Of Course There's an Art to Producing Good Food! Next Week is Open Farm Week in Vermont.
Artists long ago figured out that if you want people to understand what you're up to, you open your studio to them. Vermont farms are catching up.
Of course, there are a lot of them out there, so just a weekend won't do. The fourth annual Open Farm Week, organized by members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network (including the state tourism and agriculture agencies, the Vermont Fresh Network, and UVM Extension), starts up Monday, Aug. 13 and runs through the following Sunday.
"The greatest part about Open Farm Week is that every farm is unique. Milk a cow and harvest a carrot at one farm, sit on a tractor and take in the smell of freshly cut hay at another and then head over to another for woodfired pizza night and a garden tour," writes DigInVT.com, an online agritourism (you knew that was a thing, right?) platform.
There's stuff going on all over the state, but if you're not in the mood to drive for hours, here's what's on offer in our neck of the woods... or fields:
-- You can camp at Four Springs Farm in Royalton (you might know Jinny Cleland, the owner, for her breads, jams, and vegetables at the Norwich Farmers Market);
-- You can visit Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. in South Woodstock to watch the cheesemakers at work and try samples (the link is for a single day, but they'll be doing it all week);
-- Cobb Hill, the Hartland co-housing community with the awesome cheese, will be holding an open house showcasing their shiitake mushroom-growing, lambs, calves, and Fjord draft horses... and, of course, their cheese.
-- Free Verse Farm, the Chelsea herbalists and tea-makers, will be giving a tour of their herb beds and processing/drying area;
-- You can visit Howling Wolf (sheep) Farm in Randolph for a picnic and a meander.
Here's the full statewide calendar, in case you're looking for even more inspiration.