Ten Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Vermont
As we continue to recognize and honor the meaning of Juneteenth in the United States, one of the ways we can embrace and celebrate black freedom is by supporting black-owned businesses.
We’ve put together a list of BIPOC-owned businesses in Vermont that you can support – both today, and every day, ranging from food to storytelling to nonprofit organizations.
Do you have a black-owned business you’d like to recommend for our next post? Get in touch with your suggestions.
Hangry The Donut Bar
Hangry The Donut Bar (HTDB) is a small home-based donut shop located in St. Albans, Vermont. Sharing their love of Vermont through food, all of Hangry’s donuts are handmade and hand cut. They use quality, local and organic ingredients, and all of their fillings and doughs are made with local farm fresh eggs, organic milk, and local organic flour (Nitty-Gritty Flour Company). Visit their site or their new retail to order donuts.
Visit Zenbarn Farms, a Black-owned dispensary in Waterbury Center, Vermont.
Conscious Homestead, founded by radical queer black femme Candace Taylor, is an urban farm and wholeness retreat space that centers Black/Afro-Indigenous land stewardship and food sovereignty. Together, they grow food as well as medicinal herbs on their homestead that they give back to black and brown folks in the community for FREE through our Community Care Shares and BIPOC Care Packages.
Conscious Homestead also collaborates with local black and brown leaders and healers and teachers to offer a variety of programming that centers on black joy, wholeness and rest.
Support Conscious Homestead through: GofundMe ; Sponsor a membership or care package; Venmo @conscioushomestead.
Drawing on the roots of Southern, Nigerian, and Latinx cultures, Harmony’s Kitchen aims to bring Afro Fusion Soul Food to your table. It’s the mission of Harmony’s Kitchen to fill your bellies and your hearts with exuberant joy! Harmony’s Kitchen was founded by Harmony Edosomwan, a Nigerian-American author, activist, cannabis advocate, chef, and small business owner.
You can catch Harmony cooking up canna-cuisine at special events or pre-order a pickup on Soul Food Sunday. Pre-orders must be placed in advance and sell out quickly! We recommend checking in on Wednesdays when pre-orders open.
Soul Simone, created by Aisha McLaren out of her love of Nina Simone and crafting jewelry, specializes in beautiful brass and copper pieces that draw inspiration from life, pop culture and McLaren’s Hawaiian and African backgrounds. Shop these gorgeous pieces on the Soul Simone website.
Shop Soul Simone now
All Heart Inspirations
All Heart Inspirations creates heart-centered spaces through storytelling, including workshops, community engagements, culinary food, and more. Storyteller and founder Ferene Paris Meyer, who is from Haiti, creates space for people to share their stories, and hosted her first Feed Your Soul pop-up at August First Bakery in the summer of 2020.
Visit All Heart Inspirations
Based in Burlington’s Old North End, Mamajuana sources its ingredients and market products from ethical and sustainable sources, buying local whenever possible from a range of talented farmers and artisans.
Susu commUNITY Farm
The SUSU commUNITY Farm is a Afro Indigenous stewarded farm and land based healing center in Southern Vermont that elevates Vermont’s land and foodways.
We do this by co-creating a life affirming and culturally relevant platform for Black, Indigenous, People of color, youth, under resourced folx, and allies to thrive and experience safety and connection while beginning to develop the tools and agency to heal from the trauma of colonization.
Be on the lookout for newcomers Mr. Z Craft Cannabis, a startup with cultivation operations in Middlebury, as their cannabis products hit the shelves this fall. Founded by childhood friends Max Eingorn, Ronald Williams and Zachary Tyson, this self-owned majority BIPOC operation will be using cutting edge organized regenerative farming practices to set new standards for sustainability and quality in the industry.
Check out their recent local press in the Addison Independent and give them a follow on IG!
Follow Mr. Z Craft on Instagram
Founded in 2016, JAG Productions was formed by Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Antonio Green with the mission to produce classic and contemporary African-American theatre; to serve as an incubator of new work that excites broad intellectual engagement; and thereby, to catalyze compassion, empathy, love, and community through shared understandings of the humankind through the lens of the African-American experience.
JAG Productions sees itself as playing a role in bringing diverse actors and stories to the stage and to the Upper Valley. Check out their upcoming schedule and support by attending a performance or donating.
The Vermont Professionals of Color Network
The Vermont Professionals of Color Network seeks to build a community and network that promotes, supports, and affirms People of Color personally and professionally throughout Vermont, and ultimately to create pathways for Youths of Color to become successful in life.
VT PoC seeks to advance the prosperity of all Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), also known as People of the Global Majority, in Vermont by driving a new era of professional mobility, promoting entrepreneurial ventures and nurturing a powerful professional network. Donate today to support their work.