So much going on at Brattleboro’s Winter Farmers’ Market

Editor of the Reformer:

While March may be the final month for the eighth season of the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market, don’t let that fool you into thinking not much is happening each week at the market. The increasing daylight hours means that our farmers’ high tunnel greenhouses are producing early fresh greens. And as the snows melt and ground thaws, wintered-over carrots and parsnips with the sweetest taste you can imagine may appear, and maybe even some leeks. And of course one can always find local eggs, meats, cheese, syrups, jams, pickles, cider and more. Each week our bakers bring you the freshest breads and focaccia, along with cookies and amazing pastries; even some locally grown and ground flours and mixes too. Then there are the market inspired handmade truffles ranging from Currant Beet to Caramel Apple, as well as pottery, jewelry, handmade soaps and other unique handcrafted items. And did we mention the great selection of tasty lunch offerings, and live local music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all in a warm and welcoming spot to visit with friends and neighbors as we come out of our winter hibernation.

Plus, each week during this "slower" season we share our space with one or two local community groups or nonprofits, giving them a chance to connect with the community and spread the word about their work. After all, it’s really about community.

And in keeping with our tradition, we will again end the season with our 7th Annual CSA Fair. A number of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farms will be joining our regular market line-up to offer information about their farming operations and their CSA share options. Take this opportunity to do your CSA research and pick your farmer for 2014. You will find farms with weekly CSA shares for vegetables, fruit, medicinal herbs, meat and more. Some offer deliveries to central pick-up locations while most invite you to visit their farms weekly and get to know their operation. Some farms even invite you into the field to lend a hand in picking the weeks harvest. So consider joining a CSA near you. It’s a great way to support good health, local agriculture and the local economy.

The Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Post Oil Solutions and is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 153 Main St., Brattleboro, every Saturday through March 29. EBT & Debit cards are welcomed, and Market Match Coupons are still available thanks to matching support from our generous community. For more information, contact us at farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org or call 802-869-2141.

Sherry Maher,

Market Manager,

Feb. 19

Information sought
from Dover seniors

Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to introduce myself as Dover’s Senior Solutions representative, formally known as Council on Aging. Senior Solutions provides community-based services and opportunities for residents 60 years and older, and also works with families of seniors and offers support and programs for family caregivers.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, Wilmington’s Senior Solutions representative and town nurse, and I held an informal meeting at Butterfield Common in Dover, on Feb. 10, to introduce ourselves, and to inquire if the seniors of Dover have any concerns as residents of our towns. There were several issues raised by those who attended, and we would like to know if others in the community have the same concerns. In an effort to reach as many folks as we can, we have devised a short survey, which we hope will help identify areas that we can work on, to improve the lives of our senior residents. These surveys will be available at the town meetings, in the town offices and at the Pette Memorial Library and Dover Free Library.

Please feel free to contact me at 802-380-5802, or kayamaxvt@hotmail.com, or Jennifer at 802-464-8591 or jafnurse@yahoo, to discuss the above information, or any other concerns you may have.

We look forward to working with you,

Jill Robart and Jennifer Fitzgerald,

Senior Solutions, Feb. 14

Proposed change
to gun law is unnecessary

Editor of the Reformer:

Well-meaning but misguided members of the Legislature want to "fix" a law that isn’t broken by increasing the places where guns are prohibited relative to schools. They choose to ignore the fact that every school shooting has taken place in a "gun free" zone where those who might have wanted to intervene could not, because they were banned access to their weapons. They also ignore the fact that several of those incidents were ended when someone went "off campus" and retrieved a gun which was used to end the event.

Making a criminal of someone who legitimately forgot they had weapons in their vehicle, as in the much touted St. Albans case, is silly. The law, as proposed, bans guns on any school property. What about forest land owned by a school that is currently used for hunting? And, as others have pointed out, what about those folks who choose to carry guns daily? What is the impact on them if they drive their kids to school or pick them up?

I’d like to hear a convincing argument that this change in the law is necessary due to an increase in incidents where people were harmed by guns on school property, yet no such argument can be made because no such incidents have occurred. The reality is there is no problem, thus there is no need to change the law.

Frank Silfies,

Windsor, Feb. 5

On health care

Editor of the Reformer:

The following is a letter sent to state senators Jeannette White and Peter Galbraith:

I urge vermont to go after an immediate waiver from Obamacare instead of waiting until 2017. A strong argument can be made, at this point in the Obamacare fiasco that continues to play out, that Vermont should make an effort now to get out of the exchange and move straight to single payer. Why throw good money after bad and prolong Vermont’s losses of life and money if it can possibly be avoided?

As I understand it, Vermont agreed to wait until 2017 to withdraw from the exchange in exchange for getting federal funding to pay for more and better health insurance coverage for lower income people and to pay for the setting up of the exchange. As the obamacare exchange proves unworkable -- that is, Vermont has had to postpone aspects of the implementation and may have to postpone others for as long as a year -- Vermont should be able to withdraw from it, without penalty, and devote its precious resources of time and money to implementing single payer a.s.a.p. Lives would be saved.

If you can point me to any reason(s) why this move cannot be undertaken now, or should not be, I’d appreciate it.

Martha Ramsey,

Brattleboro, Dec. 13