Category: Local Love

When Spring Comes To Vermont

When Vermonters are ready for spring we are believers. We believe in warmer weather. We have to believe because a 65 degree day in March or April can easily be followed by a foot of snow…just to keep us humble. When spring finally comes to Vermont, you know it. How? Easy. People wear shorts &

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Vermont Wedding Flowers by Season

Originally posted in December 2009 today’s tips have been freshened up a bit to help guide you through Vermont Wedding Flowers by Season. When it comes to wedding flowers I think working with the season is always a good idea.  It is often suggested that you select flowers that are “in season”, but what does that really

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The Vermont Flower Show: A Sampling of Spring

We attended The 2011 Vermont Flower Show on Saturday at the Essex Fairgrounds to get a sampling of spring.  I was particularly looking forward to attending the seminar on organic gardening taught by one of my former UVM professors, Wendy Sue Harper.  She was a truly inspiring mentor to me in college and now her gig is at NOFA.  I consider

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Local love: Lake Champlain Chocolates and Grace Potter

Lake Champlain Chocolates is definitely a Burlington favorite on the chocolate scene and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are a huge favorite on the music scene so when the two paired up to make a limited edition chocolate bar I expected that it would be fab-u-lous.  I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint. “Grace Under Fire” is aptly named.  The

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Everything I need to know I learned from my CSA Share

Most Vermonters have heard about how the newly renovated barn at Pete’s Greens burned to the ground last Wednesday.  I started drafting a post about how much I value my CSA share a few weeks ago (my third post boasting about our share), but after hearing about the fire it made my appreciation for these local foods even greater. We

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 23) Holiday Gift Ideas

There are 12 days until Christmas and today I have a compilation of my favorite things from the past year that I think make great gifts for your loved ones…and quite possibly for YOU, too! Today, 12/13, is the last day to get your holiday orders in to Paloma’s Nest for thoughtful, custom ornaments. While we’re talking about

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 21)

I first discovered my next favorite thing, Mountain Ash Designs, on Etsy 2 years ago and I simply had to have an apron made from recycled and repurposed fabrics.  I love the shabby-chic style of  Sarah O. Green’s designs.  After my husband and I finished setting up a wedding at The Round Barn in Waitsfield this

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Alison’s Favorite Things (vol. 20)

Cupcakes came onto the wedding scene several years ago and I’ve heard suggestions that they have “had their day”, but I personally cannot imagine cupcakes ever going out of style.  My Little Cupcake specializes in “yummy little cupcakes for every occasion” and they have been a guilty pleasure of mine for a while now.  These

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We love On The Rise Bakery!

When we moved to Jericho 7 years ago we had no idea how many awesome foodie destinations we’d soon be surrounded by.  There’s The Kitchen Table Bistro, Belted Cow Bistro, Tuscano, Sonoma Station, The Village Cup and On The Rise Bakery all within 10 minutes of our house.  Yeah, we’re pretty lucky and when we’re

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 18)

I consider myself a macaroon connoisseur.  I am head over heels for just about anything coconut, but add a little chocolate to it and you’ve got me for sure.  There is a fine balance in the macaroon world of taste, texture and overall goodness.  I don’t want one that’s too sweet.  I also don’t want

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