farms/cheese/maple in VT,NH around I89 for roadtrip Boston to VT
Some friends and I will be taking a road trip from Boston to Montreal and we're looking for recommendations on quintessential New England-y artisanal farms to stop at along the I89 corridor. I'd especially love to purchase some good cheese and maple products. Any suggestions for inexpensive and local produce featuring restaurants along the way would also be appreciated!
These 2 farms sell everything from maple syrup to meats, cheeses and veggies...
Killdeer Farm, Norwich, Rte. 5 South
Sugarbush Farm, Woodstock VT, Exit 1 off 89 to Rte.4 W
Here's a link to a list of all VT's farms:
Boucher Farms in Highgate Center, just off I-89 south of the Quebec border, is a nice, small family operation that does about 10,000 pounds per year of mostly bleu varieties. Last summer I bought a six month supply of Gore -Dawn -Zola that lasted about 6 weeks. Delicious with a hard, salty aged rind, similar to some stiltons. I arrived unannounced and they took time to give a great tour and answered a lot of questions.
They are using the dung from their 120 cows to generate hot water and electricity- it's a neat operation and very much worth a visit.
"Artisanal" does not necessarily denote higher quality. I've tasted some artisanal cheeses with real quality control issues.
Cabot may not be "artisanally" small, but it is 100% owned by the dairy farmers who supply the milk that makes Cabot cheese. And Cabot makes a wide variety of cheeses that are of a very high quality. I'm glad you mentioned them within the contexts of this thread.
I love the outlet at Quechee Gorge. They have loads of samples. Some great cheeses there that you can't always find in the supermarkets. And they make a thing called Cheddar Shake that is great on popcorn...never found that in the markets where I live either.
Further north is their factory. Nice tour. They were making pepperjack when I was there....did not enjoy that smell.
While in the area, stop at Ben and Jerry's too for their tour and a sample.
I don't think they use local produce but In a Pinch Cafe in Concord NH serves great sandwiches, salads and homemade soups. They have two locations. Hours are early so it's a breakfast and lunch place only. See their website for directions. Both locations aren't far from Rt 89. The other place in Concord NH for excellent breads and pastries is Bread and Chocolate. They have pre-made sandwiches on their own bread during the week, might not have on weekends. South Main St next to Gibson's bookstore and across the street from a food coop which would have organic produce, some local, and some to go food. The food coop has a few tables and a food bar but check to see when the hot food is available. Not inexpensive though. Litchfield NH farms have advertised their own asparagus and rhubarb. It would be a few miles out of your way - Brown Ave exit off Rt 101 (same exit as Manchester airport).