food

An Old Fashioned Christmas

I had the opportunity to photograph a Christmas book earlier this year and now it is hitting the shelves of bookstores. The book is called An Old Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home and the author, Ellen Stimson, lives in Dorset, Vermont. I photographed her author photo for two previous humorous memoirs, Mud Season and Good Grief! I was excited when she asked me to shoot this book, which is about her family’s Christmas foods and traditions, like special ornaments, cookies, and champagne, plus lots of really yummy savory offerings.

The book is published by Norton and is currently the #1 New Release in Christmas Cooking on Amazon.

Here are a few of the photos appearing in the book.

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Edible Green Mountains - Winter 2014

I created photographs for two articles in the Winter issue of Edible Green Mountains. The interesting and adventurous Urban Moonshine company in Burlington, maker of organic bitters & tonics, as well the equally compelling Dunc's Mill Rum in Barton, Vermont.

I really enjoyed meeting the masterminds behind both of these Vermont entrepreneurial endeavors, Jovial King and Duncan Holaday.

I love the flavors of the Maple and Joy Tonic bitters, (and their use as a digestif or in a cocktail) and Dunc's delicious Maple Rum.

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October Getaway in Stowe, Vermont

Rhode Island Monthly’s October Getaways issue features Stowe, Vermont with several of my photographs. Here are some great suggestions for your fall foliage travel plans. rim_oct2013_cover_500px

The cover is a collage, featuring two of mine: the girl in the red tee-shirt at Shaw’s General Store in Stowe, and Chef Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood.

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Shaw’s General Store and Kristen Piper with some Vermont products.

nsp_130822_004_hen_webChef Eric Warnstedt and Hen of the Woods’ fare: Cheeseplate: Jasper Hill “Bayley Hazen Blue” (cow), Sage Farm Dairy “Sterling”( Goat), Woodcock Farm “Summer Snow” (sheep); Fresh Tracks Farm Rabbit leg and loin, heirlooms beans, buttered parsnips, blackberries and blackberry puree; Goat’s milk dumplings, Pete’s Greens cipollini, locally foraged chanterelle, Jericho Settler’s Farm cherry tomatoes, Pete’s arugula, preserved tomatoes; and fresh farm radishes and local butter.nsp_stowe_vt_2013_02_web

Ice-cream aficionados at Ben and Jerry’s, Michaela Meehan enjoying tortilla chips and salsa, and a fresh margarita at Frida’s Taqueira.

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Chef Michael Kloeti of Michael’s on the Hill, and his Herb Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Crispy Polenta, Baby Spinach & Truffle

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The Stowe Rec path, paddling on the pond behind Umiak Outfitters, and Mary Regele, a yoga instructor at Topnotch.

nsp_stowe_vt_2013_69_webReign Vermont bags with owner Bridget Lamell, Stowe Farmer’s Market tomatoes, and the Stowe Visitor's Center.

Boston Globe Sunday Magazine Farm To Table Feature

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine "Food Issue" features my photos of an Outstanding In The Field dinner I photographed last September at Pete's Greens in Crafstbury, VT.  The chef was Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood restaurant in Waterbury. We were in a lovely field of  buckwheat  dining on  locally sourced produce, meats, wine and spirits.

Check out more photos in my blogpost from September.

Outstanding in the Field Dinner

I photographed a farm dinner at Pete's Greens in Craftsbury recently.  This was an Outstanding in the Field dinner - they are a wonderful group from Santa Cruz, California who organize al fresco events across the United States showcasing local farms, chefs and foods.  I was there to capture the set-up and preparation, and enjoyed the camaraderie and festive atmosphere of a great dinner prepared by chef Eric Warnstedt and others from Hen of the Wood, in Waterbury.  Fine dining in a field of buckwheat on a beautiful evening in Vermont!

 

Rockville Market Farm Friday Dinners

This is my second summer documenting Rockville Market Farm, in Starksboro, VT for their website. I photograph all that they do to produce beautiful vegetables, eggs, and meats for CSA shares, farmer’s markets and food purveyors. This summer they have started hosting First Friday dinners, too!

Last Friday night Rockville had their first clam boil, and it was fantastic! Great food, great festive atmosphere!

Jim Elias from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts brought up fresh steamers and littlenecks that he prepared in a big pot with vegetables and sausage and beer. Jim also made an amazing quahog chowder with Rockville’s potatoes and onions.

Jim's daughter Kaitlyn and her boyfriend Ben of Gadabout Farm are renting field space at Rockville this year, and they energetically helped prepare the feast.  The dinner included corn, tomato salad, arugula, beets, onions, potatoes, and andouille and chorizo sausage all from the farm.

Keenann wowed the crowd with her amazing chocolate zucchini cake. Everybody had a wonderful and fun food experience at the Farm!

Check out the Rockville Market Farm website and my 2012 gallery for more dinners and farming photos.

Celebrate Summer Solstice: Abundance and the Beauty of Nature

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In the past week I photographed at Orb Weaver Farm in New Haven, Vermont, owned and run by Marjorie Susman and Marian Pollack, the lovely ladies of Orb Weaver.

In addition to the wonderful cheese they make in the winter months, they raise vegetables for market in the summer.

I captured them in the gardens, and I was also there for the delivery of 800 bales of hay for the cows’ feed in the colder months.

They had help off-loading the bales into their stunning barn from Eben and Heidi Markowski, Elias Baldwin and Dean Rheaume.

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Farm to Table TV

Last week I was featured on WCAX, one of Burlington's local television newscasts.  They ran a series about Vermont photographers called "Capturing a Moment". My spot showcased my Farm to Table work and included my good friends at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.  We started by photographing egg collecting in the free range chicken coop and then we moved on to the kitchen where Keenann prepared an omelet.  I set up a small studio space in their kitchen to create the final image of the plated omelet.

I really enjoyed the experience with Gina Bullard and Joe Carroll of WCAX and the opportunity to share my work!

Mark Bittman Visits the Intervale

Recently Mark Bittman was here in Vermont at the Burlington Intervale to discuss the Farm to Plate movement and the Intervale Food Hub.  I caught him as he donned an Intervale Center cap – he’s a natural!

For those who may not be familiar with Mr. Bittman's work, he is a food columnist for the New York Times and has written several books on cooking and connections between food, health and the environment.

Here are several links to news stories covering his visit:

NY Times - Making Local Food Real

The Intervale Explorer - Giving Thanks for Local Food

Seven Days - Mark Bittman and Bernie Sanders Visit Burlington Intervale

Burlington Free Press - Bittman takes seat at Intervale round table

 

Pete's Greens Fundraiser

On January 12th, a devastating fire destroyed the big yellow barn at Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, Vermont.  The farm lost processing equipment and tractors as well as tons of root vegetables and meats destined for farm shares and stores. The importance of local farms in our communities to produce healthy food and support our economy is underscored by all of the efforts of friends and strangers alike.  There has been an outpouring of support all over Vermont for Pete's and I am happy to do my part!

I was asked to donate a print for the Craftsbury Community Dinner and Art Sale this Wednesday, January 19 at 6:00 pm the United Church of Craftsbury, sponsored by Stardust Books and Cafe and The Art House Gallery.

My print is of Andy Jones at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington holding a variety of beautiful summer vegetables.

Please join in supporting Pete's Greens at the United Church of Craftsbury on the Common and buy Vermont agriculturally themed artwork by myself, John Miller, Jordan Silverman, Barbara Nedd, Marcia Hill, Sarah Mutrux, and Karen Dawson.  The farm also has donations by PayPal if you aren't able to attend the fundraiser - just go to Pete's Greens website.

I photographed the owner of Pete's Greens, Pete Johnson, for the Summer 2008 cover and feature article of Vermont Life Magazine, called “Our Food, Our Farmers” all about the farmers who are transforming the food scene in Vermont and embracing Localvores. It was one of the top selling issues in the history of the magazine and garnered Pete no less than 35 marriage proposals!

I hope the farm is on its way to a vigorous recovery with the help of so many loyal fans!