MANCHESTER — Every week the Manchester Farmers Market features a local vendor and seasonal produce. This week the featured vendor is Get Crackin Kitchen and our Harvest of the Week are Strawberries.

Get Cracking Kitchen loves ingredients! That is why we use the freshest local produce, eggs, and other Vermont crafted ingredients in our sweets and savories. Our love of ingredients also branches out into the delicious nuttiness of many gluten-free flours like Millet, Quinoa and Amaranth. All our soft cookies and jam tarts are made with these flours, organic sugar and neighborhood eggs. We also offer flavorful quiches packed with local vegetables, sauteed or roasted and spiced, that are hearty and satisfying; as well as casseroles, salads, tarts, pies, brownies, and even homemade vegetable broth made with 100% local vegetables.


2 3/4 cups King Arthur Baking Mix

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup heavy or whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberries, for serving


1. Preheat your oven to 450°F, and place a rack in the top of the oven.

2. Stir together the baking mix and sugar.

3. Whisk the cream and vanilla together, and pour into the baking mix, stirring to blend. Work in the bowl until all the baking mix is incorporated, adding a tablespoon or so of milk if needed.

4. Turn the dough out onto a work surface sprinkled with the baking blend. Fold over several times, gently kneading until the dough comes together.


5. Pat the dough into an 8" x 5" rectangle, about 3/4" thick. Cut shortcakes with a 2 1/2" round cutter, dipped in baking mix to minimize sticking. Gather the scraps, pat out to 3/4" thick, and cut again. Repeat until you have 9 shortcakes.

6. Place the shortcakes on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake them for 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown.

7. Remove the shortcakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 or 3 minutes before serving with fresh strawberries.

Yield: 9 shortcakes.

The featured vendor and the Harvest of the Week can be found at the Manchester Farmers Market, Thursdays from 3-6 pm in Adams park. This Thursday will also include music from Alan and Bonnie Epstein. Art Farm will also be open for free kids activities.