Farms

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Vermont Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Cambridge
    Vermont Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Cambridge

    Anne Tisbert is a farmer, entrepreneur, tour guide, and mother. At Valley Dream Farm, which she purchased with her husband, Joe, in 1992, she rises early each day to tend to organic produce—red beets, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, and tomatoes—that grow in the shadow of Mount...

  • A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World
    A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

    A decade ago, Fat Toad Farm caramel started out as a simple experiment in homesteading. Calley Hastings and her family hand-milked a French alpine doe named Jupiter in their Brookfield garage to make goat’s milk caramel sauce for friends and to sell at the local...

  • The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe
    The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

    Behind a country store on Route 100 is a tiny restaurant that is quickly making a name for itself in Vermont’s local food scene. Kevin Lasko and Katie Stiles opened The Backroom in Pittsfield a little over a year ago behind the Original General Store. The restaurant...