champlain valley

The culinary battle of the spring is almost here. Tomorrow morning, the Sizzling Falcons, Chefhawks, Nutritious Hippos and 54 more teams of middle school and high school junior chefs--all with knives honed and whisks at the ready--will head to the Champlain Valley Expo to compete in the 3rd Annual Jr. Iron Chef VT cook-off. [caption id="attachment_2937" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Harwood Union High School's team"][/caption] Hosted by the Burlington School Food Project and Vermont FEED, the competition challenges teams of middle and high school students to prepare a delicious main dish using at least five local, farm-fresh ingredients. And that's not all—recipes must also be...
Tom Kenyon of Aurora Farms, also in Charlotte, intends to bring wheat back to the Champlain Valley and has been collaborating with George to produce a red hard winter wheat. After two years of growing nothing but cattle feed, they found success this September when Champlain Valley Mills in Westport, NY, milled 3,000 pounds of flour from Aurora Farms wheat. "Being accustomed to baking with the finest organic wheat Kansas has to offer, I was hopeful that we could use a percentage of this Vermont wheat in some of our breads," said George. "Imagine my surprise when I combined this flour with water, yeast and salt in the mixing bowl and found that it made a familiar-feeling dough!  The...