By Alison Kosakowski, VAAFM
This August, a number of events across the state will provide an up-close view of agriculture, in action – connecting Vermonters with local food and farmers, and building Ag Literacy. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a taste of local agriculture with family and friends!
Buy Local Market on the Statehouse Lawn
On Tuesday, August 4th, from 10 am – 1pm, the statehouse lawn in Montpelier will be transformed into an open-air market, where local producers will sell produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, and many other local produced foods. Dubbed the “Buy Local Market,” the event will be hosted by Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM), , in partnership with the Capital City Farmers’ Market and The Northeast Organic Farming Association of VT (NOFA-VT). The event is being organized by VAAFM as part of the State’s Local Food Wellness and Consumer Awareness Initiative. “More than 2800 state employees report to Montpelier for work every day,” according to Vermont’s Ag Secretary, Chuck Ross. “We are organizing this market to provide these employees access to healthy, local foods, build Ag Literacy, and create a new market opportunity for our local producers.”
Vermont Open Farm Week
Vermont’s first Open Farm Week will be held Monday, August 3 – Sunday, August 9, 2015. Open Farm Week is a weeklong celebration of Vermont farms. Over 100 farms are participating, many of whom are not usually open to the public. Open Farm Week offers Vermonters and visitors alike educational opportunities to learn more about local food origins, authentic agritourism experiences, and the chance to build relationships with local farmers. Activities vary and may include milking cows and goats, harvesting vegetables, collecting eggs, tasting farm fresh food, scavenger hunts, hayrides, farm dinners, and live music. All participating farms, geographic location, and offerings are at www.DigInVT.com. Farmers’ markets will also be a part of the Open Farm Week celebration as organizers planned the event to coincide with National Farmers’ Market Week – also the first week of August.
Breakfast on the Farm
Nea-Tocht Dairy Farm of Ferrisburgh, VT will host Vermont’s first “breakfast on the farm” August 22 from 9 am – 1 pm. There is no charge to attend, but guests are required to reserve their free ticket in advance online at vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com In addition to enjoying a delicious breakfast, guests will have the opportunity to see a working farm, up close and in-person. Nea-Tocht Farm is owned and operated by Raymond and Linda Vander Wey. Sponsors for the event include the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, NE Dairy Promotion Council, The Vermont Feed Dealers Association, WOKO, and Poulin Grain. For more information visit VermontBreakfastOnTheFarm.com