Food & Drink

  • The Putney General Store Starts a New Chapter
    The Putney General Store Starts a New Chapter

    Lyssa Papazian never pictured herself running a country store. But when the Putney General Store closed in December 2016, she stepped in to help reopen the business and manage operations. Lyssa, a historic preservation consultant and Putney Historical Society board member, manages the store with fellow...

  • 10 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food
    10 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food

    In Vermont, there is no shortage of incredible restaurants serving up local fare like grass-fed beef, fresh greens, Vermont cheeses, seasonable vegetables, and hoppy brews.  To put together a list of recommendations, I reached out to friends and colleagues in the Vermont food scene for...

  • Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family
    Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family

    "My great-grandmother started this farm in 1918. She ran a bed and breakfast out of the house and made maple syrup on the property. When my father was a boy, she introduced him to the Vermont tradition of maple sugaring. One of the things we...

  • Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business
    Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

    -Doug Brown boils sap at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond. The Cochran family is famous for its tiny ski hill and 70s-era Olympic champions. While the next generation of Cochrans is continuing the ski racing tradition, four family members are pouring their energy into producing Vermont maple syrup. Just...

  • Bradford Game Supper Serves Traditional Hunters’ Harvest
    Bradford Game Supper Serves Traditional Hunters’ Harvest

    Dan Smith stirred giant pots of rabbit and pheasant gravy at the Bradford Congregational Church on Saturday as his daughter Willow prepared side dishes of chicken and rabbit liver pate. The father and daughter—along with more than 100 volunteers—ran the kitchen, buffet line, and table service...

  • A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition
    A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition

    Vermont chicken pie suppers are an annual tradition in the Green Mountain State. Last weekend, I went to the Jericho Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper, which is one of the oldest in Vermont. The 116th supper, welcomed a full house of locals and visitors who gathered in the...

  • Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich
    Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

    You know you’re in New England when you visit Norwich. Main Street is lined with historic Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival brick and frame buildings, and the local village green is busy with bandstand concerts, community picnics, and soccer games. Settled in 1761 across the Connecticut...

  • 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...