Food & Drink

  • 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...

  • 12 Vermont Cafes Serving Up Local Flavor and Loads of Charm
    12 Vermont Cafes Serving Up Local Flavor and Loads of Charm

    For a small state, Vermont offers an impressive selection of cafés. Whether you’re looking to grab a cup of coffee to go or want to settle in for a cozy lunch with friends, there are countless cafés to choose from in Vermont. So many excellent Vermont...

  • 11 Outdoor Vermont Farmers Markets to Visit in 2019
    11 Outdoor Vermont Farmers Markets to Visit in 2019

    Outdoor Vermont farmers markets are a tradition every spring, summer, and fall. From Burlington and Brattleboro to Craftsbury and Dorset, you will find town greens, local parks, and parking lots transformed into pop-up marketplaces offering locally grown produce, handmade jewelry, craft beer, grass-fed beef, and...

  • Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose
    Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose

    Charlie Emers never planned on becoming a baker. The owner of Patchwork Farm & Bakery in East Hardwick grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. After relocating to Vermont three decades ago, his career path took a circuitous route from lamp maker to vegetable farmer to bread baker. Emers...

  • West Townshend Country Store Cafe Dedicated to Feeding the Community
    West Townshend Country Store Cafe Dedicated to Feeding the Community

    The tiny village of West Townshend is big on community spirit. At the heart of it all is the West Townshend Country Store, which serves as a café, post office, thrift store, and meeting house all in one. Located on Route 30 in Windham County, The West...

  • 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...