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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Starksboro Farmer Eric Rozendaal Has Died at 51

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro - SALLY POLLAK
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  • Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro
Eric Rozendaal, a farmer whose products included eggs, butternut squash and maple lemonade, died Tuesday morning on a family vacation in the Bahamas.  He collapsed while running  at one of his favorite places, his wife, Keenann Rozendaal, told Seven Days by email.  Rozendaal, who was 51, owned and ran Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.

He started farming at the Intervale in Burlington, and established his 108-acre organic farm on conserved land in Starksboro in 2001. Rozendaal specialized in several crops — his egg business is called Eric’s Eggs.  He was an innovative farmer who processed his squash for donuts made on the farm and for large wholesale accounts, including the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“I think he was an extraordinary visionary in that he had more ideas than anyone could keep up with,” said Julie Rubaud, his first farming partner and the mother of Rozendaal’s daughter, Louissa. “There’s a huge hole in the world right now. Above all, he was an incredible father.”  Rozendaal also has a son, Hans, with Keenann.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Is it Summer Yet? Previewing the Pioneer Food Truck

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Lindsay Taylor, Pioneer Food Truck - COURTESY OF PIONEER FOOD TRUCK & CATERING CO.
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  • Lindsay Taylor, Pioneer Food Truck
While it's technically spring as of Tuesday, nature clearly missed the memo. But let's not let that stop us from dreaming of warmer days, in all their sunshine-y, warm-breezy, sun-dressing, food-trucking glory.

On that note, there's a new truck gearing up to hit the road in Burlington this summer and it's got a couple of foodie notables behind the wheel.

Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co. chef-owner Jean-Luc Matecat recently wrapped up two years in the kitchen at ArtsRiot. His past includes time at the Inn at Weathersfield, Pistou and other well-respected locales. Lindsay Taylor, his partner in life and business, will oversee the service operations. She has served at Misery Loves Co. and Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, among others, and is currently at Butch + Babe's.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Nomad Coffee's Pop-Update in Essex Junction

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Nomad Coffee in Essex Junction - PROVIDED BY NOMAD COFFEE
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  • Nomad Coffee in Essex Junction
In November, Seven Days reported that Nomad Coffee — which, since August 2016, had been popping up caravan style near Five Corners in Essex Junction — would be moving to Sugarbush Resort for the winter.

At the time, owners Andrew Sepic and Nicole Grinstead were seeking an indoor Essex location to inhabit for the winter but hadn't yet found one. Now, they have.  Their new temporary spot is in "literally the closest building to our old location," Sepic said.

The "big, white building" at 9 Main Street, as Sepic described it, used to house a law office. Now, the second floor holds artists' studios and Nomad's brewing equipment. There, visitors can get all of the usual Nomad espresso drinks and Sweet Simone's pastries. The only difference, Sepic explained, is that they don't serve smoothies.

Asked to describe the new locale, he chuckled. "It comes with a modern, minimalist setting right now," he said. "There are plastic folding chairs around a table made of old doors. There are mandalas painted on the carpet to warm the space up a bit."

Photos on Nomad's Instagram show a clean, spare space decorated with tree branches and Christmas lights.

How are things going at the mountain? Sepic noted that the cold weather made for a quiet holiday weekend, but said that, overall, the response to the coffee pop-up has been positive.

"It hasn't been an onslaught, but we've had some really good business days," he said. "Overall, I'm pretty optimistic that it will work out well."

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Jars of CBD-Infused Broth Recalled by Maker

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM


A jar of recalled chicken broth - PHOTO COURTESY OF VAAFM
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF VAAFM
  • A jar of recalled chicken broth
Jars of meat and poultry broth that were infused with CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis, have been voluntarily recalled by the Simmering Bone, the company that made them, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. 

Four jars of broth were sold at the  Vermont Hemp Fest in Burke on September 9, according to Rachel Collier, who made the broth and owns the Simmering Bone. About 50 additional jars were never put on store shelves or sold, she told Seven Days

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cannabis
Long Trail Brewing Makes Vermont's First CBD Beer

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro - COURTESY OF LONG TRAIL BREWING
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  • Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro
First there were cannabidiol (CBD) pastries, sold in retail packages at free-thinking retailers such as Burlington's Green State Gardener. Then, restaurants began jumping on the bandwagon with CBD pastries, breakfast and lunches, and special CBD cocktail nights. Now, Long Trail Brewing (LT) head brewers Ian Harbage and Sam Clemens are piloting  a beer infused with the cannabinoid compound.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Vermont Gelato Has a Meltdown on the Highway

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Flavors of Vermont Gelato Co. - COURTESY OF VERMONT GELATO COMPANY
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  • Flavors of Vermont Gelato Co.
Last Friday, Peter Solley, owner of the Vermont Gelato Company in Brattleboro, was driving north on Interstate 89 in a van filled with his product   when the check-engine light came on and the temperature gauge dropped to zero. Solley pulled over and popped the hood to find black smoke coming from the car. Next thing he knew, the engine was in flames, Solley told Seven Days.

He was just north of Montpelier on a delivery run to Burlington when the mechanical failure occurred in his 2005 Toyota Sienna. Solley was able to pull just one of the five freezers of gelato from the back of the van, he said.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stowe Cider Moves to Larger Production Space, Throws Party

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Filling cans at Stowe Cider - COURTESY OF STOWE CIDER
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  • Filling cans at Stowe Cider
This weekend, Stowe Cider will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a festive move from its original production facility north of Stowe village to the larger fermentory it's been building across town at 17 Town Farm Lane.

Stowe Cider purchased the building this summer. With financing through Union Bank of Vermont & New Hampshire and the Vermont Economic Development Authority, the company began construction on the 6,000-square-foot space in May. The move follows the cidery's growth into a new tasting room at 1799 Mountain Road last summer.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shacksbury Cider's Tasting Room Opens Today

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Shacksbury's tasting room in Vergennes - COURTESY OF SHACKSBURY CIDER
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  • Shacksbury's tasting room in Vergennes

As of this evening, the good people of Vergennes have another place to tip back a drink. Shacksbury Cider opened its tasting room at 11 Main Street at 4 p.m. The company produces old-world-style and experimental ciders from heirloom and foraged apples collected throughout the Champlain Valley.


The spartan but comfortable space is located at the north end of the former Kennedy Brothers building, which Shacksbury uses to house many of its small-batch operations.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cannabis
Monarch & the Milkweed Launches CBD-Laced Sweets Line

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Andy's Mints CBD sweets at Monarch & the Milkweed - COURTESY OF MONARCH & THE MILKWEED
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  • Andy's Mints CBD sweets at Monarch & the Milkweed
There's been quite a bit of talk lately about cannabidiol — better known as CBD — a non-psychoactive cannabinoid chemical prevalent in all cannabis varieties, from hemp to marijuana.

While CBD has stirred no small amount of controversy (much as growing hemp for industrial use did in the past), studies have shown that the chemical may be effective in treating everything from pain and inflammation to anxiety, stress, epilepsy, auto-immune disorders and even cancer. Yes, cancer.

Now, Burlington's Monarch & the Milkweed is selling sweets laced with the stuff. Last night, the popular restaurant and pastry stop announced via Facebook that patrons (ages 18 and over, kids) would be able to purchase "Milkweed" branded truffles containing 20 milligrams of CBD starting at noon today.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Stonecutter Spirits Hosts Adventure Dinners Across Vermont

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 7:51 PM

Adventure Dinner 2017 - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Adventure Dinner 2017
Stonecutter Spirits’ third annual Adventure Dinner began last Saturday, July 15, on a road inside 200 acres of Sunrise Orchards’ apple groves. The sun was beaming in Cornwall, although three hours earlier the sky had opened up with torrential rainstorms and a thick, slick coat of mud glazed the outskirts of the orchards. Guests came aptly prepared, wearing hiking shoes and rain boots with their nice linen shirts. It was an “Adventure Dinner,” after all. Folks were game.

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