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Scott Kerner, of Riverton, Vt., left, checks the progress of roasting coffee beans in a Turkish-made coffee roaster as Ross Evans, of Randolph, Vt., adjusts the heat while working in a barn shared with a pottery studio that belongs to Ross' father in Northfield, Vt., on July 18, 2015. The pair started Carrier Roasting Co. early this year and do two roasts every week. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to</i></p>

Haute Cuisine Beans: New Coffee Achievers Roast Locally in Small Batches

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sam Sabky and Kate Fisher were seated one morning last week at a cafe table in My Brigadeiro, the brightly lighted chocolate shop tucked under the Starbucks in Hanover, waiting for the proper moment to give two French presses the final push to make the perfect cup of coffee. They’re conducting a tasting of King’s Row Coffee Co.’s special coffees, …


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems has become a founding member of a Cuba and U.S. sustainable agriculture network. The goal of the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network is to connect U.S. and Cuban advocates of agroecology, which combines the principles of ecology with agriculture, so they can share information and practices to sustainably meet local food needs, Center Director Laurie Ristino …

Bill Would Block GMO Labeling

Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington — Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. The legislation, which passed 275-150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified …

Republic of Georgia Renews Its Ancient Wine Tradition

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tbilisi, Georgia — In the ancient wine country of eastern Georgia, Remi Kbilashvili spends three months painstakingly stacking coils of clay to create a massive red, egg-shaped vat, just as his ancestors did thousands of years ago. The …

Farms Grab Slice of Agritourism Pie

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Minneapolis — As the farm-to-table movement connects more consumers with local farmers, some farms have shortened the distance between the plow and the plate. They’re inviting customers over for pizza. On Wednesday nights when the weather is nice, …

TLC Cancels ‘19 Kids and Counting’ Amid Scandal

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Duggars are done on TLC. The cable network owned by Discovery Communications announced Thursday that it will cancel 19 Kids and Counting, the long-running reality series that centers on Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. The series has been off the air …

Pickles Made Simple

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The vegetables are coming on strong, the markets are overflowing and farm stands glow with the colors of summer produce. It’s time to pickle. A fermented pickle is the Other Pickle: not vinegar-based. Although fermentation is trendy and …

Trending Now: Craft Sake

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kittery, Maine — First came boutique wineries. Then microbreweries and craft distilleries. Now Japanese sake aficionados are hoping to transform the so-called “rice wine” into the next artisan alcohol-of-the-moment in the U.S. Dan Ford, whose Maine-made sake is …

Small Tunbridge Dairy Farm Stays True to Its Values

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

While growing up in urban New Jersey, Lindsay Harris dreamed of being a farmer. “When I was young, I was always the happiest when I was with animals or out in the woods,” Harris said recently while checking …

Raise Your Glass: A Find From Cotes du Rhone

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

La Griveliere Cotes du Rhone, France, 2014 $9.99 During a sunny early June gathering, I ran into Tunbridge resident John Millman, who suggested that I try a Cotes du Rhone that I hadn’t come across before. He said …

Some Heroes Aren’t So Super

Friday, July 3, 2015

Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America have become giants in pop culture through comic books, TV shows and feature films. But, have you heard of Funnyman? What about Man O’ Metal, Mr. Muscles or Pat Parker, War Nurse? …

Food Notes: Thetford Native Wins Fellowship to Research Cheesemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thetford resident Linnea Burnham is spending the next 13 months traveling the world to learn about making artisanal cheese. Burnham, who graduated from Middlebury College earlier this year, is one of the 50 members of the Thomas J. …

Foraging for Flour: Norwich Man Gathers Acorns for Baking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the fall, the ground under most oak trees in the Upper Valley is littered with acorns, plump nuts the size of the end of a thumb, filled with golden, fleshy meat. It seemed a shame to waste …