April 17 2014

Nature Watch 4.17.14

We finally made it into the woods to check the vernal ponds, and a semi-permanent pond used each year by countless Jefferson and spotted salamanders and wood frogs. Well, guess what? For the first time in 30 years, that pond was frozen right down to the bottom and although it has melted on top and […]

Heard On The Street 4.17.14

There’s a new organic farm in South Barre! Bear Roots Farm is a small-scale, diversified, organic vegetable farm located in South Barre at 175 Snowbridge Road. Our goal is to produce high quality, nutrient-dense food for the greater Barre community. We offer a CSA program that offers on-farm pick up, business delivery, or farmers market […]

Granite City Grocery: Testing a New Model

by C.B. Hall Once upon a time, 40 or so years ago, an energetic movement sprang up in Vermont as nonconformist consumers launched cooperative buying clubs to preorder whole-grain flours, dried fruit and other hard-to-get natural foods at reasonable prices. As surpluses left over from preorders accumulated and consumer preferences changed, the co-ops set up […]

Barre Farmers’ Market on the Move

by C.B. Hall The Barre Farmers’ Market has announced that it is moving to the grounds of the Vermont Granite Museum on Route 302, a mile and a quarter north of the market’s former location in the city’s center. The market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, a shift from its […]

Dog River Farm Dollars: A New Tech Twist on the Old CSA Concept Proves a Win-Win for Both Farmer and Consumer

by Emily Kaminsky On a cold and windy April morning in Berlin, Dog River Farm owner George Gross stands in one of his greenhouses amongst rows of organic onion starts destined for the shelves of City Market and Healthy Living Market in Burlington. Just outside, there’s a pool of water that accumulated overnight from melting […]

The GMO Labeling Bill: Vermont Won’t Wait

by Amy Brooks Thornton Vermont has passed historic GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling legislation—the nation’s first GMO labeling law to be effective without the requisite that other states pass similar legislation. This “Right to Know” law, passed by 26 to 2 votes, requires food producers to state on food labels or, in the case of […]

Law to Farmer

by Jerry Carter Starting a business, running a farm and managing a farmers’ market are all complex endeavors. Each pursuit comes with its own myriad of legal hitches that can be daunting for someone who is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of a farm, restaurant or business. There is a lot of helpful information […]

The Vermont Foodbank and Central Vermont Community Action Council Serve Up a New Culinary Training Program in Downtown Barre

The Vermont Foodbank and Central Vermont Community Action Council Serve Up a New Culinary Training Program in Downtown Barre

by Emily Kaminsky Walking into Central Vermont Community Action Council’s new facility in downtown Barre, you would hardly know that in just seven months 11,000 pounds of food came through one door and went out another in the form of 33,000 prepared meal servings to people in need. For the first time in its 50-year […]

Harsh Winter Leaves Farmers Out in the Cold

by Carolyn Grodinsky March 2014, the month for starting plants in the greenhouse, was one of the coldest on record. Temperatures ranged from a low of minus 16°F to a high of 11°F, averaging almost 11 degrees lower than usual. And it wasn’t just the month of March, the entire winter of 2014 was extremely […]

Premium Goats’ Milk Production Expanding in Vermont

Premium Goats’ Milk Production Expanding in Vermont

by Mike Furey Lined up on shelves at either end of the glass-enclosed atrium are 30 or more gold and silver statuettes along with 18 or so plaques representing dozens of national and international awards that the cheeses and products of Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. have won in the last decade. Just recently they […]