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Home Grown: Golden Russet Farm
By Julie Maheu
   If you live in Middlebury and try to eat locally and organically, Golden Russet Farm is probably a name you are familiar with.
   If you don't recognize it from the booth at the increasingly popular Middlebury Farmer's Market or have never visited the farm's vegetable stand in Shoreham, you've probably picked up some of Golden Russet's goods at the Middlebury Food Co-op.
   And the reason for this familiarity could be that 90 percent of the vegetable and flower farm's products are sold within a 15-mile radius of its 1329 Lapham Bay Road location in Shoreham.
   Will and Judy Stevens, owners of Golden Russet Farm, began their gardening venture in 1981.
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Patricia A. Hannaford Center North Campus Opens

   The Patricia A. Hannaford Center North Campus officially opened on Friday September 8th with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Governor James Douglas.
   This new state of the art facility houses the Diesel Power Technology and Automotive Technology programs. Currently, 63 students attend classes at the North Campus. In 2001, taxpayers in Addison County voted a bond to build and equip this wonderful facility.
   Cutting the ribbon to welcome the public into the new facility were Gov. James Douglas, April Jin, Hannaford Career Center Board Chair, Lynn Coale, Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center Director, and students Lindsay Delisle and David Verburg.
   The staff at Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center North Campus would welcome the opportunity to show residents the results of their generosity. Please call 382-1012 to schedule a tour. 
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Apple Crop Early This Year
By Dale Piper
    This year's apple crop is certainly different from last year's, which was light because of the hot and dry weather.  Last year's apples, while of good quality and exceptional size, were very slow to mature, resulting in very late color.  This year the apples are just as good, but the large amount of rain and cooler temperatures caused them to mature much earlier.  In fact, several orchards are experiencing a large amount of drops because of the apples' size and maturity.
    According to Bob Douglas, of Douglas Orchard in Shoreham, the apples “looked good to start with, but they have dropped terribly.”  Pickers must work much faster to harvest the apples that are still on the trees, as drops lose their market value immediately.  Bill Suhr of Champlain Orchards, also in Shoreham, concurs by saying, “the size is good, the color is much better, but many are dropping before they can be picked.”  But, all told, Suhr considers it a successful harvest nevertheless.
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