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Vermont Food Traditions And The Localvore Movement

05/29/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Today's localvore movement and the agricultural traditions of the past have in common the idea of getting our food from local farms. 

But there are also striking differences between the cultures of those who relied only on what they could grow and those of us today who choose to support local farms or raise our own vegetables and livestock.  The differences are often reflected what foods are popular and how they're prepared.  For example, traditional blood sausage and contemporary artisan cheeses say something about the values of today's families and those of earlier generations.  

We talk with Dr. Amy Trubek who teaches about food systems and food and culture at the University Of Vermont, and folklorist Gregory Sharrow, co-director of the Vermont Folklife Center.

Tell us how you think the values of the localvore movement differ from those of traditional farm families or let us know if you have stories about the food raised and prepared by Vermont farm families generations ago.  Post your comments below or email vermontedition@vpr.net.  

Also, we hear about Vermont's first double crossover diamond highway interchange. 

It's a novel approach to relieving congestion that involves driving on the wrong side of the road and it's on the drawing board for Exit 16 on I-89.  There are only a few such interchanges in the country and we talk with Joshua Shultz, traffic design and safety project manager with the Agency of Transportation, about the hows and whys of the double crossover diamond. 

The Agency Of Transportation holds a public hearing on the plan Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm at the Colchester Meeting House. 


Agency Of Transportation
Double Crossover Diamond intersection proposed for Exit 16


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