Vermont’s Cornucopia: Cheese, Maple, Apples, Butter, Fiber and Lamb
Day and Time: Monday, August 29, 8:15 AM - 6:30 PM
Price: $100, Lunch is included
GOOD FOR: Anyone and everyone. This tour has a little of everything; a fiber felt workshop, maple, cider, gelato and cheese tasting, pick your own fruit, and alpacas and lambs to pet!
Vermont Fiber Mill and Studio is located at Maple View Farm Alpacas in Brandon. They offer custom processing of fiber into high quality batts, roving, yarn and felt using modern equipment that allows them to process small batches and individual fleeces. They offer customer rental of the FeltLOOM and Strauch carder and also host fiber related workshops. We’ll tour their farm, meet their alpacas and learn how to use the FeltLOOM, taking a creation home with us!
Rolling Bale Farm is a certified organic farm that sits on 100 acres nestled between a quiet dirt road and the winding Lemon Fair River. Established in 2014, the farm has grown every year since. In addition to the home farm, Ben and Hilary graze and hay 300 acres scattered around their families' farm land, and other land is leased from neighboring farmers and landowners. All animals are raised on pasture and are part of a rotational grazing system to keep both the land and the animals nurtured. We’ll tour the farm, meet broiler chickens and dairy cows, explore a new creamery where Hilary is churning artisan butter, and enjoy a farm-fresh meal prepared by Hilary.
Vermont Trade Winds Farm is a small, family-owned maple syrup and Christmas tree operation that offers plenty of fun activities! Their high quality maple syrup is available at farm-direct prices year round through their website and farmstore, and their self-guided Sugarhouse Tours & Maple Trail give tourists flexibility. In addition to maple sugaring and Christmas tree growing, they have opened the farm up for cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing as a way to diversify and further utilize the farm during the off season. We’ll learn about sugaring, taste different grades of maple syrup and explore their sugarbush.
Champlain Orchards, family owned and ecologically managed, is one of the oldest continuously operating orchards in Vermont. They take pride in growing over 140 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, apricots, medlars, quince, and many berries. Careful stewards of the land, they grow all of their fruit following strict Eco-Apple requirements, while striving to minimize their carbon footprint and sustainably contribute to the community. We’ll taste their wide range of hard cider, and hop into the orchard for an optional, quick pick your own adventure! You won’t want to miss their fresh cider donuts!
Fairy Tale Farm lives up to its name: storybook-pretty, but with thorny thickets, secret caves, and dark woods. For 150 years, people raised sheep here, and the sheep love the ledges and rocky terrain. Fairy Tale Farm makes cheese, gelato and fiber products using traditional methods. We will meet and feed lambs, visit the dairy and the creamery, see their wool dyeing set up, and have a cheese and gelato tasting outdoors.