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Re: “One Dish: Digging Into the ChickPea Fritters at the Great Northern

This One dish is all you will ever need...

Posted by John Denner on 04/20/2019 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Maxi's Restaurant

I also have a good meal at Maxi's Restaurant!

Posted by John Denner on 04/20/2019 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Hannaford Begins Work on New Store in Former Kmart Plaza

What will go in place of the old hannaford spot after it moves?

Posted by AllFourSeasons on 04/18/2019 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Hissho Sushi Arrives at City Market's Two Stores

Man I wish City Market had just been a better partner to Shinkjuku Station. I loving having them on North St, but miss the convenience of getting their sushi at City Market. CM could have avoided all of this and not had to get a chain from NC to come in.

20 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 04/12/2019 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Vietnamese Street Food Coming to Downtown Burlington

Can't wait to try their banh mi.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cheryl Pariseau on 04/09/2019 at 9:58 AM

Re: “NECI Bakery La Brioche to Leave Montpelier City Center at End of Year

Huge hole in story: why?

Rent increase?

Never says.

Only says tenant is trying to decrease costs and landlord hopes to fill the vacancy.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/08/2019 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Young Gateway Farm Owners Build a Diversified Operation

What a smart, innovative and industrious couple. Thank you Seven Days for publicizing this wonderful story of a beautiful, modern family farm. I wish I could shake that loan officer's hand!

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Penelope on 04/02/2019 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

The Vorsteveld farm is a colossal ghetto, period. It is a nauseating disgrace to the State of Vermont.

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by WilliamHoward on 03/25/2019 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Hotel Bar the Copper Grouse Welcomes Drinkers and Diners in Manchester

The Copper Grouse is to Vermont what this article is to restaurant reviews... both ate trying way too hard to be cool.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jesse Loniewski on 03/20/2019 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

For what it's worth, the Vermont Dairy Producer's Conference is not a place for policy discussion - there are plenty of other outlets for that. It is more about education, learning about new and better ways for taking care of our cows and businesses, so that they can hopefully take care of us.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Joanna Lidback on 03/19/2019 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Lion Turtle Tea to Open on Burlington's King Street This Summer

It was Alley Cats after Shiek.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Bolyard on 03/19/2019 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Lion Turtle Tea to Open on Burlington's King Street This Summer

Is that a mouse in the bowl?

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mickey Mouse on 03/19/2019 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

It's time to stop romanticizing the Vermont dairy industry and start calling it out for what it now is at many of these "farms". Animal exploitation, human exploitation, environmental degradation and corporate welfare all in the name of "a shit-ton of cheap milk".

Confining cows indoors to "live in their own excrement" is not farming, it's animal abuse and it's inhumane. Large mammals with emotions and feelings reduced to milk production machines is Orwellian and insanely cruel.

Why won't Americans work in a cowshit-filled building doing difficult, often dangerous labor for 12+ hour shifts, starting for less than Vermont's minimum wage, without overtime pay, and with few benefits? Huh, good question... Oh, and no health insurance. Just send workers to a "free" clinic, funded by taxpayers and the charity of others. Anyone who supports stricter immigration laws please stop drinking and eating all dairy products immediately.

A google search reveals that Holstein cows produce 100+ pounds of excrement a day. 1300 cows produce a shocking 47.5 MILLION pounds of manure per year!?! It's telling that anyone who questions the Vorstevelds about runoff or other environmental degradation are to be dismissed, because "none of you guys know shit about dairy farming." You don't need to be a dairy farmer to know that environmental stewardship is not the strong suit of these operations.

This is not a quaint Vermont dairy farm. This is a factory, employing migrants, exempt from Vermont's minimum wage and overtime laws, receiving special tax treatment because it is a "farm", and exploiting the charity of their community by burdening the free clinic. And to what end? They make hundreds of thousands of dollars, as reported, and we subsidize the whole thing. The federal government has 1.4 BILLION, pounds of cheese in storage. Paid for by taxpayers.

17 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Jim6 on 03/19/2019 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

This is pretty disappointing. I had thought cows would have a slightly better life on a Vermont dairy farm. Guess not.

9 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Creepyoldman on 03/19/2019 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

This isn't dairy farming, it's factory farming. The stuff of Orwellian nightmares. Exactly the reason my family will never consume grocery store meats or dairy again. We buy directly from small, family owned/family run farms where the animals are out in fields all day every day, winter & summer, eating grass & natural feeds not soaked in Monsanto Roundup poison and the people that work the farm aren't treated more like animals than the cows, pigs & chickens. Really can't imagine how they see this as a better life than in Mexico, being worked like slaves.

But I'm glad to hear that yet another thing our government blatantly wastes the other half of our paychecks on is keeping operations like this in business, no matter how despicable they are, buying all the disgusting milk & cheese that nobody wants, no matter how much is over produced by these investor owned factory farms.

15 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by FreedomToThink on 03/18/2019 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

For years the Departments of Agriculture both state and federal have preached that bigger is better and the only way to farm. I know, they pitched that to me. Now they have a tiger by the tail: filthy conditions, filthy streams and lakes, cheap illegal immigrant labor, and it seems from the comments, angry neighbors.
Treating animals and the environment like this is immoral.
The cleanest dairy I ever saw relied on a lot of hand labor and milked 88 cows with one full time employee. The farmer made money not payments.

17 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Walter Moses on 03/18/2019 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

Great article Chelsea Edgar. One has to wonder about this farms care of their animals and quality of their product though. I enjoyed your honest and unvarnished writing.

9 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Marcouxr on 03/18/2019 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

Great reporting. Reminds me of Estrellita, an animated film by a Middlebury College professor and students about the experience of migrant workers. https://vimeo.com/276050194

3 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Estrellita on 03/18/2019 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

The author via Gerald reported 8500 gallons of milk being shipped to Cabot daily, to be turned into 640 lb blocks of cheddar. More specifically 8500 gallons of milk weighs approximately 85,000 lbs. Approx. Ten pounds of milk is required for 1 lb of cheese. So on each daily shipment, 8500 lbs of cheese could be yielded. Recognizing milk quality varies and so does cheese demand, and knowing other products may be made, if 8500 lbs of cheese were to be made and sold at near retail bottom $6/ a lb for premium Vermont Cheddar that is $51,000 of cheese from a days milking. My guess is that the farmers are lucky if they are being paid $16 per hundred weight, or approx $13,600 minus fees for 8500 gallons shipped. Cabot/Agrimark whomever.... has $37,400 of room to make, market and retail their product from one days milking at the Vorstevelds farm.

I do not know how much it costs to make cheese on Cabot's scale, but it is easy to assume they have a solid net revenue, while the Vorstevelds do not, and meanwhile Cabot and Agrimarks employees work in pristine, sanitary conditions; production rooms, labs and boardrooms,benefits and retirement pay. The typical Vermont dairy farm is running itself into the ground, taking its workers, animals and the environment along with it. Hoping for some form of public compensation, and exceptions to labor, animal welfare and environmental regulations.

I very much honor the dairy farming tradition, and know that farmers can be highly principled "conservationists", and preservationists, especially when generously profitable. A company nationally recognized with award winning products should be able to offer and demand parity throughout its supply and production chain, regardless of the "independent nature" of Vermont dairy farmers.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Freedumb Also on 03/17/2019 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Dutch Deli to Replace Happy Belly in Winooski

Love this little spot! Glad to see it getting a spruce up, just don't get rid of your burgers!!! Please and thank you

Posted by Abigail Matchette on 03/16/2019 at 3:29 PM

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