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Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

Tatiana Schreiber | September 12, 2018 | Food Systems

Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

In Vermont, the legal season for collecting wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) runs from September 1 through October 31, making this a good time to follow up on a 2008 Local Banquet article by biologist Rick Enser, "A Gathering Storm." Wild ginseng populations had fallen to concerning levels when he wrote his piece in 2008, what has happened since? 

What Do Food Labels Really Tell Us?

| September 02, 2018 | Food Systems

What Do Food Labels Really Tell Us?

Are there too many food labels? There’s certainly a lot of them, although probably that’s been true since commercial food packaging began. There are enough food labels it’s hard to even talk about “food labels” as a general category since that covers everything from allergen warnings to health claims to the particularly fraught world of labels meant to tell us how our food was raised.

In the News: SNAP & Farmers Markets

Local Banquet | July 20, 2018 | From the Editor

In the News: SNAP & Farmers Markets

A string of national decisions and contract changes has jeopardized the ability of Vermont Farmers Markets to sell food using Three Squares / SNAP benefits. A temporary fix just gave markets around the nation 30 days to figure out a solution. It may not be enough time. [Article Updated 8/20/2018]

Milk Pricing - Part 1

Helen Labun | July 10, 2018 | Food Systems

Milk Pricing - Part 1

Milk pricing systems for Vermont dairy farmers are notoriously confusing - but also key to understanding the present, and future, of agriculture in Vermont, where dairy production accounts for the majority of our farm-based income. This primer explains the complicated framework, why it's the way it is (more or less), and where we might have gone in different directions. 

Milk Pricing - Part 2

Helen Labun | July 10, 2018 | Food Systems

Milk Pricing - Part 2

Milk pricing systems for Vermont dairy farmers are notoriously confusing - but also key to understanding the present, and future, of agriculture in Vermont, where dairy production accounts for the majority of our farm-based income. This primer explains the complicated framework, why it's the way it is (more or less), and where we might have gone in different directions. 

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