods that nourish people from the inside out. The brand is headquartered in central Vermont and owns three facilities where it runs operations, cooking, and packaging. Most vinegar products are bottled up in Northfield, and inventory is stored at the warehouse in East Barre. The company is still small—employing only 35 people—and its products can be found in more than 13,000 stores across the country, including online at ThriveMarket.com!
Benefits of Vermont Village
Writings from US-based doctors in the late 18th century report that many ailments like poison ivy, croup, and stomachaches were treated with vinegar, and raw ACV is known for its probiotic properties. When it comes to using ACV as to support common complaints, more studies are needed, but researchers have reported that “vinegar ingestion reduces the glucose response to a carbohydrate load in healthy adults and in individuals with diabetes.” If you do choose to incorporate ACV into your diet on a regular basis, Vermont Village’s concoctions are appealing because they’re expertly crafted with other ingredients like ginger, honey, and fruit, to make the experience of sipping them a pleasant one. You can also use the vinegars as a base for salad dressings, or to enrich broths and soups.
Top Vermont Village Products
Get sipping with some of Vermont Village’s most popular picks.
Ginger & Honey Sipping Vinegar
This sipping vinegar is made with fresh ginger and sweetened with honey so it goes down easy. Each bottle is raw with the mother intact, and is made without any added sugar.
Ginger & Honey Vinegar Shot
If you don’t have time for sipping, take a quick shot of a ginger and honey vinegar instead. These convenient pouches are perfect for travel or the office.
Blueberries & Honey Sipping Vinegar
Blueberry extract and honey makes this raw apple cider vinegar extra palatable. The bottle is made without added sugar, and includes the mother.
Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes
Apple cider vinegar is a kitchen workhorse. From dressings to drinks, it’s worth having a bottle in the pantry.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, read our blog post that goes into more details about the benefits of adding ACV to your diet.
38 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help fertilize your garden, condition your hair, make vegan buttermilk, and a whole lot more.
4 Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipes
Tonics, broths, and switchels, oh my! Get our must-have apple cider vinegar drink recipes, just in time for fall.