Agriculture

  • Scenic Drive: A Detour on East Bethel Road
    Scenic Drive: A Detour on East Bethel Road

    I recently stumbled upon East Bethel Road after taking a wrong turn in Randolph Center. Dave, Phoebe and I were heading north on Interstate 89 back from my sister's place in New Hampshire when we decided to get off the highway and meander over to...

  • 8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont
    8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont

    Updated May 1, 2019 After a long, snowy winter, it feels good that's it's finally spring in Vermont. For the first time in six months, we can walk outside without a heavy jacket, stash away our wool socks, and watch the grass grow and leaves sprout. Even though spring arrived...

  • 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...

  • Dorset Hollow: Barns, Mountains and History
    Dorset Hollow: Barns, Mountains and History

    While visiting southern Vermont last weekend, I carved out some time to take photos. The weather was cold and snowy, and the light turned flat and gray. With my daughter in tow, I decided to head to Dorset Hollow to show her some barns and...

  • 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...

  • Vermont Winter Yurts At Maple Wind Farm Offer Backcountry Access
    Vermont Winter Yurts At Maple Wind Farm Offer Backcountry Access

    The winter yurts at Maple Wind Farm attract people from all walks of life. Over the past 16 years, the yurts have served as a weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, families with young children, and groups of friends. The 140-acre farm, located at the end of...

  • 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...

  • Raising Chickens in Five Sisters in Burlington
    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...

  • UVM Morgan Horse Farm Celebrates Vermont’s Favorite Equine
    UVM Morgan Horse Farm Celebrates Vermont’s Favorite Equine

    Scent can be such a powerful memory trigger. For me, the smell of hay instantly takes me back to childhood when I had a horse named Banjo. While recently visiting the main barn at the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, a flood of...

  • A Vermont Roadside Attraction Helps Promote Taylor Farm Cheese
    A Vermont Roadside Attraction Helps Promote Taylor Farm Cheese

    The green and rusted 1947 Chevy 1 Ton Truck that Jon Wright purchased a dozen years ago sits on the side of Route 11 in Londonderry as an advertisement for Taylor Farm cheese. The truck is something of a Vermont roadside attraction, where people stop to...