Pin It


Side Dishes: Leftover food news

Nothing fires up the appetite like a vigorous workout, but it’s not often you can get to exercise and eat together. That’s part of what’s special about the second annual Tour de Farms — a bike ride through Addison County punctuated by visits to farmers and food producers. Participants, who are asked to bring both a bike helmet and a spoon, choose among 10-, 25- and 30-mile routes.

Last year, organizers and farms were overwhelmed when more than 200 riders showed up. This year, they’re easing the load by staggering the start times for the three different courses. It’s also much cheaper to participate by signing up in advance: Adults who preregister pay $15. (It’s twice as much if you wait till the big day.)

Those who pedal the full 30 miles can nab samples at 17 spots, including Vermont Cookie Love in North Ferrisburgh, Twig Farm in West Cornwall and award-winning Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven. (Let’s hope the cyclists don’t drink too much vino.)

The ride ends at the Shoreham town green, smack dab in the middle of Apple Fest. According to an email from organizer Judy Stevens of Golden Russet Farm, the celebration features a “soup and bread lunch, apple desserts, farmers market [and] live Irish music.”

Based in Dedham, Mass., the Papa Gino’s restaurant chain slings pies in every New England state except ours. But that hasn’t stopped it from crafting products with “locally produced cheese from Vermont.”

Per the Associated Press, after working with the New England Dairy Promotion Board, Papa Gino’s has announced it will increase its order of an unidentified Vermont cheddar by 174,000 pounds annually. It may be stretching the definition of “local,” but our farmers ain’t complaining.

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently named Gerry Nooney of Sugarbush’s Timbers Restaurant “Chef of the Year.” He’s being honored for his long-term participation in the local food movement. Before accepting the ski-resort job in 2007, Nooney taught at NECI and cooked at Mad River Valley restos such as John Egan’s Big World Pub and the Tucker Hill Inn.

He’ll be fêted at a gala event today at The Essex.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Suzanne Podhaizer

About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the former Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose,... more


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

foodie poll

How do you feel about eating GMO foods?

  • I don't understand what the fuss is about. I eat them and I'm fine.
  • As long as they're FDA-approved, I don't mind consuming them.
  • GMOs are in most staple foods, so I'm resigned to eating them.
  • I wish they were labeled so I could make informed choices about when to eat them.
  • I'm concerned about potential long-term health effects of consuming GMOs, which haven't yet been studied.

View Results

Latest in Food News

Recent Comments

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2016 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So Champlain St Ste 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation