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This time of year, it’s inspiring to see the crowds at Brattleboro’s winter Farmer’s Market, and to talk to library patrons who are already making plans for their spring gardens.  Here are some excellent web sources for producers and consumers who want to grow, make, and buy local food, even when the weather outside is frightful:

Buy Local, Buy Vermont, from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.  Includes lists of Vermont Winter Farmers’ Markets, plus suppliers of Vermont delights for the season, including turkeys, Christmas Trees, and eggs & maple syrup for cookie baking!

The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has lots of information on local food systems and organic agriculture.  Includes a local food directory for the U.S., searchable by region, plus substantial technical databases on ecological pest management, organic livestock feed suppliers, organic seed companies, and more.

Happy local holidays!


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Jeanne Walsh, Therese Marcy, Sharon Reidt, Jess Weitz, and sometimes Jerry