Locally Grown: Animals & Agriculture
Brandon’s Farms, Farmstands, Nurseries, Vineyards, and Agriculture
Agriculture is still important in Brandon. Several successful dairy farms still exist in the area providing an important link to the area’s agricultural history and inspiration to today’s local artists! For the pick- your- own- blueberry crowd, head to Blueberry Hill Management Area, situated just up the road in Goshen in the Green Mountain National Forest.
Color can be found everywhere at Pinewood Gardens! They offer premium locally grown annuals, vegetable plants, seeds, herbs, perennials, pottery, soils, compost, shrubs, trees and related items. The retail nursery and garden center is open from the last week of March, through the third week of October, seven days a week. Located on Route 7 South (2473 Franklin St., just north of Otter Valley Union High School). 802-247- 3388
Enjoy a taste of Vermont farm fresh at Wood’s Market Garden. Wood’s is a fruit, vegetable & flower farm and seasonal market who’s fields have been producing fresh food for the greater Brandon community for over 100 years. The farm consists of 150 acres of Vermont farmland and woods. Known far and wide for our delicious sweet corn and plump, sweet strawberries, they also grow over 50 kinds of vegetables and fruits on 60 acres of sandy loam soils. They began growing organically over ten years ago, and along with our field production, they have seven greenhouses for raising bedding plants, ornamentals, vegetable starts and the tastiest early tomatoes in the state! On Route 7 South, “By the Pond”; 802-247-6630
Visit Kirby’s Happy Hoofers , and see Mohair on the hoof. We are a very small farm devoted to producing mohair and raising registered Angora Goats and a few Shetland and Icelandic Sheep. See Angora Goats of all ages as well what is produced from our fiber. Mittens lined with mohair or socks occasionally available for sale. Directions: Rte 73 East 1.5 miles from the Brandon Inn, we are the 4th house on the right past the turn to the Golf Course (Barn is not visible from the road). No charge for visits but please call ahead. 802-247-3124 Debbie Kirby, Kirby’s Happpy Hoofers, 977 Forest Dale Road, Brandon, VT 05733, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Located north of Brandon is Maple View Farm Alpacas, which specializes in alpacas. Come learn about these gentle, intelligent creatures then browse the farm store, which features garments, accessories, yarns and toys made from luxurious alpaca fiber. Farm visits are by chance or by appointment. Vermont Fiber Mill and Studio, LLC is a fiber production mill and fiber education center located at Maple View Farm Alpacas. VFM&S processes fiber from the farm as well as for other Vermont and regional fiber producers. VFM&S also sells finished goods as well as provides fiber related workshops in its Education Center. The equipment used in the mill is a smaller version of that used by industrial mills. Through a process of washing, picking, separating, carding, spinning and plying, the mill can create batts, roving, yarn, felt and finished fiber goods. Mill tours available.185 Adams, Brandon. For more information, call 247-5412 or 802-236-9158 .
Each Friday from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend from 9 am – 2 pm, Central Park becomes alive with Brandon Farmer’s Market. Vendors sell the freshest produce, breads, jams, honey, maple products, and crafts.
Painted Woods Farm provides wagon rides and sleigh rides through beautiful fields and forest where you can experience some of Vermont’s splendid scenery and perhaps glimpse some wildlife. Looking for a romantic evening adventure? Well a carriage ride for two down a quiet country lane would be for you. For info call Donna and Anthony Peduto at 802 247-4917.
Neshobe River Winery is located at the Old Mill Inn Bed and Breakfast is a small vineyard with a supplement of grapes obtained from Vermont, California, and the Finger Lakes.We expect our first production of estate grapes this fall. A tasting room,located in the barn, will operate weekends (Friday-Sunday) starting in May through October. Wine products and tastings will be available at the Inn during November and December. The winery and grounds are available for functions and parties during the operational season. Call 802.247.8002
Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains, Otter Valley Winery is located on Route 7 just south of downtown Brandon (address is 1246 Franklin St.), the vineyard features variety of grapes: reds – Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris and St. Croix and whites – LaCrescent and Frontenac Blanc. Farming grapes is both science and art, with gray areas of interpretation in each, and their goal is to shepherd the fruit to its greatest expression using the tools of both. Combining meticulous winemaking practices and talent with a genuine love of the land and support for the Vermont wine community, Otter Valley Winery is capitalizing on the region’s potential to create world – class wines. Their goal is to make high quality wines that reflect the climate, soil and beauty of the state of Vermont. Offering wine tastings daily. Gift shop. FREE wine tasting for Cozy Cottages‘ guests. 802-247-6644
The New England Maple Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Maple Country. Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains, where Vermont’s finest maple syrup is made, the museum offers a trip through over 200 years of maple sugaring history starting with the Native American discovery that maple sap cooked over an open fire produces a sweet syrup. Today, the sweet aroma of sap permeating the air, still harkens the arrival of Spring in Vermont. And a tour of the New England Maple Museum brings it all to life. gift shop with a wide array of maple treats. Located on Route 7 in Pittsford just a few miles south of Brandon. 802.483.9414.