Hunger Free Vt. gets $30K grant

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Newman’s Own Foundation recently awarded a $30,000 grant to the statewide program Hunger Free Vermont. Newman’s Own Foundation made the award as part of a broader commitment to support programs that increase access to fresh food and nutrition education in underserved communities. This funding will help Hunger Free Vermont to offer nutrition education in communities across Vermont, teaching Vermont youth and adults how to shop for and prepare nutritious meals on small budgets.  

Southern Pie Company expands with Ludlow shop

LUDLOW — In response to their monumental following, on Oct. 1, Scott and Leslie Blair opened a second pie shop location in Ludlow for their business, The Southern Pie Company. The bakery is located on Route 103, bringing a slice of Leslie Blair’s southern home heritage to the Green Mountains. Native to Charleston, South Carolina, Leslie begins her pies with her grandmother’s traditional southern pie crust recipe. The pies are made from either an old family recipe, or a recipe she has collected during her culinary journey over the years, and filled with local ingredients.

Farmstead Cheese builds on success

A fifth-generation dairy farmer and visionary was recruited to Vermont in 2004. He seized the day some years ago when the agricultural holding that hired him moved its buffalo mozzarella operations from South Woodstock to Quebec. “The opportunity to purchase this farm (with a modern dairy) came along. I and a group of like-minded neighbors wanted to see a local food system continue,” recalled Kent Underwood, president and chief operating officer of Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company. The 18.5-acre farm was purchased.