• News & Commentary: SNAP Data in Court
  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation
  • Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion
  • News & Commentary: SNAP Data in Court

    Last week, Civil Eats ran an extended article on a battle that’s gone to the Supreme Court over access to retailers’ SNAP benefits data. The article points out the many possible implications of this data release, including how plays into the conversation around whether (or, how) to use SNAP to shape Americans’ diets.

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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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Recipes tagged with: maple

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: medium

Maple Pork Medallions

Maple Pork Medallions

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: medium

Pork Tenderloin with a Cassis & Soy Sauce Reduction

Pork Tenderloin  with a Cassis & Soy Sauce Reduction

Recipe by Claire Fitts.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: medium

Maple Lime Cranberry Wine Jelly

Maple Lime Cranberry Wine Jelly

Recipe by Claire Fitts.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 30 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: very easy

Vermont Sriracha

Cayennes

Cayennes are long, red peppers that are strikingly beautiful and often used for decorative purposes. Besides the heat, their flavor is mild, so they go well in places where pure heat is needed to let other flavors shine.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 20 minutes to cook
  • Complexity: medium

Maple Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Maple Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This pie crust recipe is an adaptation of my mother’s recipe. The original called for shortening, but I have replaced it with butter for a transfat-free crust, using local Cabot butter. The maple, strawberry, rhubarb filling is my own twist on a traditional pie filling and also a way to use a locally available sweetener and local produce.

  • Time: 10 minutes prep
  • Complexity: very easy

Switchel

Switchel

Long a staple in Northeast hayfields as a thirst quencher and restorative, switchel—alternatively called “haymaker’s punch” —was a colonial era proto-Gatorade, a source of both hydration and electrolyte replenishment.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; bake 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Pumpkin Tarts

Pumpkin Tarts

These festive treats are delicate to handle and are surprisingly healthy for a dessert that has a custard-like filling and a tart-style crust. Serve them with a dollop of local whipped cream on top. Original recipe by Raechel Barone, On The Rise Bakery in Richmond, VT.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; bake 20-25 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Maple Apple Upside-Down Cake

Maple Apple Upside-Down Cake

It is said that Pineapple Upside-Down Cake was devised to promote the use of canned pineapple! Why not use a local fruit and sweetener instead? This vegan version of the old classic relies on a baking soda and vinegar rise, so don’t combine wet and dry until you are ready to pour it into the pan and bake. The maple/apple combination creates a gooey decadence. Original recipe by Raechel Barone, On The Rise Bakery in Richmond, VT.

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; bake 20 minutes; 15 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: medium

Buckwheat And Cornbread Stuffing

Buckwheat And Cornbread Stuffing

This recipe starts with a Vermont variation on traditional cornbread—one that adds buckwheat flour and maple syrup for a rich flavor and moist texture. It’s so delicious it’s almost a shame to crumble it for stuffing! Try making it again sometime as a side dish.This recipe starts with a Vermont variation on traditional cornbread—one that adds buckwheat flour and maple syrup for a rich flavor and moist texture. It’s so delicious it’s almost a shame to crumble it for stuffing! Try making it again sometime as a side dish. Original recipe by Raechel Barone, On The Rise Bakery in Richmond, VT.

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