By: Natalie House
The summer of 2013 marked the beginning of something special for all of us in the town of Poultney – the creation of our beloved Nancy’s Place. Located at 150 Main St., this bakery is home to “the best Reuben in Poultney,” say frequent customers.
Nancy says the Poultney community served as “the make or break” decision point in opening her bakery and cafe. Born in Fair Haven, she remembers baking as a teenager and selling her goods at farmer’s markets. After graduating from high school, Nancy worked as a legislative assistant in Montpelier before returning to the Rutland area and taking up baking again.
LiHigh school, a specialty alternative high school for youth in grades six through tweleve, now occupies what was once The Station, where Nancy used to work. She operated the bakery for some time, until 2011 when she was told the lease was being sold to LiHigh.
Dismayed, Nancy sought other options for continuing to do what she loves – feed people. That summer, Nancy recalls receiving help from farm intensive students as well as two local women who began raising funds to keep her in Poultney. Her new place had only a food counter and kitchen sink, but thanks to devoted community members, Nancy was able to open what is now “Nancy’s Place” in just two weeks!
“I love the Green Mountain College students – I could have never moved here without them.” – Nancy
A lot of Nancy’s baked goods are from very old cookbooks – in particular, her raspberry coconut bars, famous coffee cake, and molasses cookies are identical to what her grandmother used to bake. Her cinnamon rolls are of her own creation, and are also very popular.
Some notable sandwiches include The Green Mountain (Veggies, spinach, and hummus), The Vermonter (ham, apple, lettuce, cheddar, and honey mustard), Valley Veggie (2 eggs, tomato, pesto, and provolone), and lastly, Jdunc (Turkey, Bacon, apple, cheddar, and mayo), which is named after Nancy’s daughter, Jessica Duncan.
Fun fact – Jessica Duncan works in the Registrars Office!
By now I hope you are planning a trip to come taste Nancy’s delicious food for yourself! Her Facebook page, Nancy’s Place VT , is updated each day with freshly baked items and soups. https://www.facebook.com/NancysPlaceVT
Hours: Monday/Tuesday – closed
Wednesday-Friday – 7-2
Saturday/Sunday – 8-1 (Sunday is ½ special from 11-1)
Nancy also takes call-ins! (802) 287-4769