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Melissa Pasanen

Melissa Pasanen

Contact Melissa Pasanen at mpasanen@aol.com and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TasteofVermont.

Q&A: Andrew Heyn and Blair Marvin, bread bakers and business owners

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Entrepreneurs, Taste of the Landscape

Baking assistant Kate Sprague, Phineas Marvin and his dad, Andrew Heyn, shape bread dough at Elmore Mountain Bread. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Baking assistant Kate Sprague, Phineas Marvin and his dad, Andrew Heyn, shape bread dough at Elmore Mountain Bread. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Andrew Heyn and Blair Marvin are husband and wife bakers and co-owners of Elmore Mountain Bread, a small wood-fired bread bakery and stone-ground flour mill in Elmore.

VL: Blair, you grew up in Vermont but never expected to settle here. What changed?
BM: It’s like growing up anywhere; you don’t really see it for what it is. I went to culinary school in Seattle where I met Andrew. One winter, we packed up our stuff and put it in storage and decided to come visit family for a working vacation. We were always planning on going back, but

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Food & Drink: The General Store, Restored

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

Photos Carol Kaplan; Photo with Paul McCartney courtesy of J.J. Hapgood.

Photos by Carol Kaplan; Photo with Paul McCartney courtesy of J.J. Hapgood.

More than a place to pick up a loaf of bread or gallon of milk, Vermont general stores are what anchor Vermont’s small communities. And like everything, they change to keep up with the times. Here are a few that have made notable upgrades:

J.J. Hapgood General Store
As a child, Juliette Britton remembers buying penny candy or dipping into the pickle barrel at J.J. Hapgood General Store in Peru. From 1827 until it closed in 2008, “it was the heart of town,” explains Juliette. The store’s closure was “a void everybody felt,” she says — one she and her husband, Tim, decided to fill. After community input and extensive renovations, they reopened in 2013 with penny candy, a pickle barrel

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Orchard Hopping

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

It’s apple season in Vermont! Celebrate the apple harvest with these upcoming events.

  • Shelburne Orchards honors the pollinating bees on Sunday, Sept. 13, with their second annual “Bee Here Now” event. Lectures, an observation hive on-site, art activities and a bee costume parade contest. Naturally, you can also pick the crunchy, sweet results of the bees’ hard work.
  • Burtt’s Apple Orchard in Cabot was started after Greg Burtt, now 30, wrote an orchard business plan in high school. Throughout fall, they fry up fresh cider doughnuts, press sweet cider and offer pick-your-own varieties, including prized heirlooms like St. Edmund’s Russet and Cox’s Orange Pippin.
  • For even more heirlooms, head to Scott Farm in Dummerston on Sunday, Oct. 11, for their annual Heirloom Apple Day where they offer wood-fired pizza, a hard cider tasting from Whetstone CiderWorks of Marlboro and the chance to sample some of their 90-plus apple varieties.

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