snow

It's that time of year. There's snow on the roof, snow on the woodpile and snow in your boots. The bracing weather calls for full-flavored foods. At dinner we like slow-roasted pork butt or lamb shoulder because it makes the kitchen smell so good. Serve the tender meat with a big salad of bitter greens, toasted nuts and crumbled Vermont blue cheese. For a meatless menu, consider this savory tart. It offers a great opportunity to showcase your personal favorite Vermont blue cheese, whether it's Blythedale Farm's Jersey Blue, Bonnieview Farm's Mossend Blue, Green Mountain Blue's Gore-Dawn-Zola or Jasper Hill Farm's Bayley Hazen Blue. Blue Cheese & Onion Tart from the FarmPlate Kitchen 2...
It's a snowy Christmas in Vermont with more of the white stuff on the way. Snow coverage is still a bit thin at the lower elevations but higher up there's plenty for skiing, riding, sledding and snowshoeing. A sleigh ride is the perfect way to get the whole family outside to enjoy the snow. Pull on your boots, grab Grandma and Baby Teddy and head out to: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne Sleigh rides daily (except Christmas Day) through January 3. Meet at the Welcome Center. Call 802.985.8442 for information; ask about stargazing sleigh rides too. Mountain Valley Farm, 1719 Common Road, Waitsfield Horse-drawn sleigh rides are booked through Saturday, but there are openings from...
Nineteen inches of snow and the White House Kitchen Garden is still growing. Fresh off the success of the fall harvest, Michelle Obama's garden was prepped for the winter growing season with hoop houses just days before this weekend's record snowfall. A hoop house is constructed using metal bars and then stretching fabric or plastic tightly around the outside of the structure, creating a temporary energy-efficient greenhouse. The sun warms the hoop house, and the structure protects and insulates crops from snow and frost. Hoop houses also improve soil and water quality. Volunteers and USDA staff planted spinach, lettuce, carrots, mustard greens, chard and cabbage, as well as a crop of rye...