20 October, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Eat the Invaders Dinner

Category: Events

Invasive species present real problems for the native plants and animals we rely on for our ecosystem to thrive. Wild boars are ravaging Texas. Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) is choking out native plants in Vermont. Northeastern coastlines are plagued with invasive green crabs that eat up our native clams and mussels. But there's good news - they're all delicious! That's a solution Joe Roman, conservation biologist, author, and researcher at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont wants everyone to explore. Not only will eating invasives help alleviate some of their negative effects, but the way to the mind (as well as the heart) is often through the stomach and he's hoping that finding invasives on the plate will help spark conversation and awareness. 

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15 October, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Meet the Maker: Boyer's Wine & Cider

Category: Place Profiles

It's Vermont wine month! Vermont's wine scene has grown and blossomed so much over the past few years, we're gaining national recognition for some of the most talented wine makers in the country and setting the standard for cold climate grapes. Our small state offers an impressive diversity of flavor and styles with options to match any palate. We want to both celebrate winemakers this month and draw your attention to the impressive diversity of flavor and styles of wine made in our small state. We hope you'll join us in exploring some new tastes, starting with Boyer's Orchard in Monkton. We asked Mark Boyer about his journey into wine and cidermaking in Vermont. Learn about Boyer's and go grab a bottle of their craft wine or cider for the complete experience.

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11 October, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Honey Road - Thinking Globally, Sourcing Locally

Follow the pink neon sign at the corner of Church and Main Street into the warm, inviting and bustling dining room of Burlington’s newest restaurant Honey Road. Honey Road has been pulling in rave reviews since their opening this summer. The buzz is strong for many reasons – the restaurant is female owned and run, helmed by Chef Cara Tobin and VFN restaurant veteran Alison Gibson; they’re serving up Eastern Mediterranean small plates – a new (and delicious) concept for Burlington; and it’s good – really good. We checked in with Cara to see how she was creating this global cuisine while staying Vermont-focused with ingredients. 

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10 October, 2017 - by DigInVT

Tis' the APPLE season!

No apple tastes better than the one you pick yourself on a crisp autumn day. Get out and enjoy the apple season - it's one of Vermont's finest! Here are some apple-tastic events to get you started.

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Cedar Circle Farm hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 8 from 10am until 3pm. Now in its fifteenth year, the Pumpkin Festival offers on-farm enjoyment for the entire family, with horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, live music, kids’ activities, storytelling, birds of prey, cider pressing, and local food concessions.

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8 October, 2017 - by Scott Farm

Celebrate Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard

The 15th Annual Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard on Kipling Road in Dummerston, VT beckons apple lovers of all ages to celebrate this iconic fall fruit. Come visit the 571-acre historic farm and orchard that border Rudyard Kipling’s former Vermont home, Naulakha, and other historic rental properties owned and renovated by Landmark Trust USA.  

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Head Brewer Andrew Leichthammer of Good Measure Brewing Co. goes above and beyond to source locally - from foraging fruit to collecting wild yeast. We checked in with Andrew about his local beers and upcoming Beer Dinner with Farmhouse Tap & Grill on October 11th

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14 September, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Local Music paired with Local Eats

Restaurants are reaching beyond ingredients to source all kinds of goods from Vermont producers - from tables and appliances to hand soap in the bathroom. That's why it comes as no surprise that locavore restaurants across the state are turning to local sounds to pair with their local bites. Whether hosting weekly music residencies or shutting down regular service for full-blown rock shows, the partnerships between Vermont's chefs and musicians are stronger than ever - giving Vermont musicians a chance to play for a captive audience of local-loving diners and restaurants a chance to more fully engage their guests. We asked a few of our restaurant partners why local music and food pair so well...

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25 August, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Plate Cheese Like a Pro

Though it's unofficial, July is the cheesiest month of the year - the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival takes over Shelburne Farms on August 16th and ushers in a string of national and worldwide cheese competitions where Vermont producers win big. Of course, we don't need fancy awards to know that Vermont cheese is exceptional, but it's nice to share our knowledge with the world. Naturally, Vermont chefs also know a thing or two about our state pride and you can find gourmet cheese lists and boards in restaurants across the state. Here are some pro tips, pics, and [virtual] tastes of their cheese boards.

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23 August, 2017 - by DigInVT.com

What a [Farm] Week!

Last week was the third annual Vermont Open Farm Week and what a week it was! Farmers throughout the state worked tirelessly to provide guests with incredible, accessible experiences - and the response was fantastic! Visitors came from near and far to find some on-farm fun. Whether farms hosted a dinner, workshop, tour or tasting - each event was successful in bringing people closer to Vermont's working landscape and offered a unique glance into Vermont's diverse agricultural communities. You can make every week an Open Farm Week! Use DigInVT.com to find farms open to the public and farm and food events across Vermont.

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