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.

Hansel and Gretel, Vermont-style – How to Follow the Middlebury Tasting Trail

There are few things better than the variety of eating at a ton of different locations! But if you’re tired and want to sit down for a bit longer, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some relaxing suggestions.

This compact college town – just an hour drive from Burlington – is the social hub of Addison County. The lush expanse of farmland, forests and apple orchards roll all the way to the edge of Lake Champlain. It is one of Vermont’s most vibrant food communities, with more than its fair share of growers, dairies, vineyards, brewers and distillers.

A handful of these have grouped together to create the Middlebury Tasting Trail, a boozy pilgrimage that takes in the best drinks in the area (don’t forget to bring a designated driver), and almost all of them offer free samples or at least a deal on tastings. The following venues are listed from North to South.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Winery 


This family-owned vineyard produces some of the state’s finest wines; don’t miss the La Crescent, a semi-dry white wine with unusual depth for this area or the dry, red Marquette. And even if you generally steer clear of dessert wine “stickies”, try a sip of Lincoln Peak’s Firelight, a rich-tasting wine with a bit of spice to balance the sugary fruit. You can taste five wines for $5, which includes a souvenir glass.

Woodchuck Hard Cider 


The behemoth of Vermont cider is now owned by an international corporation, but if you prefer hard ciders that lean sweet, it is still an enjoyable stop with guided tours.

Stonecutter Spirits 


A husband-and-wife team started this distillery to make their own perfect drink: a highly aromatic, barrel aged gin that is a cocktail unto itself. Stop by on Thursday for cocktails designed by some of Vermont’s most talented bartenders, or just enjoy free samples of gin in the über-stylish, Instagram-baiting tasting room.

Appalachian Gap Distillery 


This tiny, creative distillery offers an entire bar’s worth of spirits: a recent visit included whiskey (aged and white), gin, rum, and a pair of coffee-based bottles. Their most distinctive product might be the Papilio, a tequila-like drink that is distilled from blue agave and maple syrup.

Otter Creek Brewing 


Sample hoppy favorites, seasonal offerings and small-batch one-offs at this large brewery’s onsite pub. The Citra Mantra IPL is an excellent, single-hopped beer with a classic Vermont flavor, but the knowledgeable bartenders can guide to you your perfect beer. Six four-ounce tasting pours will run you just $8. The brewery serves a clutch of sandwiches, salads and nachos to help soak up the beer.

Drop-In Brewing 

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You can find this brewery’s beers on tap around the state, but for the full Drop-In experience, you’ll just have to… well, drop in. Their year-round Heart of Lothian is a remarkable Scottish ale with enormous flavor, while Sunshine and Hoppiness is a bright, crisp golden ale. The brewmaster rotates in new brews by whim and season, and they’re consistently very high quality. $7 will net you a sample of all beers on tap (usually seven total).

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If you’re visiting Middlebury in apple season (summer & fall), or if you’re a hard cider aficionado,
consider adding a trip to Champlain Orchards, an apple orchard and cidery that’s 16 miles (27 km)
southwest of town. Nibble cider donuts and heirloom fruits in the orchard store and explore the tidy
rows of trees, then visit the beverage cooler. Pick up a bottle of their excellent ice cider, an ice wine-
like product that’s rarely found outside of Vermont and Québec, and don’t miss the honey plum cider.
One of the best hard ciders in the state, it starts fruity and ends dry. If you don’t want to make the trek
to Shoreham, many of Champlain Orchard’s ciders are available in local liquor stores.

If you’re not solidly tipsy by the end of this tour, then I reckon you aren’t human. Solidly tipsy people often want food, and this is where Glutton Guide Burlington steps in to save the day! Check out this delicious dictionary for all of Burlington’s classics, whether you’re drunk or not!

 

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!