To the Editor:

In the late 1970s I worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association in New Hampshire setting up one of the first farmers markets and a wholesale farm coop in hopes that small-scale vegetable farmers might survive. Things looked pretty grim then.

And now, 40 years later here in Vermont there is such a multitude of small farmers providing us with the best “local” diet I wouldn’t have imagined!

Walla Walla onions, kale of every curl, organic everything, grass-fed eggs and meat, apples and peaches and pears, rainbows of peppers fire-hot to mild, heavy Brandywine tomatoes, locally-grown flour, delicata squash, forgotten varieties and new delights.

Now I look at my dinner plate in awe of everything local and healthy and delicious. I am hugely thankful to all of our hardworking farmers for all of this good food and the happiness it brings.

One more reason it’s good to be here in Vermont.

Rebecca Reno


We use a Facebook Comments Plugin for commenting. No personal harassment, abuse or hate speech is permitted. Comments should be 1000 characters or fewer. We moderate every comment. Please go to our Terms of Use/Privacy Policy "Posting Rules and Interactivity" for more information.

Reliable news and information is vitally important. Local advertising has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis but the Vermont Community Newspaper Group remains committed to its responsibility to serve its communities. Your communities. With some assistance from loyal readers, community organizations, foundations and other funders, we hope to keep reporters on the job keeping you informed. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our local journalism fund. Thank you for your support.