April 19, 2012

Changes at the Capital City Farmers Market

Changes at the Capital City Farmers Market

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush Farmers’ market devotees will be in for surprises this summer, as the Capital City Farmers Market prepares for a slew of new vendors, rotating vending sites, a variety of cooking demos from Slow Food Vermont and New England Culinary Institute, and at least one potential change that has sparked a controversy: […]

Heard on the Street, 4.19.12

City Council Highlights An atypically short Montpelier City Council meeting began April 11 with a unanimous vote to approve Police Chief Tony Facos’s request to order a $21,941 Chevrolet Impala police cruiser from Cody Chevrolet. The rationale as written in the meeting’s agenda indicated that although a State of Vermont bid price from another dealer […]

Working on a Mission:  Fix, Don’t Manage, Hunger

Working on a Mission: Fix, Don’t Manage, Hunger

by Bob Nuner Starting Food Works a quarter of a century ago, Joseph Kiefer brought a work ethic learned on a dairy farm west of Albany, New York. Like many before him, he allows that he didn’t appreciate the 5:30 a.m. wake-up, gutter cleaning and chores in his youth, but those chores before the days […]

Snack Fairies Serve Up Healthy Food at UES

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush Bewinged and sparkly, the snack fairies once roamed the halls of Union Elementary School (UES), bringing luscious treats of locally grown carrots, apples, Manghis’ whole-grain rolls and Cabot cheese to UES students. That was in the beginning, in 2006, when Theresa Murray-Clausen started the healthful-foods program. Now, the snack fairies no […]

Back to Basics at the Montpelier Food Pantry

Back to Basics at the Montpelier Food Pantry

by Sylvia Fagin  The Unitarian youth group makes soup and brings it over. The middle school holds a competition to see which homeroom can gather the most food items. Local bakeries donate bread; grocery stores and farmers donate unsold meat and vegetables. “There are hundreds of contributions” to the Montpelier Food Pantry, according to Kimberly […]

From Mexico to Vermont: A Migrant Worker’s Story

From Mexico to Vermont: A Migrant Worker’s Story

by Marsha Barber Some 1,500 to 2,000 migrant workers toil on Vermont farms—mostly dairy farms—milking cows, shoveling manure, and performing the hard labor that allows the milk, butter, cheese and other products to reach our tables. Danilo Lopez, until very recently, was one of these workers. Now, thanks to financial help from family members who […]

A Fresh, Delicious Start Clean Slate Café Draws Diners to Renovated Thrush Tavern Space

A Fresh, Delicious Start Clean Slate Café Draws Diners to Renovated Thrush Tavern Space

by Judy Greenwald  Welcome to the neighborhood. The Clean Slate Café, with its theme of “comfort food with a twist” opened March 9 in the transformed space of the old Thrush Tavern in Montpelier, behind the Gulf Service Station at 107 Main Street, across from the Pavilion Office Building and a stone’s throw away from […]

Hands-On Gardener: What Month is This?

by Miriam Hansen The weather is wacky. March was as hot as summer, and early April felt like fall. Still, April is usually the time to do everything, and this year is no exception. Till the garden, plant the peas, onions and potatoes in the garden, plant squash and cucumbers and transplant broccoli, tomatoes and […]

Fresh Food Featured: A Localvore Tour of Montpelier Restaurants

Fresh Food Featured: A Localvore Tour of Montpelier Restaurants

by Caroline Abels For a small American town, Montpelier is pretty unusual in that more than a third of its restaurants serve a significant amount of local food. For us diners, this means it’s possible to eat well in Montpelier without consuming factory-farmed meat or vegetables shipped from thousands of miles away. We can eat […]

Tiny Bites: Central Vermont Food News, 4.19.12

Tiny Bites by Sylvia Fagin The newly-formed East Montpelier Food Producers Network will host a farmers’ market on Green Up Day, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Four Corners School House. The network is an offshoot of the East Montpelier Energy Committee; a main goal of the network is to expand […]