“Feast from the Farms:” Drive. Cook. Eat.
Living in an area of high-quality farms is a blessing. Maybe you have gotten to know local farmers through farmers’ markets and farm stands, or while destination-shopping at Crossroad Farm’s greenhouses. Blueberry-picking at Riverview Farm. And if you’re like me, you wait every year for the arrival of asparagus at the Co-op, but only if it’s from nearby MacClennan’s.
Here’s an opportunity to visit three Vermont farms on a self-guided tour that, if you so choose, could provide you with the locally grown makings of a brunch or dinner. The Norwich Historical Society, along with the Norwich Recreation Department, is launching another in its series of driving tours complete with podcast. “Feast from the Farms” features a 14-mile route to three historic farms: Hogwash, Sweetland, and Honey Field Farms. It’s a one-day event, on Sunday June 20; rain date is June 27.
As described in a recent post by NHS:
For centuries, Norwich's farmland has fed this community. The steep hills and the rolling fields have all supported agriculture from sheep, to pigs, to hay, to wheat. The story of the land and how it has sustained us and continues to sustain us is an important one.
Find out about this story on a podcast driving tour through Norwich, stopping at our working farms and hill farms. At each farm, there will also be popup exhibits with historic photographs and other materials that add to the story. Plus you'll see some *amazing* views.
Choice of transportation: bike in the morning or drive your car in the afternoon. E-bikes will be available through Hanover Adventure Tours.
The cost of the tour only is $15 per bike rider, and $25 per car. For an additional charge, you can collect and treat yourself to farm ingredients—with recipes!—at each stop (and a final stop at NHS for other included goodies) to prepare at home for either brunch or dinner. Jasper Murdoch beer is available by the growler. For detailed information and menus, click here.
(Photo, top, courtesy of Pixabay)
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