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Summer '08 | Issue five

Beyond Ben & Jerry’s

Vermont’s Smaller Ice Cream Makers Come in Many Different Flavors

Lisa Harris | June 01, 2008 | Issues Archive

Amy Huyffer of Strafford Organic Creamery

Let’s face it. We’re spoiled by many artisan food producers in Vermont. Bread bakers Randy George and Liza Cain of Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex. Cheesemakers Willow Smart and David Phinney of Willow Hill Farm in Milton. Bob and Martha Pollak, makers of Snowflake Chocolates in Jericho. The list goes on. Vermont is a foodie’s paradise.

Diary of a Farm Apprentice—Part 1: Spring

Caitlin Gildrien | June 01, 2008 | On the Farm

Caitlin O'Brien

I want to be a farmer. It is 5:30 in the morning, and the rooster, who lives very close to my window, is crowing before dawn. I find it useful to remind myself: I want to be a farmer.

Set the Table with Hot Peppers

Cheryl Bruce | June 01, 2008 | Set the Table

hot peppers

There’s an old adage that says, “You can’t grow peppers in Vermont.” But then there’s another expression: “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it!” In the heart of dairy country in West Addison, Michael and Lisa Shannon are growing an extensive assortment of hot peppers on approximately one acre. They say these fairly tough plants, many of which originated in Central and South America, can thrive in Vermont’s climate.

Farm Camp—Planting Confidence, Harvesting Strength

Lisa Holderness | June 01, 2008 | Community & History

Kids at farm camp

As I downshift off the Putney exit of I-91, my husband, Jerry, is roused from his dozing by the hollow sound of several hundred jostling maple syrup jugs. It’s April, time to buy containers for our maple syrup at Bascom’s 10% container sale, and time to post Farm Camp flyers.

A Cheese for the Ages

Historic Plymouth Cheese Comfortable in the 21st Century

Elizabeth Ferry | June 01, 2008 | Issues Archive

Plymouth Cheese building

One can easily imagine the feelings of pride in the hamlet of Plymouth Notch when a cheese factory opened there in 1890. It was a cooperative community venture, founded by five local families, and it soon became a centerpiece in the town of Plymouth.

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