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It's been a good year for tomatoes in my garden. I've canned, frozen and juiced lots of fruits, so I'm all set for winter. But there's more to tomatoes than just the garden variety hybrids and heirlooms. One of the best tomato relatives to grow is the tomatillo.

Jonathan Capehart standing outdoors.
Billy Graves

Because of the high interest in this year's mid-term elections, VPR will carry two short-run programs that delve into top-of-mind political topics. These new shows will run through the mid-term elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Beginning Sept. 17, tune in Monday through Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. for a new program from WNYC called America On The Line with award-winning journalist, Jonathan Capeheart.

And on Saturdays at noon, VPR will carry The Politics Show from NPR. The program will feature reporters who cover politics from a number of different perspectives.

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With a switch to more seasonable weather, fall is starting to take hold. While drought and heat stress have some of our maples turning color already, the big show this time of year is the wildflowers in our meadows. Goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace and asters are blooming. These fall wildflowers are an essential food source for butterflies and insects. While you certainly can plant a wildflower meadow and enjoy the beauty of the annual and perennial flowers, managing your existing meadow is also important.

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One practice I try to do in my garden is never let the soil stay bare. Each year as I remove vegetables such as garlic, beans, and lettuce, I cover crop those areas. Covering the soil with plant material prevents erosion and builds up the fertility and workability of your soil.

VPR Cafe: Sweet Doe Dairy's New Twist On Gelato

Aug 31, 2018
Mike and Lisa Davis use the milk of Nigerian Dwarf goats to make gelato at Sweet Doe Dairy in Chelsea, Vermont.
Sarah Priestap / Seven Days

During a recent round-up of summer farmers market finds, Seven Days food writer, Hannah Palmer Egan, was taken with a new spin on a sweet treat from a Chelsea dairy: gelato. The Italian-style ice cream was born around the year 1600. Fast-forward 500-plus years to present day Vermont where we find the frozen confection still being created similarly, but with a twist from Sweet Doe Dairy. 

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The naming of plants can be deceiving. Take the Rose of Sharon shrub that's blooming now around the state. This plant isn't in the rose family. Even the botanical name, Hibiscus Syriacus is only half correct. It has a hibiscus or mallow-shaped flower, but the shrub doesn't hail from Syria, more likely India or China.

Young Writers Project: 'A Celestial Body Of My Own'

Aug 24, 2018
St. Albans-based poet Lonna Neidig this week addresses the conflicts that occur in some interfaith relationships.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Zoe Maxwell, 14, Burlington, Vermont

He told me to stop being an atheist.
He acted as if my tortured soul
couldn’t be salvaged unless I repented
and believed wholly in something larger.
He looked at me with sad eyes
and begged me to believe,

VPR Cafe: Cookbook Author Explores Changes To Traditional Recipes

Aug 22, 2018
Copies of Joan Nathan's new cookbook on display during one of her recent stops in Burlington.
Oliver Parini / Seven Days

When we think of the foods from a particular culture, we usually don't pay much attention to how it's influenced and has changed as it carries to other places. But a noted cookbook author has done just that in tracking how Jewish dishes have been altered around the globe.

Young Writers Project: 'Sunlight In A Storm'

Aug 20, 2018
Cambridge, Vermont, writer Ila Campbell reads her piece titled, "Sunlight In A Storm" for this week's Young Writers Project.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Nora Wootten, 13, Cornwall, Vermont

Thunder pounded my chest.
All I saw was a haze;
I was lost in a daze.
The lightning struck –
and I was out all out of luck.


We've waited a long time for peaches, pears, and apples to mature. The last thing we want to see on our daily fruit stroll is no fruit. Squirrels, birds, raccoons and opossums love the fruits hanging from our trees. What really bugs me is that often they will take a peck or bite, knock the fruits off the tree and leave it. What poor manners!

VPR Cafe: Poké Arrives In Vermont

Aug 16, 2018
Scale Poké Bar has been serving Hawaiian-style poké bowls since March in Williston's Kismet Place.
Oliver Parini / Seven Days

Like sushi, poké (pronounced POH-keh) is a dish that includes raw fish; however, with Hawaiian roots, it offers a wide range of other ingredients including pasta, beets, greens and fruit. Poké is typically served in a bowl, has become a nationwide food trend and has finally arrived in Vermont.

Kent McFarland

You can call them clams or mussels, the names are interchangable, but they should also be called endangered. Here in Vermont there are eighteen separate species of freshwater mussels and of those, ten are listed as threatened or endangered while several others are considered rare.


With our changing climate, I've noticed fall has become a great time to garden. Specifically, we like to plant crops that mature in the cool, fall weather. I've found with our extended falls, by planting crops that can take a light freeze, we can have an abundance of fresh veggies in autumn beyond winter squash, leeks and potatoes.

Young Writers Project: 'Dublin'

Aug 10, 2018
Charlotte, Vermont, writer Courtney McDermott wrote about her two weeks spent in Ireland for this week's Young Writers Project selection.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Madi Cohen, 16, Jericho, Vermont

Seagulls cry for the ocean,
wings flapping,
bodies soaring
through the smoky,
salty air.

VPR Cafe: Vermont Cheesemakers Pass The Baton

Aug 10, 2018
After 35 years, cheese makers Marian Pollack (left) and Marjorie Susman, will be stepping back from the business on their historic Orb Weaver Farm in Monkton.
Caleb Kenna / Seven Days

For more than 35 years, the owners of Orb Weaver Farm have been makeing a Colby-style cheese from the milk of their Jerseys. But that's about to change.

Young Writers Project: 'Tangled Roots'

Aug 3, 2018
Weybridge writer Maddie Crowne expresses that heartbreak occurs even when platonic and mutual.
YWP Photo Library, painting by Ada Shookenhuff, 13, Bakersfield

When two trees surface
into the wrenching winds,
the longing currents and
the undeniable horrors
that cannot be avoided,


With all the talk about Russia in the news, it got me thinking about a plant that's actually a good thing. Russian sage is actually not Russian nor in the sage family. It hales from the steppes of Central Asia and it's in the mint family. Its botanical name comes from the Russian General Perovskia, who campaigned in this region in the 1800's. The plant does emit an odor when the leaves are crushed, but this sage isn't used for cooking. It does have a history of being used medicinally and as a dye plant.

VPR Cafe: Crossing The Lake For A Meal And Some Scenery

Aug 2, 2018
The Old Dock Restaurant & Marina in Essex, NY, offers a full menu and stunning views.
Glenn Russell / Seven Days

While only a few miles apart, traveling between towns in Vermont and New York, separated by Lake Champlain, isn't an every-day commute for everyone. But when you do find time to hop the ferry, there's adventure and delicious food across the water. 

Mark Breen will explain where constellations, planets and other cosmic sights are during the Eye on the Sky Stargazing Party.
Kevin Clifford / AP

Take your radio or phone into the backyard and join VPR for our Eye on the Sky Stargazing Party on Friday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m.

Young Writers Project: 'Flamingo'

Jul 27, 2018
Poet Greta Solsaa of Rutland, Vermont, makes a pointed study of a particular ornament we are all familiar with: the lawn flamingo.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Samantha Aikman, 14, Richmond, Vermont

the age-old yet new
flamingo would be half dead
if it were alive.
Dug into the half-live
ground, it stands like
a beach ball
in a deflated summer,
or maybe an inflated winter.