11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest at Shelburne Orchards
Celebrate local foods, the apple harvest, and Vermont musicians at the 11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest! On Sunday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Vermont farmers and food producers will create and sell specially prepared foods while local musicians perform all day long at Shelburne Orchards.
“Every year, we try to lend a hand to smaller farmers and food producers who want to test the local food movement,” explained owner Nick Cowles. “A mix of new and more established businesses makes a great day with music and the view as our backdrop,” he continued. This year’s small farms and food producers include: Adam’s Berry Farm, Bella Farm, Boston Post Dairy, Champlain Orchards, Gadabout Farm, Huntington River Vineyard, Island Homemade Ice Cream, Lincoln Peak Vineyard, Maple Wind Farm, Meeting Place Pastures, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), Red Maple Granola, Rockville Market Farm, Scratch N’ Earth, Shelburne Farms & O Bread, Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne Vineyard, Slowfire Bakery, Sonia's Salsa, Stony Loam Farm, Stony Pond Farm, Taylor Farm, Urban Moonshine, Vermont Coffee Company, Vermont Pickle Company, and Vermont Soy.
The musical line-up includes: 11:00-Starline Rhythm Boys, 12:00-Cartwheels, 1:00-After the Rodeo, 2:00-Western Roads, 3:00-Gordon Stone Band, and 4:00-Twist of the Wrist.
The festival showcases special foods, live local music, tractor hayrides, pick your own apples, ropemaking demonstrations, a haybale maze for the kids, facepainting, Tractor Petting Zoo, a picnic table raffle, hulahoopers, and other family-friendly activities. Co-sponsored by Big Heavy World and The Radiator (105.9 FM).
For those under the age of 12 or over the age of 65, there is no admittance charge. Otherwise, the Orchard requests that each person pay $5. Donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for local food shelves as well. Suggested items include tuna, peanut butter, soup, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, and canned meat.
The 11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest will take place from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9. Look for signs along Route 7. Please call 985-2753 or check www.shelburneorchards.com for more info. Shelburne Orchards also produces sweet cider, ginger cider, Ginger Jack, cider doughnuts, apple pies, caramel apples, Dead Bird apple brandy, sour cherries, Marsette grapes, and peaches.
For more information contact Megan Humphrey (864-7528) or Nick Cowles (985-2753)