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Dennis Chesley, co-founder of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company, prepares a customer purchase during the Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Tilton Winter Farmers Market in need of a new home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Joan O’Connor, the manager of the Tilton Winter Farmers Market, envisions a bright, expansive space for the market. A place with atmosphere, a facility full of sunlight that is reminiscent of Boston’s Faneuil Hall. “I’d love a beautiful building,” she said. “Some kind of a building that gives you mental health in the dead of winter.” But as summer speeds …

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States. U.S. and Mexican health …

Appeals court upholds California shark fin ban

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The 2-1 ruling upheld …

Summer means time for a shandy

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Don’t let life’s lemons sour your summer. Use them to sour your beer, instead. It’s what’s called a shandy, a refreshing drink that classically is beer mixed with lemonade, though other flavors can be used. It has been …

Time to enjoy the classic fried fish sandwich of summer

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Need a break from the grill? Probably not, but it’s still good to remember that there are classic summer foods that don’t need an open flame to be delicious. As a gentle reminder, I created this versatile and …

A healthy steak that keeps you firmly in the produce aisle

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We finally live in a world where going meatless on Mondays can appeal to even the enthusiastic carnivore. Which is why vegetable “steaks” are becoming increasingly popular. The concept is pretty simple: Cut up thick slices of veggies …

60 pizza-makers create nearly mile-long ‘pie’ in Milan

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The wait was on the long side for the pizza – 18 hours – but this was an extraordinary pie: nearly a mile long. More than 60 of Italy’s best pizza-makers worked through the night to create the pizza at Milan’s world fair, Expo 2015. Their toil was …

Let others worry about the burgers. You focus on the sangria

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Party pleaser Want to be the hero of your July Fourth gathering? Leave the burgers and dogs to somebody else. Ditto for the potato and pasta salads. What you want to bring is the sangria. Because it’s hard …

Lobster prices rise as summer season gets off to slow start

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England. The summer staple is selling in the $6- or $8-per-pound range to consumers, an average increase of about $1 …

Grocers: Vermont GMO law could lead to fines of $10M a day

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin says grocers nationwide should label all their products containing genetically modified organisms if they fear that Vermont’s first-in-the-nation labeling law could cost them millions in fines. Shumlin was responding to a letter from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association who says the law could …

Chinese eateries hold dog meat festival amid outcry

Monday, June 22, 2015

Restaurateurs in a southern Chinese town held an annual dog meat festival Monday despite international criticism of the event as cruel and unhygienic. The Yulin government distanced itself from the festival and announced new restrictions, but eateries reached …

Vermont institute helps schools grow farm-to-school programs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. Now the state will serve as a classroom of its …

Summer staple

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In summer’s unofficial produce pageant, Silver Queen corn reigns perennial, while peaches and late-August tomatoes vie for runner-up honors. Pound for pound, though, a nonseasonal starter gets the double win for talent and congeniality: the potato. Not just …