Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Doug Brown boils sap at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond. The Cochran family is famous for its tiny ski hill and 70s-era Olympic champions. While the next generation of Cochrans is continuing the ski racing tradition, four family members are pouring their energy into producing Vermont maple syrup. Just below the Race Trail at Cochran’s Ski Area […]

A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in agriculture, farm, farms, food, Orange County | No Comments
A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

A decade ago, Fat Toad Farm started out as a simple experiment in homesteading. Calley Hastings and her family hand-milked a French alpine doe named Jupiter in their Brookfield garage to make goat’s milk caramel sauce for friends and to sell at the local farmers’ market. Back then, the family never dreamed they would one […]

A Leap of Faith at Wing and a Prayer Farm

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in agriculture, Bennington County, farm, farms, Route 7 | 4 Comments
A Leap of Faith at Wing and a Prayer Farm

High on a hill off a dirt road in Shaftsbury is Wing and a Prayer Farm, where Tammy White lovingly raises Angora goats, rescued alpacas, and Shetland, Cotswold, Merino and Cormo sheep. The animals aren’t raised for the freezer—but rather for fiber. White, a fiber farmer and homesteader, dotes on her animals, who each have […]

A Pick-Your-Own Sunflower Farm in Shelburne

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in agriculture, Chittenden County, fall, farm, farms, Shelburne | 6 Comments
A Pick-Your-Own Sunflower Farm in Shelburne

The last thing I expected along Spear Street in Shelburne was a field filled with thousands of sunflowers. Along Spear Street, I’m used to seeing barns, farmhouses, and views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. But until last week, I had never been on this street when the sunflowers were in bloom. Even better was […]

Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

On a thousand acres in Fairfield stand more than 68,000 maple trees tapped for sugaring season. The trees are part of Branon Family Maple Orchards, located in the heart of sugaring country in Franklin County, not far from the Canadian border. The Branons have been involved in maple production and agriculture for seven generations. Once […]

Farm to Ski at Strafford Nordic Center

Farm to Ski at Strafford Nordic Center

  Friendship and farmland are at the heart of the Strafford Nordic Center. The 700-acre cross-country ski area is located on two adjoining Upper Valley farms and operated by three lifelong friends – Jeremiah Linehan, Rett Emerson, and Earl Ransom. The base lodge, trail head, and scenic trails are located at Rockbottom Farm, a working […]

On Tap with Hop Farming in Vermont

On Tap with Hop Farming in Vermont

  *This piece was originally published on the UVM Brainwaves blog. Vermont is better known for its beer than its hops. With more than 30 breweries in Vermont, including The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Vermont has the highest number of craft breweries per capita in the United States. Over the past five […]

The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm

The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm

Bread and Butter Farm is the place to be on Friday nights. The 143-acre farm in Shelburne hosts the wildly popular Burger Night from May to September, drawing between 400-700 people each week. Burger Night includes live music, grass-fed beef, fresh bread and veggies all made at the farm. The idea of Burger Night came […]

Raising Chickens in Five Sisters in Burlington

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in agriculture, Burlington, Chittenden County | 3 Comments
Raising Chickens in Five Sisters in Burlington

  Susan Munkres moved to Burlington’s Five Sisters neighborhood with her family six years ago and decided it was the perfect place to raise chickens. She had been gardening for years and became interested in urban homesteading long before planting roots in Vermont’s largest city. On her 0.16-acre lot is a 10-by-10 chicken coop built […]