Agriculture

  • A Late Vermont Maple Season Can Still Be Great
    A Late Vermont Maple Season Can Still Be Great

    When Vermont maple season arrives, I'm always drawn to the sugar houses of rural Addison County. We recently visited Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, which was open to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. The farm is a 30-acre maple sugar...

  • Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms
    Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms

    The tractor-wagon ride to the Children's Farmyard is usually the highlight of our day whenever we visit Shelburne Farms. The 15-minute ride on an old dirt road to the main Farm Barn is always fun for kids, and it's also a treat for adults. The panoramic...

  • Counting Barns in the Vermont Barn Census
    Counting Barns in the Vermont Barn Census

    Travel through any town in Vermont and you'll eventually come across a barn. The barn might be rectangular, round, renovated or dilapidated. Barns, in any shape or size, are an integral part of our working landscape and essential to understanding Vermont's agricultural roots. How many barns...

  • Moving to Vermont and Finding Our Way Home
    Moving to Vermont and Finding Our Way Home

    It seems like a lifetime ago when Dave and I packed up our Boston condo and headed to Vermont. Back in 2006, we were brave and carefree. We had quit our jobs in the city and moved north for a better life. I was raised...

  • The Old Round Church in Richmond
    The Old Round Church in Richmond

    The Old Round Church in Richmond is one of the most iconic buildings in Vermont. Built in 1813, the church was originally designed for Vermont town meetings and church services. These days, this National Historic Landmark is open to the public during the summer and...

  • A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm
    A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm

    For Vermont's annual Maple Open House Weekend, we decided to check out Solar Sweet Maple Farm in Lincoln. Owned by Tom and Rhonda Gadhue, the farm is an energy-efficient sugaring operation. The Gadhue's stunning sugarhouse is made from recycled and energy efficient materials (the main building...

  • A Journey in the Path of Life Garden
    A Journey in the Path of Life Garden

    The Path of Life Garden in Windsor is unlike any other place I've seen in Vermont. The garden, created in 1997 by Norwich therapist Terry McDonnell,  focuses on the circle of life and the decisions we make.  The 14-acre meadow, set along the Connecticut River,...

  • Blueberries and Bluegrass at a Owls Head Farm
    Blueberries and Bluegrass at a Owls Head Farm

    Ever since I moved back to Vermont nearly six years ago, Owl's Head Blueberry Farm has been on my list of places to visit. Located in Richmond, the farm offers blueberry picking seven days a week in July and August. One of the things that makes...

  • Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham
    Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham

    The sap at Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham was boiling when we arrived on Saturday. Smoke and steam were billowing from the sugarhouse, and all I could smell was the sweet scent of maple. Dave and I decided to take a drive to this Addison...

  • Hancock Barn on Route 100
    Hancock Barn on Route 100