Apples and Oranges – Where to Pick Your Own Produce in Burlington

If you’re enjoying Burlington’s healthy fruit and veggies, but you are craving something sweet or savory afterward, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some suggestions! Desserts are healthy for the soul, after all.

Summer and fall bring waves of bright fruits and vegetables that pile up in roadside stands and farmers’ markets, but the sweetest way to enjoy the season’s bounty is to pick it yourself. Here are some favorite farms and orchards near Burlington.

Adam’s Berry Farm


Stain lips red and fingers blue with organic raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from this beautiful farm. The seasons stretch from early June to the first frost, but call first to find what’s picking. Adam’s is located 14 miles (22km) south of Burlington.

Chapin Orchard

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This friendly orchard just 12 miles (19km) north of Burlington grows piles of apples, from the classics — Macintosh, Cortland, Empire and Macoun — to more esoteric varietals. Different apples ripen at different times, so ask the staff for suggestions about what to pick, but be sure to try their heirloom fruit, like Duchess, Tolman Sweet, and Fameuse. Chapin Orchard also sells excellent fresh apple cider.

Shelburne Orchards


At this pretty orchard, undulating rows of trees roll toward perfect views of Lake Champlain just 10 miles (16km) south of Burlington. Pick all kinds of apples, as well as sour cherries, peaches and table grapes (the seasons on non-apple fruits are short, so call ahead), and there’s fresh cider, cider vinegar and cider donuts available at the farm store. The orchardist distills brandy in the winter in a copper still heated by a wood fire. The next run of eight-year aged brandy won’t be released until 2017, but you can spot the aging cellar built into a gentle hillside.

If you enjoyed this list of Burlington’s best spots to pick your own produce, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for a few more sure-fire winners! From bars to burgers to the sweetest of sweets, these pages hold everything worth eating.

 

A Nice Meal and a Roll in the Hay – Best Farmhouse Dinners in Burlington

After your farmhouse dinners, check out Glutton Guide Burlington to continue the festivities! This foodie almanac will tell you about all of the best destinations.

Many of Vermont’s farmers are gourmet savvy, and the most celebrated chefs seem to spend their off hours hanging around green houses, orchards and sugarshacks. On-farm dinners, held throughout the summer, range from relaxed affairs with paper plates and bluegrass to all-out galas with softly lit white tablecloths.

To find the one-off events that take place around the state, check with Vermont Fresh Network, an organization of food professionals that partners farmers with chefs. Or join a monthly event at Agricola Farm in Panton, a family-style feast in a rustic farmhouse. Another useful resource is Slow Food Vermont, a local chapter of the Italy-based food organization whose regular potlucks are open to the public and are an excellent way to meet local farmers, chefs and foodies.

But summertime also brings a pair of weekly dinners that are a wonderful taste of agricultural life:

Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne


Dancing toddlers and fresh, local music make this weekly barbecue a beloved summer event. Pile a plate with a burger made from the farm’s herd of grassfed cows, alongside greens, sauerkraut and housemade pickles. Bread and Butter Farm also makes grass-fed beef hot dogs and serves locally-made black bean burgers. Bring your own picnic blanket, folding chairs and beer or wine.

Summervale, Burlington


The Intervale is a swath of low-lying farmland in the crook of the Winooski river, where a dozen small, organic farms produce vegetables, fruit, chickens and honey. Every Thursday in July and August, the Intervale hosts a lively picnic celebration with pizza, beer and live music, as well as artisanal food from some of the Burlington’s most beloved producers and chefs. The event starts at 5:30pm, but arrive early to explore the Intervale. The Abenaki Heritage Garden contains the indigenous varieties of corn and beans. The Intervale Center also has maps of the property’s walking trails.

 

There’s nothing like hearty home-cooking, especially when the food is made with love like it is at these destinations! If you’re looking for more delicious local treats, check out Glutton Guide Burlington.

Burlington’s Best Creemee – Soft Serve At Its Finest

If summers make you crave ice cream, then creemee is made with you in mind! Check out this list of the best places to get Vermont’s signature treat. If you want a taste of more local specialties, consult Glutton Guide Burlington, aka the holy grail of food knowledge.

Burlington Bay Café

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There’s nothing special about the ice cream at this waterfront café, but it is fun to watch the action by the lake as you stand in the long, convivial line.

Scout & Co


If you’d like your creemee with a bit of class and caffeine, get it affogato, with a shot of espresso on top. Scout offers a latter-day version of the classic creamy experience, with flavors like smoked maple and sea salt made with local ingredients.

Charlotte Berry Farm

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Head into the green, rolling country to the south of Burlington, and you’ll find farms, orchards, and the best strawberry creemees around. The berry farm blends fresh fruit into their ice cream, which you can also order with shortcake and berries. Charlotte Berry Farm also does U-Pick, so call ahead to see what’s picking. 

Joe’s Snack Bar

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It’s worth making the trek out of town to this dinky roadside snack bar for a burger and a creemee. The food is unremarkable, but it’s a quintessential summer experience, especially if you go for a dip in the nearby river, which is pocked with swimming holes.

Now that you’ve crossed that icy treat off of your list, warm up with some homemade food or fresh veggies! Check out Glutton Guide Burlington, which will pave the way to your next culinary delight.

 

Wandering Wonderland – Burlington’s Best Daytrips

 Are you looking for a good way to spend your sunny Saturday? Whether you’re from Vermont or you’re just passing through, you’ll want to check out Glutton Guide Burlington! You’re sure to have a fun day on the farm (and even more fun eating the food.) 

Explore Shelburne Farms


Just 20 minutes from downtown Burlington, this sprawling, lakeside farm is a dreamy place for strolling manicured fields, cuddling baby animals and enjoying sunset cocktails at a historic inn. The farm was founded in the late 19th century as a model agricultural estate, then reborn in 1972 as a nonprofit. It is dedicated to conservation education, which includes flawless versions of Vermont’s most distinctive products: a dairy barn and cheddaring operation, a maple-rich forest with an adorable sugarshack and organic vegetable gardens.

The environs are remarkable, from the elegant Farm Barn to the inn’s aristocratic, frozen-in-time décor. Spend an afternoon wandering the extensive walking trails or join a tour to learn to make cheddar. Then reserve a table at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, where farm-grown organic ingredients compose the classic, elegant menu. If splashing out for a meal at the inn doesn’t fit your budget, call ahead and stop by for an evening drink – you can enjoy the view and grounds for a fraction of the price.


Admission is $8/6/5 for adults/seniors/children, but the entrance fee is waived with a drinking or dining reservation at the Inn. They offer free admission and open walking trails during the off season, but close most attractions.

Tiny foodies shouldn’t miss the Children’s Farmyard! They can help with farm chores, brush a sheep or rabbit and watch educators milk a cow or goat. In January and February, Shelburne Farms offers delightful horse-drawn sleigh rides on Saturdays and Sundays, for $10/8 (adult/child), but call before coming as conditions are variable.

Shelburne Farms also offers a great experience during maple sugar season (late March or early April).

Looking for some more fun destinations in Burlington, or craving a locally-made drink? Check out Glutton Guide Burlington for the full list of suggestions. You wouldn’t want to miss out! 

 

Burlington’s Best Breakfasts

Whether you’re fueling up for a day of maple sugaring or just looking to try farm-to-table butter on your pancakes, Burlington (Vermont) has the breakfast for you. Check out Burlington’s best breakfasts and download Glutton Guide: Burlington for more tips on where to eat like a local in this foodie haven.

Magnolia Bistro


This cozy café has something for everyone, with omnivorous options alongside plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. On sunny days, the back patio is heavenly (if you can snag a table), and it is large enough that waits are usually shorter during busy weekend hours. The house-cured salmon, served on greens and hashbrowns with dill crème fraîche, is a standout, with just the right blend of richness and piquancy, and the lemon ricotta pancakes taste like pure sunshine. Magnolia is the first “green certified” restaurant to open in Vermont and buys some of its ingredients from area farms.

1 Lawson Lane. Tel: +1 802 846 7446. Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm.

 

Nunyuns Bakery & Café


For our money, the egg & cheese biscuit at this homey café is one of the best cheap breakfasts in town. Lunchtime sandwiches, soups and salads are simple and fresh-tasting, and the café is a pleasant place to stop for a quick bite as everything is handmade by a husband-and-wife team (who also pick their own blackberries, fiddleheads and ramps). But, with large, sunny windows and pots of strong coffee, Nunyuns invites lingering over a newspaper and a plate of something sweet; try a slice of sour cream coffee cake swirled with crunchy streusel.

139 N. Champlain St. Tel: +1 802 861 2067. Hours: Tue-Sat 7am-3pm, Sun 7am-2pm.

 

Pennycluse Café

 

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Lunch for breakfast, breakfast for lunch… If it is light out and you’re hungry, you can’t go wrong with the folks at Pennycluse, who’ve done exactly as they please since 1998. That means a menu that combines breakfast classics like huevos rancheros and pancake stacks with homemade banana bread French toast and avocado smoothies. They’ve got options that range from restrained to indulgent, and if something sounds great to them, they put it on the specials board. They are also leaders in supporting local food producers despite making very little fuss about it, and have some of downtown’s friendliest staff.

169 Cherry St. Tel: +1 802 651 8834. Hours: Mon-Fri 6:45am-3pm, Sat-Sun & Holidays 8am-3pm.

 

Pingala Café

 

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This vegan enclave is technically in Burlington, but its healthy, hippie little heart is Onion City all the way. Just across the bridge from Winooski, it occupies a sun-filled space in the Chace Mill with a great view of the river. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, and Pingala offers more gluten-free options than anywhere in town, along with an impressive selection of “milks” on the coffee menu. The eggplant “bacon” is worth a try, especially when paired with tomatoes and caramelized onions on the E.L.T. sandwich. If you’ve never tried “gouda” made out of cashews, you should seize the chance.

1 Mill St. Burlington. Tel: +1 802 540 0110. Summer hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. Winter hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.

 

Scout & Co, Pine St

 

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This pleasantly hip Scout & Co. outpost is a perfect lunchtime detour from the waterfront bicycle path, and it has the best espresso in town. Breakfast items are healthy and available all day (chia seed porridge with hibiscus maple, anyone?), and the chef sneaks richly-flavorful bits of smoky, pickled things into sandwiches, salads and burgers on the lunch menu. Don’t miss the smoked bluefish melt, a delightful sandwich that’s half foodie hipster fare, half lunch at grandma’s house. House-made ice cream comes in tempting flavors like vanilla-oak, but is somewhat inconsistent; try a sample before you decide.

128 Lakeside Ave. Tel: +1 802 343 1218. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm.

 

Sneakers Bistro

 

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This cheerful café dishes up truly satisfying breakfasts and is the rare establishment where local politicians, construction workers and hipsters rub elbows — united by the delightful corned beef hash. If you like something bracing with your breakfast (or lunch), Sneakers has a nice drinks list that includes a Cider Mimosa and a spicy Bloody Mary. Weekend mornings are popular, and there is often a line out the door, but you can wait for your table right next door at another Winooski institution: the Monkey House bar.

 28 Main St. Tel: +1 802 655 9081. Hours: 7am-3pm.

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