Shelburne Orchards AppleHere in Vermont we’ve got some great farms, some great food, and an affinity to turn to the great outdoors when life gets tough. I can’t think of a better place to be to see the 10th anniversary of September 11th pass. This festival, born 10 years ago as well, will take place at Shelburne Orchards watch for signs on Rt. 7.

The festival runs from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Vermont farmers and food producers will create and sell specially prepared foods while local musicians perform all day long at Shelburne Orchards.  

“We raffle off a handmade picnic table during the day,” explained owner Nick Cowles.  “The table represents all of us gathering to share a meal,” he continued.  This year’s small farms and food producers include:  The Bakery at Farmhouse Kitchen, Bella Farm, Bloomfield Farm, Boston Post Dairy, Bread and Butter Farm, Champlain Orchards, Cider Pops, Flack Family Farm, Folk Foods, From the Ground Up Bakery, Huntington River Vineyard, Island Homemade Ice Cream, Kingdom Mountain Maple, Lincoln Peak Vineyard, Maple Wind Farm, Meeting Place Pastures, Nitty Gritty Grain Company, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), Nomadic Oven, 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, and Vermont Pickle Company.

Musicians and performance times are:

11:00 a.m.  Red Thread

12:00 p.m.  Cartwheels

1:00 p.m.  Starline Rhythm Boys

2:00 p.m.  Gordon Stone 

3:00 p.m.  After the Rodeo

4:00 p.m.  Twist of the Wrist

The festival showcases special foods, live music, tractor hayrides, pick your own apples, ropemaking demonstrations, a haybale maze for the kids, facepainting, Tractor Petting Zoo, Phinneus Sonin (circus arts instructor), henna, wandering hulahoopers, a picnic table raffle, 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.  For everyone else the entrance fee is $5.
Donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for local food shelves as well.  

Come on out in Vermont and enjoy a celebration of something as old as America herself, small farms. 

Nasreen Stump is a freelance writer who lives in Vermont, when she isn’t on the road for work. Check her out on Twitter @ramblingstump!