Thursday, October 17, 2013

Weathersfield Proctor Library Hosts Vermont Author Tracey Medeiros

Ascutney Vermont
October 17, 2013
Story and Photos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

The Weathersfield Proctor Library invited Vermont Author Tracey Medeiros to Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney Vermont for a community pot-luck supper inspired by her most recent publication "The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook" (The Countryman Press, May 2013.)

Medeiros is a freelance food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer and tester. She writes a weekly food column for the Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun newspapers and writes the "Edible Farm" column for Edible Green Mountains Magazine. Medeiros is also the author of "Dishing Up Vermont" (Storey Publishing, 2008).

Library patrons were asked to try a recipes from Medeiros' cookbook for the potluck. The table of dishes included:
Applesauce Cake page 198-199

Maple Cornbread page 30

Maple Pecan Pie page 212

Butternut Squash Soup with Smoky Bacon and Maple Syrup page 35

Blueberry Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions page 100

Massaged Kale Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing page 58

Rory's Irish Scones page 27

About twenty-two town folk listened while Ms. Medeiros explained how she wrote her to two Vermont cookbooks, collaborating first with the Vermont Fresh Network and eventually working directly with farmers.

When asked by an audience member what her favorite recipe was she enthusiastically replied " The Blueberry Goat Cheese Pizza!" Saying she really likes the tang of the goat cheese with the sweetness of the blueberries.

Medeiros said she really enjoyed putting a face on the hard working farmers in Vermont and said she really appreciated their passion for feeding their communities with healthy food. Her hope is that her cookbooks will give exposure to these farmers and that an educated consumer will want to support the farmers in their efforts of providing locally grown food.

Medeiros highlighted the "passion" of Vermont Farmers by reading an excerpt from her book about the Bella Farm in Monkton. Rachel Schattman didn't grow up on a farm but experienced farming at the Putney School. After Schattman earned a master's degree at the University of Vermont she started  a certified organic farm at Burlington's Intervale with her friend Kelli Brooks-their specialty-dairy and nut free Garlic and Basil Pesto. The farm, now located in Monkton, produces 2500-3000 six ounce jars for pesto per season.

This cookbook stresses the use of local foods; the freshest ingredients will create the best tasting food, which not only will taste good but will be good for you. It also encourages focusing on foods that are in season and easily grown or purchased from local farmer's markets or Co-ops.

Medeiros is currently working on her third cookbook: The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook (again to be published by The Countryman Press, due out in 2015). She lives with her family in Essex Junction.

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The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook
Tracey Medeiros
Hosted By Weathersfield Proctor Library
Martin Memorial Hall
Ascutney VT October 17, 2013
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Woman Crashes into Parked Logging Truck

West Weathersfield , Vermont
October 14, 2013

A woman from Weston VT was traveling south towards Downer's Four Corners on Monday October 14 when she had "some kind of medical event" according to Weathersfield Police Officer Jen Hutchins, who was first to respond and was investigating the accident. The woman driver said she has just come from her doctor's office and was asked before leaving if she was OK to drive. She told the doctor she was.

Officer Hutchins said the woman and her dog, a yellow lab named Katie were both uninjured and the woman refused ambulance transport.

Two witnesses visiting the area for foliage season from Switzerland and Germany were traveling behind the red BMW when it appeared the "woman fell asleep" and drove into the parked logging truck owned by Jim Cloud of Reading VT.

Cloud said he and his crew were across the street working on a job site when they heard "this scrapping and load crash sound."

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Rte 106 Accident
Car hits parked Logging Truck
Weathersfield VT October 14, 2013
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vermont 50 Celebrates 20 Years of Mountain Biking and Ultra-Running in Brownsville VT

David Le Porho #1569 a 50 mile runner from Montreal set a new course record
6:09:31.2, a pace of 7:24.
He is seen here with the Ultra-Run Director Zeke Zucker.  

September 28-29, 2013
Photos and Story by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
This past weekend Brownsville VT increased its population by about 3000 when the Mountain Bikers, Ultra-Runners and their families came to town for the 20th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run Race. Founded in 1993 by Brownsville's own Laura Farrell, the race has steadily increased its participants seeing the largest field of athletes this year.

The race weekend began on Saturday at Race Registration; there was a vendor fair, free ice cream purchased by the Vermont 50 and scooped by Woodstock's The Lazy Cow Vermont; three Free Kids Races 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 5K; a treasure Hunt for the littlest race fans. A Pre-Race Pasta Dinner was hosted by Orange Lakes at the Harvest Inn at Ascutney Mountain Resort.

On Sunday over 1300 bikers and runners took to the trails beginning at 6 am. They biked or ran 50 miles or ran 50k to the finish line on the mountain. Waiting for them at the finish line was a delicious meal catered by Woodstock's Worthy Catering and lots of spectators cheering them on.

The event is a major fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, an organization founded by Brownsville's own Laura Farrell at Ascutney Mountain back in 1986 which is now being hosted at Pico Ski area.

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20th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run
Brownsville VT September 28-29, 2013
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