To the Editor:
In the late 1970s I worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association in New Hampshire setting up one of the first farmers markets and a wholesale farm coop in hopes that small-scale vegetable farmers might survive. Things looked pretty grim then.
And now, 40 years later here in Vermont there is such a multitude of small farmers providing us with the best “local” diet I wouldn’t have imagined!
Walla Walla onions, kale of every curl, organic everything, grass-fed eggs and meat, apples and peaches and pears, rainbows of peppers fire-hot to mild, heavy Brandywine tomatoes, locally-grown flour, delicata squash, forgotten varieties and new delights.
Now I look at my dinner plate in awe of everything local and healthy and delicious. I am hugely thankful to all of our hardworking farmers for all of this good food and the happiness it brings.
One more reason it’s good to be here in Vermont.