Food & Drink

A few styles of beer available at Brocklebank Craft Brewing in Tunbridge.
Hannah Palmer Egan / Seven Days

For those of you too young to remember the dark ages of beer, there was a time when there were no micro-breweries; only national brands, a few local brews, and imports. But now, a new brewery has opened in Vermont since you started reading this. 

A customer enjoys Bad Larry's Maple Madness, one of Canteen Creemee Company's creative "next level" creemee sundaes.
Daria Bishop, courtesy / Vermont Life

What if you were a chef known for creating delicious gourmet meals, but part of you had a love of making great burgers, fried chicken, lush milkshakes or creemees? Well, some area chefs have opened snack bars and creemee stands to harness these less formal culinary desires.   

Awesome Etiquette: Zip It, It's My Turn To Talk

Jul 28, 2017
Good conversation is an art but often difficult when the other person won't stop talking to give you a turn.
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We've all been caught up in a conversation with someone who enjoys talking a lot about very little and, often, about themselves. So how do you keep the dialog on-topic and the focus off of the other person?

The Chinese bell flower, also known as the balloon flower, slowly blows up like a hot air balloon before blossoming into the shape of a star.
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The Chinese bell flower is a common perennial but better known as the balloon flower. It's a fun flower to grow with kids because of the shape of the flower buds.

Benjamin Wolfe sticks his nose into a Ziploc bag and takes a whiff. "Ooh! That's actually kind of nice," he says. Inside the bag is a pungent, beige goop. It's a sourdough starter — a slurry of water, flour, yeasts and bacteria — from which loaves of delicious bread are born. And it's those microbes that have the attention of Wolfe, a microbiologist at Tufts University.

Chef Jesse Lauer serves guests in his home during one of his pop-up dinners dubbed "Dinner with Friends."
Matthew Thorson / Seven Days

If you're an adventurous eater, you might just be interested in a 12-course meal of exquisite recipes never before prepared by the chef. Well, that's just what's served when you pull up a chair at the home of Chef Jesse Lauer.

Planting a fruit bush, like the beach plum, is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer if your yard is too small for a fruit tree.
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Not everyone has enough yard space for growing fruit so, luckily, there are bush versions of many classic fruit trees. They grow easily in small, sunny spots and stay a manageable size.  

Awesome Etiquette: When Real Life Relationships Impact Social Media Friendships

Jul 21, 2017
When you "unfriend" someone on social media, that person may not even realize it since these types of notifications aren't typically sent to users.
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Your best friend just broke up with her beau who you happen to be friends with in both real life and on Facebook. Now what do you do? "Unfriend" him or stay connected at the risk of ticking off your bestie?

Awesome Etiquette: It's My Party And I'll Swim If I Want To

Jul 14, 2017
With a little preparation, it's totally do-able to host a pool party AND enjoy time in the water without neglecting the needs of your guests.
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So you're throwing a pool party. The guests are on their way, food is prepped, drinks are chilled and the pH balance in the pool is perfect. It's going to be a great time! But, wait. How can you enjoy all the fun you've planned when you're the host? 

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps members and leaders pause while helping to weed at Yoder Farm in Danby.
Daria Bishop / Vermont Life

Thanks to the Health Care Share project, tons of healthy produce from Vermont farms is now within reach of families and individuals who need it most.

When it comes to Daylilies, the Stella de Oro variety is considered the queen of the repeat bloomers.
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They're a classic Vermont summer flower. They've been grown for medicinal and edible use in Asia for millennia. The individual flowers only open for one day but the plants produce lots of them. Yes, they are daylilies!

Howard Weisss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont grass-fed beef is in high demand, and if the market wants to continue to grow, there will have to be better collaboration in the industry.

Children and parents line up to place their orders at The Lunchbox, outside of the Barton Public Library.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Lunchbox isn't quite like other food trucks. Instead of simply setting up shop and selling food at different locations around the state like many commercial trucks do, The Lunchbox spends the summer months giving away freshly made, locally produced meals to kids under 18.

Natasha Littrell, head pastry chef for Dorset Rising Bakery, talked to "Vermont Edition" about what flavors work well with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.
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What can you do with the bounty of berries you've picked this summer? Natasha Littrell, head pastry chef for Dorset Rising Bakery, provides guidance for Vermont Edition listeners about what to make with summertime fruits.

Awesome Etiquette: The Private Guest List

Jul 7, 2017
Private guest lists sent on-line allow attendees to know who is and is not invited to an event.
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If you've ever been invited to a party only to find out that a close friend was not, it could make for an uncomfortable moment. But the private guest list could help avoid that sort of situation.

Andrew Ryan is not only executive chef at Wake Robin in Shelburne but is also co-owner of Drifter's Cafe in Burlington.
Brent Harrewyn / Seven Days

Life unfolds in strange and mysterious ways. But the two cooking gigs of a Vermont chef might be the oddest food/venue combination on record; yet Chef Andrew Ryan makes it work.

Now is a good time to add extra compost or fertilizer so plants continue to produce fruit throughout the growing season.
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It's been an interesting summer so far. Lots of rain and humidity but not necessarily high temperatures; however, the vegetables are growing and now it's time to give them a mid-summer boost.

Jake Mendell and his fiance, Taylor Hutchison consider themselves lucky; the young farmers got their 30 acres of farm land from family.
Rebecca Sananes / Vermont Public Radio

Farming in Vermont is approaching a crossroads: The current generation of American farmers is nearing retirement. But for some young people looking to follow in those footsteps, financial barriers make a future in the field less affordable.

Just as you would before visiting the grocery store, make a list of what you need when planning a trip to a farmers' market.
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A farmers markets can be a fun place to do your shopping but, keep in mind, they are, in effect, open-air grocery stores. So it makes sense to have a plan before you go. 

Training can go a long way when teaching your dog to stay out of the garden.
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If you struggle with the combination of a garden AND dogs, I've got some tips on how to have a dog-friendly garden and a garden-friendly dog.

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