A growing appetite


Emir Heco shows off rootMonger, a new app designed to connect consumers with local food growers.

Emir Heco believes he might have a solution for local food lovers saddened by news of the Five Corners Farmers’ Market’s postponement. “This is kind of like a farmers’ market online,” Heco said last Friday as he pointed to his phone, which showed a tiny, one-eyed carrot sitting under the name, “rootMonger.” Food offerings popped…

Robots battle at EHS


Isaak Olson, Nicholas Benevento, Carl Fung and Emily Moehn pose with their robot during annual Robot Rockfest, which Essex High School hosted last month. (Photo by Sabrina Ligouri)

Robotics teams from across New England crowded the Essex High School gymnasium last month to participate in the annual Robot Rockfest. On February 11, 300 students from 32 different high schools made up the teams, half of which were from Vermont. Friends and family supported the engineering skills of competing students by cheering during quarrels…

Made in Essex: Firebird Cafe owner to open coffee shop


Jake  Tran takes an order from a customer last Tuesday afternoon. Tran opened the cafe in July 2009 and prides himself on building relationships with customers. (Photo by Courtney Lamdin)

Editor’s note: Made in Essex is a new feature in The Reporter highlighting local businesses in town. Each week, you’ll see a new piece by our freelancer, Cindy Chittenden, an eighth generation Vermonter who grew up in her family business, Chittenden’s Cider Mill in South Burlington. She worked in sales for 25 years but recently…