Slice of Life Workshops Dish up Farm Fresh Learning

The Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative is launching a new website and a series of workshops and classes.

 “We have grown distant from farms” acknowledges Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. “This series will enable Vermonters and visitors to deepen their appreciation of our fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers and encourage them to fill their pantries and suitcases. The connection between the food on our tables, the economy, the ecology and the farmers who produce it is fundamental.”

FedEx Awards ‘Fat Toad Farm’ Small Business Grant

"MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 25, 2014 - Fat Toad Farm, a small business specializing in hand-crafted goat’s milk caramel sauces, has been announced the winner of the second-annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest.  Fat Toad Farm, which is based in Brookfield, Vermont, will receive a $25,000 grant to put toward its business and growth plan..."

Floating Bridge Coop Offering Localvore Holiday Fun Times in Brookfield

In The Northfield News

"The Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative is inviting everyone to spend part of the holiday season in Brookfield and make this year a localvore holiday.

Choose a fresh Vermont Christmas Tree, enjoy a holiday market, meet local farmers and enjoy great local meats and produce, and secure some great handmade holiday gifts and food.

December 7th and 8th, you can put together a great holiday outing in the Brookfield area. Enjoy a drive through picturesque countryside to LH Stowell and Son Christmas Tree Farm to choose your tree. Stroll the property and let yourself fall in love with one of their 8 varieties and many sizes..."

Market Day Returns to Brookfield’s Town Hall

In The Herald of Randolph

"Members of the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative will host a Farmers Market at Brookfield’s Old Town Hall featuring local foods, plants, and gifts from Brookfield, Randolph, Braintree, and Northfield, on Sunday, June 23 from noon-3 p.m.

You can get your gardens set with local plants and flowers, including Pagoda Pond Garden’s daylilies and Spruce Lane Farm’s hanging baskets. You can stock your kitchen with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, pickles, jams, jellies, and of course, quality sweets, including caramel, honey, and maple syrup, and pick up other great local products such as beeswax candles, soap, wool roving, and the new Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, featuring Ariel’s Restaurant..."

Dinner in Vermont farmhouse is sourced from local growers

By Rachel Ellner (In The Boston Globe)

"BROOKFIELD, Vt. — Ariel’s Restaurant is housed in a mid-19th-century farmhouse that offers seats in a formal parlor, at a table within reach of the bar, or, in season, on a glassed-in porch overlooking a lake. The restaurant, off a dirt road in Brookfield, a town of 1,200 a half-hour south of Montpelier, attracts culinary fanatics.

Market Day at Old Town Hall

By Josey Hastings (In The Herald of Randolph)

"Along with the rumbling of thunder, there was a sense of festive joy in the air this past Sunday as members of the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative held their second annual Market Day at theBrookfield Old Town Hall. Shoppers milled about sampling goat cheese and cantaloupe, buying blueberries and maple yogurt, and chatting with farmers."

Floating Bridge Food & Farms Cooperative & Ariel’s Restaurant in Brookfield

by Lee Duberman (in The Northfield News)

"Even before Local and Sustainable became buzzwords for foodies, my husband Richard Fink and I have been searching out the best local produce that we could find. We've always felt that the closer to home the vegetables and meats were produced the better they would taste, and the smaller the footprint we would leave on our surrounding environment..."