Big day yesterday.*
We spent the morning at Bread and Butter Farm in neighboring Shelburne. Farmer-owner Corie took us on a tour of the farm including:
and a greenhouse full of spinach and kale.
Fresh greens! In Vermont in March!
But my guess is few of them are familiar with this sort of farming. Bread and Butter Farm is a diversified farm that started three and a half years ago on generational family farm land put under conservation easement through the Vermont Land Trust. Corie and head baker, Adam, purchased the land and launched a farm that produces a variety of items and offers many services to the community including Burger Fridays and a new summer camp venture. Corie gave us a tour appropriate for older kids; we had fun petting pigs and baby calves, but we also talked about sustainable farming practices.
Some kids chopped up the produce that was ripe and ready, while others sliced Thursday's Around the World bread. A few chose to do some quick research about the guava and chayote. Were they ripe? No. They're in a paper bag on the counter, getting ready for snack time on Monday.
Then we ate. Two types of mango were sampled and compared. Three loaves out of four were gone in fifteen minutes.
*The whole field trip was funded through a Farm to School grant. I am so very appreciative for the support.