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Monday, May 20, 2019

Former Vergennes Laundry Owners Open Café at Red Wagon Plants

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 12:11 PM

Vadeboncoeur treats in greenhouse No. 3 at Red Wagon Plants - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • Vadeboncoeur treats in greenhouse No. 3 at Red Wagon Plants
After seven years of baking wood-fired bread, cardamom morning buns, buckwheat cakes and perfectly flaky croissants, Julianne and Didier Murat sold Vergennes Laundry in 2017.

Devoted fans will welcome the news that a small taste of their Europe-meets-Vermont menu and aesthetic is popping up amid the flora at Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg this nursery season.

The couple, along with employee Emma Rosenzweig, can be found in a blond wood café built within greenhouse No. 3 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They are operating under the name Vadeboncoeur, originally used for Didier’s nougat candy business.

Red Wagon owner Julie Rubaud said she built the space as a classroom for her series of workshops, many of which focus on cooking from the garden. “We had been thinking about doing something with coffee and treats in that space, too,” Rubaud said. “There’s a nice creative energy around it.”

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

New Food Market Coming to Burlington's Old North End

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2019 at 4:49 PM

Site of food market scheduled to open in the fall - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Site of food market scheduled to open in the fall
Construction will begin in the next month to transform a former auto parts shop into a grocery store in Burlington's Old North End. The business at 242 North Winooski Avenue will be called Jake’s ONE Market, according to its owner.

“We hope to open in the fall of 2019,” said James Kerrigan, owner-operator of the market. He and his family own a related business in Quechee, Jake’s Quechee Market.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hired Hand Brewing Co. to Add Full Brewery in Vergennes

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Hired Hand brews - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • Hired Hand brews
Ian Huizenga had not planned on adding a full-fledged brewery to his pair of neighboring Vergennes food and beverage businesses. But then 23,000 square feet next door became available and, he said, he really had no choice.

“I knew it was my only shot at doing a brewery right here,” he said.

Huizenga is chef and co-owner of Bar Antidote, a restaurant and bar, and a brewpub, Hired Hand Brewing Co., for which he brews beer at the Bobcat Café & Brewery in Bristol. He had just finished installing two fermenters and a chiller in the basement of Bobcat last March when he found out the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, previously in the School Street space, was moving to a new location.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Rising in Vermont: Backdoor Bread Launches With a Pop-Up Sale

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 11:57 AM

Loaves from Backdoor Bread - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • Loaves from Backdoor Bread
After 18 years of building their Providence, R.I., bakery up to three locations plus a commissary kitchen, Lynn and Jim Williams sold Seven Stars Bakery and decided to move to the country.

“Now was the time to realize Jim Williams’ dream of being a whole-grain baker in a country barn,” wrote the Providence Journal, announcing the sale in November 2018 of the “iconic artisan maker of olive bread, durum sticks and pastries.”

Vermonters can thank motorcycles, mills and good schools for leading the Williams family to Charlotte, where they're launching Backdoor Bread with an afternoon pop-up sale on Monday, May 6, at Philo Ridge Farm.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Brian's North End Store & Deli to Close

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 11:38 AM

El Chapo Burger at Brian's North End Store & Deli - COURTESY OF BRIAN'S NORTH END STORE & DELI
  • Courtesy of Brian's North End Store & Deli
  • El Chapo Burger at Brian's North End Store & Deli
The sandwiches were good. But financially, they weren't cutting the mustard.  After fleshing out its  culinary offerings in October 2018, Brian's  North End Store & Deli will close on March 1. "The owner [Brian Moegelin] needed to expand his auto business," store manager Tammy Lacroix-Hopkins told Seven Days on Thursday.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pending Town Meeting Approval, Healthy Living Aims to Build Store in Shelburne

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 3:54 PM

Healthy Living CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Healthy Living CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith
The town of Shelburne and Healthy Living Market & Café  could form a public-private partnership to determine if a parcel of land on U.S. 7 is suitable for development.  If given initial approval by Shelburne voters on Town Meeting Day in March, the proposed project would mean the development of a Healthy Living grocery store and a new fire and rescue department on adjacent sites at  U.S. Rte. 7 and Longmeadow Drive.

The first ballot initiative will ask Shelburne voters to approve a $50,000 expenditure — $25,000 from the ambulance fund and $25,000 from taxes — that would be used for “soft development," including permitting fees and site suitability studies, according to Jerry Storey, chair of the Shelburne Selectboard.

Healthy Living would spend the same amount on so-called soft development, said CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, as a first phase of the development.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Organic Farming Advocate Enid Wonnacott Dies at 57

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 6:07 PM

Enid Wonnacott - FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • File: James Buck
  • Enid Wonnacott
Enid Wonnacott, longtime executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and a deeply committed advocate for organic farming and the agricultural community at large, died Saturday morning at her home in Huntington surrounded by family and close friends.

Wonnacott, who was 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In early October of last year, she stepped down from the position she had held for more than 31 years due to progression of the cancer. News of her death was confirmed by Kim Mercer of NOFA-VT, who said plans to honor Wonnacott are still being determined.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Chocolate Vulvas Support Planned Parenthood

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 11:37 AM


Chocolate vulvas - COURTESY OF NUTTY STEPH'S
  • Courtesy of Nutty Steph's
  • Chocolate vulvas
"It’s a Vulvalution!” announced Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke, founder of Nutty Steph’s, a chocolatier in Middlesex.

She was talking about Nutty Steph's  effort to raise $100,000 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England through the sale of chocolate vulvas. For every $5 chocolate vulva Nutty Steph sells, the business will donate $1 to PPNNE.

“I never poured so much into a project, ever,” Fernandez Rieke told Seven Days.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Peterson Quality Malt Purchases Nordic Farms

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 1:41 PM

Nordic Farms in Charlotte - FILE: CALEB KENNA
  • File: Caleb Kenna
  • Nordic Farms in Charlotte
It's no secret that Vermont's dairies are struggling. But could the state's burgeoning beer industry help to save its local farms?

In Charlotte, Andrew Peterson, of Peterson Quality Malt, just wagered more than $2 million on that possibility. Last month, Peterson, along with partners Jay and Matt Canning of Hotel Vermont, purchased Charlotte's sprawling, 600-acre Nordic Farms for $2.4 million.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Truck Plows Into Bessery's Butcher Shoppe

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 3:38 PM

Bessery's Butcher Shoppe - COURTESY OF BRIAN BESSERY
  • Courtesy of Brian Bessery
  • Bessery's Butcher Shoppe
Bryan Bessery was in bed at his Burlington home Wednesday at about 11:15 p.m. when he heard a loud crash and “everything shook,” he said. Bessery thought something had hit his house on North Avenue, or maybe his car.

He looked outside to discover that a pickup truck had crashed through the front of Bessery’s Butcher Shoppe, his restaurant and butcher shop at 1398 North Ave. The truck came to a stop in his restaurant.

“They jumped the curb and took out the picnic tables,” Bessery told Seven Days Thursday afternoon. “It’s an epidemic in Burlington.”

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