ventures in vermont

After a hot, humid summer in the Boston area, Putney, VT seems like nothing short of paradise. In a mere 24 hours, you can visit Dutton’s Berry Farm for pick-your-own raspberries, Green Mountain Orchards, for pick-your-own blueberries, the town center for a bountiful Farmers’ Market, and the community garden, teeming with fresh, green vegetables and flowers. After one day in Putney, I had the perfect makings of a summer meal. Not just any meal, mind you — a ridiculously local meal. Bread baked in Brattleboro, VT, tomatoes and basil from the community garden, mozzarella cheese from Maple Brook in Bennington, VT, a carton of eggs from Meadowdale Farm in Putney, VT, and buckets of berries from Dutton’s and Green Mountain Orchards.

The meal – brunch – was equally as glorious as the fresh, calm country air: toasted sourdough with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Paired with freshly fried eggs (possibly even laid that morning!), and fresh, fresh berries. The only downside? If you’re located in Boston, all this glory is two and half hours away….

So how can you access this fresh, delicious, summer food a bit closer to home? As always, our extensive farmers’ market listings are here to lend a helping hand. If you’re interested in pick-your-own berries, pickyourown.org has great listings, and you can search by state if you’re on a summer get away. How else can you get your hands on such good food? Two and a half hours isn’t really that long of a drive…especially when you have vine-ripe tomatoes, day-of mozzarella, and sunshine to boot!

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