Agriculture

  • How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life
    How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life

    Alison Kosakowski Conant was in crisis communications mode when she first arrived in Vermont. While working for Maersk, a global shipping company, she rushed from New Jersey to Vermont in April 2009. The Maersk Alabama cargo ship was hijacked by four Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s...

  • Vermont Summer Farmers’ Markets Offer a Sense of Comfort and Connection
    Vermont Summer Farmers’ Markets Offer a Sense of Comfort and Connection

    Vermont summer farmers’ markets may look different this season, but one thing is for sure: local food is more appreciated than ever. About half of Vermont’s farmers’ markets are open for the summer, and almost all will be open by July (a handful have decided to...

  • Vermont Organic Dairy Farmer Abbie Corse Nurtures Her Family’s Agricultural Roots
    Vermont Organic Dairy Farmer Abbie Corse Nurtures Her Family’s Agricultural Roots

    Abbie Corse never planned on becoming a dairy farmer. The Corse Farm, an organic dairy that’s been in her family since 1868, is located in Whitingham, a small town in Windham County. While growing up on the farm, Corse couldn’t wait to leave and do something...

  • Vermont Bread Baker Charlie Emers Finds Happiness in Hardwick
    Vermont Bread Baker Charlie Emers Finds Happiness in Hardwick

    Vermont bread baker Charlie Emers isn’t much of a planner. But he’s definitely a doer. Emers lives off a dirt road in East Hardwick in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. His commercial bakery stands at the end of a long driveway next to his home, which he shares...

  • Vermont Cheesemaker Angela Miller Learns the Meaning of Survival
    Vermont Cheesemaker Angela Miller Learns the Meaning of Survival

    The plan was to reopen this spring. Angela Miller of Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet was on track to re-launch her cheesemaking operation right around now. Then the COVID-19 outbreak happened, and everything changed. Miller is a literary agent who began her award-winning, raw-milk goat and...

  • Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple
    Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple

    Eric and Sonja Withington are returning to their roots. Eric grew up sugaring with his uncle in his hometown of Barnard. Thousands of miles away in Austria, Sonja spent her childhood foraging fresh greens, flowers, berries, and herbs to create herbal teas, syrups, and home remedies...

  • Happy Vermonters: Beth Kennett Shares Her Farm with Open Arms
    Happy Vermonters: Beth Kennett Shares Her Farm with Open Arms

    Beth Kennett welcomed her first overnight guests to Liberty Hill Farm in 1984. Back then, hosting visitors was a way for Beth and her husband, Bob, to start to diversify their income as farmers. Ever since, families and couples from the Netherlands, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada,...

  • Off the Beaten Path with Back Road BBQ
    Off the Beaten Path with Back Road BBQ

    Inside a 24-by-8 trailer parked in Hardwick is the sweet smell of pulled pork, dry rubbed ribs, and smoked mac and cheese. Outside is a line of hungry customers eager to place their orders on a sunny spring afternoon before the start of a Vermont Vaudeville...

  • Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring
    Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring

    Ana Fernandez came to Vermont on a whim last year when a friend told her about a job opening at Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm in Stowe. The Michigan native is now spending her second season sugaring at the farm, spending her days (and nights) boiling sap, changing the...

  • Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
    Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

    Updated March 14, 2020 - Maple Open House Weekend 2020 has been canceled.  The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend gives visitors a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow, and more. Vermont's maple syrup is in demand more than ever. As the nation’s leading...