This week is Open Farm Week in Vermont, and that means you can visit and explore a world which many of us never see, but which we depend upon morning, noon, and night (not to mention snack times).
Activities at participating farms may include tours milking cows and goats, harvesting vegetables, collecting eggs, tasting farm fresh food, scavenger hunts, hayrides, dinners, workshops, live music, and more.
In the Northeast Kingdom region, Kingdom Farm & Food Days happens Friday-Sunday, August 19-21. Here is just a sampling of what you can see and do and taste when Vermont farmers celebrate their works:
◊ Farm to Fork Sunset Dinner and Movie on August 16 at Sandiwood Farm in Wolcott
Draft Animal Power Demonstrations and Traditional Crafts on August 18 at Atkins Field in Hardwick. Draft animal demos, blacksmithing, basket making, weaving, Eden Ice Cider samples.
◊ Barr Hill Tasting Room at Caledonia Spirits Distillery, August 18-20 in Hardwick. Caledonia Spirits is a working distillery that manufactures honey-inspired Bar Hill Gin, Tom Cat Gin and Barr Hill Vodka. A gift shop showcases a selection of cocktail accessories and ingredients.
◊ Butterworks Farm Tours and Smoothies on August 19 in Westfield
◊ Pete's Greens Open Farm Day on August 19 in Craftsbury. Wagon rides, farm tours, tastings of Eden Ice Cider and Caledonia Spirits, snacks made by New England Culinary Institute, lawn games.
◊ Agape Hill Llama Farm Open House and Tours on August 19 in Hardwick. Llama farm and fiber shop are open. Come see llamas and other animals. Trail walks by appointment.
◊ Sterling College hosts live Granite Junction concert on August 19 in Craftsbury Common with high-energy traditional danceable harmonies by fiddle, banjo, mandolin.