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Learn something new: Open Farm Week 2018

Cheesemaking, herbal medicine, maple syrup, cranberries, cider, the list goes on and on.  During Open Farm Week 2018, you'll have the opportunity to learn how our farmers and food producers grow food and make products from our working landscape.  Go behind the scenes, join a workshop or take a class. Learning something new and seeing something for the first time is exciting and makes Vermont Open Farm week a can't miss event.


 

Monday, August 13th, 2018

 

Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne

Mozzarella Making 101

6:00 pm |Join Bread & Butter Farm for the second round of Mozzarella Making during Vermont Open Farm Week! This class is anything but cheesy. No, really, this class is the "whey" to go! All jokes aside, if you're looking to up your cheese game--look no further! During the class, participants will be guided through a recipe for making traditional mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella is a "quick" cheese, meaning participants will get to enjoy tasty samples at the end of the evening! Zero previous experience or knowledge required. This class will take place at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne and will be led by Phoebe Tucker, an educator, artist, and enjoyer of all thing dairy. If you are interested in driving others to this workshop or are looking for a ride, please call or e-mail Elena Palermo at (802) 861-9757 orepalermo@citymarket.coop.

Must register in advance through City Market.

North Meadow Farm, Manchester Center

Cheese and Farm Tour

10:00 am - 5:00 pm |Stop in between 10 am and 5 pm to tour the farm and cheese make room and see where cheese making starts and ends. $10 minimum suggested donation. 

Smokey House Center, Danby

Herbal Farm Medicine

5:30 pm- 7:30 pm | Join Bruce Ketcham along with the Smokey House Center Farm staff in an herbal farm medicine workshop. The basics of foraged plant medicine will be covered with an opportunity to make a salve for farm cracked hands, topical itch spray and/or poultice and rejuvenating tea blend. The emphasis in this workshop is to use the wild plants around the cultivated community farm to make remedies that help with outdoor activities. Cost to attend is Sliding Scale, $5- $15. No Pre-Registration Required.

Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., South Woodstock

Samples and Cheese Making Demo

10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Visit the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. farm and enjoy cheese samples while watching the cheesemakers. Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. has been making cheese since 2011. The farm has a mixed herd of registered Holsteins, Jerseys, Ayrshires, and Brown Swiss.   


 

Tuesday, August 14th

 

Jed's Maple Products, Derby

Sugarwalk Tour

10:00 am | Take an easy walk through the woods and learn about the organic principles used by Jed's Maple Products and learn about their connection to the Audubon Vermont Bird-Friendly Maple Project.

Vermont Cranberry Company, East Fairfield

Cranberry Bog tours and Bobbers Seafood truck

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | This is Vermont Cranberry Company's first time participating in Open Farm Week.  Go behind the scenes with a tour of their working Vermont cranberry bog and processing center, and buy delicious seafood from Bobbers Fresh Seafood Truck!


 

Wednesday, August 15th

 

Free Verse Farm and Apothecary, Chelsea

Herb Farm Tour & Tea Tasting

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Enjoy a sensory tour of the perennial herb beds as well as of the herb drying and processing area. You'll learn about Free Verse Farm and Apothecary's farming practices (including their ethos, planting methods, and tools) and get introduced to the wide variety of herbs that are grown for their ever-growing line of products.

Last Resort Farm, Monkton

Garlic Braiding Workshop

10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Learn to create your own beautiful garlic braid for yourself or to give as a gift. More information at www.LastResortFarm.com.

Cobb Hill Cohousing and Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland

Open House at Cobb Hill Cohousing and Cedar Mountain Farm

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Stop on by to say hi, have a tour of an eco-village, see how we grow shiitake mushrooms, pet an Icelandic lamb or Jersey calf, see the Fjord draft horses, check for eggs in the chicken coop, and taste cheese and maple syrup.  Taco's Tacos from nearby New Hampshire will be on-site with a food truck and delicious tacos for purchase featuring Cedar Mountain Farm beef and veggies. 

Rebop Farm, Brattleboro

Cheesemaking in the Farm Kitchen

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Learn how to make butter, ricotta and mozzarella. Stop in for a hands-on cheesemaking class using Rebop's own raw cow milk. Designed to be useful for adventurous home cooks and folks that want to play with milk science!

Smokey House Center, Danby

Blueberry Jam & Potluck

2:00 pm- 7:30 pm | Join the crew at Smokey House Center in their u-pick blueberry field, where you'll pick berries from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm and then take them to the conference barn kitchen. Guided by Luna Collins,  you'll learn how to make your very own blueberry jam! An informal mid-summer potluck accompanied by local music will commence post jam-workshop. Visit for a part of the afternoon/evening or stay for it all. Potluck and music from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. You must pay for your blueberries by weight at the farmstead. Sliding scale donation is suggested for the blueberry jam making $5-$15. 

Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., South Woodstock

Samples and Cheese Making Demo

10:00 am - 1:00 pm | | Visit the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. farm and enjoy cheese samples while watching the cheesemakers. Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. has been making cheese since 2011. The farm has a mixed herd of registered Holsteins, Jerseys, Ayrshires, and Brown Swiss.


 

Thursday, August 16th

 

East Hill Tree Farm, Plainfield

Lessons from the Masters

10:30 am - 12:00 pm | See how they have worked to incorporate concepts from 'The Lean Farm', 'The Market Gardener', 'The Holistic Orchard' and others into their organic nursery business and homestead. The workshop will include tour and discussion of various elements on the farm, go prepared to be outside. 

Four Springs Farm, Royalton

Mint Tour of the Farm

4:00 pm ‐ 5:00 pm | Four Springs Farm is a beautiful property with views,  streams, fields, bridges and paths.  Join Jinny for a tour that takes you to the widespread mint patches.  Compare the various mints and see what’s happening on this diverse farm.

Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., South Woodstock

Samples and Cheese Making Demo

10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Visit the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. farm and enjoy cheese samples while watching the cheesemakers. Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. has been making cheese since 2011. The farm has a mixed herd of registered Holsteins, Jerseys, Ayrshires, and Brown Swiss.

 


 

Friday, August 17th

 

Blue Ledge Farm & Fairy Tale Farm, Salisbury & Bridport

Tour Blue Ledge Farm with City Market

10:00 am - 3:30 pm| Join the folks at City Market for another summer farm tour during Vermont Open Farm Week! You will visit Blue Ledge Farm in Salisbury where you'll meet their goats and do some cheese tasting. Then, you'll head over to Fairy Tale Farm where you get to see their sheep, try some more cheese, and enjoy some delicious gelato from the farm! Light snacks will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch (There will be a cooler). Participants should meet at the downtown City Market at 9:45 am, where you'll take a van and travel as a group to each farm. This tour is a great opportunity to experience some great local products, enjoy the Vermont scenery, and appreciate our hard-working farmers. Participants should arrive early, the group will be leaving City Market promptly at 10:00 am.

Champlain Orchards, Shoreham

Hard Cidery Tour & Class

4:00 pm | Come take a Hard Cidery Tour & Blending Class, Led by head Cidermaker Jeren Stoneman! This is a hands on class, and a tulip glass is included. $20 a person. Visit www.ChamplainOrchards.com for more information.

Silloway Maple, Randolph Center

Pancake Supper at the Sugarhouse and Tour

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Enjoy pancakes with our own maple syrup, sausage, and watermelon as well as tours of the sugarhouse and/or a self guided hike to the sugarwoods to see the sap lines.  There will also be hayrides! Dinner is $8.00 adult, $4.00 child. No registration required. 

Smokey House Center, Danby

Community Work Day & Community Farm Tour

9:00 am- 1:00 pm | Join the folks at the Smoky House Center for their weekly Community Work Day where all volunteers are welcome to pitch in on their Community Farm Project where all the food is grown for the community. From 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm there will be a walking tour guided by the farmer of the Community Farm Project at Smokey House Center. Bring work gloves if you would like them, instruction and tools will be provided!

Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., South Woodstock

Samples and Cheese Making Demo

10:00 am - 1:00 pm | | Visit the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. farm and enjoy cheese samples while watching the cheesemakers. Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. has been making cheese since 2011. The farm has a mixed herd of registered Holsteins, Jerseys, Ayrshires, and Brown Swiss.


 

Saturday, August 18th

 

Butterworks Farm, Westfield

Farm Tours and Smoothie Stand

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Visit Butterworks, meet our cows, taste our products, walk in the pasture, and order a custom superfood smoothie! Butterworks Farm T-Shirts also available for sale.

Jed's Maple Products, Derby

Tour and Tasting

10:00 am & 2:00 pm |  Did you know that Jed's Maple Products is a participating producer in Audubon Vermont's Bird-Friendly maple project? Learn about that and more when you stop in for a tour and/or tasting. Tour the sugar-woods with Sugarmaker Steve at 10 am and then at 2 pm there will be a tasting of the specialty foods made on the farm.

Pete’s Greens, Craftsbury

Pete's Greens Open Farm and Tours

11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Enjoy a light lunch and tour of Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury! No pre-registration required.

Snowshoe Farm Alpacas, Peacham

Alpaca Yarn & Fiber Fest

11:00 am - 4:00 pm | Learn more about the beautiful fiber we harvest from our alpacas. We'll provide samples of yarn, roving and felting fiber.

Brookfield Bees, Brookfield

Honey Tasting and Open House

11:00 am - 3:00 pm |Taste our honey and compare to our collection of honey from around the world. In addition, see our observation hive and learn about bees and beekeeping.

Champlain Orchards, Shoreham

Orchard Tour 

10:00 am | Enjoy a Walking Orchard Tour led by owner/orchardist, Bill Suhr. Wear sturdy shoes. Free.

Hard Cidery Tour & Class

2:00 pm | Come take a Hard Cidery Tour & Blending Class, Led by head Cidermaker Jeren Stoneman! This is a hands on class, and a tulip glass included. $20 a person. Visit www.ChamplainOrchards.com for more information.

Howling Wolf Farm, Randolph

Farm Tour and Family Picnic Day

1:00 am - 3:00 pm | Come for a family picnic and take in our picturesque views, visit the sheep and enjoy a self-guided walk around the farm. Visit www.Howlingwolffarm.com for more information.

The Scott Farm, Dummerston

Orchard Stroll

10:00 am | Join Zeke Goodband for a stroll in our orchard and learn a bit about the history of our heirloom fruits. We’ll discuss orchard ecology, learn about grafting and how it was used to create this orchard, and then do a little scouting for pests and discuss how we manage them. The farm stand will be open and orchard-related items will be available for purchase.


 

Sunday, August 19th

 

East Tree Hill Farm, Plainfield

Edible Forest Garden Tour

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Come tour our 5 acre forest gardens and homestead. Plums, hardy kiwi, chestnuts and lots more in an ecologically rich and diverse context. Tasting is encouraged. The workshop will include tour and discussion of various elements on the farm, come prepared to be outside.

Brookfield Bees, Brookfield

Honey Tasting and Open House

11:00 am - 3:00 pm |Taste our honey and compare to our collection of honey from around the world. In addition, see our observation hive and learn about bees and beekeeping.

Crossmolina Farm, Corinth

Poetry on the Farm

4:00 pm| Farm-themed poetry reading - right on the farm! Join in for a late afternoon stroll around the farm - we will stop and read farm inspired poetry along the way. Bring your own poem, pick one of your favorites or just come to listen. Light refreshments provided.

The Scott Farm, Dummerston

Orchard Stroll

10:00 am | Join Zeke Goodband for a stroll in through the Scott Farm orchard and learn a bit about the history of their heirloom fruits.  Zeke will discuss orchard ecology, and you'll learn about grafting and how grafting was used to create the orchard. Then you'll scout for pests and discuss how they are managed. The farm stand will be open and orchard-related items will be available for purchase.

The Scott Farm consists of 571 acres located in Dummerston. This year we will harvest 125 varieties of ecologically grown heirloom apples, as well as a dozen other types of fruit. The farm has 23 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a recorded history dating back to George Washington’s first term as president. Since 1995, the farm has been owned by The Landmark Trust USA, a non-profit organization committed to historic preservation.

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