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15 December, 2016 - by DigInVT Staff

Learn to Make Candy Canes

The candy cane has been a symbol of the Christmas holiday for centuries. The Shepherd’s crook-shaped candy in red and white has not only been enjoyed as a sweet but also used to decorate Christmas trees almost since the Christmas tree concept arrived in America (the mid-1800’s). The exact origins of the cane aren’t clear. Some tales focus on the religious symbolism of the red and white colors, but those stories are dubious since the first candy canes existed before sugar was refined enough to cool into the pure white color we see today. Others credit a clever 17th century choirmaster with tweaking the already-popular hard candy sticks to produce a confection that would keep children quiet during long holiday services. In general, candies and sweets - which were once much more expensive than they are today - have historic ties to festivals and holidays, occasions when people were willing to purchase special foods. Christmas is of course no exception and the food historians at Food Timeline have a list of some of the most popular Christmas-related foods through history.

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22 November, 2016 - by DigInVT Staff

Thanksgiving's Autumn Recipe Roundup

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Across the country, Thanksgiving has been cast as a dividing line between “holiday shopping season” and “the stuff that happened before holiday shopping season”. But really, if there’s a Thanksgiving dividing line it’s between autumn foods and winter foods. Pumpkins, apples, sweet cider, hard cider, the last hardy greens sweetened by frost, the turn away from quick salads to things that get braised, renewed enthusiasm for baking. . . it’s a delicious turning time. To mark the change, here’s a roundup of late autumn recipes from Vermont recipe writers. And, of course, you can shop for great local ingredients for all these recipes at Vermont's year round farmers' markets and local food stores:

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31 October, 2016 - by DigInVT

Planning for Halloween

This is a re-posting of an article that appeared at Halloween time in 2013; Happy Halloween! 

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13 November, 2015 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Vermont Thanksgiving- Recipes from the Farm

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What are we thankful for, here at Vermont Fresh Network?

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13 November, 2015 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Vermont Ice Cider- a How-To Guide

Eleanor Leger of Eden Ice Cider gave us the 411 on this unique Vermont beverage...

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13 November, 2015 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Thanksgiving Recipes from Vermont Farms and Kitchens

We asked Vermont farmers and chefs for their favorite Thanksgiving recipes featuring Vermont-grown food. Here are their delicious responses. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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13 November, 2014 - by Healthy Living Market

Healthy Living Wants to Bring a Local Turkey to Every Table

 

Today Healthy Living Market and Café in South Burlington will be kicking off their annual Thanksgiving turkey pre-order program where customers will be able to order local, free-range and antibiotic/hormone-free turkeys over the phone, in-store or online at www.healthyliving.com/vermont. As in past years, they will be offering fresh and fair priced turkeys from a handful of local farms around Vermont as part of their “A Local Turkey for Every Table” campaign. Healthy Living has been a driving force behind the “Buy Local, Eat Local” revolution in Vermont and has made it a priority to support local growers by selling turkeys at fair market price to customers in Chittenden Country for over twenty five years.
 
To get things started, last week Healthy Living’s Co-founder Katy Lesser and team headed out to Adam's Turkey Farm for their annual visit. Adam’s Turkey Farm has been a local Vermont poultry grower for over 30 years and is one of the three local farms that include Misty Knoll Farm and Stonewood Farm providing turkeys to Healthy Living for the pre-order season. Lesser has known Dave and Judy Adams since the late 80’s when she first started offering turkeys in her store during the holidays.
 
“I started thinking about Thanksgiving at the store and wondered if customers might like local turkeys. During my research, I came across Adams Turkey Farm and went to visit Dave and Judy Adams at their farm in Westford. That’s where I actually got my first lesson in local agriculture and met dedicated farmers who raise poultry of astounding quality,” said Lesser. “The rest is happy history; we worked together to make a plan. I learned about turkeys and the Adams learned about wholesale. That first year I sold about 25 turkeys....since then we’ve sold more every year!”
 
This year’s farm visit marked the 25th anniversary of the grocer and vendor working together to provide the highest quality turkeys during Thanksgiving. Knowing who grows the food they sell is a high priority for Healthy Living. Seasonal staff visits to the farms have become part of their mission. For this trip, new members of the Healthy Living staff were able to see the farm while learning more about raising local turkeys.
 
For more information and to pre-order your turkey today, check out www.healthylivingmarket.com/saratoga. Click here for more information and assets.

It's almost turkey time.  Do you have your turkey yet?  Maybe you want to get out on the farm and see where the turkeys live; maybe you're having a turkey-free holiday and need to get to the farmers market or food market for your supplies; maybe you head to a restaurant to have your holiday meal.  Whatever Thanksgiving looks like for you, Vermont is full of local foods to guarantee a delicious holiday!

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14 February, 2014 - by DigInVT.com Staff

Valentine's Day

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Just because this post is going up on Valentine's Day, doesn't mean Vermont's romantic options are only for February 14th. There's plenty of time for love and romance in Vermont, so take your time to explore these possibilities from DigInVT.com partner organizations (the list works even better if you play Moonlight in Vermont in the background while you read it).

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23 December, 2013 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Chef Tips for a Stunning Holiday Main Course

Be it tofu or pork loin, most meals center around a protein and we would all like our holiday main dishes to be stunning! Here are some tips and ideas from VFN chefs:

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9 December, 2013 - by Helen Labun Jordan

Vermont Christmas Trees

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Sure, the deciduous trees of Vermont have their time in the spotlight every foliage season - but let's not forget the evergreens. Christmas Tree farms are an important part of Vermont's agricultural landscape. We provide Christmas trees throughout the New England region, to New York City, and beyond. The 2012-2013 winter issue of Vermont Life magazine profiled a VT Christmas tree's journey to sales in New York City, where some tree farmers have regular spots that will be in the family for generations. In 2009 the Vermont Agency of Agriculture reported "Vermont boasts about 250 tree farms statewide, with thousands of acres in active production. Yearly sales total some $10-million dollars, giving a seasonal boost to Vermont's agricultural economy."

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