Ric Cengeri

Vermont Edition Producer

Ric is a Vermont Edition producer. Prior to joining VPR in 2007, Ric was the morning show host at WNCS in Montpelier. Before that, he hosted the morning show at WOXY in Oxford, Ohio.

Interwoven with his radio experience, Ric has been a senior copy writer and account supervisor for McGuire & Associates, a Florida-based advertising agency. He has also taught media writing classes at Miami University.

An expert in polo and British soccer, Ric holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an M.S. from St. Thomas University.

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CSAs have been a popular tool for local farmers to receive much needed funding at the beginning of the growing season. For consumers anxious to support local agriculture, it’s a good way to invest AND share in the harvest.

The only problem is, which CSA is right for you?

Now there’s a CSA matchmaker run by Champlain Valley Localsourcers. Their organizer, Luc Reid, explains  how they plan to make the marriage between CSA farm and CSA participant.

Courtesy of Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace

Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon and left the state at the age of 17. Like Vermont’s two U.S. Presidents – Arthur and Coolidge – he rose to political prominence elsewhere. For Douglas it was in Illinois, where he defeated Abraham Lincoln in 1858 in a race for the U.S. Senate. It was during this campaign that the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates were held.

Photo: Melissa Pasanen, for the Burlington Free Press

This week, Melissa Pasanen takes us behind the scenes at cooking competitions.  From Junior Iron Chefs to gourmet challenges, cook-offs are fun for the participants and always a treat for the judges.  Melissa has judged many competitions over the years and gives us a taste of what that’s like.

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Buying locally has become a mantra for most Vermonters. And a new Locavore Index put together by Strolling of the Heifers puts Vermont at the top of the list for the second consecutive year.

Martin Langeveld of Strolling of the Heifers and Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of “Rebuilding the Foodshed,” look at how Vermont has risen to the top of the heap in the local food initiative and where it can still improve.

Last week the state released its third Irene Recovery status report. Nearly 20 months after the storm swept through Vermont, much of the work of recovery has been completed. In fact, the state no longer has an Irene Recovery Officer- that work has been taken over by Ben Rose. He’s the recovery and mitigation section chief for the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Rose talked with Vermont Edition about what’s still left to be done and how the state is preparing for future disasters.

Vermont Statehouse dome on a cloudy day.
Kirk Carapezza / VPR/file

Here’s a brief look ahead to the week at the Legislature:

A bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is set for final approval in the House on Tuesday.

Last week, the House voted 98-to-44 for a bill that would decriminalize –make it a civil offense rather than a crime – to possess a limited amount of marijuana.

Selecting A CSA

Apr 14, 2013
Maddie McGarvey / Burlington Free Press

Is a CSA right for you?  How much food will you get?  Will you have time to cook it?  Will you know what to do with it?  Candace Page, who writes for the Burlington Free Press, is a two-time CSA divorcee.  VPRs Ric Cengeri is an enthusiastic CSA devotee.  Between them you'll hear sound advice for selecting a CSA that works for you.

For information about CSAs in your area:

Vermont Department of Agriculture

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

Maple Sugaring season is fast approaching. On this first episode of the VPR Café, Ric talks with Candace Page about what the new international maple grading system means for producers and consumers. She also bringsus into Ginger Isham's kitchen in Williston where maple is king.

By the way, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Open House Weekend is coming up March 23rd and 24th.