• 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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Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

Last Morsel—Turnip on Top

Caroline Abels | May 26, 2016 | Commentary

Gilfeather Turnip

Just when you think politics has reached its lowest point of decomposition, a vegetable comes along to reaffirm your faith in responsive government.

Farmers' Kitchen—Tater Days

Paul Betz | May 26, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

potatoes

Over the course of a year I have many favorite days, but one of them is when we dig the potatoes in the fall.

POP Clubs and the Power of Produce

Carol Stedman | May 26, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

POP clubs

POP Club formats can vary, but ours in Hartland is a simple one. When children arrive at the market, they’re invited to join the POP Club.

Spreading Joy

There’s a bounty of new butter makers in Vermont

Suzanne Podhaizer | May 26, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

Ploughgate butter

What would we do without butter? It’s the magical element that makes croissants possible. Smeared onto dark, German-style bread, it creates a snack hearty enough to power a lumberjack through a busy afternoon.

Unexpected Treasures

John Miller and The Old Schoolhouse Plantery

Tatiana Schreiber | May 25, 2016 | Summer '16 | Issue thirty-seven

John and Diane Miller of Old Schoolhouse Plantery

The one lesson John Miller says he always remembers from his years at Writtle Agricultural College in Great Britain is this: “Any fool can grow it; the trick is to sell it.”

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Our stories, interviews, and essays reveal how Vermont residents are building their local food systems, how farmers are faring in a time of great opportunity and challenge, and how Vermont’s agricultural landscape ties into larger questions of sustainability and the future of our food supply.