Category Archives: Regional Self-Reliance

Mid-March Local Food from Willing Hands!

Every Fall, Willing Hands collaborates with local orchards and a cadre of volunteer gleaners, to bring in a harvest of apples for food pantries, community dinners, and other organizations that distribute needed food. Tons of apples are collected; some are … Continue reading

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Vermont Bean Crafters: Local, Plant-based, Prepared Foods

I have only just learned about Vermont Bean Crafters (though they have been in business for several years) and tried their falafel recently.  Delicious! They also sell frozen black bean burgers, sweet potato burgers, and hummish and make an effort to … Continue reading

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L.A. Localvore Food Swap

My daughter Alisa, who lives in North East Los Angeles, sent photos today of her neighborhood food swap. In spite of living in a densely-populated neighborhood, she gardens, has fruit trees, and keeps chickens, as do many of her neighbors … Continue reading

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Free-Range Hens at Sunrise Farm

I love that the red laying hens at Sunrise Farm in WRJ, VT have a large protected space in which to range freely.  They can supplement their diet with seeds and bugs. They lay  eggs in the morning and roost … Continue reading

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Zucchini Corn Fritters

This morning’s breakfast: Zucchini Corn Fritters with onion, garlic, cumin, oregano and sriracha – delicious! The zucchini, onion, garlic, and oregano are from my garden, the corn from Killdeer Farm, and the egg from Sunrise Farm. Flour from King Arthur. … Continue reading

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Mushroom Experiment at Poverty Lane Orchards

When Lebanon’s Energy and Facilities Manager, Tad Mongomery, first toured Canillas Community Garden this spring, it was fungus on a dead tree stump that immediately attracted his attention. “Dryad’s Saddle” he observed, “They’re edible if you get them young.”  Who … Continue reading

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Farmers Market Brunch

I purchased potatoes, onion, and eggs at the Norwich Farmers Market yesterday. They all turned up for Sunday brunch. I love my spiralizer! I even had garlic from my garden and a few snippets of chives from the windowsill.  With … Continue reading

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Winter Staple: Squash!

Northeastern Native Americans grew pumpkins and other squashes; they roasted or boiled them, and, at times, preserved the flesh as conserves in syrup. New England settlers were not impressed by the Native Americans’ squash until they had to survive the … Continue reading

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Native Squash Bees

Did you know there are bees that only pollinate squash blossoms? Summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins, gourds .  .  .  that’s their specialty.  Squash yield is entirely dependent on insect pollinators, because male and female reproductive parts are housed in … Continue reading

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Sylvia Davatz’ Solstice Seeds Catalogue

Sylvia Davatz, of Hartland , VT,  develops seeds using a variety of criteria, looking for seeds that will contribute to our year-long food supply, be well-adapted to our growing environment, have great flavor, be productive and disease-resistant and, thereby, worthy … Continue reading

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