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Happy Saint Patrick's Day! For some gardeners St. Patty's Day is the time to start sowing tomato seeds indoors. While the sentiment is great, the timing is off.

VPR Cafe: The Sweet Spot Of The Champlain Islands

Mar 13, 2019
Michael McCarver-Reyes and Albert Reyes-McCarver are co-owners of The Champlain Islands Candy Lab in South Hero.
Oliver Parini / Seven Days

Everything about this VPR Cafe episode is pretty sweet. We'll hear about two medical writers who shifted career paths to become candy makers, the confections they create in South Hero, and the love story that made it all possible. 

In this episode, we tag along on a trip to Chelsea and spend some time in an abandoned school bus that doubles for deer camp. 

Find the full Rumble Strip podcast series on the Rumble Strip website.

Young Writers Project: 'For Summer'

Mar 11, 2019
This week, Shelburne, Vermont, poet Sophie Dauerman daydreams about summer.
YWP Media Library, illustration by Autumn Laroque, Danville

My skin yearns
for the sideways kiss of morning sun,
for lake droplets lifted off my skin
by balmy dandelion air.

And my laughter waits for dock picnics,
green mountaintops,
and crowded swimming pools.

Marjan Kiepura - used with permission

We’re spending the next few episodes celebrating the life and music of J.S. Bach and Chopin. In this episode we’ll look at Chopin specifically and we’ll also have some help…

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With longer days and warmer temperatures, it's time to start pruning grapes. Pruning grapes can be hard for gardeners. Most gardeners prune off too little, leaving a nice looking vine for now, but a monster come summer.

VPR Cafe: One Space, Two Dining Destinations

Mar 8, 2019
Caroline and Matt Corrente (with son, Casey) operate Haymaker Bun Company and The Arcadian, respectively, within the same location along Bakery Lane in Middlebury.
Caleb Kenna / Seven Days

At 7 Bakery Lane in Middlebury, two very different restaurants occupy the same space. One starts the day with baked goods and caffeinated beverages; the other operates in the evening serving Italian fare and sophisticated cocktails. These coupled eateries are owned and run by the couple of Caroline and Matt Corrente.  

All Images Public Domain - Collage by James Stewart / Vermont Public Radio

We celebrate Chopin’s birthday on the first day of March and J.S. Bach’s on the last. So, on Timeline we’ll be spending this month exploring the life and music of these two influential composers.

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This vegetable is ancient. Wild versions were used medicinally in 850 BC to ward off colds, flu and poor digestion. Its origins are from around the Mediterranean Sea, but it's also found wild in Asia and Northern Europe. The Italians first started growing it as a vegetable in the 17th century and through seed saving, they created taller stalks that weren't as strong flavored as the wild relatives. This vegetable is known as celery.

Milton, Vermont, writer Amelia Canney encourages citizens of all ages to push onward in their fight to ensure safety within American schools.
YWP Media Library, photo by Caleb Dudley

The first time I heard of the wave of school shootings streaking across our nation, I was shaken to the core of my being. The second time, I was scared but not shocked. By the third time, I was used to getting alerts about students being shot in one of the few places they should feel safe. And that’s not a sentence anyone should ever be able to say.
I read the stories online. I read the obituaries of the students, who had opportunities awaiting them they’d now never be able to take: acceptances into college, internships, places on sports teams – all robbed from them with a single bullet.

VPR Cafe: Vermonters Return Home To Fuel The Ludlow Food Scene

Mar 1, 2019
Heirloom Tomato Salad at Downtown Grocery in Ludlow.
Tom McNeill / Seven Days

Ludlow, Vermont, is a small town with a big ski resort and a vibrant culinary scene. Like many Vermonters who leave the state only to eventually return, some of Ludlow's restaurants are run by locals who moved away but then came back with cooking skills in tow.     

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart loved birds. His letters to family and friends mention several pet canaries he had during the course of his life, but the most famous bird Mozart ever owned was his beloved starling.

Young Writers Project: 'I'm Sorry, But ...'

Feb 25, 2019
Hinesburg, Vermont, poet Layla Morris commits herself to the tough act of forming educated opinions and choosing to care.
YWP Media Library, photo by Lia Chien

I’m sorry, but...
what are we teaching the kids these days?
Are we teaching them to go along
with whatever the most dominant person says?
Don’t have opinions, just move on, avoid distress?

I’m sorry, but…
that’s not going to work for me.
Why is it considered bad when someone states they have a side,
when they want to do or be one thing over another?
Does saying, “I don’t care,” “whatever,” and, “it doesn’t matter to me...”
make you the better person, the desired person,
more so than the one who actually knows what they want?

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It's become a biennial tradition in Vermont. In March, just when the cold, snow, ice and cloudy weather seems to never end, the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association puts on the Vermont Flower Show. What a relief!

VPR Cafe: Burlington's New Restaurant 'District'

Feb 21, 2019
Charlie Sizemore is owner of Taco Gordo; one of the many new restaurants popping up on and around Burlington's North Winooski Avenue.
James Buck / Seven Days

Visitors to Burlington tend to focus their attention on The Church Street Marketplace for shopping and dining. But just a few blocks away - on the fringe of the Old North End - is North Winooski Avenue, and it appears to be evolving into a restaurant zone.

Kent McFarland / Vermont Center For Ecostudies

Originally aired January 18, 2017

Crows are the stuff of movies, mysteries and dark lore. They are also smart, gregarious birds with fascinating habits including a gathering called the winter roost when thousands of crows group together late in the day.

Timeline: Qualia

Feb 18, 2019
James Stewart

Listening to music is an emotional experience, unique to each individual. I think we’ve all had a moment when a song, a piece, a singer, a band, an orchestra has touched our hearts, moved us in some way. We also realize that it’s not the same for everyone; different music speaks to different people. We can try to describe the way music makes us feel but I wonder if it’s even possible to really know how music effects someone else.

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On my recent trip to Northern India, I noticed in farmers' fields a common Vermont shrub. There were rows and rows of yews. I found out they're the Pacific yews and farmers are growing them to extract a cancer-fighting chemical, taxol, from the plant.

Young Writers Project: 'Elemental'

Feb 14, 2019
Lake Champlain Waldorf School poet Charlotte Hughes uses the chaotic forces of nature to describe the deterioration of a couple.
YWP Media Library, artwork by Tim Searls, 16, Danville, Vermont

They say that
he was the water
and she was the fire.
But his riptides overcame her
and buried her flame.
She was caught in his wild storms
and tossed around like a rag doll.
She used to be fierce,
but she became soggy
and flexible like a rubber band.

VPR Cafe: Winter Comfort Foods Stir Up Hearty Flavors And Fond Memories

Feb 14, 2019
For food writer, Melissa Pasanen, The Kitchen Table's cider-steamed mussels bring back memories of a dish she enjoyed as a child.
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Seven Days

Even if bitter cold temperatures and mounting piles of snow aren't your cup of tea, there is one thing to love about winter: comfort food! From chicken soup to chili and mac 'n cheese to dumplings, many of these dishes not only warm us physically, but also emotionally.