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 […]

Small Food Companies Win Big with New Lot Tracking Software

by Amanda Ibey When Camilla Behn joined Tonewood Maple in November 2013 as its operations manager, she quickly realized that if the pure maple syrup and specialty products company wanted to continue its growth and expansion, then it needed a new streamlined and more efficient computer tracking system. Prior to her arrival, everything from record […]

Shumlin at Norwich: “We’ve Done Enough Talking”

by C.B. Hall About 60 people turned out April 8 at Norwich University’s Plumley Armory to hear Governor Peter Shumlin and a panel of experts discuss Vermont’s struggle with opiate addiction. The program, “What Ails Vermont: Is There a Cure to the Drug Epidemic?,” was sponsored by the university and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. […]

Carr Lot: Visions and Revisions

Carr Lot: Visions and Revisions

by C.B. Hall The mills of the gods grind slow, the saying goes, but they grind exceedingly fine. A civic committee began in the mid-1990s to investigate possible public acquisition of the so-called “Carr Lot,” also known as 1 Taylor Street, for redevelopment as a transit center. However, it was only last week that the […]

Taking a Closer Look

by Michelle A.L. Singer The Montpelier School Board, at its March 19 meeting, unanimously voted not to put forth the same budget voted down on Town Meeting Day. With a $158,266 reduction, the revised budget will go up for vote on April 15, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee ballots are already available […]