If you assembled all Vermont’s farming community under one roof, brought in huge tractors and tiny maple tools, old-time Vermont farmers and young entrepreneurs, scientists and service providers, you might have something worth calling the Vermont Farm Show! Well, someone long ago thought of this wonderful idea and this year’s 2018 Vermont Farm Show is the 86th annual collection of all that is Vermont agriculture!
After walking through the front doors at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction and perhaps nearly running into a tire as big as a 6-foot tall human, you recognize the scale that the show encompasses. Over 150 exhibitors have set up shop for the three day Farm Show, with attractions for both young and old. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has created an educational game that reminds folks of Twister…you even take turns on a spinner to select a color, and then attempt to answer an important water quality question. Have no fear though, only mental contortions are required.
The Vermont Maple Association and Bee Keepers Association are both here to show off their industries, as well as NOFA Vermont, UVM Extension, Poulin Grain, the Vermont Bird Fanciers Club, assorted chickens, sheep and cows, as well as the St. Albans Coop and other dairy folks.
Since opening the doors at 9am, there has been a steady flow of visitors walking and visiting the all there is to see and experience. One of the smallest of these visitors appear already to be enamored with life on the farm!