Wednesday, 01 August 2012 10:23
We are now in Burlington, Vermont, enjoying a very relaxing few days. Yesterday, we were given the privilege of going on a Farm Tour with Chris Howell who runs the company, Vermont Farm Tours. He takes people on tours of local farms, exposing people to the abundance of local food in the area. He gave us a wonderful tour, full of exploration and delicious local treats. First, we visited Windy Corners Farm, which is essentially a subsistence farm as they primarily produce food with the intent to live off of it. But they will sell excess food. They took us on a tour exploring the gardens, the barn, and the new hay bale construction house. Next, we sampled some raw milk from the goat and cow, fresh from that morning, and had a couple delicious cheeses made from the milk.
From there we drove a couple minutes down the road to the Charlotte Village Winery and Pelkey’s Blueberries. There was a wine tasting which included wines from blueberries and grapes picked from their land. Then we had a delicious lunch with fresh local salad, sandwiches made by the City Market Co-op, cupcakes, and a lesson in wine and cheese tasting.
We picked two pounds of blueberries and then headed to the Bread and Butter Farm, where the presentation will be today. We went on a tour of the property, exploring the greenhouses, barn, milk room, and fields. We also heard the fascinating story of how the farm was saved from development. Then we went to the bakery, and made mozzarella cheese! It was an intriguing process of turning a gallon of fresh raw milk into cheese. We were all amazed at how easy it was to do. We were also impressed with how delicious it was! We tried it on its own, then we added some basil leaves, and then we toasted it on some fresh bread from the bakery. What an amazing treat! We even tried it with a few of the blueberries from earlier, but we don’t recommend the combination.
It was an absolutely wonderful and fun-filled day and we learned a lot as well, all thanks to Chris Howell and Vermont Farm Tours.blog comments powered by Disqus