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Patchwork: Time for taking stock (and making stock)

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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The jars of tomato sauce, blueberry conserve, raspberry-blueberry preserve, and dried herbs line the walls of our “dark pantry,” the one that has no windows or heat, so it acts as a root cellar in the winter. Dried chamomile blossoms, dried mint, dried lemon verbena fill the jars on my tea shelf.

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Video: Lincoln school tackles flooded garden

Posted on September 12, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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When heavy floodwaters came tearing through the mountain village of Lincoln on Sunday, Aug. 28, a group of 20 community members rescued their local elementary school garden — one of Lincoln Community School's central pillars.

Together they harvested the garden, moved the school's shed and salvaged what they could. The following week, a team of second, fifth and sixth-graders began to rebuild the beds and reflect on the recent flooding.

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Patchwork: Tuscan traditions reveal lost culinary arts

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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It is an unusual nursery school conversation. A teacher and I kneel down to where my son Charles holds his latest rendering of our family in his four-year-old fists. Four figures, one very tall (John), two medium sized (Charles and me), and one exceptionally small (the little brother), stand in front of a tall house with four windows and a front door.

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Video: Panther football team tackles heavy waters

Posted on September 2, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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Local businesses began to take flood prevention measures on Thursday when the Otter Creek began to crest. As he watched the water rise, Chris English, co-owner of Middlebury restaurant Jackson's on the River, called the town offices for advice.

Not long after, the Middlebury College football team arrived to lend a helping hand. The team build a blockade of sandbags to keep out the river's rushing waters, then moved on to help out in other parts of town where residents were worried about flooding from Otter Creek.

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Video: Highlights from Field Days 2011

Posted on August 19, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



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The 63rd annual Addison County Fair and Field Days was last week, and the Addison Independent reporters were there with video cameras to record the action. We compiled a quick highlight reel of the fair, interspersed with fairgoers' favorite parts of the yearly Addison County tradition! Whether it was the food, the farm equipment or the family atmosphere, there was something at Field Days for everyone. What was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments!

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Patchwork: The Foolish Gardener: Learning the hard way ... again

Posted on August 19, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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I stopped growing corn a few years back … for good reason. It takes up precious garden real estate and inevitably gets snatched by some clever critter or other the night before I plan to pick it.

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Slideshow: Demolition derby

Posted on August 15, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



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During last week's 63rd annual Addison County Fair and Field Days, the #1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby was once again among the most popular events. Over the course of two nights, fans gathered to watch old junker cars — decorated with spray paint and driven with pride — continuously smash into each other until just one vehicle was still running. The event featured separate competitions for 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines, as well as a minivan round and a pick-up truck round. Here, sports reporter Andy Kirkaldy gives a rundown of the popular event.

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Patchwork: Environment makes a whole different animal

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Sebastian Miska and Kate Corrigan



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Editor’s note: This week’s writers are Kate Corrigan and Sebastian Miska, who started farming together in Ripton in 2006 and operate North Branch Farm & Gardens. Corrigan grew up in Shoreham, where her family raised their own eggs, pork and poultry; and Miska grew up in the Middlebury area and enjoyed frequent visits to family in Germany, where he developed an appreciation for pork charcuterie.

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Patchwork: College gardens may produce tomato envy

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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Tomato season is finally here. The red (yellow, orange, if not mottled green), juicy, oozing with vitamin C, sweet but slightly acid pungent fruit is in season. And it is a fruit, not a vegetable. We just call it a vegetable.

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Video: Cheesefest!

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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The 2011 Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival drew crowds of people to Shelburne Farms last Sunday, July 24. We were there to check in with the many Addison County producers, and (of course!) to enjoy the food.

Many thanks to Nate Gusakov of Lincoln, Vt. for providing the music. The song is "Bellingham" from his upcoming album, "Running Clear."

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