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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.
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.
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.
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