Blog Archive for April 2014

29 April, 2014 - by Maarit Ostrow, Formaggio Kitchen South End

A Taste of Place: The Cellars at Jasper Hill

Category: Place Profiles


This post was originally published on the Fromaggio Kitchen South End's blog.  Fromaggio Kitchen South End is a unique gourmet food shop located in Boston.  What a wonderful description of a visit to the Cellars at Jasper Hill.  Don't miss the Cellars at Jasper Hill at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival in July.  Delicious!

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25 April, 2014 - by Alyssa Nathanson,

What Kentucky Derby?

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The first weekend in May promises to be a spectacular Vermont weekend.  Enjoy beer, farms, farmers’ markets, sheep, calves, and wild edibles.  Oh yeah, the Kentucky Derby is happening on Saturday too!  On your mark, get set, go!  

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23 April, 2014 - by Vermont Fresh Network

On the Menu at Prohibition Pig

This post was originally published on the Vermont Fresh Network's blog.  Vermont Restaurant Week starts this Friday (4/25) so read on, make some reservations, and grab a fork!

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18 April, 2014 - by Jackie Cooper, Healthy Living Market

A Taste of Healthy Living: Braising Rabbit & Making Gnocchi in the Learning Center

This entry was originally posted on Healthy Living's Blog.  Vermont has no shortage of local ingredients, restaurants focused on local foods, and cooking classes and workshops ready to inspire.  Check out this great description of a cooking class at Healthy Living's Learning Center.

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16 April, 2014 - by Sophi Veltrop, The Golden Stage Inn

Southern Vermont Restaurant Week

Getting ready for Restaurant Week?  Looking to explore all the fantastic eateries Southern Vermont has to offer?  This post, which was originally posted on The Golden Stage Inn's blog, provides you with just enough information so you'll be making multiple reservations.  Enjoy!

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11 April, 2014 - by Vermont Fresh Network

On the Menu - Cafe Provence on Blush Hill

This article was originally posted on the Vermont Fresh Network's blog.  Visit Cafe Provence during Vermont Restaurant Week and search out other eateries that are passionate about local food.

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9 April, 2014 - by Kira Schmiedl, Shelburne Farms

Warm Days and Cold Nights Yield Sweet Rewards

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. As a kid growing up in suburban Boston, drowning my pancakes in maple syrup, I had only a vague understanding that this gold, liquid sugar came from trees. As I became more interested in the origins of food and moved to Vermont, I discovered the taste of pure maple syrup and all it takes to produce it.
The sunny days, cold nights, and delicate, earthy scent from the sugarbush mark my favorite time of year at Shelburne Farms: sugaring season. Usually lasting 4-6 weeks from late February through early April, it’s a sweet sign that the long winter is fading (really!) and spring is finally on its way. 
Sugaring is an important part of our working landscape and education programs here at the Farm. It helps us maintain a sustainable and healthy forest, provides food for our farm to table endeavors, and engages people of every age – especially teachers and their students – in a process of learning where food comes from. Sugaring connects all of us to the land, our community, and the local economy. 
While steeped in tradition, the maple sugaring world is not lacking in innovation. If you visit our sugarbush this year, you may notice some of these exciting changes. As part of our ongoing effort to reduce energy consumption across the Farm, we’re experimenting with reverse osmosis as a way to boost production and lower energy consumption in sugaring. 
The reverse osmosis machine cuts down on boiling time by removing excess water and concentrating the sugar in the sap, generally bringing sap from 2% to 8% sugar content. (The higher the sugar content, the less sap you need to boil to make syrup!) Last year we used 8.3 cords of wood to produce 100 gallons of maple syrup; this year we expect to use just 2-5 cords to produce 100 gallons. This is exciting news, especially for Marshall Webb and Dana Bishop, who steward our green certified woodlands, harvest sustainably produced lumber for craftspeople like our on-site partner Beeken Parsons, and supply firewood for the Farm.

Reverse osmosis machines, along with the vacuum and line collection system we have used since 2011, are now commonplace to many Vermont sugarbushes and sugar houses. I have read estimates that up to 90% of maple syrup on the market has undergone reverse osmosis. 
This new technology allows us to represent Vermont industries in our educational programs, including school field trips. But it poses challenges, too. Educator Christie Nold explains, “Often, as technology increases, the distance between people and food products increases as well. We want to celebrate these technological advances while still exposing students to a more ‘traditional’ sugaring method. This shows them not just how product is made, but also where it comes from.”
Our educators believe that the most impactful activity to learn about sugaring is for students to see firsthand the sap running from a maple tree and collecting in a bucket. So along with the 2.5 miles of tubing that connect 650+ taps throughout our sugarbush, we use about 50 traditional metal buckets to collect sap.

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4 April, 2014 - by Erica Houskeeper, Happy Vermont Blog

A Love for Local Food and Farms at Juniper

This post was originally posted on Happy Vermont, a blog dedicated to exploring and enjoying the dynamic Green Mountain State.  As we get ready for Vermont's 5th Annual Restaurant Week, look for more of these restaurant profiles that celebrate the wonderful farmer and chef partnerships we have in Vermont.

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2 April, 2014 - by Caitlin Jenness, NOFA Vermont Beginning Farmer Programs Coordinator and Revolving Loan Fund Administrator

Tapping the Market: Butternut Mountain Farm brings Vermont maple to the masses

This is an abridged version of an article that originally appeared in NOFA Notes, the quarterly newsletter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. For more information about NOFA Vermont and the benefits of organic, please visit

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