Farm, Food & Fiber Tour
New for 2014:
We’ll have information posted here very soon about a tour of five unique farms, taking place on Sunday, June 8.
Meanwhile, most of the following information about farms you can visit throughout the season is still valid (and will be updated by mid-May, as well).
Farmers, food and fiber producers/crafters in Windham County: If you wish to be included in this directory, please submit information in the format of the listings below to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. BOYD FAMILY FARM
125 East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT 05363
(802) 464-5618 — email@example.com —
We are a 5th Generation Hillside Farm located in the Deerfield Valley with wonderful view filled mowings perfect for family photos! If you are a gardener visit out New England Nursery & Greenhouses we offer a wide selection of unique plant material! On June 4th and 5th , 2013 we will have staff on hand all day to introduce you to “Veggie Tales and Unusual Starts” many new annual flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are perfect for home gardening! Regardless of whether you are limited by space or experience we are confident that we have a garden idea for you! Treat your family to a salad they helped to cultivate or a Bar-B-Q herb container to spice up those summer meals! We hope you will visit…take home a “Green Souvenir”…to remember your time in Vermont! Directions: Take Route 9 west to Wilmington VT. At the junction of Routes 9 and 100 take a right. Travel 4 miles north on Route 100. Turn right onto East Dover Road; go 6/10′s of a mile and the farm is on the right!
2. DEER RIDGE FARM AND FARM CAMP
4057 Hinesburg Road, Guilford, VT 05301
Jerry Smith and Lisa Holderness — (802) 254-3540 — firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Smith has grown berries, sugared and raised hens organically since he was a boy. Lisa Holderness joined him on the farm in 2000. They have a sugarhouse, farmstand, and new wood-heated greenhouse for plant sales. They specialize in perfectly picked strawberries, specialty cut flowers for the stand and arranging for weddings and events, year-round spinach and “other hard-to-pick” crops. They also have organically fed pastured hens and honeybees and host a Farm Camp and workshops on season extension and energy efficiency. They are well known for their Farmers’ Market display every Saturday from May 4-October 26 and their use of renewable energy on the farm. Directions: From Brattleboro, head west on Route 9/Western Avenue. In the center of West Brattleboro turn left onto Greenleaf Street at the 7-Eleven. Follow signs for 4.8 miles to our driveway on the left.
On Sunday, June 9, go behind the scenes at this Hinesburg Road farm where they grow organic berries, cut flowers, veggies and host school field trips and a unique youth empowerment camp. Jerry Smith and his wife Lisa will share how they grow flowers and delicious strawberries and vegetables in their fields and solar hoophouses, and their new seedling greenhouse. They will share decades of knowledge on organic growing, favorite varieties, and solar/sustainable technology. Guests are also invited to explore the paths around the gardens, strawberry fields and orchard on their own and bring a lawn chair or picnic lunch just to enjoy the view from the hill. Louisa Engle, Farm Camp Leader, will be at the farm fiddling and visiting with past, present and future Farm Campers. Activities include a plant ID challenge, making maple-vanilla ice cream, seeding and transplanting popcorn and melons for the Farm Camp garden, and a scavenger hunt with maple candy prizes for those who complete it. Bring a picnic lunch and relax with your family near the swings, sandbox and kiddie pool with your family. Birders will enjoy the many hummingbirds, warblers, pheobes and orioles that make Deer Ridge Farm home. To make sure people come visit, Deer Ridge Farm is offering door prizes including gift certificates for maple, berries and flowers and two $200 Farm Camp Vouchers. All activities are FREE. Need-based scholarships are still available to campers 8-14 with an interest in science and sustainable building (August 5-10), wetlands and wildlife (July 29-August 2) and farm animals, skills and cooking (June 25-28; August 12-16 and August 19-23). For more information, visit Sunday or contact Lisa Holderness, (802) 254-3540. More information available on their website, www.deerridgefarmvt.net.
Directions: From Brattleboro, head west on Route 9/Western Avenue. In the center of West Brattleboro turn left onto Greenleaf Street at the 7-Eleven. Follow signs for 4.8 miles to our driveway on the left.
3. ELYSIAN HILLS TREE FARM
209 Knapp Road, Dummerston, VT 05301
Bill and Mary Lou Schmidt — (802) 257-0233 —
email@example.com — www.elysianhillsfarm.com
We are the largest Christmas tree farm in Windham County. We are working with a young couple to learn the Christmas tree business. They are also renovating our one acre of organic rhubarb for sale to wineries. Josh & Lexie are again offering young, organic turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can order & tag yours when you tag your Christmas tree in October.
Summer Hours: By Appointment. Fall Foliage Christmas tree tagging, with wagon rides, labyrinth. shearing demonstrations, refreshments — two weekends only: Oct. 12-13 and 19-20; noon to 4 p.m. Holiday season retail sales: Nov. 30-Dec. 24 — Mon. – Fri.12 noon to 4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Directions: From Brattleboro, take Putney Road (Route 5) north to round-about at Exit 3. Go half-way around and exit onto Route 5 north. Go 1.5 mile to left fork—Middle Road. Go 1 mile t Tucker Reed Road. Turn right. Go to top of hill. Elysian Hills is on the left.
4. THE FRANKLIN FARM
4708 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301
Maryellen Franklin — (802) 254-2228 —
The Franklin Farm is a certified organic family farm located in the southern Vermont town of Guilford. Franklins have farmed in Guilford for eight generations. Farming is a way of life our family loves and is very proud of. Our goals are to enjoy what we do, to produce food of the highest quality, and to leave this farm better than when we first started here. We work together as a family to keep our 50 milk cows and their offspring healthy and happy, to increase the fertility of our soils, and to make the highest quality, best tasting Vermont maple syrup. The Farm Store is open year-round, seven days a week; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Directions: From Brattleboro, follow Route 5 south; Turn right onto Guilford Center Road (just after Guilford Country Store); Turn left onto Weatherhead Hollow Road (about 1.75 miles from Route 5); Turn right onto Franklin Farm (about 5 miles from Guilford Center Road).
5. GRAFTON VILLAGE CHEESE COMPANY
Brattleboro Retail and Production: 400 Linden Street / Route 30, Brattleboro, VT 05301 — Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Directions: From downtown Brattleboro, north on Route 5, then West on Route 30; Grafton Cheese is on left just past the Brattleboro Retreat
Grafton Retail (cheesemaking hours vary Monday – Friday): 56 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT 05146; Grafton Production: 533 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT — Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Directions: From Brattleboro, north on Route 30, take a Right onto Route 35, Bear Left onto Townshend Road, Grafton Cheese Plant on Right, 30 minutes from Brattleboro (Retail Store just past plant on Left)
Phone: 800-472-3866 — www.graftonvillagecheese.com
Grafton Village Cheese was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Today, Grafton Cheese handcrafts artisanal, aged cheddar and specialty cheeses that are recognized for its quality and taste on a worldwide scale. Cheese is produced in Grafton and in Brattleboro, Vt. using milk from Vermont family farms. Retail stores in both locations sell cheeses from Vermont and other specialty products including maple syrup, fine wines and gifts. Watch cheese being made in Brattleboro’s store, or visit the plant in Grafton to watch cheesemaking. Grafton Cheese is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting Vermont’s rural communities. On the web at GraftonVillageCheese.com.
6. GREEN MOUNTAIN ORCHARDS
130 West Hill Road, Putney, VT 05346
Andrea Darrow — (802) 387-5851 —
firstname.lastname@example.org — www.greenmtorchards.com
The Darrow family has been growing apples since 1914. We offer already picked or pick your own apples, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, and more. During the season you can make your own cider on our demonstration press, or, if you come on a cider-making day you can watch us grind and squeeze our special blends of tree picked fruit on the big press. Because we use fine quality fruit, we make our cider in the traditional way without pasteurizing. Our homemade cider donuts and other fresh baked goods available. Fall weekend hayrides. Open July thru March. Directions: Exit 4 off I-91. Head north on Route 5 for 1/2 mile, left at Putney General Store, left after 1 mile on West Hill Road, 3/4 mile on right.
7. GREEN MOUNTAIN SPINNERY
Brickyard Lane, Putney, VT 05346
Margaret Atkinson — (800) 321-9665 —email@example.com — www.spinnery.com
Wool and natural fiber yarn producer; knitting patterns, books and supplies.
Mon-Fri.: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — Sat.: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — Sun.: noon-4 p.m.
Directions: Take I-91 north to Exit 4. Turn right at the stop and take the first right into the
8. HONORA WINERY AND VINEYARD, INC.
201 VT Route 112, Jacksonville, VT 05342
Brad York — (802) 368-2226 — firstname.lastname@example.org —www.honorawinery.com
We are a grower of grapes and a producer and bottler of wine. We have a tasting room and retail store in Jacksonville, VT. We sell our Honora wine, gourmet foods, local and international products and we consider ourselves to be the area’s local cheesemonger for Vermont Artisan cheeses, all hand- cut from the wheels as you wait. We are open 7 days a week, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Directions: From Brattleboro, take Route 9 west. Follow straight for 18 miles. Make a left onto Route 100 towards Jacksonville. Follow straight for 5 miles to end. Make a right onto Gates Pond Road. Bear left onto Route 112. Honora Tasting Room and Retail Shop will be on your left, 201 VT Route 112 Travel time from West Brattleboro is approximately 25 minutes.
9. LILAC RIDGE FARM
30 Covey Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Amanda and Ross Thurber — (802) 257-0985 — email@example.com
Lilac Ridge Farm was named 2002 VT Sustainable Farm of the Year. We are a diversified family operation. Amanda, Ross, Stuart and Beverly work 600 acres in total. Producing a range of organic vegetables and cut flowers. Visitors are welcome to poke around the farm, although we do not give formal tours. Our Farm stand is open early June through October from 9:00 a.m. till 5 p.m. Directions: Go west from downtown Brattleboro on Route 9 (2.4 miles). In West Brattleboro Village, turn left onto Greenleaf Street (0.8 mile). Turn slight left onto Hinesburg Road (0.7 mile). Stay straight on Ames Hill Road and follow signs (about 0.8 mile) to parking on Abbott Road.
10. MARGIE’S MUSE
P.O. Box 274, Jamaica, VT 05343
Margaret Miller — (802) 874-7201 — firstname.lastname@example.org — www.margiesmuse.com
Weaver-Spinner-Knitter; Home Studio housing two floor looms, spinning wheels and spindles, as well as finished knitted items and knitting needles and lots of yarn for sale. Taking orders for custom hand-woven adornments for body and home. By Appointment. Directions: Please call (802) 874-7201
11. MAYBELLE FARM
14 Melbourne Road, Wardsboro, VT 05355
Kathleen Meeks and Darcy Perry —(802) 896-6218 — (802) 896-6013 —email@example.com —www.maybellefarm.com
We are a sheep farm that raises registered Shetland sheep for breeding stock and fiber. We have been raising sheep since 1999 on our family farm. My little grandchildren that live on the farm are the 7th generation to be there. We sell the registered Shetland sheep for breeding stock, raw wool, roving, dyed wool, yarn, needle felting supplies and handmade items in our fiber studio. We have ongoing classes and Fiber Fun Camps for children. By appointment. We will have fiber demonstrations and lots of information about classes happening during the summer and fall at the farm. By the middle of May 2013 we anticipate having 50 sheep, including our new lambs who are due the end of April through the second week of May 2013. Directions: From Brattleboro, take Route 30 north through Newfane, Townshend and West Townshend to East Jamaica. Take a left turn onto Route 100 to Wardsboro. We are one mile past the Wardsboro General Store/Post Office. You will see a V-plow BILLS LUMBER on your right. This is Bills Road and you come to the top of the hill to the farm.
12. MORNING STAR PERENNIALS AND NURSERY
221 Darby Hill, Rockingham, VT
Laurie and Scott Bolotin — (802) 463-3433 — (802) 289-3135 —
firstname.lastname@example.org — www.morningstarflowers.com
At Morning Star Farm, a family owned and operated business in Rockingham, Vermont, we are passionate about growing and tending both herbaceous and woody plants. Since 1986, we have been cultivating more than 500 varieties of Vermont-hardy perennials, shrubs & trees, including many uncommon and hard-to-find varieties. Our plants are hardy enough to withstand Vermont’s harsh winters and will settle beautifully into your gardens. In addition to the perennials we sell, Scott grafts many unique trees with unusual foliage or form, and he raises an orchard with organic pear trees and more than 250 varieties of organic apples, including many heirlooms. We also grow hardy kiwi vines. All of this fruit is available to purchase, in season. Morning Star Perennials is open 7 days/week mid-April to August, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. After-hours groups are always welcome, with a group discount on all sales. Autumn hours are weekends only or by appointment. Directions: Take I-91 north to Exit 6. Turn right onto Route 5 south. Go 0.7 mile, and then turn right at Acrebrook Realty onto Darby Hill. Follow signs 1.7 miles to Morning Star Farm on the right. Park in front of the barn.
13. NEWELL FARM
378 Newell Hill Road, West Wardsboro, VT 05360
Brent and Lorraine Newell — (802) 896-6264 — email@example.com
A 200 year-old, 6th generation farm, selling Vermont maple products and farm-fresh eggs, all with a gorgeous view! Open weekends and by chance or call ahead (802)896-6264. Directions: From Brattleboro, take Route 30 north to Route 100 south. Go 8 miles to West Wardsboro. Before the bridge, turn right on Newell Hill Road. Go 1/3rd mile and you’re there.
14. OLALLIE DAYLILY GARDENS
129 Auger Hill Road, South Newfane, VT 05351
Chris Darrow — (802) 348-6614 — firstname.lastname@example.org — www.daylilygarden.com
We are longtime organic growers who are continuing the work of Dr. George Darrow. We offer a large selection of daylilies that provides a complete palette of daylily possibilities in an easy-to-use framework. Our approach simplifies your search for the right daylily for your garden. We also supply a wealth of information to educate you the grower as to how best select and grow daylilies. We grow well over 2500 varieties of daylilies and are breeding new possibilities by the hundreds every year. We select plants based on their hardiness, vigor and performance. We also maintain over four hundred high bush blueberries. Pick your own from mid July through August. They’re organic and delicious. Visitors are welcome to stroll the fields, pick blueberries, and explore. The main six-acre field brims with daylilies. Grass paths meander through the beds of flowers. Here, the children run and play with our three Border Collies and visitors can wander. Bring a picnic, there are picnic tables and benches and tables with market umbrellas for your use. Schedule: May 30: Gardens open —Pre-season hours, through July 1 and after August 22: Thurs-Sun 10a.m. to 5 p.m. — July 4: Closed. — July 12-August 22: Peak Season. Peak-season hours: Open 7 days 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gardens close Sept. 9, after that open by chance or by appointment only. Directions: From Brattleboro, take Route 30 north; go left onto Depot Road to end; left onto Dover Road; then left onto Auger Hole Road.
15. PUTNEY MOUNTAIN WINERY
8 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, VT 05346
Charles and Katherine Dodge —(802) 387-4610 — email@example.com —www.putneywine.com
Putney Mountain Winery specializes in fresh fruit wines and sparkling fruit juices, made with fruit grown and harvested at local farms, and hand-crushed, pressed and bottled at the winery. Putney Mountain Winery is consistent medal winner at the regional Big E competition and recently won gold and bronze medals at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition as well as a Double Gold for its Vermont Cassis at the Tasters Guild International Wine Tasting Competition. Stop by Putney Mountain Winery where you can “try and buy” their wide array of seasonal fruit wines. Tastings & sales at Putney Mountain Winery (where we make all our wines) 8 Bellows Falls Road Route 5 in the Basketville store in Putney, 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Directions: From Brattleboro, take I-91 to Exit 4; Turn left, crossing over the interstate. At stop, go right on Route 5 through Putney Village; the winery is inside Basketville
16. SAXTONS RIVER DISTILLERY
485 West River Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Christian Stromberg — (802) 246-1128 —firstname.lastname@example.org — www.saplingliqueur.com
My family fled Czarist-controlled Lithuania in 1906. They strongly desired to assimilate into American society, but kept alive familiar Lithuanian traditions and customs, including making flavorful liqueurs. The tradition of crafting fine liqueurs has been passed from generation to generation, and we are pleased to share our unique liqueur with you. In 2013 we introduced two new maple liquors, Sapling Maple Bourbon and Sapling Maple Rye. These wonderfully smooth maple whiskeys take the classic Sapling Maple Liqueur flavor and masterfully blend it with aged American bourbon and rye. All liquors are available to sample and purchase from our Brattleboro distillery and tasting room. Directions: From Brattleboro, take Route 30 north. We are 1/4 mile north of the I-91 bridge over the West River.
17. SWEET MAPLE ALPACAS
154 River Rd Westminster, VT 05158
Heidi and Jim Burdo — 802-376-9846 — email@example.com — www.sweetmaplealpacas.com
As of January 1, 2013, Sweet Maple Alpacas was turned over to its new owners, Heidi and Jim Burdo. We have begun our Alpaca adventure. Being cousins, the farm is staying in the family! We began our journey with Alpacas 2 years ago. We made a visit to Sweet Maple and fell in love with the Alpacas. So we began our research process to learn what we could about Alpacas. Then a year later, we bought our first 3 Alpacas from Sweet Maple. From that point on it’s been Alpaca business!! What a great decision we made! We are on the farm full time. We have continued concentrating our farming efforts into alpacas and maple sugaring. So we began with 3 Alpacas Izzy, Tanya and Maacah. Now we have 34 Alpacas on the farm. We continue to have the farm store on the premises. You will find sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens, teddy bears, maple syrup and a whole lot more! You can go to our store page to see what we carry and for current store hours. Call or email us at any time. In addition to the alpacas, we have a sugar house on the farm. Tom will continue making our own Vermont maple syrup as he has for the past twenty years.
Schedule your visit! Group visits are welcome. Call for details. Directions: From Brattleboro, take I-91 north to Exit 4. Take Route 5 North for approximately 7 miles. Turn right onto River Road. Ours is the second place on the left.
18. TAFT HILL FARM
1657 Back Windham Road,West Townshend, VT 05353
Robert and Kathy DuGrenier —(802) 874-4341 — firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taft Hill Farm is a 38-acre family farm. We have miniature horses, donkeys, emus, llamas, sheep, heritage-breed chickens, peacocks, pheasants, turkeys, etc. We also have organic vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, bee hives, maple bush, wood lot, and a pond for raising fish. We have started to inoculate mushroom spores into logs and hope to be able to harvest our own cultivated mushrooms this spring, summer and fall. The farm sits on the side of a mountain with spectacular views. We sell a variety of our farm products including maple syrup, honey and soy-and-GMO-free eggs on Thursdays at the Townshend Farmers’ market and at our store Taft Hill Gift Shop on Route 30 in Townshend. On June 3: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit by appointment year round.
Directions: From Brattleboro, take Route 30 north, past Townshend Common. Continue 4 miles on Route 30 north, past Dam Diner on the left. See large wooden barrier fence about 1/2 mile on right. Turn right onto Back Windham Road. (If you go past the West Townshend Post Office, you have gone too far.) After the second house on the left, turn left, staying on Back Windham Road. Go up hill for approximately 1.5 miles. The farm is on the left. Our store and handblown glass gallery is located on Route 30: Taft Hill Gift Shop/Gallery, 1096 VT Route 30, Townshend. Open Weekdays.
19. VERMONT WEAVING SCHOOL
4 Signal Pine Road, Putney, VT 05346
Dena Gartenstein — (802) 387-2656 —email@example.com —www.vermontweaver.com
Created by Dena Gartenstein, Master Weaver, The Vermont Weaving School is located in the old Putney Elementary School in Putney, Vermont. Our specialty is working one-on-one with students, fostering proficiency and a love of weaving. Daytime and evening classes and also weekend retreats for beginning and intermediate weavers are offered. Many different fibers are used, including wool, cotton, rayon, rags and chenille. Looms and all equipment are provided. Please visit our website for information on our school, including classes and workshops! Directions: from I-91 head North through Putney on Rt 5. Take a left onto Kimball Hill/Westminster Road. Go 1/3 m and look for the big white brick building on the left. Turn left onto Signal Pine Road. Entrance is in rear.
20. WILD CARROT FARM
511 Upper Dummerston Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Jesse Kayan — (802) 579-1261 — firstname.lastname@example.org — www.wildcarrotfarm.com
Wild Carrot Farm is a small, diversified farm raising over 180 varieties of vegetables, flowers, pastured dairy and beef cows, chicken, turkeys, pigs, goats and lamb. Wild Carrot is owned and managed by two young couples (Caitlin Burlett and Jesse Kayan, Ashlyn Bristle and Benjamin Crockett) who have joined together to share in the joys and work of a diverse farm life in order to bring us closer to a full-diet farm. After several years in Brookline, VT our farm has moved to our new home shared with Fair Winds Farm, a horse-powered farm just a mile and a half from downtown Brattleboro. As a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm we work to involve our customers in the farm experience while offering the freshest, most delicious food possible. By growing food in a diverse environment using organic principles and minimal fossil fuels, treating our animals humanely, and selling all our food within our own community, we are working to create a positive impact in our ecosystem. We offer scholarships, payment plans and accept food stamps to ensure that everyone has access to local, organically raised food.
Directions: From Downtown Brattleboro take Rte 30 North 1/2 mile past the Brattleboro Retreat turn left onto Upper Dummerston Rd Wild Carrot Farm is 1 mile on the right hand side. We have a bright blue sign on the road.
21. WINDMILL HILL ALPACA FARM AND ARTISANRY
842 Grassy Brook Road, Brookline, VT 05345
Laura Solomon — (802) 348-9300, — email@example.com — www.fireandfiber.com
100% alpaca knit products. Our artisans handspin the fleece from our alpacas. Using natural plants as the source, they augment the existing color variations through a natural dyeing process. Products are hand knit at the farm, producing warm, cozy, and uniquely elegant creations from alpaca, a natural, renewable resource. Directions: From Brattleboro, take Route 30 north for 12 miles. Turn right at Radway Hill Road (the corner of the Flea Market). The road turns into Grassy Brook Road when you cross the iron bridge. Follow Grassy Brook Road, bearing left at the “T” intersection, 4 miles. Windmill Hill Alpaca Farm and Wild Carrot Farm are both on the right.
22. RETREAT PETTING FARM
350 Linden Street/Route 30, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Alan Smith — Tel: 802-257-2240 — www.theretreatfarm.com
Hours: Wed – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun, Noon – 4 p.m. Also open Mondays over Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Visit this 160 year old downtown farmstead to interact with farm animals including baby chicks, piglets, goats, lambs, horses, donkeys, llamas and a variety of other animals. Kids love to ride the kiddie tractors, and jump in the giant pile of feed corn in the silo play area. Entrance fee. Open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. The Retreat Petting Farm is located next to the Grafton Village Cheese Brattleboro store and is also an entrance to the Retreat Trails, a nine-mile recreational trail network open to the community. A Windham Foundation business. Directions: From downtown Brattleboro, north on Route 5, then West on Route 30; Retreat Petting Farm is on left just past the Brattleboro Retreat.
23. MYSTIC MEADOW ALPACAS
210 Olson Drive, West Brattleboro, VT 05301
Michael Olson and Marlene Souligny – (802) ALPACAS or (802) 257-4421
firstname.lastname@example.org — www.mysticmeadowalpacas.com
We are a small farm located in West Brattleboro, Vermont, on the historic Molly Stark Trail. At the present time, our ever-growing family includes 30 alpacas with 1 cria due this year. As alpaca breeders, we strive to educate the community about alpaca farming. If you’re searching for a rewarding farming experience, alpaca farming is ideal for those interested in producing a natural, green, renewable, in-demand fiber, while raising hearty animals with great personalities. We offer alpaca sales, raw fiber, alpaca products, breeding, and boarding to meet all of your alpaca needs. We welcome individuals, families and groups to come and visit. Tours are welcome year round, but please call first for an appointment. Calling ahead is always best, to make sure that we are home to give you the tour. Directions: From Brattleboro at I-91, take Rt-9 west for 4.3 miles. Turn right onto Olson Drive and continue to the end of the road. Please park in designated parking areas.
24. SPRAGUE & SON SUGARHOUSE
1631 Route 100 South, PO Box 378, Jacksonville, VT 05342
Karen & Martin Sprague — email@example.com —802-368-2776
6th and 7th generation maple sugarmakers. Open Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Available for groups by appointment during the week – call 802-368-2776. Every weekend, we will offer our new Maple soft-serve ice cream and Sugar-on-Snow along with tours and tasting. 10% off maple syrup if you mention being part of the Heifer Stroll! Directions: From Exit 2 in Brattleboro, travel West on Route 9, 17 miles Route 100 South. Turn left on Route 100 South, travel 4 miles. Sugarhouse on left.
25. RAMBLING BROOK FARM
PO Box 61, Marlboro VT. 05344
Rob Merriam — www.ramblingbrookfarmvermont.com — Rob@RamblingBrookFarmVermont.
Rambling Brook Farm raises Yorkshire-Tamworth hogs on a quiet wooded hillside in southern Vermont. Our hogs have free range access to a forest plot 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, where they “root” for next year’s garden. While enjoying their natural habitat, the hogs prepare the land for growing fresh veggies and herbs. Over four years, our ever changing herd of hogs has cleared enough forest for a garden and greenhouse, with more space in the works! In addition to foraging in the woods, our hogs are provided with nutritionally complete, vegetarian grain and fresh water. They are never fed scraps, leftovers or animal bi-products such as whey, and never treated with growth hormones, antibiotics or medication. Rambling Brook Farm also grows seasonal produce specializing in tomatoes and basil. We practice organic methods, and do not use synthetic pesticides or herbicides. Our high quality pork, herbs and veggies are available to retail and wholesale customers, and we are working on creating a CSA for our pork. Please contact us to place an order, arrange a visit or request more information! Directions: Take Rt. 9 West towards West Brattleboro and Marlboro. About 1.3 miles after crossing over/ exiting I-91, turn left onto Greenleaf St. Continue on as Greenleaf St. which becomes Ames Hill Rd. a total of 5.2 miles. Take very sharp left unto Cowpath 40, (road sign is missing). Rambling Brook Farm is approx 2 miles down Cowpath 40 on the right. House and barn are not visible from the road. The driveway has a green mail box by it.
26. HIDDEN SPRINGS MAPLE FARM STORE
162 Westminster Road, Putney VT
802-387-5200 — www.hiddenspringsmaple.com
Farm store selling a variety of maple products, Vermont gifts and art, as well as hand-dipped ice cream from Walpole Creamery. Summer hours (June-Dec): Tues-Sun: 10am to 6pm — Winter hours (Jan-May): Thurs-Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Directions: Take Exit 4 from Interstate 91. From the exit ramp, head N toward the village of Putney, joining Route 5 N. Continue 0.5 miles into the village. At the Putney General Store, make a left onto Westminster Rd. Continue 0.8 miles to Hidden Springs Maple on the right.
27. BASIN FARM
175 Basin Farm RD, Bellows Falls VT
David Langmaid — firstname.lastname@example.org —802-463-3230
We are a certified organic diversified farm. You are welcome anytime to visit us. Directions: Take exit 5 off I 91 . Take a right and go to the bottom of the hill. Turn left onto Route 5 north. Stay on Route 5 until you come to a stop light. Turn left onto Route 121 towards Saxtons River. Take the second left onto Forest Rd. Take first left onto Basin Farm RD.
28. STONEWALL FARM
242 Chesterfield Rd, Keene NH
Alan Bettler — 603-357-7278 — www.stonewallfarm.org
Stonewall Farm’s mission is to connect people to the land and to the role of agriculture in their lives. We are the only working dairy farm and education center in the region open to the public. We operate a 30 head certified organic dairy, a year round community supported agriculture (CSA) garden, and a Learning Center that draws 20,000 visitors per year. The facility is used for education programs for schools and the public, children’s camps, conferences and workshops, and is available to rent for special events. Visitors are welcome to visit trails, playground, picnic areas, and the barns anytime. Programs, Learning Center, Discovery Room, and the farm stand hours change seasonally. Please contact us for details. For more information on the farm please visit our website or call. Directions from Brattleboro: From I-91 exit 3 roundabout, take NH Route 9 East (Franklin Pierce Highway) into NH toward Keene. Travel 11 miles on Route 9. Take a left turn onto Chesterfield Rd. Approximately 1 mile down the hill on the right is the main entrance to the farm.
29. COUCH BROOK FARM
184 Couch Brook Road Bernardston MA
Elaine Morley — email@example.com — (413) 648-9659 — www.couchbrookfarm.com
Couch Brook Farm is a 17 acre certified organic family farm. Hours of operation are 9am-5pm, Thursday through Sunday. We are opening for plant sales in 2013 on April 20th through June 9th, Thursday through Sunday 9am-5pm. Our land is perfect for growing our sweet berries; blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Our strawberries are for sale at our stand in June during our plant season. We are open for pick-your-own blueberries on weekends, from 9am-5pm, in July. Call ahead to check on picking conditions. In early September call us for fresh picked raspberries. Directions: From Brattleboro, head south on Route 5 crossing over the state line into Massachusetts. Turn right onto Couch Brook Road, which is the second right in Massachusetts. You’ll see our sign on the corner. Follow Couch Brook Road up the hill and look for our farm sign on the left a little less than 1 mile up.
30. TRACIE’S COMMUNITY FARM, LLC
72 Jaffrey Rd. Fitzwilliam NH
Tracie Smith — firstname.lastname@example.org — (603) 209-1851
We are a diverse farm growing vegetable, fruit, herb, cut flowers for sale through our spring, summer and fall CSA, farmstore, and restaurants. We also grow vegetable, herb, and cut flower starts as well as planters and hanging baskets at our self-service farmstand open sunup to sundown. Mid March-Mid November daily, sunup to sundown. Directions: Take 119E (27 miles), left 12N, 1st right Jaffrey Rd., 1/10th mile, #72 on right
31. HERMIT THRUSH HOMESTEAD
4615 Green River Road, Halifax , VT 05301
Laura Hecht and Meggie Stoltzman – email@example.com — www.HermitThrushHomestead.com — (802)-251-7292
We are a small organic farm that sits divided by the Halifax /Guilford town line. Meggie and her partner Patrick moved to the homestead in 2010, and began clearing a couple of acres for gardens, an orchard, and a house-site. Now they are farming cooperatively with friends Matt and Laura. We offer a wide variety of annual vegetables, herbs, flowers, sprouts and microgreens. We also have eggs from our free range hens and a small sugaring operation, the syrup from which we make birch beer All of this is available through our summer and winter CSA shares,and at the neighborhood market and Wednesday and Saturday Brattleboro Farmer’s Market. If you come by you can also see our two new dairy goats! Call ahead to stop by, or by chance, stop by our our field on Green River road. Directions: From Brattleboro head west on route 9 into West Brattleboro. Turn Left at the 7-11 onto Greenleaf St. Follow for 1.4 miles and turn left onto Hinesburg Rd. Follow Hinesburg Rd 6.3 miles (turns to gravel) until you see our field and sign on the right. You can’t miss it!
32. ROBB FAMILY FARM
827 Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257-0163 — firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to tour the sugarhouse and the shop, as well as watch the beef animals and playful calves that were born this spring. We sell maple syrup, maple cream, maple coated nuts, maple candy, Grafton, Sugarbush and Cabot cheeses, jams, jellies, candles, gift baskets as well as maple favors (candy and syrup) for your wedding reception, baby shower, wedding shower, graduation, retirement party or corporate function. We also sell our naturally fed beef (everything they eat is grown on the farm), all cuts, pre frozen. Regular hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday thru Friday, 10 to 2 on Saturday, closed Sundays but if you need us to try and accommodate your schedule, just give us a call at 802 257-0163. Directions: just 3 miles from Rt. 9. Turn left by the 7-11 convenience store onto Greenleaf St., go 1 1/2 mile, go straight onto Ames Hill Road (farm sign at that intersection), follow Ames Hill Rd. for 1 1/2 mile, sugarhouse on the left, farm on the right