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To the Editor:

With Thanksgiving almost upon us and 2020 coming to an end (at last!), there is much for which to be grateful.

Northshire Grown Direct, a community-supported agricultural program, is at the top of my list.

In the spring, some amazing local women saw that farmers and other producers were suffering from COVID-related restaurant shut-downs and decided to do something about it. What resulted was a terrific synergy of customers, fresh produce, Southern Vermont food producers and plain old-fashioned caring.

Week after week, Maria Hearst, Heidi Lynn, Maria Reade and Liz Ruffa planned and organized so that customers could purchase the very best of what Vermont has to offer. Seasonal vegetables, local dairy products, artisanal bread, delicious jams, over-the-top pasta and so much more may be purchased online for easy pickup at the Dorset Playhouse.

The variety of area farmers and their produce is truly outstanding. There is one more market planned this year (and hopefully many more in 2021) and I urge you not to miss them. It is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9 and there are rumors that this market will include holiday fare and gift options.

There is always an option to contribute for those facing food scarcity, but it is discretionary and any contribution is appreciated.

For information on ordering, please email See you on the 9th at the Playhouse!

Jill Cook,



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