• Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org

    We've changed our website. Please update your bookmarks to LocalBanquet.org LocalBanquet.org is where you will now find the latest Local Banquet stories, a new Story of the Day update feature, features from the archives, and information on how to contribute to Local Banquet if you're interested in writing about Vermont agriculture. 

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  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation

    Back in 2007, Local Baquet ran an article by Bonnie Hudspeth on maple innovation and production in Vermont. Since then, maple production in Vermont has tripled to 1.8 million gallons a year and innovation seems to have entered a new golden (or perhaps amber) age. We did a quick maple innovation news round up for 2018 / 2019 to help everyone keep up with the some of the trends. 

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  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion

    In 2015, the USDA funded a project for UVM researchers to engage in discussions with Vermont farmers about the idea of being paid for ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are things farmers do that improve the environment for everyone, a common example is grass-based farms capturing carbon in the soil as a way to combat climate change. Some services happen naturally through sustainable farming, others take more of an incentive to implement, and either way some policy makers believe that farmers shoudl be compensated for their contribution. 

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Recipes starting with S

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; 35 minutes in oven
  • Complexity: medium

Singing River Farm Cornbread

Singing River Farm Cornbread

Our flint corn makes great polenta, but our favorite use is cornbread. Here’s Laurel’s recipe. Laurel likes to eat her cornbread in a bowl with milk; Steve prefers to slather his in butter. Either way, it’s delicious!

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; 60 minutes in oven
  • Complexity: medium

Sylvia’s Spiced Butternut Bread

Sylvia’s Spiced Butternut Bread

This recipe makes one large loaf, but for a special occasion, it doubles nicely. If you can’t find butternuts, substitute black walnuts or any favorite nut. You can also use a mixture of different nuts.

  • Time: 15 minutes prep; 2 minutes on grill
  • Complexity: easy

Sika me Manouri: Figs with Manouri Cheese

Sika me Manouri: Figs with Manouri Cheese

Thanks to chef Marc Provencher of Taverna Khione, a Greek restaurant in Shelburne, for providing this fig recipe.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Simple Crock-Pot Rabbit

Rabbit Stew

“My favorite way of cooking rabbit is to simmer it slowly with onions, celery, and seasonings,” Robin Schunk of New Discovery Farm says. “Then I pick the meat off the bone and use it for chili and quesadillas.”

After searching out a rabbit recipe for myself, I put together this using Robin’s favorite seasonings.

 
  • Time: 5 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Spring Cider Vinaigrette

cider vinaigrette

Tweak to suit your taste and enjoy. Makes a nice marinade, too.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep
  • Complexity: easy

Spring Vinegar

jars of vinegar

Feel free to substitute other herbs and adjust the amounts as you see fit. The longer your vinegar infuses, the stronger it will be. You can start using it after about a week, but I recommend letting it brew for at least a month to develop the flavor. I put one jar aside every spring for next spring, when it packs a powerful punch.

To strain, pour through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean jar. Squeeze out the last, strongest goodness from the plant matter before discarding.

Label and store in a cool, dark place. It has a shelf life of forever.

  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: very easy

Shoots & Sprouts

green sprouts

Here are some ways we enjoy eating shoots and sprouts. Shoots, sometimes called micro-greens, are seeds grown on soil in trays that are harvested at a small size for eating. Sprouts are not grown on soil, but are simply germinated seeds allowed to grow to an optimal size, at which point they are eaten roots and all.

 
  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: very easy

Sea Buckthorn Oxymel

seaberries

This is a potent way to preserve sea buckthorn’s medicinal qualities. At the first onset of feeling sick, take 1 teaspoon oxymel, 3–5 times a day. Recipe courtesy of Whole Systems Design..

 
  • Time: 10 minutes prep; cooking time 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Simple Spring Pasta with Dandelion Greens

Simple Spring Pasta with Dandelion Greens

Original recipe by Helen Labun Jordan. If you have the time homemade pasta enhances this dish.

 
  • Time: 30 minutes prep; bake 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Stuffed Quince

Quince

Quince originated in the Caucasus region of Europe and predates apple cultivation. It may even have been the fruit of temptation in the Garden of Eden. To honor this, I adapted a recipe fromJerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (2012).

  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: very easy

Scape Sauce

Scape Sauce

My favorite use for large quantities of scapes is scape sauce. This is just like hot sauce, but with all of the flavor and none of the heat. The vinegar means that this keeps for ages, so you can mason jar this goodness and use it all winter. I love to put it on my eggs, in my potato salad, in salad dressing, or just anywhere I would put hot sauce. Original recipe by Claire Fitts.

  • Time: 30 minutes of prep, 35 minutes in the oven
  • Complexity: medium

Sauerkraut Tart

Sauerkrat Tart

Recently, our friend Ernst Michel, raised in a traditional Swiss village, prepared an elaborate meal on our farm for 18 people. It integrated sauerkraut into numerous dishes such as kraut tarts, pork chops, roasted sausages and goulash. Here is one of his recipes.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: medium

Spicy Parsnip Cake

Parsnips

Recipe courtesy of Upper Valley localvore LouAnne McLeod, from the recipe database of the Mad River Localvores, vermontlocalvore.org.

  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: very easy

Switchel

Switchel

Long a staple in Northeast hayfields as a thirst quencher and restorative, switchel—alternatively called “haymaker’s punch” —was a colonial era proto-Gatorade, a source of both hydration and electrolyte replenishment.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; 25 minutes to bake
  • Complexity: medium

Sausage Pan Yorkshire Pudding At Dad’s House

Sausage Pan Yorkshire Pudding

Original recipe by Denny Partridge.

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