• Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk
  • Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

    The Vermont Milk Commission recently released a report of recommendations for advancing supply management in the dairy industry. True supply management is a complicated task that stems from a simple goal: stop creating too much milk. But while we have too much milk in the system overall, we have not enough milk going to some households that want it. Foodbanks on average distribute one gallon of milk per person every year - even though demand is high. How does our "extra" milk get to consumers who want it but can't afford it?  

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Eleanor Léger

Eleanor Léger is co-founder, with Albert Léger, of Eden Specialty Ciders. Eleanor helped introduce ice cider making to Vermont, a process that uses the natural cold of winter to concentrate cider and produce a unique, sweet wine. Eden ciders now cover a range of other styles, including dry Heritage Ciders, and the Orleans line of aperitifs. This fall they opened a boutique taproom and cheese tasting bar in Winooski, VT, in addition to their tasting room in Newport, VT.  

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