Over Memorial Day Weekend, B and I decided to take a much needed getaway to Vermont. We’re lucky enough to be only 2-3 hours away (depending on where you go) so it was an easy choice for a relaxing weekend. What made the decision easier was discovering the VT Cheese Trail and seeing all of the culinary goodness we could experience there….oh yeah!
The weather last weekend was terrible in VT, but we made the most out of it and found some fab eats Check out this bounty…
We started the weekend with a trip to Fat Toad Farm where I met my best friend Truvy…obviously we still keep in touch!
Besides having awesomely friendly goats, Fat Toad Farm makes the most amazing caramel on the planet! The goat’s milk gives the caramel a slightly tangy flavor that is simply irresistible, At their farm stand, you can sample all of the different flavors. I’m privy to the original, but the Salted Bourbon is a close second!
Later in the day Saturday, we visited the Harpoon Brewery for lunch and as a respite for the rain. When we arrived, we were happy to see the plethora of various vendors in the area. After lunch we explored the surrounding village and found some wonderful finds at the Sustainable Farmer. Bourbon Maple Syrup anyone???
B has an obsession with honey, so he had to get some of this deliciousness and my love of mustard got the better of me once I sampled Fox Hollow Farm Mustard which is mixed with balsamic…yum! Oh and obviously I couldn’t leave without trying some of their maple taffy!
A new addition to the area was a vodka distillery, Silo Vodka, that only opened a few weeks before we arrived. The building was newly built and incredibly stunning. I was happy to see that they did vodka tastings (right up my alley!), so we headed over for a taste. I was a big fan of the slightly sweet vodka, but B on the other hand was not sold. Needless to say, we walked away with a bottle 😉
Day two began with a trip to a few cheese farms. The first was Plymouth Artisan Cheese which was located on the Coolidge State Historic Site. They had a TON of samples which we tried…of course…and settled on the three following cheeses. They are all incredibly delicious!
After Plymouth, we headed to Vermont Shepard which was just a small farm stand, overlooking a GIANT pasture of sheep whose milk makes their delicious cheese. Looks perfect to me! Here’s what we picked up at their farm stand:
That ricotta is no joke! Well worth the drive to VT alone!
Our next stop was at the Putney Food Co-Op which was recommended to us by one of B’s co-workers. Basically this was a small “health food” type store that also had what looked to be a great lunch area. There was a huge line for sandwiches, so we just grabbed a loaf of fresh baked sourdough and picked up some dill chevre from the farmer’s market outside.
Our last stop was at Grafton Village Cheese and The Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, basically so I could play with more goats. The specialty store was great and we ate our way through all the samples! But we had already bought a ton of cheese, so we decided to just get a few chocolates for dessert 🙂
Clearly it was quite the culinary tour of Vermont…and this is only what we brought home!
What’s your favorite food from Vermont?