Vermont is known for its farms and agricultural products, as well as its leadership in the local food movement. Two great Stowe farmers' markets help to showcase the abundance of locally-made goods in the state. Guests of our Stowe boutique hotel Field Guide love to visit farmers' markets and farm stands to pick up supplies for hikes or to browse the handmade artisan products that make for a great vacation memento. Next time you're on a lark to Stowe, make sure to stop into these Stowe farmers' markets.
With nearly 50 vendors, the Stowe Farmers' Market is a fantastic showcase of all of the area's local food. With tons of in-season vegetables, meats, cheeses, cut flowers, honey, maple syrup, and beverages, the Stowe Farmers' Market is a great place to learn about the area's farming and support Vermont's local food scene. Best of all, this farmers' market allows the sale of prepared foods and even alcoholic beverages, so you can enjoy a lovely lunch at the market from several food vendors. Don't miss Caledonia Spirits, who make gin and vodka from honey, and the Vermont Switchel Company, which produces the spicy, tart beverage that's been around since Colonial times. The Stowe Farmers' Market is open every Sunday from 10:30am until 3pm, April through October.
Fans of local agriculture will want to make the trek over to Shelburne to check out this working farm and sustainable agriculture center. Guided tours of the 3,800-acre farm, gardens, historic house, and barn are available—the farm tour includes a wagon ride, so it's especially popular with families. The farm makes it own cheese daily, and you can see the cheesemaking operation or join a guided tour that includes a tasting of the farm's line of cheddar cheeses. Enjoy lunch from the Farm Cart, a small food truck that produces a menu of simple dishes made with farm products. Shelburne Farms is a worthy day trip for anyone looking to learn more about Vermont agriculture while enjoying some fresh farm air.