Agriculture

  • Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
    Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

    Updated March 14, 2020 - Maple Open House Weekend 2020 has been canceled.  The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend gives visitors a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow, and more. Vermont's maple syrup is in demand more than ever. As the nation’s leading...

  • Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family
    Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family

    "My great-grandmother started this farm in 1918. She ran a bed and breakfast out of the house and made maple syrup on the property. When my father was a boy, she introduced him to the Vermont tradition of maple sugaring. One of the things we...

  • 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...

  • 8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph
    8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph

    Since launching HappyVermont.com in August 2009, I've traveled through many of Vermont's 251 cities and towns.  Here are 8 beautiful places in Vermont to photograph, including some of my favorite historic churches, meeting houses, barns, and bridges. Waits River Church The tiny village of Waits River in...

  • Vermont Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Cambridge
    Vermont Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Cambridge

    Anne Tisbert is a farmer, entrepreneur, tour guide, and mother. At Valley Dream Farm, which she purchased with her husband, Joe, in 1992, she rises early each day to tend to organic produce—red beets, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, and tomatoes—that grow in the shadow of Mount...

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

    A decade ago, Fat Toad Farm caramel 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...

  • The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe
    The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

    Behind a country store on Route 100 is a tiny restaurant that is quickly making a name for itself in Vermont’s local food scene. Kevin Lasko and Katie Stiles opened The Backroom in Pittsfield a little over a year ago behind the Original General Store. The restaurant...

  • Catching the Sugarmaking ‘Bug’ in Vermont
    Catching the Sugarmaking ‘Bug’ in Vermont

    Kenn Hastings knows all about catching the “sugar bug.” A sugarmaker at Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, Hastings starting sugaring for a living 30 years ago.“There’s a love and passion that goes into being a sugarmaker,” says Hastings, 57. [caption id="attachment_5226" align="alignright" width="167"] Filmmaker Will...

  • A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm
    A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm

    Becoming a cheese farmer was the furthest thing from Angela Miller’s mind when she purchased 300 acres in West Pawlet in 2001. While searching for a second home in the Green Mountains, the New York literary agent and her husband, Russell “Rust” Glover, fell in love...

  • A Leap of Faith at Wing and a Prayer Farm
    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...