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My Family’s French Canadian Kitchen

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

Dorothy Read | November 15, 2016 | Set the Table

tourtière

Whenever I catch a whiff of cinnamon or cloves, my mind drifts to my mother’s kitchen and the French Canadian food traditions that shaped how I learned to cook.

Set the Table with Poutine

Claire Fitts Georges | November 15, 2016 | Winter '17 | Issue thirty-nine

Cheese curds

I grew up in California, in a world of dayboat salmon, tofu, and spinach salad. I only became vaguely aware of the odd sounding “poutine” when I moved to Vermont. French fries with gravy and cheese curds? I mean, that all sounds weird enough without including the word “curds” at the end.

Set the Table with…Figs

Alix O’Meara | August 17, 2016 | Fall '16 | Issue thirty-eight

Figs

Figs may not seem like a Vermont kind of crop—the fruits are more associated with warmer climates. However, one local Vermonter has dug into his Italian roots and has been successfully growing figs for five years.

Set the Table with…Crickets

Pamela Hunt | May 25, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

Table with baked goods

Like many new fathers, Stephen Swanson wanted to do something to make his children’s world a better place. After reading a 2013 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization about the health and environmental benefits of eating insects, he told his wife, Jen, that he wanted to start a cricket farm in their Williston garage.

Set the Table with Local Oils

Cheryl Herrick | February 09, 2016 | Spring '16 | Issue thirty-six

Sunflowers in field

Netaka White remembers going to some of the first local food challenges in Vermont—potluck meals to which attendees would bring food that was entirely grown or raised within Vermont, or a 50-mile radius.

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