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  • Stephanie Lary Returns Home to Run the Rochester Cafe
    Stephanie Lary Returns Home to Run the Rochester Cafe

    Tucked halfway between Killington and Sugarbush is the small town of Rochester. In the heart of Rochester on Main Street are places like Sandy’s Books and Bakery, Maple Soul restaurant, and Green Mountain Bikes. Traveling along Route 100, one place that’s hard to miss is the...

  • 11 Things to Look Forward to in Vermont this Summer
    11 Things to Look Forward to in Vermont this Summer

    Summer in Vermont is astonishingly beautiful and way too short. It’s easy to pack in as much as possible when the weather is sunny and warm, but where do you start? Here are some of the best things to do in Vermont in summer. Celebrate Summer...

  • Veterinary Oncologist Kendra Knapik Revitalizes an Abandoned Vineyard in the Champlain Islands
    Veterinary Oncologist Kendra Knapik Revitalizes an Abandoned Vineyard in the Champlain Islands

    Balancing motherhood with a career in veterinary oncology motivated Kendra Knapik to choose a different path, one with more balance and flexibilty.  Three years ago, she established Ellison Estate Vineyard. Knapik and her husband, Rob—a Norwich University professor and chair of the physics department—purchased an abandoned...

  • The Iconic Blue Benn Diner in Bennington Makes a Comeback (and other good food news)
    The Iconic Blue Benn Diner in Bennington Makes a Comeback (and other good food news)

    The Blue Benn Diner on North Street in Bennington is getting a new lease on life. When the diner went on the market last summer, John Getchell jumped at the chance to purchase the iconic establishment. Getchell, a Bennington College alumnus, enjoyed his first meal at The...

  • Happy Vermonters: St. Albans Couple Creates Sweet Side Hustle with Hangry the Donut Bar
    Happy Vermonters: St. Albans Couple Creates Sweet Side Hustle with Hangry the Donut Bar

    Erica and Ed McClain are working toward their dreams one doughnut at a time. The couple runs Hangry The Donut Bar, a drop-off and pop-up doughnut business based in St. Albans that opened last year. “When I got out of high school, I thought I would go to...

  • Heather Lynne of The Wild Fern Plants Roots and Thrives in a Tiny Town
    Heather Lynne of The Wild Fern Plants Roots and Thrives in a Tiny Town

    Heather Lynne is a baker, musician, and café owner doing what she loves. Lynne owns The Wild Fern on Route 100 in Stockbridge. She spends part of her week baking and filling to-go orders for sourdough bread, sesame bagels, locally sourced beef burgers, and pesto pizza....

  • 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 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...

  • Pies for People Celebrates Community in the Northeast Kingdom
    Pies for People Celebrates Community in the Northeast Kingdom

    All it takes is flour, butter, salt, and water to make a pie crust. But it takes a community to make a difference. Pies for People, now in its eleventh year, is a community-building initiative that brings together volunteers, gleaned local produce, and the spirit of giving. More...