VPR Cafe

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The VPR Café is a weekly feature that's all about Vermont food and the people who grow it, prepare it and love it.

VPR's Ric Cengeri talks with freelance and Seven Days food writers. They share stories from the farms, kitchens and eateries of Vermont that connect our communities.

Niche Foods

Mar 31, 2013
Dori Ross of tonewood Maple standing in the Vasseur sugarbush on Bragg Hill in the Mad River Valley. She is partnering with the

Many young farmers and food producers are finding new niches in the local, sustainable food landscape. Melissa Pasanen, who writes for the Savorevore Series in the Burlington Free Press, fills us in on super delicious sweet potatoes, trout farming in a grain silo and maple crunchies.

The VPR Café is produced in collaboration with The Burlington Free Press, where you can read more about niche food endeavors.

VPR Cafe: Lunch!

Mar 24, 2013
Maddie McGarvey / Free Press / Customer at the Franklin General Store

The heart of many of Vermont's towns and villages rests in their country stores. Patrons stop in for gas, a few groceries, and just as importantly - the latest news and lunch!

Ric Cengeri talks with Candace Page about the variety of menus you'll find at country stores around Vermont as well as how these stores and their communities hold each other together.

The VPR Café is produced in collaboration with The Burlington Free Press. Candy writes for the Free Press Savorvore Series.

Creating Community

Mar 17, 2013
Seth Butler / Fable Farm

Theater among the vegetables, bacon at a sweet shop, and bread at a puppet show. This week on The VPR Café, Ric Cengeri talks with Sally Pollak about the unexpected combinations that are the catalyst for community.

Drawing from her travels around Vermont, Sally shares stories about how eating gets people talking, singing, laughing and connecting.

Baked Beans

Mar 10, 2013
Vermont Life Melissa Pasanen / From left, Vermont yellow eye grown by C.P. Hazen Co. in North Hero, Marfax beans from Patti Qua in Exeter, Maine; and Maine

This week on the VPR Café, Ric Cengeri talks with Melissa Pasanen about the New England Tradition of baked beans and - how we bake them. They talk about beans grown here in Vermont and The J Sisters in Georgia.

The VPR Café is produced in collaboration with The Burlington Free Press. Melissa Pasanen is a free lance writer for several publications including the Burlington Free Press Savorvore Series.

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.