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Sugarmakers see a good maple sap run


DAVE FOLINO OF Hillsboro Sugarworks in Starksboro compares maple syrup grades with the help of a little early spring sunshine. The Folinos had a better-than-average sugaring season in 2020. Photo by Dave Folino

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont has had a pretty decent maple season this year, all things considered, but it hasn’t been without its quirks and stresses.

There is no shortage; farmers are dumping milk


DAIRY FARMERS AROUND the state have been flooding the Agency of Agriculture with photos like this one, asking why grocery stores are placing limits on milk purchases while at the same time farmers are dumping excess milk.

WEYBRIDGE — Even as some grocery stores continue to limit the amount of milk that customers are allowed to purchase, Vermont’s dairy farmers have dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of milk bef

County industries keep the gears turning


VERMONT COFFEE COMPANY took a hit to sales when restaurants closed, but people seem to be buying more for home consumption. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn

ADDISON COUNTY — While workers from retail shops languish on unemployment and office workers balance their job duties from kitchen tables and living room nooks at home, one key group of businesses

HOPE adjusts its methods to fit the need


LILY BRADBURN, LOCAL food access coordinator for the non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, deliveries a box of food to a person whose reserves are running low. HOPE has been limiting traffic to its Middlebury food shelf in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Montross

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury-based non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is also adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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