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Stowe Farmers' Market | Every Sunday

Stowe Farmers' Market

Stowe, VT Farmers' Market Every Sunday

If you are looking for something to do on a Sunday before you leave town or as a part of your tour on the Stowe Rec path, check out the Stowe Farmers' Market.  It's every Sunday across from the StoweFlake Resort from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  The Stowe Farmers' Market  features wonderful local farms with fresh picked veggies, art exhibits, jewelry and food!  Stop by Black Diamond BBQ and ask for Jason the owner and ski bum teammate of McKee!  It's great family fun and located about half way up the Rec path so it's a good resting point.

They feature local music as well as a variety of other locally produced goods.

Read more here: Stowe Farmers Market

Cady Hill Forest Conservation Project | Stowe VT Land Trust Makes Final Push

Here we go people, we've been blogging, tweeting and reporting on the progress of the Cady Hill Forest Conservation Project being conducted by the Stowe Land Trust.  Let's make the final few days of April count.  If we can raise $100K then the Stafford Family Foundation will donate $25K!

Also the Stowe Mountain Bike Club has signed on to develop and maintain the Mt. bike trails within the forest.  Check it out here.

Here's an update on the Cady Hill Forest Project.

 

Help Support Stowe Land Trust's Next Venture

Cady Hill Forest Update!!!

$100,000 Challenge Announced for Cady Hill Forest

The community is being challenged to raise $100,000 in the month of April, in order to claim a generous $25,000 gift for Cady Hill Forest from the Stafford Family Foundation.

The land trust, which has raised nearly $1.2 million toward the $1.56 million project, is urging the community to pitch in and get the job done.

For everyone who has been thinking about giving to the project, we urge you to donate before April 30th so we can claim this gift!

Stowe Land Trust works hard to preserve the land in and around Stowe.  This is one of the many reasons Stowe remains pure and natural looking and fantastic.  Their new project will help to conserve the Cady Hill Forest for generations to come.  What the result will be is 320 acres of town forest preserved and put into use with 11 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, walking the dog, snowshoeing and more.  All of this will be a short walk from the village of Stowe.  This will add to the many properties that the Stowe Land Trust has preserved and put to community use over the years like Wiessner & Kirchner Woods, H. D. Burnham Farm and Mill Trail Property.

In order to get there the Stowe Land Trust needs to raise the final $450,000 by May 30, 2012.  Help Stowe Land Trust reach this goal by donating to help preserve this beautiful land.

Visit the Stowe Land Trust site to learn more about the Cady Hill Forest and all their projects.  Donate and Learn Here.

Capturing Green Energy to Lower Your Bills | Green homes that give back to the grid | Inman News

Finding ways to increase the value in your home in today's market can be challenging, but looking towards green options might be one way that allows for some monthly carrying costs to be reduced.  Building green isn't a new idea, but finding ways to maximize your "green" output is still popular.  Homes that can produce enough energy can actually give back to their local utility companies and see a small profit or zero balance on their bills.

Vermonters have been using green energy for longer than most people and it's something that appeals to their sense of keeping Vermont clean and pollutant free.  To learn ways that people outside of Vermont are capturing and profiting off green energy read below.

Green homes that give back to the grid | Inman News.

Farm to School, Lunch Redone | Vermont Life Magazine - Re Do Lunch Winter 2011 - 2012

Example of a healthy school lunch

School lunch has been an issue brought up again and again over the past year.  How do schools work within their budgets, but at the same time provide nutritious and quality food to growing kids.  Keeping it affordable is usually the main driving factor, which is why some schools classify pizza as a vegetable.  One Vermont school, Harwood Union, has made the effort to combat this issue by keeping it local and embracing a farm to school outlook.  They coupled this with the hiring of a professional chef.  Harwood is one of 200 Vermont schools that participate in some sort of  farm to school initiatives. To read more about Harwood's efforts click here: Vermont Life Magazine - Winter 2011 - 2012.

Click here to learn more about Vermont's FEED program

Stone Work Taking To The Next Level | Stowe, VT Stone Masons | Rocks Star | New England Home

Stone Wall Created by My Eathworks

The work of Lew French takes viewers and property owners to new levels of creative ideas.  His stone work has become famous throughout the world.  For interesting local Stowe, VT stone work check out these local stone workers and landscape artists.

Looking for landscaping ideas that are state of the art and work within the naturally surrounding  environment contact Ian Ambler, a long time family friend.  You can reach Ian at Ambler Design.

For local stone workers who are bringing stone work to the next level check out Thea Alvin who owns My Earth Work.  Thea is bending stone as if it were water.

Also contact Matthew Karlin of Matthew Karlin Masonry who laid the majority of the stone work at the new Stowe Mountain Resort.  Matt can be reached at 802-363-5019, tell him fellow Brew Crew ski bum member McKee sent you his way.

Read more about Lew French's designs by clicking below.

Rocks Star | New England Home.

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            Stowe VT: Holiday Shopping, Think and Buy Local

            An idea has been getting passed around and it's something we think isn't a bad one in today's economic climate. Think local, buy local, support the local economy. Vermonter's already adhere to this philosophy in many ways, so why not continue it through during the holidays!

            Here's the idea as presented to us:

            As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

            It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

            Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

            Try Salon Salon, located on the Mountain Road in Stowe. Ask for Montana or Jen. Having grown up with both of them I know you'll be happy with your salon services. http://salonsalonvt.com/

            Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

            Try The Swimming Hole, it offers Stowe's best indoor swimming and work out combo. Try taking a class from Molly to get into skiing shape. http://www.theswimmingholestowe.com/

            Try Phit for those who want a no frills gym and high energy classes. http://phitperformance.com/

            Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

            Call AJ at Yankee Home Solutions. AJ, a Stowe Vermont local, is known around town for going the extra mile for his customers and clients. AJ has a vast knowledge of all things home related and can easily address any job. He also is a master mower and snow plower. Call AJ at 802-598-4348

            Try Ryder Brook Golf Course, ask for Johann. This family run golf course is a low pressure course. The nine holes are challenging, but a great place for beginners to start. Johann is a very good friend and you'll be well taken care of and enjoy the course.  www.ryderbrookgc.com/home

            There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

            Some of our local favorites:

            Harrison's, ask for Andrew and Kathy Kneale, the mother and son duo that has been pleasing locals with their food for decades. Casual dining located in the Stowe village below the Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate office, try the mussels or cheese burger, both are amazing. http://www.harrisonsstowe.com/

            Frida's Taqueria brings traditional Mexican to Stowe. Known for clean, crisp flavors and local ingredients, Frida's offers something not normally found this far north. The tres tacos platter offers you variety; the fried cod, fried oyster, carnitas and carne asada are just a few that bring Mexico to the cold north. http://www.fridastaqueria.com/

            Cork located in downtown Waterbury, VT at the corner of Stowe Street. This wine bar and market was just opened by a long time friend Danielle Nichols. She offers a wide variety of beautiful tasting wines along with a cozy atmosphere. Stop by on your way to Stowe for a drink and pick up a bottle on your way out the door. http://corkvt.com/

            Piecasso Pizzeria, NYC slices in Stowe also rated Top 11 slices in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. They have a great family set up and also a cool bar and game room, plus the pizza is great. http://www.piecasso.com/

            Gracie's, another Stowe Classic, run by Archie, you'll never leave there hungry. Known for their burgers, Gracie's take it to the next level. I love the boxer and their famous chicken sandwich. http://www.gracies.com/

            Cactus Cafe is Stowe's Tex-Mex favorite. Offering their famous jalapeño chips at the table, beware they bring the heat. Also on the menu are slow smoked pulled pork tacos, a southern twist to a Mexican standby. Wash it all down with their Mansfield marg! http://www.thecactuscafe.com/

            McCarthy's is the only stop for breakfast in Stowe. They've been serving it up for over 30 years and know how breakfast should be done. Ask for Diane, she'll probably be at the door waiting for you with a smile. Their homemade corn beef hash is made from scratch, just like the maple nut bread. http://mccarthysrestaurantstowe.com/

            For more formal dining try:

            Michael's On The Hill located in Waterbury center, just south of Stowe. This chef owned restaurant sources local foods at a very high quality. Offering tasting menus and creativity, Michael's if perfect for a romantic dinner. Try their Manhattan, made with port wine, as a bourbon lover; I give it two thumbs up. http://www.michaelsonthehill.com/

            Hen Of The Wood located just off I-89 in Waterbury this kitchen has been cranking out high-end food for many years. The unique location and old stone mill offers a view of the river and waterfall which is only match by the quality of the food. http://www.henofthewood.com/

            Kitchen Table Bistro, a bit further away, located in Richmond, but well worth the drive. As with the other two they locally source their food and offer a stunning wine list. The menu changes with the seasons and offers a real look into handcrafted Vermont food. http://kitchentablebistro.com/

            How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

            Call Larson at Larson's Garage. He's great for a quick oil change, tire swap or larger body work. Larson: 802-888-4439.

            Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

            Give Eva a call; she's always on the move and looking for new homes to clean. She doesn't let dust lie. She brings her own cleaning supplies and can do long term or one time cleaning. Eva Beugnies: 802-399-0160

            My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

            Call Frank at Fix PC, they are the Stowe experts on all things computer related. If you need your system cleaned up or need an entire office network set up, Fix PC can get the job done. http://fixpc.com/

            OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

            MTL Jewelry Design, custom and handcrafted jewelry done by Molly. This is not your standard cookie cutter jewelry, these are unique and one of a kind designs. As my wife, sister and mother can attest, these make great gifts for any woman in your family. http://www.mtljewelrydesign.com/

            Stowe Gems, Barry's been a fixture in the Stowe jewelry scene for decades. He offers all kinds of gems done in custom designs. Barry's knowledge of gems and how they work with metals and the best way to present them if unmatched. As the creator of my wife's engagement and wedding band I can tell you that when you are looking for high-end gem work, Stowe Gems is the best. http://www.stowegems.com/

            Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

            Stowe Theater Guild has been entertaining locals and visitors for years. Love the theater or have someone in your family that does? Treat them to a night at the show. http://www.stowetheatre.com/

            Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. This is where we talk about bars! Stowe has plenty to offer, but if you are looking for music there are a few choice places.

            Matterhorn is known for a few things, one is après ski, and it's the place to go. Cozy up to the wrap around bar and wash down the day's skiing with some suds and pizza or sushi. The Matterhorn has live music Thursday through Sunday during the ski season, offering the area's best local artist. They've been serving them since 1950, so you know they do it right. http://www.matterhornbar.com

            Rusty Nail, Stowe's largest night club. It offers bands and DJ's throughout the winter. They have the largest dance floor and stage in town, so if you want to get down it's a good start. http://rustynailbar.com/site/

            Rimrock's Tavern is more sports bar than music venue, but they do crank out the latest hits and have DJ's on weekends. So if you're looking for a mix of both it's a good place to start. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rimrocks/91014860686

            Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

            You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

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                        Alert!! Area Freeze and Frost Warning

                        It's that time of year.  The weather service has issued a freeze and frost warning for tonight and tomorrow night.  For those of you still holding on to your summer flowers and gardens take notice.  Be sure to cover up your plants or start to cut those flowers and share them with your friends.

                        Weather tonight: Low of 24 degrees

                        Weather on Thursday night: Low of 21 degrees