On the Farm

Local Wineries & Cider Makers Tackle Food Waste with Collaboration

Corey Burdick | November 09, 2018 | Featured

Local Wineries & Cider Makers Tackle Food Waste with Collaboration

The crispness of fall has given way to chillier nights and snow dusted mornings throughout much of Vermont. It’s the season to tuck in with a glass of local wine or cider in hand. As you sip slowly, here's some food (or drink) for thought: what happens to the waste produced in the creation of your beverage? Where does that spent grape must and pomace go, aside from the compost bin?

What's Going On with the LiLi?

Bonnie North | July 30, 2018 | On the Farm

What's Going On with the LiLi?

Seven years ago, Local Banquet’s summer issue featured an article on Royalton Vermont’s Bob White Systems and their innovative “LiLi”—a low-input, low impact system for pasteurizing milk. The LiLi is designed for “micro dairies” processing milk from as few as 4 cows. We checked in to see what's happened since we first profiled the invention in 2011.

Farm-to-Fashion in Sky Like Snow

Christine Cole Liz Guzynski | August 16, 2017 | On the Farm

finished skeins ready for knitting

“Farm to Table” is a familiar term—the distribution of goods from local farms to local communities that enables us to know where our food comes from and encourages the support of our producers. I hadn’t much entertained the idea of “Farm to Fashion,” hadn’t really considered the depth of the phrase, until I met fiber artist Hannah Regier at her home and studio in Athens, Vermont.

Bringing Back the Local Grain Economy

One Mill at a Time

Pamela Hunt | August 16, 2017 | On the Farm

Each millstone is hand shaped.

Blair Marvin and Andrew Heyn of Elmore Mountain Bread have been baking together for 14 years. They’ve spent years researching and fine-tuning their recipes and processes to make the best bread possible—loaves that are full of taste yet equally full of nutrition.

To Market, to Bank

A petite vegetable farm in Saint Armand shares lessons in profitability.

Suzanne Podhaizer | November 15, 2016 | On the Farm

 Arial view of Les Jardins de la Grelinette

Québecois grower Jean-Martin Fortier draws a distinction between a good living and a good life.  “’A good living’ mostly refers to how much money you make,” he tells me during a phone call. A good life, in contrast, takes into account “how your time is spent, and to what purpose.”

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