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Uber-Local: The Summer Farmstand

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

Photographed by Daria Bishop.

One of the joys of summer in Vermont is rounding a corner in a road and seeing up ahead a cart piled high with glossy tomatoes and cucumbers and a sign advertising fresh eggs. A part of the Vermont scene for generations, farmstands flourish here, some having become so large and well-established that you can check off everything on your grocery list. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Over 35 years ago in central Vermont, Tim and Janet Taylor bought 15 acres — but the lawyer and teacher had no plans to farm professionally. “Our big garden became a small farm,” says Tim. “Our first farmstand was a card table.” Today, Crossroad Farm in Post Mills cultivates asparagus to melons on 45 acres with a peak summer crew of about two dozen employees, five or six of whom are dedicated to the farmstand. “When we started, we used to literally run from the eld to help customers,” Janet says. The couple, both 64, is starting to think

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Web Extras: “Cold June Rain,” a Poem by Ross Thurber

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape, Web Exclusives

Ross Thurber does farm chores at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Ross Thurber does farm chores at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Ross Thurber and his family are featured in the article, “One Day This Will All Be Yours,” which appears in our Summer 2015 issue. A poet, Ross wanted to share this piece with our readers. We hope you enjoy.

Cold June Rain
By Ross Thurber

Why wait for the gloaming
or a still water dirge
when the pasture is here
and the brook runs swift
under a witch hazel.
Ferns

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Farms, Food and Feeding the World | Vermont High School Students Tackle Food Issues in Summer Institute

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

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VTC agronomy professor Sosten Lungu explains to Governor’s Institute Food, Farms and Your Future participants how a combination of compost application and cover crops can reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizers needed to grow corn.

On a recent summer day, under a scorching blue sky, 15 Vermont high school students rotated between stations on Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus in an activity named, “Follow the Carbon.”

In the fields of the college’s market garden, the teenagers pulled carrots to chomp on and dug up plant samples. They learned how growing cover crops like clover and soy, and applying compost can build carbon naturally and help reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers.

At another station, they used stethoscopes to listen to the sound of a cow’s rumen doing its work, then toured the campus bio-digester, which uses bacteria to break down organic matter including farm and food waste. It then captures the methane that is produced to provide power for the college campus. “We do in one month what it takes a cow to do in a day,” VTC professor Joan Richmond-Hall noted, directly linking to the animal “bio-digester” which they had just heard in action.

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