Seven Days on The VPR Cafe

Brent Harrewyn for Vermont Creamery

Vermont Creamery co-founder Allison Hooper spent a semester abroad in 1980 and it may have changed our Vermont cheese selection for the better. Seven Days food writer Hannah Palmer Egan visited the VPR Cafe to talk about the cheese that came to be decades after that visit abroad and how a couple of local creameries are making GMO-free cheeses in Vermont.

VPR Cafe: Food Ethics

Oct 27, 2016
Illustration by Michael Tonn / michaeltonn.com

Suzanne Podhaizer, a food writer for Seven Days, recently had a picnic with two UVM professors. The two have authored a new book on food ethics. And Podhaizer found herself facing a butter dilemma.

The concept of eating locally is fully embraced in Vermont for all the right reasons: Fresher foods, the ability to know the farmer and knowing you are leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

But how local does a food have to be to be considered "local?"

Dorset Union Store circa 1884, courtesy of Cindy Loudenslager. Photo of the store today by Brooke Wilcox.

A native of Boston, Seven Days food writer Julia Clancy grew up with the notion that Vermont general stores were more nostalgic than useful; buildings full of fudge and flannel rather than ones still used for everyday needs and as a hub of community.

Recently, Clancy took off on a summer-long road trip to visit several general stores throughout the state and found just how vital these stores still are to their communities.

Matthew Thorsen / Seven Days

There are dozens of farmers markets across Vermont. The number peaked at 87 in 2010 and has since gone down. Still, there are questions about what makes a successful market and how to keep markets thriving in the future.

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