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Side Dishes: Beloved meat market for sale; avocado surplus in Middlebury

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All good things must come to an end. Or must they? Victor Thibault, owner of Frenchy’s Meat Market in Milton, has decided to put down the cleaver. At “a young 71,” Thibault says he’s ready to semiretire. He hopes to sell the business that he opened in 1995 to a younger meat cutter eager to have a place to call his or her own. But if the new owner will have him, Thibault would like to moonlight at the market. “It’s a good job and good business, too,” he says.

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Middlebury College has had a windfall. Thanks to a parental donation, the school received 10,000 pounds of Ettinger avocados earlier this month. The donor wishes to remain anonymous, perhaps to avoid the ire of students who can no longer stand the sight of the thick-skinned fruit at the various campus dining outlets.

Avocados are now available to grab and go at Middlebury, along with oranges, apples and bananas, but the surplus has forced the dining-services chefs to a new level of creativity. For now, avocado fries, salad dressings and cheesecakes are the order of the day. Part of the fruit glut has been donated to local high school culinary programs.

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