New Ways to Experience Fall Foliage

From lattes on hoof and farm fresh dinners to cider pressing, harvest markets, and world class music the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative’s Fall Foliage Trail provides visitors opportunities to frame the season’s glory in the intimacy of family farms in and around Vermont’s bucolic “pond village”, Brookfield, where unique opportunities abound to enjoy the splendor and awe of seasonal change from the ground up.

“Our guests appreciate the seasonal bounty of our neighborhood farms and forests. Lee [Ariels’ chef] knows better than to hide the natural beauty of fresh produce and grass fed meat. And I look for fun ways to integrate seasonal treats in our drink menu,” Says Richard Fink of Ariel’s Restaurant.

Mari Omland of Green Mountain Girls Farm notes, “Farms used to be part of the backgrounds in the photos of leaf peepers.  Increasingly visitors focus on fresh food with foliage as a backdrop. Visitors seek connection and refill their wells by taking in smells, sights and sounds of our farm.”

Fat Toad Farm’s Judith Irving catalyzed the neighborhood collaboration. “We started the Floating Bridge Food and Farm Cooperative to improve sustainability for our family farms and rural enterprises and to serve visitors who are hungry for authentic experiences in working agricultural communities.” Fat Toad Farm’s Farmstead Caramel is available in fine food stores across the country, via the farm’s website and on sale at the farm. 

Below is a list of opportunities to explore local food in your foliage explorations and check out for updates and more details. And for even more ideas on how to incorporate Vermont’s bourgeoning farm and food deliciousness into your travels, explore the new statewide website, an overview of authentic culinary tourism offers.

Regular Offerings

Meals: Ariel’s Restaurant serves hyperlocal fare Wednesday-Sunday 5:30-9:30

Farm Tours:  Fat Toad Farm (weekends) & Green Mountain Girls Farm

Giftshops & Farmstands: Fat Toad Farm, Ariel’s Restaurant & Green Mountain Girls Farm

Farmstays and lodging: Green Mountain Girls Farm, Lew Stowell & Sons Christmas Trees, Green Trails Inn

Scheduled Events

October 5th Floating Bridge Food and Farms goes to Brooklyn for EscapeMaker’s Annual Local Food and Travel Expo

October 11th Scrag Mountain Music and Farm Supper at Green Mountain Girls Farm, 5-9pm

October 13th Harvest Market, cider pressing and demonstrations, Brookfield Village, 12-4 pm

November 3rd Red Tail Ring Concert & Pig Roast at Green Mountain Girls Farm, 4-8 pm

December 7th & 8th Floating Bridge Food & Farms Cooperative Annual Holiday Market, Brookfield

A new series of skill building workshops and Cooking classes are currently being scheduled for late 2013 and 2014.

Available by Appointment

Brookfield Bees: See cider pressing and learn about boiled cider

Fieldstone Farm: Farm tour and pizza making. Ian and Chandra Blackmer’s outdoor wood-fired brick oven turns out delicious farmstead pizza year-round

Green Mountain Girls Farm: Lattes on the Hoof, Cheese Classes and Farm Experiences

Newe Start Farm: Observe Sheri as she makes Indigo for dyeing wool.

Pagoda Pond Gardens: Farm tours, herbs, daylilies. Pagoda Pond has over 700 varieties of daylilies growing at the farm – all of them labeled with name, hybridizer, year, height, etc.  Though best enjoyed in bloom between June and September, fall visitors will find it a treat to talk all things lily with Ellen Shepherd.