Helvi Abatiell, Mendon

RH: Helvi, tell me, what’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently?

HA: The Farmers Market — being able to come here and allowing myself to do it, and seeing all these people. I sell pottery, jewelry, art — original and some prints that are also original.

Emily Baker, Proctor

Crayons! I make crayons. I take recycled crayons, and then I melt them in the stove, and then I put them in molds.

RH: That’s fantastic! I’ve never heard of recycling them before. I know from working with them that you work them down to nubs, which are pretty useless, so you recycle those crayon nubs. Do you come up with new colors?

EB: Different colors. Check them out. (Emily shows transparent plastic bag with crayons in unusual shapes: robot, dinosaur, spaceman.) These are recycled colors from different boxes that I’ve had. People donate some. They’re great for Christmas or birthday parties. I’ve been doing the crayons for just a month now. I also do jewelry. I do silver rings. I do different art. It’s just so much fun. Colors are fun.

Rachel Konstant, Orwell

Probably finishing the main draft on my book recently. I’ve been doing a writing course, and I’ve been learning how to write. And I finished the main part of what I’ve been writing recently, and I was really excited. It’s fiction. The story is a science fiction story about a school that has dinosaurs in the basement.

RH: Rachel, tell me about your tie-dyes. Is tie-dye still popular?

RK: My onesies are the most popular thing that I sell.

RH: For the children.

RK: I really enjoy it, making the different combinations of colors. When you dye a shirt, you kind of don’t know exactly how it’s going to turn out, so when you unfold it, the color combinations can be really crazy, especially when they blend into each other.

RH: Did you ever think about making onesies for grownups?

RK: Well, no. Someone asked me that before, and I’ve never considered doing that.

RH: I think it’s a great idea. Imagine Farmers Market with everybody walking around in tie-dyed onesies.

RK: I can’t imagine that.

RH: It’s a thought. You can have that idea for free.

RK: Thank you.

John Ray III, Center Rutland

I still have my health.

RH: That’s good.

JRIII: It’s a good thing. My business is doing well.

RH: That’s good, too.

JRIII: My kids are doing well in school. You know, I’m just happy in general.

RH: So you’re a happy guy.

JRIII: Yes, I am.

RH: Life is good.

JRIII: Life is good.

RH: Life is always good.

JRIII: Life is always good. And snow is coming soon. That’s good, too. More money.

Wendy Cijka, Hubbardton

RH: Look at you! You look like an eskimo! You’re all bundled up here!

WC: It’s cold!

RH: You’re still cold, even though you’re protected? Wendy, what’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently?

WC: I don’t know! I can’t think of anything!

RH: C’mon! Something!

WC: The goats. We have goats out there, and we make cheese and yogurt, and I love selling it to the public, especially people who have dairy issues. They can’t have other dairy, but they can have my dairy.

RH: Is that because of the fat content? Because goat milk is supposed to be healthier for you than cow milk.

WC: Goat milk is healthy. It has smaller fat globules, so it’s easier to digest.

RH: And goats are such sweet animals.

WC: Yeah, they are. They’re fun.

RH: I used to keep goats, and I love them, man, they’re beautiful!

Did I just call you “man”? Did I just say “man”?

WC: (laughing) You did!

RH: That’s so retro! What’s wrong with me?

(Wendy glances meaningfully. One glance says it all.)

Brian Bousquet, Westminster

I found out I have relatives dating back to the 15th century, from Canada. Eleven generations ago, my great-grandparents were some of the first founders of Canada. They came over with Samuel de Champlain in 1608. He founded New France and Quebec City, and he was the first European to describe the Great Lakes.

RH: Yes, and when he saw the one in our state, he said, “This one is so great, I’ll name it after myself so everybody can remember my name.” He was that guy.

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