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According to a very interesting piece from Grist.org, the fast food restaurant chain Chik-fil-A is pressuring a Vermont-based small-business owner to drop the phrase "Eat More Kale,” which he screen prints onto t-shirts and sells online and at local farmers markets. The man’s name is Bo Muller-Moore, and he’s based over a hundred miles from the nearest Chik-fil-A establishment, in Montpelier, Vermont. You can buy one of his shirts HERE, but Muller-Moore may not be able to guarantee shipping by Christmas, due to high demand. It’s not the fact that a company like Chik-fil-A is carrying out such a ridiculous activity, no doubt spending significant employee hours and legal consulting fees in...
Charleston, South Carolina is in full bloom in March. But it's not just the scent of jasmine and wisteria that's in the air. There's the aroma of creole gumbo and sassafras-glazed pork too, wafting out the doors of Husk, the new, hip, cook-it-local, keep-it-Southern restaurant. But that's not why I'm here. For a long time, it's been my dream to go to Charleston—Mount Pleasant actually—and have a hot dog with blue cheese slaw at Jack’s Cosmic Dogs. Jack is Jack Hurley, a one-time Vermonter who, with his partners, opened The Daily Planet in 1980, which quickly became Burlington’s hipster foodie haven. “I’ve been on the food train a long time,” says Hurley. He and his family eventually went...
Attention U-pickers! Leave work early today (or go in a little late tomorrow) and dash to the nearest U-Pick apple orchard before it's too late. Picking season is almost over. April was a little warmer than usual this year, which means apples have ripened about 10 days ahead of schedule. While the overall crop yield is down about 17% (blame that on the frost in May), producers and pickers all report that apples are good sized with good color and great taste. "Conditions in the spring made us a little nervous," says Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, "but we’re delighted with how the crop is turning out. Growers can live with a smaller crop as long as the prices are reasonably...