Local Foods Overdose
In an effort to experience not only the fall, but also local foods, and foods of Vermont I decided to go apple picking this weekend. The farm I went to is called Burtt’s Apple Orchard. I was especially excited to go because there was a wooden apple hidden somewhere in the orchard. If you find the wooden apple, you could win an ipod or ipad.
The farm itself is in Cabot, VT. And yes, that is where the famous Cabot Cheese comes from. A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Cabot COOP and went on a tour. I bought horseradish cheddar and powdered cheese from the gift shop. The powdered cheese is for popcorn, and is pretty awesome. But the horseradish cheese isn’t so bad, either!
As you can see from the photos, it was an overcast day, but pretty warm. Actually, once I started walking around the orchard, I got very sweaty! It’s the humidity, people.
It’s kind of hard to tell because my camera sucks, but the trees in the background are turning beautiful fall colors.
In any case, there are more kinds of apples than I ever knew existed. There’s Jonamac, Macoun, MacIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Jersey Mac, Hampshire Mac, Galarina, Gala, Golden Delicious, Liberty, Baldwin, Paula Red, and so many more. According to the farmer, the current top apple in the country is Honeycrisp. I got a guide to all the rows of trees, and which apples were ripe.
It was so refreshing to walk through all the rows and see the varied colors and textures of the apples. All the way at end of the farm, I came across a whole bunch of cows!
Aren’t they just the cutest? They all stared at me for a while, and I finally decided to pick up some apples that had fallen to the ground, and throw them under the fence. The cows loved them of course.
I chose some of each of the apples, so that I can taste the differences. It turned out to be about one peck.
Here’s the farm stand where they weighed the apples I picked.
After my sweaty visit to the orchard, I decided to call another farm to see if they were open. This farm is called Applecheek Farm. I’m interested in making my own bacon, duck prosciutto, and other lovely cured things. I already got the special curing salt, now all I need is the meat to process!
Applecheek Farm has cows, pigs, chicken, turkeys, ducks, and probably other animals I don’t know about. I went into the store because I was assured it open until 6 pm, but all I found were two kids and two kittens. The older child, a girl, was kind of in charge, and I asked her about pork belly, but she didn’t really know what I was talking about. So instead of buying anything, or finding their parents who were working somewhere in the fields, I walked around the farm a bit.
Overall, a nice visit. Nice to know where my food comes from, and that the animals at least have a decent life.
That evening, I decided to treat myself to a lovely dinner. I got some local cheeses, ham, and of course some of my apple, plus some beautiful bread. Red Hen Bakery, Jasper Hill, Vermont Butter and Cheese – yum!
A successful day in Vermont!
p.s.: I didn’t find the wooden apple. 😦