We’re celebrating the fourth of July with food and music. Most
Americans’ food travels 1500 miles or more before arriving on the dinner
table. In the course of that journey the connection between taste and
place can be lost. In her book, The Taste of Place, UVM Nutrition and
Food Sciences Professor Amy Trubek explores why the uniqueness of local
taste matters. She also explores the idea of terroir – a French term
loosely translated as "sense of place" and used originally to describe
geographic characteristics of wine, coffee, and tea. Trubek argues that
the term can now be applied to our food.
And we’re treated to a studio performance by the Vermont bluegrass band
Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys. They’ve been fixtures in Vermont’s
music scene for more than three decades, but it’s been eight years since
they released an album. Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys got together
recently to talk with Jane Lindholm and share a few songs from their new
CD, Fire in the Sugarhouse.