Barbara Moore and The Good Table’s supplier of organic sweet potatoes, Laughing Child Farm, made headlines in Vermont Land Trust’s 2013-2014 Annual Report. Barbara played a key role in helping Laughing Child’s Tim and Brooke Hughes-Muse participate in a VLT program, which matches land with new farmers whose dreams are bigger than their wallets.
This September, 55 people gathered at Laughing Child Farm (LCF) to partake of sweet-potato pizzas, trek to Haystack Mountain, and see how successfully sweet potatoes can be grown in New England. As one participant, Richard Cofrancesco noted, “It was a good way to get the message out about organic farming and raising sweet potatoes in Vermont. I always thought it was just a south of Georgia kind of thing. I think an event like this will prompt other young folks to keep agriculture going.” As his wife, Diane, added, “It was wonderful to see so many young families, who are obviously involved in agriculture, enjoying the event.” Both the VLT and NOFA have been strong supporters of LCF, which is owned by Timothy Hughes-Muse his wife, Brooke, and their four giggling daughters. LCF borders Barbara Moore’s family farm in Pawlet, VT and abundantly supplies The Good Table with their lush sweet potatoes.
In Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems author Philip Ackerman-Leist explains how the shift towards eating food produced close to home has become a nationwide movement. He showcases The Good Table as a trendsetter—and model for other foodservice companies to follow—for building menus around the freshest tastiest fruits and vegetables available each season.
Click here to read more about Ackerman-Leist’s book. His book is also available for sale at Amazon.com.
Agricultural land in Vermont is largely inaccessible to new farmers because the price of land is often prohibitive. Yet support for novice farmers is crucial to preserving Vermont’s working landscape. In this Rutland Herald feature story by Garland Mason she highlights The Good Table’s owner, Barbara Moore, as an example of a landowner who has made it possible for a farmer to grow and sell sweet potatoes and raise his young family in a farming lifestyle.
Click here to read “Alternative to selling helps novice farmers and keeps land in production.”
The Good Table is pleased to support County Harvest, a local non-profit that collects excess food from area businesses and distributes it to Westchester County soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters. The Good Table currently makes weekly food donations, primarily leftover soup, from its area cafes.
Click here to learn about County Harvest’s mission, or read more about the ways you too can get involved.
In the October 2012 issue of Greenhouse Management’s supplement, Produce Grower, Executive Chef Keith Taplin spoke about the benefits of using FarmersWeb as a unique and reliable supplier for The Good Table. He discusses how convenient and streamlined the process is for ordering directly from farmers through FarmersWeb.com.
Click to read the full article “Fresh Connection: How FarmersWeb is making it easier for buyers and growers to connect and provide local food.”
Barbara Moore received the University of Vermont’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 2012 Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award on Saturday, May 12. The award is given annually to CALS alumni who have achieved excellence in their fields, demonstrated significant leadership, and contributed to their communities. UVM recognized Barbara’s commitment to the University’s land-grant ethic by supporting small family farms and integrating locally grown, organic foods into her café and catering food service business.
Executive Chef Keith Taplin was quoted in a recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek that highlighted an innovative company, FarmersWeb, an online food wholesaler serving New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. FarmersWeb operates an online marketplace where local farmers sell their produce to regional wholesale buyers — creating a “virtual farmers’ market.” Keith was one of FarmersWeb’s pilot customers when they first launched in the fall of 2011 and has been buying local products from them ever since.
Click to read the full article “Local Farmers Go Online to Sell Direct to Chefs,” and learn more about The Good Table’s commitment to buying fresh, local ingredients from area farmers.
Gail Jokerst, copywriter of The Good Table’s web site, has just published her first cookbook, The Hungry Bear Kitchen: Recipes and Writings. The cookbook includes over 100 of her favorite recipes plus six of her food essays reprinted from The Christian Science Monitor. She also recently wrote and launched her web site, www.gailjokerst.com, where you can learn more about her cookbook and her non-fiction articles, which have appeared in regional and national publications. A feature story about Gail was recently published in the Pulitzer-Prize winning Hungry Horse News. Click to read, “Local author pens new cookbook.”