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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
8:14 pm
Featured farm: Cobb Hill Farm
Farm: Cobb Hill Farm
Location: Hartland VT
Website: http://www.cobbhill.org/cheese/index.html

Cobb Hill is actually an intentional co-housing development, founded upon the ideas of sustainable living and of community. Those who live there actively participate both within Cobb Hill itself and within the greater Upper Valley community. In addition to environmentally-sound housing for its members, the community includes the Sustainability Institute and an organic farm. While the farm consists of many separate enterprises, perhaps the best-known to the general Upper Valley public is its cheese.

Cobb Hill offers two kinds of cheese, both made from raw Jersey cows' milk and vegetable rennet: the Welsh-style Four Corners Caerphilly and the Alpine-style Ascutney Mountain. And, yes, they are distinct from one another, but both are indescribably delicious. In fact, the Ascutney Mountain easily rivals any of the cheeses I tried while in France - yep, it's that good. The Cobb Hill folks have a regular presence at the Norwich farmers' market, which starts up next month, so if you're in the area, stop on by and give the cheeses of Cobb Hill a taste... but be warned, for chances are you'll want to take some home with you!

P.S. - Happy Earth Day! It's good for the environment to eat local!
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
3:41 pm
Featured event: Flavors of the Valley
Name: Flavors of the Valley
Location: Hartford High School Gymnasium, White River Junction VT
Date/time: 15 April, 1400-1900h
Cost: $7 per person
Website: http://www.vitalcommunities.org/agriculture/flavors.htm

Flavors of the Valley is back!
This event is an annual showcase of local farms and their products for the Upper Connecticut River Valley area, which includes large areas of both Vermont and New Hampshire. Dozens of farms are represented here, offering pretty much everything one can imagine - produce, meat, dairy, eggs, and more. Many farms will provide samples of their wares, and all will be happy to talk about their farms, products, and methods. Truly a must-see event for any Upper Valley localvore!
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
11:54 am
Featured farm: Allandale Farm
Name: Allandale Farm
Location: Brookline MA
Website: http://www.allandalefarm.com/

Allandale has the distinction of being the last working farm in Boston. While I know admittedly little of this farm firsthand, I have on several occasions gotten to taste their heirloom tomatoes while staying with Bostonian friends, and if the rest of what they offer is anything like them, then it's easy to see why Allandale's stuck around! In addition to what they grow themselves, both for the table and for the garden, they also supplement their stock with food from other farms and food crafters in the region to show that even in metropolitan areas, one can still find an abundance of good local food.
Friday, January 25th, 2008
11:25 pm
Featured restaurant: The Farmers Diner
Name: The Farmers Diner
Location: Quechee VT
Website: http://www.farmersdiner.com/

This is a nifty little diner located off of Route 4 near Quechee Gorge. The primary attraction of this eatery is that most of the ingredients used in their menu items - vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat, even the condiments - comes from local sources, and what they can't get grown locally (like, say, coffee) they obtain from locally-based companies, organic sources, or free-trade organisations... and frequently, any given source fits more than one of these! So pretty much no matter what you order, you're endorsing at least one good cause.
Because of the diner's location in Quechee, the prices are a little high, but the taste of the food is well worth it - especially if more eateries take up the idea to get their food from local sources, as well!
Monday, October 15th, 2007
3:55 pm
Featured farm: Strafford Organic Creamery
Name: Strafford Organic Creamery
Location: Strafford VT
Website: http://www.straffordcreamery.com/

Good milk is not so hard to find in Vermont, but these guys are a personal favourite. They offer pretty much every variety of milk and cream possible (even chocolate!), and Strafford milk can be found at almost any grocer in the region. It comes in glass bottles, but rather than recycling them, customers are encouraged to return them for reuse by offering a dollar refund per bottle at any store that sells Strafford millk. Plus, the farm itself practices sustainable agricultural methods, and has been certified organic for 10 years.
Monday, October 1st, 2007
12:19 pm
Featured farm: D Acres
Name: D Acres
Location: Dorchester, NH
Website: http://www.dacres.org/

While they do appear at local farmers' markets, D Acres is primarily an educational endeavour rather than a commercial farm. Their mission is to teach others about organic farming, forestry, sustainability, and environmental impact, with a focus on methods of particular importance to local geography. In addition to having an actual working farm featuring many different crops, they host a variety of workshops and other events about farming techniques, food preparation methods, reusing household/forest materials in farming and gardening, and more.
My introduction to D Acres was by way of their Farm Feast Breakfast, which is held on the first Sunday of each new month. For a suggested non-mandatory donation of $10 a head, they offer a hearty menu including pancakes, sausages, kale, eggs, and a whole host of others - most of it grown on site! And, of course, they offer tours of the farm itself, where you can see various organic and sustainable farming and living methods being put to use at any time of the year.
Saturday, September 29th, 2007
6:56 pm
Featured farm: Killdeer Farm
Name: Killdeer Farm
Location: Norwich, VT
Website: http://www.killdeerfarm.com/

In addition to the actual farmstead (which I've not yet seen, alas), these folks run a farmstand not too far from the centre of town, open from May through November. Perennially available foods include eggs, cheeses, milk, ice cream, bread, and, of course, maple syrup. They also offer a variety of seasonal produce, such as fiddleheads, potatoes, leeks, onions, various greens, tomatoes (including heirloom varieties!), berries, squash, and much more. They even have potted herbs and flowers!
What's not produced directly by Killdeer is likewise available via local sources, most of what they sell is organic, and everything I've tried so far is delicious.
6:42 pm
Oh, look, a welcome message...
Hello, and welcome to localvore!

This is a community for discussing all aspects of eating locally - whether you have a question to ask, a recipe to share, a farm to recommend, or anything else of interest. I'm trilobites, and I hail from the Connecticut River valley, so any specifically local input of mine will thus have a VT/NH bent. Wherever you're from, though, feel free to jump in - someone else in your area might be browsing for locally pertinent information! Using tags will make browsing easier, so please do so. :)
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