Small Farms Food Fest: a celebration of local farmers and food producers

A scene from last year’s Small Farms Food Fest.

Celebrate local foods, the apple harvest, and Vermont musicians at the 11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest!  On Sunday, Sept. 9, from 11 am-5 pm, 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 am-Starline Rhythm Boys, 12 pm-Cartwheels, 1 pm-After the Rodeo, 2 pm-Western Roads, 3 pm-Gordon Stone Band, and 4 pm-Twist of the Wrist.

The festival showcases special foods, live local music, tractor hayrides, pick your own apples, rope making demonstrations, a hay bale maze for the kids, face painting, Tractor Petting Zoo, a picnic table raffle, hula hoopers, and other family-friendly activities. Co-sponsored with Big Heavy World and The Radiator (105.9 FM).

There is an entrance fee to the Food Fest. For those under the age of 12 or over the age of 65, there is no charge. Otherwise, we request that each person pay $5.  Farm vendors may charge for the specialty foods they’ve prepared.  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.

For more information about the Small Farms Food Fest on Sept. 9, please call 985-2753 or visit www.shelburneorchards.com.

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