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A Healthy Start for Seedlings: The Peat Dilemma

By Thomas Christopher For me, this season brings with it an ethical dilemma. This is the time of year when I start sowing seeds indoors. Every late winter through spring I grow 400-odd seedlings under lights in my basement to plant out, once the weather warms, in my vegetable and flower gardens. Indeed, I would… Continue reading A Healthy Start for Seedlings: The Peat Dilemma

Books, Home, People

Ellen Ecker Ogden wants you to grow an heirloom garden

When Ellen Ecker Ogden moved to a 10-acre farm in Landgrove, Vt., in 1980, she didn’t envision herself as a nationally respected author of gardening books and cookbooks. Since then, the Manchester Village resident has authored several garden- and cooking-related titles, with her latest release, “The New Heirloom Garden” a garden design and cookbook all in one.

Arts

Just in time for spring, new art exhibitions fill UpCountry museums

“Neveruses à Table (me and LP), 2018” by J. Stoner Blackwell, plastic, wool, silk, paper, paint, wood. Photo by Art Evans, courtesy of the J. Stoner Blackwell via the Bennington Museum. Have you taken in an art exhibition lately? After a year of limited access to art, museums throughout UpCountry’s coverage area are filling their… Continue reading Just in time for spring, new art exhibitions fill UpCountry museums

Home

Take your home from drab to fab!

7 tips from interior designers to refresh your home this spring By Jennifer Huberdeau After a year of spending more time in our homes than ever before, most of us are ready for a change. And what better time of year than spring to refresh a room or your entire home? To get you started,… Continue reading Take your home from drab to fab!

Outdoors

Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Planning ahead key for those hitting the slopes in Vermont Pat Kinney, a snowmaker at Stratton Mountain Resort, in Stratton, Vt., checks the consistency of the snow from the snow machines on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, as they prepare to open for the 2020-2021 season. Photo by Kris Radder By Chris Mays Hitting the slopes… Continue reading Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Outdoors, Travel

2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

In Southern Vermont Skiers enjoy opening day at Bromley Mountain. Photo by Caroline Bonnivier Snyder Bromley Mountain 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vt.802-824-5522bromley.com Killington Resort 3861 Killington Road, Killington, Vt.800-734-9435killington.com Magic Mountain 495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, Vt.802-824-5645magicmtn.com Mount Snow 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.800-245-SNOWmountsnow.com Okemo Mountain Resort 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow,… Continue reading 2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

From the Editor

From the Editor

A horse walks through the snow at Wirtes Farm, Lanesborough, Mass. Photo by Ben Garver Happy 2021! We made it! 2020 is finally in our collective rearview mirror, and we’re all ready for a better, brighter new year. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before you throw away that mask in celebration, remember, 2020… Continue reading From the Editor

History

Legendary Snowstorms to hit the Berkshires

Memorable blizzards, nor’easters from 1888 to the present in the Berkshires From under a snowdrift twice his height, Howard Derby, 7, of Erwin Street, Pittsfield, digs out mailboxes on Feb. 26, 1946. Snowdrifts of 10 to 15 feet in height formed overnight as winds of up to 60 miles per hour persisted for over 12… Continue reading Legendary Snowstorms to hit the Berkshires

Food

You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room

Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts offers table-side tastings, bottles to-go A sampling of wines sold at Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts Winery and Tasting Room in Sheffield, Mass. Photo provided by Sunset Meadow Winery By Jennifer HuberdeauSHEFFIELD, Mass. Red or white? Dry or sweet? Sparkling or rosë? You can try them all (and take home a few)… Continue reading You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room

Outdoors, People

Q&A with Krista Schmidinger

Berkshire native and two-time Olympian returns to Bousquet roots Editor’s note: Michael Walsh recently connected with two-time Olympian and Berkshire native Krista Schmidinger over email. Bousquet recently announced a partnership with Schmidinger, an Alpine skier who competed in the Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994. As part of the partnership, she will contribute to Bousquet’s… Continue reading Q&A with Krista Schmidinger