August Love

August Love

By Megan Humphrey August is my favorite month. The days feel lazier, the evenings delicious. A swim in the lake, a paddle on the river, a nap in a hammock, a barbeque in the backyard—all feel especially special. Food abounds this month. The flavors that we crave all winter long surround us as fruits and […]

Take Your Churn

Take Your Churn

By Megan Humphrey There are so many opportunities for all of us to become more connected to our food, especially here in Vermont. Kids can help plant a garden and then take some responsibility for watering, weeding, and harvesting. Young friends can head to a local farm to see chickens or milk a cow. Children […]

Farmers markets on the Vermont landscape

Farmers markets on the Vermont landscape

By Megan Humphrey, Shelburne Orchard Many years ago, back when we were all still riding dinosaurs, I helped run the Burlington Farmers Market with Maria Bufano. In 1981, we gathered every Saturday out behind the then Burlington Square Mall in a grassy, dirt area. If the weather was inclement, we set up inside the mall. […]

Orchard Observations

Orchard Observations

By Megan Humphrey, Shelburne Orchards There is tremendous food waste in the United States. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 30-40 percent of the food supply is wasted. That’s more than 20 pounds per person per month! Locally, Chittenden Solid Waste District suggests that the amount of waste going to the landfill has […]

Orchard Observations: Lunch ladies

Orchard Observations: Lunch ladies

By Megan Humphrey, Shelburne Orchards Miss Barbie has been a lunch lady for a long time. Barb Cushing has worked in the Burlington School District for 38 years and has been at Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) for much of it. In her opinion, the way in which the food is delivered and prepared is what’s […]

HANDS to mouth

HANDS to mouth

By Megan Humphrey, Shelburne Orchards Most of us are lucky enough to have a refrigerator that’s filled with food. Many don’t worry about when we’ll eat again. Sadly, though, hunger exists right here in Vermont for too many. The term “food insecurity” is used when households do not have enough money for food and folks […]

Orchard Observations

Orchard Observations

Gourmet soups and winter roots By Megan Humphrey, Shelburne Orchards If Vermonters were truly to “eat locally” this time of year, we’d all be eating a lot of root crops. After harvest in the autumn, crops such as cabbage, potatoes, winter squash, beets, and onions can be kept for a longer period of time in […]

Orchard Observations: During the wintertime

Orchard Observations: During the wintertime

By Megan Humphrey, Shelburne Orchards At Shelburne Orchards, we often get asked, “What happens here during the winter”? It’s important to remember that the strawberry or apple you choose at a Pick Your Own Farm has been nurtured throughout the year. The carrots, kale, and tomatoes that you shop for at the farmer’s market have […]

Orchard Observations: Bless this food

Orchard Observations: Bless this food

By Megan Humphrey, Shelburne Orchards When I was young, we said a fairly formal blessing at dinnertime that began, “Bless this food…” It gave us a chance to pause for a moment and show gratitude for sharing a table full of food with family. Because my parents worked full-time and my mother often left for […]