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.

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!