Tips for canning fresh tomatoes

By JOYCE AMSDENExtension Master Gardener InternUniversity of VermontThere is no fruit as versatile as a tomato fresh from the vine. Canning the surplus further expands its versatility to hearty winter dishes, sauces, soups and juice.You will need canning jars (inspect for cracks and roughness on the rim), screw bands, sealing lids, a canning funnel, a jar lifter or canning tongs, water bath canner with rack and a food mill or cone strainer (for puree).Wash jars, lids and rings in soapy water. Rinse well. Co … (read more)

Faith Gong: Early summer snapshots

The weather never seems to be normal lately: too wet or too dry, too cold or too hot, record this, record that. It could be that there never really was a “normal” — that weather is just prone to dramatic fluctuations from year to year. Or it could be that … (read more)

LCMM summer programs were a success

FERRISBURGH —Although COVID-19 put a lot of activities on hold this summer, for 124 students from seven states and two Canadian provinces, the pandemic created an opportunity to get to know the watery world of Lake Champlain — virtually. With financial su … (read more)

Judith’s garden: Farewell to the summer

GOSHEN — It’s hard to believe that we are entering the final chapter of the garden for this year. But there is still activity to watch and plenty of flowers to enjoy. Every summer, for a scant three months, a profusion of tiny hummingbirds birds whirr aro … (read more)

Kids take COVID precautions and have fun

ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County youth are seeing a different look at their camps and sports this summer. There are no field trips for day camps, no fighting for draws in lacrosse, only small games in soccer, and no spitting on the baseball diamond.  But t … (read more)

Summer celebrations can often distress pets

Fireworks, barbecues and heat can be a dangerous trio for pets. As the state begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions, friends and family will begin to gather again and with the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, barbecues and fireworks may be on the agenda. … (read more)

Pandemic claims several signature summer events

ADDISON COUNTY & BRANDON — In Vergennes, the city council on Tuesday made it official there will be no Vergennes Day for the first time since the event was founded decades ago. Organizers of July’s multi-day Basin Bluegrass Festival in Brandon have cancel … (read more)

Protect your canine friends this summer

Springtime is finally here, and with it comes many diseases and parasites that are easily preventable. Ticks, wildlife, gardening chemicals and heartworm are just a few of the things to be aware of this time of year when thinking about your dog’s health.  … (read more)

Middlebury-area kids can get free food, fun this summer

MIDDLEBURY — The coronavirus has succeeded in canceling and delaying many special events and celebrations, but it doesn’t look like the pandemic will affect Middlebury-area kids’ ability to get free food and have access to limited recreation programs this … (read more)

Vergennes farmers market, youth club canceled for summer

VERGENNES — Two fixtures on the Vergennes-area scene will not be open for this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At Wednesday morning’s weekly COVID-19 cooperative gathering of Vergennes-area municipal and nonprofit leaders, officials said both the Ve … (read more)

College to shift its summer programs online

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury and Ripton will not see the usual influx of more than a thousand students this summer after Middlebury College decided it would offer its summer academic programs only online because of the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “ … (read more)