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VERMONT CHEDDAR GOURGERES WITH SMOKED SALMON FILLINGfrom the kitchen of Liberty Hill Farm in Rochester, VT (member of the Cabot Creamery family) For the gougères:1     cup water1     stick (8 tablespoons) Cabot salted butter, cut into cubes¼    teaspoon salt¼    teaspoon sugar1     cup King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour4     large eggs6     ounces Cabot sharp cheddar, grated (about 1½ cups)⅓    cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided1     teaspoon dry mustardPinch ground red pepper (cayenne) For the filling:8   ...
According to WCAX, participants at the annual UVM Extension Dairy Producers Conference on February 24 received some good news about the dairy industry: milk prices are rising and expected to remain high throughout 2011. Although the price increase offers Vermont's dairy farmers some relief, the volatility of dairy prices in recent years gives most farmers reason to proceed cautiously, noting that the market will likely continue fluctuating. Some suggest that the best way to counter this uncertainty is to establish a national dairy supply management system that would monitor milk production, thus preventing farmers from over-producing and driving prices down. More National News Mar. 1: Mark...
Good cheese is true love. I'm wading in a sea of cheesemakers, winemakers, brewers and fine food producers. In my right hand I'm holding my love, Sarah; in my left hand I'm holding Sarabande, another (not-so-secret) love of mine. Leave it to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival to complicate the romantic lives of cheese-lovers, if just for a day. The second annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival on July 25th at Shelburne Farms welcomed 50 artisan cheesemakers from Vermont and western Massachusetts to the shores of Lake Champlain. Twenty Vermont wineries and breweries and 15 artisan food producers balanced the ticket. Tasting seminars and a cooking demonstration by Sean Buchanan, renowned chef...
Farm workers tired of being blamed for taking American jobs have countered with the tongue-in-cheek campaign titled "Take our Jobs." Organized by the United Farm Workers of America, the campaign calls the bluff of the many Americans who claim undocumented workers and immigrants are taking American jobs by asserting that most unemployed American citizens find farm work too labor intensive for the compensation received. The Associated Press reports three out of four farm workers were born abroad and more than half are illegal immigrants. The “Take our Jobs” initiative “spotlights the immigrant labor issue and underscores the need for reforms without which the domestic agricultural industry...
from the FarmPlate Kitchen Vermont has some of the tastiest, chewiest, crustiest, all-around best sandwich breads in the world. But a quality soft bun for your sliders is hard to find. We suggest baking your own buns and freezing them. This recipe is easy to double for a crowd. 3 cups King Arthur white whole-wheat flour 1½ cups King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour 1 packet quick-rising yeast 1½ teaspoons salt 1½ cups whole milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 3 tablespoons brown sugar Egg wash made with 1 beaten egg white, 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt In a mixing bowl, whisk together the white whole-wheat flour, 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, the yeast and salt. Heat the...
Organic dairy standards have gotten a makeover from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new guidelines, which will require that dairy producers meet more stringent criteria in order for their milk to be certified organic, will go into effect on June 17, 2010. The amendments to the National Organic Program state that animals must be pastured for at least four months of the year to be approved as organic milk producers. During the four-month grazing season, 30 percent of their diet must come from pasture grass. Dairy farms in temperate climates will be expected to pasture their cows for more than the four months specified in the guidelines. USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan stated...
Hannaford Supermarket has joined the effort to support dairy farmers in the Northeast by launching the "Keep Local Farms" program in its 171 stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont on January 12. Locally sourced dairy products in Hannaford markets will be clearly labeled with the "Keep Local Farms" icon to help increase consumer awareness and support for local dairy farmers. Hannaford is also encouraging customers to further contribute to the "Keep Local Farms" program by providing the option to donate an additional $2 or $5 upon checkout. The Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, the New England Dairy Promotion Board and the New England Family Dairy Farm Cooperative...