All posts by Sonja Hakala

I have been a professional writer since 1987. I've written for newspapers, magazines, worked in the book publishing industry, and published novels and non-fiction books. In addition, I've guided numerous authors through the process of independent publishing, and offer workshops in that same vein. I'm the founder of the Parkinson's Comfort Project and over the course of six years, we gathered and gave away over 500 handmade quilts to people with Parkinson's disease.

Why Does the Chicken Live Down the Road?

Fresh is best.

There are a great number of reasons to love living in Vermont. One in my top ten is the availability of fresh, locally grown or raised food.

Like these eggs.

The chickens who laid these live just three houses down the street. They are kindly treated, well-fed, and the eggs they produce are wonderful.

When you break open one of these ovoid wonders, the yolk is a deep, rich yellow. And the flavor, if you scramble, poach or fry them, is so much better than anything you could ever get in a store—no matter what the label says.