There's a new place that just opened up on April 6th in Waterbury, at the junction of routes 2 and 100, near Snowfire auto. This restaurant used to be located in Waitsfield, but just recently moved to Waterbury. I'm very glad they did.
I was intrigued by a sign I saw this last Friday that said "Friday Night Take Out - Italian" outside this restaurant that used to house the Feed Bag but had been empty for quite some time. I stopped in that afternoon and talked a bit with the folks there about how these things work, and such. They have a website: junipersfare.com and their prices are amazing (hours are listed on their website).
So they serve breakfast and lunch, and have Friday Night Take Out from 5-8PM, where you call in your order after 1PM and pick it up to take home between 5 and 8.
I went to the website and found out that they're a money making operation for Franciscan Farms, run by a community of non-demoninational Franciscans (who ordain women and call themselves charismatic). They grow a whole lot of their own food, and also buy from other local sources. So the food is fresh and good, and locally produced!
I've only had one thing from there, so far. I stopped Monday morning and bought a breakfast sandwich. It was $3.55 (with tax), and it had one egg, one full slice of bacon, a slice of Cabot cheddar, and a Red Hen bakery bun. The bun was a little big for the sandwich, making the proportion seem off. They make up the breakfast sandwiches ahead and put them in a hot case (that actually keeps things nicely hot), so it wasn't totally fresh, but it had been made that morning. Those two things being said, this was a wonderful breakfast sandwich. The bacon was delicious, and of course I love Cabot cheddar. I assume the egg was fresh and local as well. I brought my sandwich back to the office and ate it there. I usually prefer a bit of horseradish sauce on my egg sandwiches, but this had a great flavour and I was perfectly satisfied, though I did have a little bread left over.
The price for this was just a bit more than for an egg mcmuffin (iirc, it's been a while since I ordered one of those), but it was so much better quality, and local food to boot. I will be back, for sure.
Their Friday Night Take Outs usually consist of a vegetarian lasagna, a meat lasagna, sketti and meatballs, and some special item (this last Friday it was fried haddock). The haddock came with mac and cheese, coleslaw, Red Hen bread, and dessert. For $8.50. You heard me right. :)
All the other options come with bread, salad, and dessert. The cheese lasagne is $7. The meat lasagna and sketti and meatballs is $7.50.
The prices for lunches and breakfasts are similarly low.
For breakfast there's omelettes, fry ups, granola and yogurt, muffins (made fresh every day), oatmeal, pancakes, and Franscican toast (french baguette dipped in egg and fried). They also sell what they call Vermont Artisan coffee and Green Mountain Coffee, as well as Vermont Artisan teas.
For lunches they have salads, hot and cold sandwiches, Pizzettas (grilled 10" pizzas), and a kid's menu.
I'm having lunch there today, I'll report back on what I find. :)