• 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. 

    Read more

  • 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. 

    Read more

  • 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. 

    Read more

0
Shares

Farmers' Kitchen—Indian Summer

Lini Mazumdar and Emmett Dunbar, photo by Celia Kelly
Lini Mazumdar and Emmett Dunbar, photo by Celia Kelly

Written on

August 25 , 2015

We chose “Anjali”—a Sanskrit word meaning “offerings to the deities”—as the name of our farm to honor Lini’s Indian heritage. And since moving to our South Londonderry farm on the winter solstice of 2000, we have grown mixed vegetables, medicinal herbs, blueberries, raspberries, and hops in harmony with our ecosystem and the cosmos. Our greenhouse production extends the season and our fields are planted mostly with winter storage crops. These crops, such as Samarkand heirloom garlic, are used to create tasty dishes until the next anticipated harvest. A flock of heritage-breed chickens, typically Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, and Black Wyandottes, help work the land and provide essential fertility.

Thanks to our seed saving for nearly two decades, a great depth of varietal types within certain families of plants make up 80 percent of the crops we raise on Anjali Farm. By selectively choosing the right seed to produce well on this hill-side farm, Emmett has encouraged the best cherry tomato in Vermont to evolve! Of course, no fresh meal would be complete without Italian basil from Genoa or heat-tolerant Hindustani cilantro, which has now been trialed and saved for several years in our cold northern climate of Zone 3.

Lini is a certified herbalist and Ayurvedic nutritional counselor, and her herbal products business, Lotus Moon Medicinals, has been a vital part of the community for nearly 18 years. Fostering healing with plants and dietary suggestions is only a part of her business, however. Recently, she started cooking Indian ”tiffin” meals for local families. These are Indian meals packed in a tiffin carrier—a small stainless steel container that keeps food fresh and consists of five stacked containers that carry rice, lentil, vegetable, meat, and raita (yogurt condiment). The menu varies each week according to what is growing on the farm and is available in local markets.

Lini also teaches Ayurvedic nutrition and Indian cooking classes, and offers Indian food catering for small events and weddings. Catering can be arranged year-round, but Lini absolutely lives for Vermont living in the summertime!

Anjali Farm in South Londonderry is open by appointment or by chance and can be found anytime at www.anjalifarm.com or on Facebook. Call 802-824-4658 for more information.

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest. Optional login below.

What we do

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.