Charmaine Kinton

Charmaine Kinton

Artist and writer Charmaine Kinton is on pilgrimage through the U.S., eating exotic local foods and writing a young adult novel. She is also the booking agent for Seattle singer-songwriter, educator, and activist for social, economic, and environmental justice Mike Spine.

Set the Table with…Cranberries

Written by Charmaine Kinton | December 05, 2012


The Land of Bog is a mysterious world of acidic, sandy peat soil and an abundance of water. Here live the cranberries: low-trailing vines with small evergreen leaves and tart, wine-colored berries. They are wise and venerable plants that theoretically can live forever; some cranberries on Cape Cod are more than 150 years old.

Squeezing Out Some Sunshine

Local farmers produce cooking oil from sunflowers

Written by Charmaine Kinton | September 01, 2010


Many of our food plants have a rich and fascinating history, but few are as utterly loveable as the sunflower. These plants actually seem to have a personality and are often described as smiling faces or nodding heads. A field of them is a bit like a gathered crowd. Beautiful and artsy when in bloom, tastefully useful when gone to seed, and surrounded by an aura of cheerfulness and childlike playfulness—sunflowers are pretty easy to love.

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A quarterly magazine devoted to covering local food, sustainable farming, and the many people building the Vermont food system.

Vermont's Local Banquet Magazine illuminates the connections between local food and Vermont communities. Our stories, interviews, and essays reveal how Vermont residents are building their local food systems, how farmers are faring in a time of great opportunity and challenge, and how Vermont’s agricultural landscape is changing as the localvore movement shapes what is grown and raised here.


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