Celebrate Vermont Open Farm Week in the Northeast Kingdom

Dig in and experience the authentic flavors of the Kingdom during Vermont Open Farm Week from August 7-14, 2022. From behind-the-scenes tours to free tastings, hands-on experiences, and plenty of local shopping, this agricultural adventure will leave you hungry for more. 

In its 8th year, this week-long, statewide celebration shines a spotlight on the farmers, plants, and animals that bring high-quality Vermont products to our plates. Explore this list of participating NEK farms – even if you can’t make it to this year’s events, use the information below to map out potential destinations for an agricultural tour during your next visit.

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Lavender Essentials of Vermont – Derby, VT

Lavender Essentials of Vermont is a picturesque farm deep in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, right on the border of Canada – and they are all in for Vermont Open Farm Week! From s’mores nights to a 5K among the fields of flowers, head up to Derby to see (and smell) living life with the lavender.

Apart from the view, visitors can enjoy walking the lavender labyrinth, picking their own veggies and herbs, or sitting in the peace and quiet next to Scarlett Pond. Check out their website for full details including information about camping on-site!

Oh My S’Mores
Wednesday, August 10th, 6 – 8pm
August 10th is National S’mores Day and this farm is taking advantage! Roast a treat in celebration while exploring the fields and soaking in the view. There will be plenty of s’mores supplies for sale as well as herbal products for purchase in their gift shop. The celebration continues Thursday, August 11 with a free Kid’s Marshmallow Roast, weather permitting. Reservations requested. 

Open Farm Day
Friday, August 12th, 10am – 3pm & 4 – 8pm
Head back on Saturday for an Open Farm Day. Tour the vegetable fields, taste raw cow’s milk, pat the pigs, or take a wagon ride. The evening, listen to live music from Jacob Green, the one-man show who plays harmonica, guitar, banjo, drums, and other instruments. This event is free for all. $5 suggested donation.

Lavender 5K & 1st Annual Mac & Cheese Fest
Saturday, August 13th, 10:30am – 4:30pm
If you’re looking to become really immersed in all things lavender, sign up for the Lavender 5k on Saturday, August 13. Located at the tip of Vermont along the Canadian border, the course boosts 360-degree views and moves through rolling hills, dirt roads and fields of lavender, sunflowers, vegetables, and herbs. It’ll be hard to focus on running instead of stopping to take photos along the way. All ages are welcome. Adults $30, Youth 17 and under $15.

Following the 5k, Lavender Essentials will be hosting their 1st Annual Mac & Cheese Fest. Local restaurants and food purveyors will be dishing up their best mac and cheese. Tickets include samples from each participating restaurant and an entry to win one of the door prizes. Cast your vote for the Best Tasting, Most Unique, and Crowd Favorite dishes from the event.

In addition to a variety of cheeses with lavender honey drizzle and lavender maple syrup, Eden Cider will also be at the farm serving samples of their cider. Tickets to the Mac & Cheese Fest are $15.

Wilson Farm – Greensboro, VT

Wilson Farm is located in the Farm & Field destination area – a true testament to what you’ll find when you visit this part of the Kingdom. Wilson Farm grows certified organic, high-quality vegetables and medicinal herbs. During the summer, they open their Farm Market where visitors can find fresh, local food from neighboring farms along with their herbs and herbal products.

They also serve delicious cold brew coffee, iced herbal teas you can sip on while soaking in the view. And don’t forget about their herbal ice cream! Grab a scoop to eat on the spot or a pint to try out later.

Thursday, August 11th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Join NOFA-VT and Wilson Farm for an On the Farm Pizza Social on Thursday, August 11 in Greensboro. Take a tour of the farm, enjoy a pizza made fresh from NOFA-VT’s new wood-fired pizza oven, and shop the on-site market – be sure to save room for a scoop of Wilson Farm’s new herbal ice cream. $10-20 suggested donation.

Wilson Farm was also featured in our Create Your Kingdom video series, giving us a taste of what it’s like to be a part of this thriving, vibrant New England community.

Rowdy Cow Farm – Craftsbury, VT

What began as just a dream for the crew at Rowdy Cow Ranch has turned into a lifestyle. Using sustainable and regenerative practices, they raise animals in a way that’s better for them, the environment, and the end consumer. Stop for a visiting on Wednesday or Thursday or Open Farm Week or place an order from their Butcher Shop to grill out during your next visit.

Wednesday, August 10, 5 – 6pm
Pack your walking shoes and head out for a Ranch Tour of Rowdy Cow Farm in Craftsbury on Wednesday, August 10. On your tour, you’ll learn all about the processes of this small livestock farm including its commitment to sustainability. Make sure to stop by the on-site butcher shop to pick up some products to bring home.  Rowdy Cow Farm will also be giving tours of their Butcher Shop from 5-6pm on Thursday, August 11.
Please note that Rowdy Cow Farm is accessed from the Craftsbury/ Morey Hill roadside.  

Hit up a Local Farmer’s Market!

Farmer’s markets take place all over Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and are easily within range no matter where you decide to call ‘home’ during your visit. Each market is filled with live music, tasty samples, fresh fruits and veggies galore – plus flowers, meats, cheeses, artisanal vendors, and more! See what new goodies you can find and visit a Farmer’s market happening near you:

Hardwick

Friday, 3-6pm

Featuring the Community Farm & Food Celebration with the Center for an Agricultural Economy, a special celebration for Open Farm Week. Watch traditional craft demos, visit with farm animals, listen to live music, and enjoy samples from vendors. 

Danville

Wednesday, 9am-1pm

Newport

Sat. & Wed., 9am-2pm

Craftsbury

Saturday, 9am-1pm

St. Johnsbury

Saturday, 9am-1pm

Lyndonville

Friday, 3-6pm

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