Visit Local Farms Aug. 14-20 During Open Farm Week Paying Respect to Pete

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Communities / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT


Mari Omland and Laura Olsen of Green Mountain Girls Farm take part in Brookfield’s Pond Village summer farmers’ market in 2015. Their farm will be a local stop during this year’s Open Farm Week. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Mari Omland and Laura Olsen of Green Mountain Girls Farm take part in Brookfield’s Pond Village summer farmers’ market in 2015. Their farm will be a local stop during this year’s Open Farm Week. (Herald / Tim Calabro) During the 2017 Vermont Open Farm Week, farmers across Vermont will exhibit their properties and practices to the public through a unique, behind-thescenes look at their vibrant working landscapes.

This year’s event, August 14-20, will offer 102 interactive events at almost 50 different Vermont farms.

Activities will include milking goats, harvesting vegetables, making pickles, partaking in scavenger hunts, and enjoying live music and more.

Area farms participating in Vermont Open Farm Week 2017 area include the following:

Wednesday, Aug. 16


Sponsored by the Hancock Town Pride Committee, the fourth annual Pete Seeger Memorial Concert on the green in Hancock last Thursday brought an evening of music to an enthusiastic crowd of area residents and campers from Camp Killooleet. The performers, led by Dorothy Robson, included three members of the Seeger family—Kate, Judy, and Tony—and featured a repertoire of Seeger’s most wellknown songs. (Herald / Jerry LeBlond) Sponsored by the Hancock Town Pride Committee, the fourth annual Pete Seeger Memorial Concert on the green in Hancock last Thursday brought an evening of music to an enthusiastic crowd of area residents and campers from Camp Killooleet. The performers, led by Dorothy Robson, included three members of the Seeger family—Kate, Judy, and Tony—and featured a repertoire of Seeger’s most wellknown songs. (Herald / Jerry LeBlond) • Sugarbush Maple & Cheese Farm, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Participants can sample maple syrup, walk the maple trail, visit the sugarhouse, and learn how maple syrup is made in the spring.

• Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, South Woodstock, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free samples of cheese and crackers along with a tour.

Thursday, Aug. 17

• Green Mountain Girls, Northfield, 3:30-6 p.m. Scarecrow making, pick-your-own herbs, and farm tours.

• Sugarbush Maple & Cheese Farm, Woodstock (Times and activities same as above).

• Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, South Woodstock (Times and activities same as above).

Friday, Aug. 18

• Brookfield Bees, Brookfield, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Offering honey tasting, open house, brief tour of the maple sugar set-up and honey extraction process (not active participation), and an optional woods walk to a bee hive location.

• Free Verse Farm & Apothecary, Chelsea, 5-8 p.m. Farm tour and herbal tea party.

• Silloway Maple, Randolph Center, 4:30-7 p.m. Pancake supper with watermelon and sausage. Come early for a maple candy making demonstration.

Saturday, Aug. 19

• Brookfield Bees, Brookfield (Times and activities same as above).

Sunday, Aug. 20

• Green Mountain Girls, Northfield, 5-9 p.m. Farm to table dinner at Ariel’s Restaurant overlooking Sunset Lake in Brookfield.

• Sugarbush Maple & Cheese Farm, Woodstock (Times and activities same as above).

More information on events and locations for Vermont Open Farm Week are at DigInVT.com.

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