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Set the Table With. . . Rose de Berne Tomatoes

Kate Spring | September 07, 2018 | Set the Table

Set the Table With. . . Rose de Berne Tomatoes

Rose de Berne is just one of several varieties provided by Solstice Seeds, a seed company built around the idea of preserving genetic diversity and local capacity to produce seeds. But, this Swiss heirloom might possibly be the best tomato of the lot . . . 

Set the Table With Pickles

Jesse Natha | August 16, 2017 | Set the Table

Japanese pickles at Kyoto’s Nishiki Market. Photo by Jesse Natha.

Turn summer's vegetables into winter's flavor bombs. If you garden or own a membership in a CSA, you know high summer through autumn as the time of year when everything explodes, and the piles of produce accumulating on kitchen counters, mudroom floors, erupting from crisper drawers, and occupying idle porch swings have begun to impede normal daily routine.

Set the Table with Bison

Lauren Griswold | August 16, 2017 | Set the Table

Thomas Hubbard offers an apple to “Big Dan.”

While the horned, haunched American bison usually evokes backdrops of western plains and peaks, it also inhabits the outskirts of humble Rutland, Vermont.

Set the Table with Butternuts

Dorothy Read | May 15, 2017 | Summer '17 | Issue forty-one

Butternuts

The first appearance of their sticky, lemon-shape green husks marked the end of summer when I was growing up, so the annual harvest of butternuts was oh so bittersweet.

Set the Table with TV dinners

Helen Labun | February 22, 2017 | Spring '17 | Issue forty

VT dinners; photo by Natalie Pelham

“I unabashedly describe myself as a local food advocate,” wrote Marlboro College student Nathaniel Brooks in 2015, as he was launching his new business. “I see re-localizing our food system as a key lever for shifting our culture away from its current path toward one of greater interconnection, mindfulness, and sustainability.”

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