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Summer '07 | Issue one

Farmers' Kitchen—King Kale

Fertile Fields Farm—Lori Schreier and James Warren

| June 01, 2007 | Farmers' Kitchen

Lori Schreier and James Warren

It’s that time of year again, when you grill your steak and hamburgers to perfection in  the backyard. I’m not sure which part I enjoy most – deciding which type of beef to eat, smelling the meat as it cooks, eating it, or realizing there’s almost nothing left to clean off the dishes!

Revisiting the Traditional

Ginger Nickerson | June 01, 2007 | Community & History

photos of farmers cerca 1920

Imagine a place where 98% of households keep vegetable gardens, 97% have cows and poultry, 93% grow potatoes, 58% raise pigs and 54% have apple trees – all to provide food for the home. Imagine a place where maple syrup from the backyard provides sweetener for households, where hard cider from fresh apples provides continual refreshment, and where most local produce, berries and meat can be enjoyed year-round thanks to canning, pickling, and cellar storage.

The Chicken Event

George Schenk | June 01, 2007 | Food Systems & Policy

Chicken Illustration by George Schenk

It began simply enough:  I wanted to buy my neighbor’s chicken to serve at my Waitsfield restaurant.

“Can’t,” responded my neighbor, Hadley Gaylord.

“Why?”  I asked.

Trumpets in the Woods?

Meg Lucas | June 01, 2007 | Summer '07 | Issue one

Illustration by Meg Lucas: Black Trumpet Mushrooms

I have always enjoyed a treasure hunt. The thrill of discovery is surpassed only by the joy of seeking something unknown but special. In this instance, the treasures that draw me back, year after year, are the multitudes of mushrooms we are fortunate to have in New England. As the snow starts to melt in early spring, visions of fanciful fungi start to invade my thoughts.

A Water Buffalo on Every Farm?

Beth Stickney | June 01, 2007 | On the Farm

Water Buffalos

When David Muller founded the Woodstock Water Buffalo Company in 2002, he wasn’t sure  whether Riverine water buffalo, indigenous to southeast Asia and imported to Italy in the seventh century, would survive the Vermont winter.  No one in the United States – much less in chilly Vermont – had ever run a water buffalo dairy operation. But, Muller thought, if you can milk a Holstein up north, why not a water buffalo?

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