2 Not-to-be-Missed Harvest Festivals this Sunday, Oct 8, 2017!

Apples or Pumpkins–most people love them both! These iconic fall “fruits” tend to conjure up visions of red and orange globes of varying sizes ripening on trees and vines on Vermont’s farms,  harvested for fall celebrations and culinary enjoyment throughout winter.

Two outstanding farms that Pam Knights Communications has the pleasure to work with, host their harvest festivals annually on the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend– both now in their 15th year!

HEIRLOOM APPLE DAY AT SCOTT FARM ORCHARD- 9-5PM

Zeke Goodband speaks at Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston VT
At Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, Vermont, Heirloom Apple Day draws visitors who are fascinated by living history and eager to learn about and taste many of the 125 ecologically-grown Old World and Early American heirloom apples that are grown on the farm and expertly managed by Orchardist Zeke Goodband. At 10AM, Noon and 2 PM, Zeke entertains guests with the enlightening history of the orchard and the heirlooms to be sampled such as  Esopus Spitzenburg, a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, grown at Monticello;  Reine des Reinette, a French apple from the 1700s, considered the best hard cider apple in Normandy; Blue Pearmain, a New England apple dating back to the 1700s, mentioned by Henry David Thoreau in his journal, and Cox’s Orange Pippin, an English favorite, awarded the highest honors by the Royal Horticultural Society—just to name a few of the exciting flavors bound to excite your palate.

Following the talks and tastings visitors can fill and purchase bags of their favorite selections as well as Scott Farm’s specialty heirloom cider and other Vermont products available in the Farm Market. 

In addition to the apple talks and tastings, the PYO orchard will be open for picking and Whetstone Ciderworks of Marlboro, VT will be on hand to offer samples of their artisanal wine-like, award-winning hard ciders, such as Orchard King, Orchard Queen, Barnyard Blend, and Moonlighter—blended primarily with apples from Scott Farm Orchard. Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza of Brattleboro, VT, will be on premises with their portable wood-fired oven, cooking up and vending seasonal sensations. Visitors are welcome to picnic by the pond and wander the grounds.  Find additional details and directions to the farm on their website.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT CEDAR CIRCLE FARM & EDUCATION CENTER – 10-3PM

Families in the pumpkin patch at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford VTIf it’s family fun centered around pumpkins that you’re looking for, Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, VT offers horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, live music, kids’ activities, storytelling, birds of prey, cider pressing, and local food!

Take a horse-drawn wagon ride to and from the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin for carving your jack-o-lantern. In the “Circle of Cedars” Enchanted Forest hear award-winning storyteller Simon Brooks weave folk and faerie tales (10-30-11:30) and Vermont storyteller-musicians The Swing Peepers (12-1 & 1:30-2).  On main stage, the Vermont jam band Sensible Shoes plays from 1-3. Additional kid’s activities include a tasting table, kid’s cooking, corn husk dolls, fairy houses, a hay bale climb, worm explorations, and face painting.

Food concessions (11-3) feature farm-fresh organic eats and sweets from Cedar Circle Farm’s kitchen, NOFA-VT mobile pizza oven, and local food vendors Piecemeal Pies, Griddle & Groovy, and Juel Juice.

The festival runs from 10 to 3, and the Farmstand and Hello Café coffee shop will be open until 5.  A suggested donation of $10-15 per car includes parking in designated fields and free admission to all events. Carpooling is encouraged. No pets please. Rain or shine.Located on Pavillion Road along the Connecticut River, the farm is just off of Rt. 5 in East Thetford, VT. For details and directions, visit www.CedarCircleFarm.org/events/festivals.

 

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Celebrate Heirloom Apples at Scott Farm Orchard- This Sunday, October 9, 2016

The 14th Annual Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard on Kipling Road in Dummerston, VT beckons apple lovers of all ages to celebrate this iconic fruit.  Come visit the 571-acre historic farm and orchard that border Rudyard Kipling’s former Vermont home, Naulakha, and other historic rental properties owned and renovated by The Landmark Trust USA.

 Scott Farm Orchard barn

On Sunday, October 9 at 10 AM, Noon and 2 PM, Scott Farm’s Orchard Manager Zeke Goodband entertains guests with the enlightening history of the orchard and its ecologically-grown fruits, accompanied by a free tasting of some of the more than 120 varieties of heirloom apples grown on the property.

speaking at Heirloom Apple Day. Photo by Kelly Fletcher Photography

Scott Farm Orchardist Zeke Goodband. Photo by Kelly Fletcher Photography.

Sample Old World and Early American heirloom varieties such as Esopus Spitzenburg, a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, grown at Monticello;  Reine des Reinette, a French apple from the 1700s, considered the best hard cider apple in Normandy; Blue Pearmain, a New England apple dating back to the 1700s, mentioned by Henry David Thoreau in his journal, and Cox’s Orange Pippin, an English favorite, awarded the highest honors by the Royal Horticultural Society—just to name a few of the exciting flavors bound to excite your palate.

Reine-des-Reinette heirloom apple from Scott Farm Orchard

According to Goodband who will be giving the talks, “There’s Blue Pearmain, Thoreau’s favorite. And Belle de Boskoop, a strudel specialist. And Ashmead’s Kernel: “It would be referred to as ‘fine-grained’ flesh, but there’s almost a crystal quality to it. When you pick it at the right time, it’s just exquisite. That’s the one, more than any other apple, where people pick it and come back and say, ‘Oh, that’s the best apple I’ve ever had!’ When someone says that, it makes all the work of an entire year worthwhile.”

Following the talk and tasting, guests can fill bags with their favorite selections—all available for purchase.

Visitors can also pick their own apples in the orchard or select them from multiple apple bins in the Farm Market, along with Scott Farm Orchard’s heirloom cider, freshly baked apple pies, fruit jams and jellies, and more.

Scott Farm Orchard Farm Market

In addition to the apple tasting, Whetstone Ciderworks, of Marlboro, VT, will be on hand to offer samples of their artisanal wine-like, award- winning hard ciders,  such as Orchard King, Orchard Queen, Barnyard Blend, and Moonlighter—blended primarily with apples from Scott Farm Orchard.

“This is our favorite event of the year, when apple enthusiasts from all over New England come and sample our apples fresh, baked and squeezed!”, says Operations Manager Kelly Carlin of Scott Farm Orchard and The Landmark Trust USA.

Rigani Wood-fired Pizza at Scott Farm Orchard Heirloom Apple Day

Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza of Brattleboro, VT, will be on premises with their portable wood-fired oven, cooking up and vending artisanal pizzas featuring local ingredients.

In keeping with the Farm’s mission to share living history, preserve and perpetuate heirloom apples and small fruits, and educate people about their cultivation and uses, Scott Farm also offers a variety of fall workshops.  Pastry Chef Laurel Roberts Johnson of The Queen of Tarts offers hands-on holiday pie making workshop on Sat, Nov 12, from 10-1; and Master Brewer Thomas Coleman teaches and introduction to brewing beer with wet hops on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 10-2. 

apple pies made with heirloom apples from Scott Farm Orchard

To further showcase the many delicious uses of apples, Scott Farm and the Vermont Fresh Network co-host the 9th annual Heirloom Apple Harvest Dinner at the Farm on Sat, Oct 29. The five-course meal, prepared by Chef Tristan Toleno of Entera Catering, features heirloom apples and cider with other local foods.

For more information on the festival, workshops, and the dinner, please visit ScottFarmVermont.com, call 802-254-6868, or email events@scottfarmvermont.com.

The Scott Farm Market is open daily through November 23, and You-Pick apples are available September into October.

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FEB 28, 2015 -OPEN HOUSE & TOURS OF GALUSHA HILL FARM & LODGE, VERMONT’S NEWEST RETREAT, EVENT, WEDDING & VACATION VENUE

FEB 28, 2015 -OPEN HOUSE & TOURS OF GALUSHA HILL FARM & LODGE, VERMONT'S NEWEST RETREAT, EVENT, WEDDING & VACATION VENUE

It has been a pleasure for Pam Knights Communications to work with John Harkins and Jack Palmer at Galusha Hill Farm Lodge in East Topsham, Vermont, to develop their branding and recently completed website at GalushaHillFarmLodge.com. The public is invited to come to the farm on Saturday, February 28 between 10:30 AM – 3 PM to […]

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12th Annual Strawberry Festival at Cedar Circle Farm – Sunday July 29, 2014

Horse drawn wagon rides at Cedar Circle Farm's annual Strawberry Festival

Pack up the kids and head to Cedar Circle Farm on Sunday, June 29, from 10 to 3 PM to enjoy this popular early-summer ritual, rain or shine! Now in its twelfth year, the Strawberry Festival offers fun for the whole family with kids’ activities, puppetry, juggling, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, strawberry picking, and […]

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VERMONT WILD EDIBLES CULINARY WEEKEND FEATURING WILDCRAFTERS NOVA KIM & LES HOOK AT THE INN AT WEATHERSFIELD, MAY 3, 2014

Les Hook and Nova Kim

An All-New Culinary Weekend Program at the Inn at Weathersfield I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marilee Spanjian, owner of The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, VT to create their all-new Culinary Weekend Series of monthly programs featuring guest presenters and cookbook authors.  In a separate building on the grounds of the inn, the […]

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JEAN-LUC MATECAT NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF AT THE INN AT WEATHERSFIELD- NOW THAT’S MY BOY!

JEAN-LUC MATECAT NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF AT THE INN AT WEATHERSFIELD- NOW THAT'S MY BOY!

The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont, noted as one of the top 10 culinary inns by Bon Appetit magazine, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Luc Matécat as executive chef. Chef Jean-Luc’s responsibilities include creating and overseeing the culinary experience for both inn and dinner guests, teaching classes at the inn’s non-professional classroom […]

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Cedar Circle Farm’s Pumpkin Festival – Agritouism at its Best

Cedar Circle Farms pumpkin festival

Fall certainly is a popular time for harvest festivals around Vermont and pumpkins take center stage at many of them, but not many with the same allure and proficiency that Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center in East Thetford seems to have mastered. Over the past 11 years of organizing and coordinating green harvest festivals […]

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Meet the Smiths—Owners of Smith Family Farm

Smith Family Farm logo

A FAMILY FARMHarvey and Donna Smith are no new comers to farming. Harvey grew up on a dairy farm and in 1972 he and Donna purchased their own farm in New Haven, VT. Their two daughters, Amy and Sarah, were born on the farm and grew up helping out with chores. Together, they ran a […]

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Enroute to the Lavender Fields in Quebec

Enroute to the Lavender Fields in Quebec

My longing to visit the lavender fields in Quebec was made possible during a recent outing with “Les Dames de Vermont”,  a group of wonderful foodie women friends — Deborah Shapiro, Allison Hooper, Cathy Donnelly, Marion Burros, and Linda Ramsdell.  We take turns planning food-related adventures and this one was inspired by the NEK/Burlington contingent, […]

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11th Annual Strawberry Festival at Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, VT – Sunday, June 30, 10-4

Cedar Circle Farm Strawberry Festival

LOOKING BACK TO WHEN THE FESTIVAL FIRST BEGANI can remember back in 2002 when I met with Cedar Circle Farm managers Kate Duesterberg and Will Allen to talk about the possibility of offering strawberry and pumpkin festivals, as a means of welcoming the community to the farm to celebrate the harvest, meet the farmers and learn more about locally-grown organic […]

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