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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
—Michael Pollan

Feeding nine billion people in a truly sustainable way will be one of the greatest challenges our civilization has had to confront. It will require the imagination, determination and hard work of countless people from all over the world. There is no time to lose.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

The surest way to capture the flavors, colors, and textures of a culture is by using authentic products.
—Lidia Bastianich, from Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen

The most important habit you can develop is to taste as you are preparing something. Take a sample and taste it critically at different stages of the cooking, then correct the seasonings…
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Plant a vegetable garden if you have the space, a window box if you don’t.
—Michael Pollan

Shop Local!

Curbside pickup – Creative Measures to Support Our Local Farmers

If there was ever a time to truly embrace our local farmers – it is NOW.

It seems that locally grown food and sourced products are more available than ever.  My journey of discovering how to access local bounty in these current times has introduced a new appreciation for the creativity and resiliency of our farming community.

Perusing the websites of several farms this week made me ravenous.  I found a multitude of options at farms all within a 15 minute drive from my home.  My task: select a farm, visit the menu of options and place my on-line order.  Our farmers and their crews have been working tirelessly to keep up with demand.   Engaging us first through their enticing websites, with displays of colorful photos of their available goods, there are clear, step by step instructions, that explain how to order, pay, and safely gather through curb side pick-up.  Some items do sell out, so best to have alternative selections in mind.

This week, I chose Philo Ridge Farm, located in Charlotte, which promised a beautiful drive and an opportunity to stretch my legs.  

All I had to do was visit the farm’s website, make my order and wait for a call to provide my payment information and pick up time.  Philo Ridge Farm’s website is stunning- a feast for your eyes alone. I placed my order on a Wednesday through their online order form, and on Thursday received a call with my pick -up options and made a phone payment.

On Friday, I arrived at noon, the sun was streaming through the clouds over the distant green mountains. I was the only car in the parking lot.  Greeted with a friendly hello, a young woman clad in a mask carefully handed me a brown bag, my name inscribed on the front.   Other carefully distanced bags scribed with names sat on the outside table- many with beautiful bouquets of fresh colorful flowers poking out.  Next time, I will be sure to include these in my order.

I glimpsed at some magnificent Belted Galloway cows, their tails happily swishing back in forth. I took in the endless pastures, bales of hay, the stately red barn, and freshly planted fields, appreciating all of it.

Once home, I took out each item from my bag -organic sweet potatoes from Laughing Child Farm, beets from Pitchfork Farm, clean baby taters from Pete’s Greens, Full Moon Farm parsnips, and kale and fresh lettuce mix from Philo Ridge Farm.   Homemade chicken broth, too!   One stop at this beautiful farm, close to home, and I had produce from multiple farms, topped off with a satisfying feeling that, in a small way, I had supported each of them.

As our family enjoyed meals this week, created from the fresh local bounty, we felt a deep sense of gratitude for all the individuals who worked incredibly hard to bring this healthy food to our tables.

Countless farms, including nearby Bread and Butter Farm in South Burlington, and Trillium Hill Farm in Hinesburg, are just a few of many in our beautiful state who offer locally grown and sourced goods.

Stay tuned as we visit our farmers all over the green mountain state as ITKWB begins our “Farmer Stories.”   As we celebrate our farmers, we look forward to sharing a more in depth look at their lives, their work, and the impact they collectively have on ours.

Posted: 5-2-2020

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Curbside pickup - Creative Measures to Support Our Local Farmers

If there was ever a time to truly embrace our local farmers – it is NOW.

It seems that locally grown food and sourced products are more available than ever.  My journey of discovering how to access local bounty in these current times has introduced a new appreciation for the creativity and resiliency of our farming community.

Perusing the websites of several farms this week made me ravenous.  I found a multitude of options at farms all within a 15 minute drive from my home.  My task: select a farm, visit the menu of options and place my on-line order.  Our farmers and their crews have been working tirelessly to keep up with demand.   Engaging us first through their enticing websites, with displays of colorful photos of their available goods, there are clear, step by step instructions, that explain how to order, pay, and safely gather through curb side pick-up.  Some items do sell out, so best to have alternative selections in mind.

This week, I chose Philo Ridge Farm, located in Charlotte, which promised a beautiful drive and an opportunity to stretch my legs.  

All I had to do was visit the farm’s website, make my order and wait for a call to provide my payment information and pick up time.  Philo Ridge Farm’s website is stunning- a feast for your eyes alone. I placed my order on a Wednesday through their online order form, and on Thursday received a call with my pick -up options and made a phone payment.

On Friday, I arrived at noon, the sun was streaming through the clouds over the distant green mountains. I was the only car in the parking lot.  Greeted with a friendly hello, a young woman clad in a mask carefully handed me a brown bag, my name inscribed on the front.   Other carefully distanced bags scribed with names sat on the outside table- many with beautiful bouquets of fresh colorful flowers poking out.  Next time, I will be sure to include these in my order.

I glimpsed at some magnificent Belted Galloway cows, their tails happily swishing back in forth. I took in the endless pastures, bales of hay, the stately red barn, and freshly planted fields, appreciating all of it.

Once home, I took out each item from my bag -organic sweet potatoes from Laughing Child Farm, beets from Pitchfork Farm, clean baby taters from Pete’s Greens, Full Moon Farm parsnips, and kale and fresh lettuce mix from Philo Ridge Farm.   Homemade chicken broth, too!   One stop at this beautiful farm, close to home, and I had produce from multiple farms, topped off with a satisfying feeling that, in a small way, I had supported each of them.

As our family enjoyed meals this week, created from the fresh local bounty, we felt a deep sense of gratitude for all the individuals who worked incredibly hard to bring this healthy food to our tables.

Countless farms, including nearby Bread and Butter Farm in South Burlington, and Trillium Hill Farm in Hinesburg, are just a few of many in our beautiful state who offer locally grown and sourced goods.

Stay tuned as we visit our farmers all over the green mountain state as ITKWB begins our “Farmer Stories.”   As we celebrate our farmers, we look forward to sharing a more in depth look at their lives, their work, and the impact they collectively have on ours.

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Curbside pickup - Creative Measures to Support Our Local Farmers

If there was ever a time to truly embrace our local farmers – it is NOW.

It seems that locally grown food and sourced products are more available than ever.  My journey of discovering how to access local bounty in these current times has introduced a new appreciation for the creativity and resiliency of our farming community.

Perusing the websites of several farms this week made me ravenous.  I found a multitude of options at farms all within a 15 minute drive from my home.  My task: select a farm, visit the menu of options and place my on-line order.  Our farmers and their crews have been working tirelessly to keep up with demand.   Engaging us first through their enticing websites, with displays of colorful photos of their available goods, there are clear, step by step instructions, that explain how to order, pay, and safely gather through curb side pick-up.  Some items do sell out, so best to have alternative selections in mind.

This week, I chose Philo Ridge Farm, located in Charlotte, which promised a beautiful drive and an opportunity to stretch my legs.  

All I had to do was visit the farm’s website, make my order and wait for a call to provide my payment information and pick up time.  Philo Ridge Farm’s website is stunning- a feast for your eyes alone. I placed my order on a Wednesday through their online order form, and on Thursday received a call with my pick -up options and made a phone payment.

On Friday, I arrived at noon, the sun was streaming through the clouds over the distant green mountains. I was the only car in the parking lot.  Greeted with a friendly hello, a young woman clad in a mask carefully handed me a brown bag, my name inscribed on the front.   Other carefully distanced bags scribed with names sat on the outside table- many with beautiful bouquets of fresh colorful flowers poking out.  Next time, I will be sure to include these in my order.

I glimpsed at some magnificent Belted Galloway cows, their tails happily swishing back in forth. I took in the endless pastures, bales of hay, the stately red barn, and freshly planted fields, appreciating all of it.

Once home, I took out each item from my bag -organic sweet potatoes from Laughing Child Farm, beets from Pitchfork Farm, clean baby taters from Pete’s Greens, Full Moon Farm parsnips, and kale and fresh lettuce mix from Philo Ridge Farm.   Homemade chicken broth, too!   One stop at this beautiful farm, close to home, and I had produce from multiple farms, topped off with a satisfying feeling that, in a small way, I had supported each of them.

As our family enjoyed meals this week, created from the fresh local bounty, we felt a deep sense of gratitude for all the individuals who worked incredibly hard to bring this healthy food to our tables.

Countless farms, including nearby Bread and Butter Farm in South Burlington, and Trillium Hill Farm in Hinesburg, are just a few of many in our beautiful state who offer locally grown and sourced goods.

Stay tuned as we visit our farmers all over the green mountain state as ITKWB begins our “Farmer Stories.”   As we celebrate our farmers, we look forward to sharing a more in depth look at their lives, their work, and the impact they collectively have on ours.

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Curbside pickup - Creative Measures to Support Our Local Farmers

If there was ever a time to truly embrace our local farmers – it is NOW.

It seems that locally grown food and sourced products are more available than ever.  My journey of discovering how to access local bounty in these current times has introduced a new appreciation for the creativity and resiliency of our farming community.

Perusing the websites of several farms this week made me ravenous.  I found a multitude of options at farms all within a 15 minute drive from my home.  My task: select a farm, visit the menu of options and place my on-line order.  Our farmers and their crews have been working tirelessly to keep up with demand.   Engaging us first through their enticing websites, with displays of colorful photos of their available goods, there are clear, step by step instructions, that explain how to order, pay, and safely gather through curb side pick-up.  Some items do sell out, so best to have alternative selections in mind.

This week, I chose Philo Ridge Farm, located in Charlotte, which promised a beautiful drive and an opportunity to stretch my legs.  

All I had to do was visit the farm’s website, make my order and wait for a call to provide my payment information and pick up time.  Philo Ridge Farm’s website is stunning- a feast for your eyes alone. I placed my order on a Wednesday through their online order form, and on Thursday received a call with my pick -up options and made a phone payment.

On Friday, I arrived at noon, the sun was streaming through the clouds over the distant green mountains. I was the only car in the parking lot.  Greeted with a friendly hello, a young woman clad in a mask carefully handed me a brown bag, my name inscribed on the front.   Other carefully distanced bags scribed with names sat on the outside table- many with beautiful bouquets of fresh colorful flowers poking out.  Next time, I will be sure to include these in my order.

I glimpsed at some magnificent Belted Galloway cows, their tails happily swishing back in forth. I took in the endless pastures, bales of hay, the stately red barn, and freshly planted fields, appreciating all of it.

Once home, I took out each item from my bag -organic sweet potatoes from Laughing Child Farm, beets from Pitchfork Farm, clean baby taters from Pete’s Greens, Full Moon Farm parsnips, and kale and fresh lettuce mix from Philo Ridge Farm.   Homemade chicken broth, too!   One stop at this beautiful farm, close to home, and I had produce from multiple farms, topped off with a satisfying feeling that, in a small way, I had supported each of them.

As our family enjoyed meals this week, created from the fresh local bounty, we felt a deep sense of gratitude for all the individuals who worked incredibly hard to bring this healthy food to our tables.

Countless farms, including nearby Bread and Butter Farm in South Burlington, and Trillium Hill Farm in Hinesburg, are just a few of many in our beautiful state who offer locally grown and sourced goods.

Stay tuned as we visit our farmers all over the green mountain state as ITKWB begins our “Farmer Stories.”   As we celebrate our farmers, we look forward to sharing a more in depth look at their lives, their work, and the impact they collectively have on ours.

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