Kingdom Farm and Food Days are coming up August 22, 23, and 24 with chances to tour farms, take workshops, taste local foods at area restaurants, visit an apple orchard, ride on a hay wagon, and much more. The public is invited to celebrate with a farm-to-table dinner and bonfire at the end of the weekend.
Three days of festivities about local food will be put on by the Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott, Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, Sterling College in Craftsbury, New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Montpelier, Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association in East Burke, Eden Ice Cider in Charleston and Newport, Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, and Green Mountain Farm to School in Newport.
All the events are free and open to the public. Anyone can participate in any one activity or all of them.
Kingdom Farm and Food Days kicks off Friday, August 22, with tours of llama and alpaca farms, including the Agape Hill Farm in Hardwick and the Log Cabin Alpaca Farm in East Albany. The Hardwick Farmers Market at Atkins Field on Granite Street in Hardwick is open on Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Craftsbury Farmers Market is open for business on Craftsbury Common. Children’s gardening activities with Green Mountain Farm to School are on the agenda at Craftsbury Academy School Gardens that morning and, starting at 11 a.m., Pete’s Greens will offer tours and hay rides. Saturday afternoon, from 3:30 to 5:30, Sterling College will offer tours and workshops. Pizza making in an outdoor oven is on the agenda. Saturday evening, discounts will be offered at area restaurants for participants in the Kingdom Farm and Food Days events.
Sunday morning kicks off at 10 a.m. with a visit to the Eden Ice Cider orchard in Charleston, where people can tour a biodynamic organic apple orchard. From 1 to 4 p.m., High Mowing Organic Seeds will host field days and workshops. NECI will put on a dinner at High Mowing Seeds starting a 4:30 p.m., and everyone is invited to a bonfire afterward.
For more information, please see the Kingdom Farm and Food Days website kingdomfarmandfood.org. — from the Center for an Agricultural Economy.
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