Farm Show Manager
The Annual Vermont Farm Show returns to the Champlain Valley Fair Grounds in Essex Junction for another exciting year! Scheduled as always for the last Tuesday through Thursday in January, this year’s dates are January 28-29-30.
The move from Barre to Essex Junction took place three years ago and has afforded the Show the opportunity to offer more exhibits, activities, meetings and lots of free parking. For agriculture professionals, it is an opportunity to meet with vendors, preview products and machinery and network with the farm community. For consumers, it’s a great venue to learn about technological advances in agriculture that benefit all sizes and all kinds of farms.
And of course we have some great animals on display! This year, enjoy miniature donkeys as well as a Morgan horse, sheep, llamas and birds.
We are again proud to partner with the Vermont FoodBank – so even though admission to the Farm Show is free, we are asking all those attending to donate a canned or boxed good to the greeters as you walk in the front door of the Miller Building. The response was wonderful last year, and we hope to continue filling the shelves at the FoodBank.
This year, Consumer Night will be held Wednesday, January 29th from 4-7pm. Food enthusiasts will enjoy the Buy Local Market, which will showcase foods and products from Vermont farms. The “Capital Cook-off,” an Iron Chef-type competition featuring the Vermont House of Representatives, Senate, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, will also occur this year. Teams will have ninety minutes to create a dish using Vermont products bought at the Buy Local Market. Visitors to the event will have time to purchase all sorts of Vermont products from the exhibitors while waiting for the Cook-off winners to be announced!
For more information, including a list of scheduled 2014 exhibitors, visit www.vtfarmshow.com.