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Farmers Market Comes to State Street: New Manager at the Helm

Farmers Market Comes to State Street: New Manager at the Helm

By Mike Dunphy Devon Byers would like to ask for your patience. Just three weeks into her new role as marketing manager of the Capital City Farmers Market—and with the first outdoor session only weeks away—she’s got a tremendous amount on her farm-to-plate. “I am getting my bearings,” she explains. “Between now and May 4, […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 4.17.19

Test Your Knowledge of Montpelier at Mayfest Scramble Montpelier’s Pedestrian Scramble returns for a third season May 4 as part of Mayfest. Described as an “urban adventure,” the scramble invites participants to find checkpoints marked on a map and answer as many questions as possible within a limited time. Signups are at 1:45 pm in […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Longer days have never felt better, nor migrating birds more exciting! And the appearance of those irrepressible first bulbs, a bee miraculously hovering—landing on!—one yellow crocus! In the cold frame a few greens of various ages, planted last summer, have survived both winter and rodents and are already putting on new leaves. […]

Montpelier, U-32 Team Up For Festival: More Than 400 Top High School Musicians Coming for All-State

Montpelier, U-32 Team Up For Festival: More Than 400 Top High School Musicians Coming for All-State

By Tom Brown More than 400 of the state’s most talented student musicians will soon converge on Central Vermont to take part in the 92nd annual All-State Music Festival. Montpelier and U-32 high schools will co-host the four-day event, which kicks off with a parade in downtown Montpelier at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 8, […]

Taking Stock: Addressing Hunger in Montpelier

Taking Stock: Addressing Hunger in Montpelier

By Joseph Kiefer If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten. – Unknown So what do you do if you lose your job and have to choose between food and fuel for winter warmth, suffer a family crisis that uses up all your savings, or separate from your […]

Setting Sun Steeps Central Vermont in Tea

Setting Sun Steeps Central Vermont in Tea

By Sarah Davin Like a mystical call to destiny, the idea and design for the Setting Sun Tea Hut in Plainfield came to Ben Youngbaer in a dream. The small, wooden structure, which has an incredible view of the mountains from East Hill Road, was designed by Youngbaer to resemble a traditional Japanese tea hut, […]

Vermont Salumi Expands to Barre

Vermont Salumi Expands to Barre

By Larry Floersch The founder of the Vermont Salumi Company, Peter Roscini Colman, is no stranger to the food and traditions of Italy. He was born in the town of Assisi in the province of Umbria and has been visiting his father’s side of his family in Italy since his teens. Colman is also no […]

More Vermont Farmers are Getting their Goats

More Vermont Farmers are Getting their Goats

By Tim Simard It’s dinner time at Ayers Brook Goat Dairy Farm. As if forming a wave, hundreds of goats jump up and clamor toward the fences, bobbing their heads awaiting their meals. Farm owner Miles Hooper shovels hay and other feed to the hungry animals; the bleating of the goats is soon replaced by […]

OP-ED: The Gut-Brain Connection

OP-ED: The Gut-Brain Connection

By Brooke Isabelle Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, states that “dietary changes over the last century—including industrial farming, the use of pesticides and herbicides, and the degradation of nutrients in foods—are the primary forces behind growing mental health issues like depression.” Scientists and researchers are continuously acquiring more evidence that supports the concept that […]

OP-ED: Where Conversation Meets Food

By Mary Alice Proffitt Spring is springing in Vermont, and everyone is excited for planting and the arrival of our outdoor farmers’ market. After the long winter, our bodies and spirits crave the satisfaction of having our hands in the dirt and the rewarding experience of eating fresh food. But food alone is not enough […]