Category: Locavore

A locavore is someone who tries to eat as much of their diet as possible from food grown near where they live. Generally, locavores shop for produce at farmers markets, farm stands, food co-ops and through community supported agriculture (CSA’s). Being a locavore means your diet changes somewhat seasonally, depending on what produce is able to grow in your region at any given time.

International Party in Rutland

International Party in Rutland

I sat down with Craig Hahn this week to talk about his pet project, The International Party in Rutland, Vermont.  About 11 years ago, while Craig was a DJ on Killington, he noticed there were a lot of young international ski area workers – many from South America.  He wanted to give them a night where …

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Fresh organic food

Fresh organic food

One of my favorite parts about Rutland is having access to fresh organic food.  While many would think that fresh produce is hard to come by this time of year, I would direct you to the Rutland Area Food Co-op located at 77 Wales Street. They are open 7 days a week for your shopping …

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Edward Pale Ale on tap

Edward Pale Ale on tap

Last night I did you all a favor by going to Griffin’s Publick House on Center Street and trying the Hill Farmstead Brewery beer that they are now serving.  For those of you who don’t know, Hill Farmstead was recently named THE best brewery in the WORLD.  It’s located in Greensboro, Vermont and run by …

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Post Christmas Outing

Post Christmas Outing

I ventured out yesterday to see if I could find any after-Christmas bargains on winter jackets at EMS in the Diamond Run Mall.  The parking lot was fuller than I expected it to be.  I guess others had the same idea or were just bored after all the Christmas festivities had died down. I decided …

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A Local Christmas

A Local Christmas

This year, I set a goal to buy most of my Christmas presents locally and as many as possible made in Vermont.  I also tried to buy consumable products that would not be more “crap” people had to incorporate into their homes. I bought all the adults on my list (mostly couples) local food products. …

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Rutland’s Achievement

Rutland’s Achievement

Yesterday, I spent 6 hours at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont volunteering for the Gift of Life Marathon.  I performed one of my favorite volunteer tasks: registration.  When you register people for an event, you get to greet them and see how excited they are to participate.  Wearing a Santa hat and …

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Downtown Rutland tradeshow

Downtown Rutland tradeshow

I’m so thankful to Vermont Environmental Consortium for holding their fall tradeshow in downtown Rutland!  What an awesome decision.  The show was held in the Opera House space formerly occupied by GMP’s Energy Innovation Center.  Vendor spaces for the tradeshow sold out, and a great crowd of people showed up for the event. I was …

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Great things are here: GMP EIC

Great things are here: GMP EIC

Today we welcomed the opening of Green Mountain Power’s new Energy Innovation Center (GMP EIC) on Merchants Row.  They lovingly took a dilapidated, highly visible building and turned it into a wonder of modern technology.  It was so crowded at the event that I didn’t get to see all of the interesting displays, but I …

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Take the pledge: shop Rutland, Vermont

Take the pledge: shop Rutland, Vermont

The holiday season is upon us.  With Thanksgiving still several weeks away, we will now be constantly bombarded with advertising aimed at separating us from our money.  My advice is to ignore all the flash and promises of Walmart, Amazon.com and the big box stores.  Instead, set your sights on unique gifts from local shops …

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Local food

Local food

Today I went to the second weekend of the winter farmers’ market in Rutland.  It was fabulous!  I bought some huge kale from Radical Roots Farm, some green tomatoes from another local farm, applesauce from Yoder Farm that probably contained apples from about 100 yards from my house, and rice – YES RICE – that …

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