Bob Lesnikowski will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen this holiday season, cooking up a seasonal treat featured on many Thanksgiving Day tables.
Lesnikowski, better known as 'Cranberry Bob,' is whipping up his simple but classic cranberry sauce. A simple recipe: homegrown berries, sugar, salt and orange juice. "It is really, really satisfying, particularly at Thanksgiving," Lesnikowski said.
He started Vermont Cranberry Company seven years ago. He grows the crop in beds that cover two acres in Fletcher. "They grow very well in northern climates," Lesnikowski said.
Cranberry Bob was first captivated by the berries when he was a child, after reading his father's Time Life cookbook series -- there was a section dedicated to the fruit. "My attraction to cranberry growing vs. other agriculture is the creation of a legacy. Once you plant cranberries, they're good forever," he said.
The fruit is seasonal and Cranberry Bob says that most Americans only enjoy cranberries once a year during the holidays. "We're only selling half the crop for fresh berries because we sort for size, color and quality," Lesnikowski said.
The other half of the berries are turned into things like sauces, vinegars and spreads. "There's thousands of people enjoying our cranberries at the same time and that's really, really gratifying," Lesnikowski said.
A nostalgic Made in Vermont holiday staple that many are thankful for this time of year.
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