i am going to be in bridport for just a few days right before labor day. i'll be staying in a house and want to know where to shop to cook (especially farm stands and wherever else there's local produce/meat/cheese,etc.).
restaurant tips are very welcome too, especially breakfast.
car-happy and willing to explore if there's great stuff a little out of the way...
Black Sheep is excellent. Another place is The Bobcat Cafe in Bristol. Was just purchased by the chef/owner of Black Sheep last week and rolled out the new menu. A GREAT improvement! :-) Also in that area is Mary's of Baldwin Creek, lots of great VT produce.
Another shout out for the coop in Middlebury. That's where I primarily do all of my shopping. The restaurant in Brandon I believe the dhfrost was talking about is Cafe Provence. Have heard excellent things, though I've never been.
We camped near Brandon over 4th of July weekend. There's a little take out stand in Bristol that's pretty good. Thanks to Chowhound we also traveled to Charlotte for Pizza on Earth. It was very interesting pizza, not sure if it's best in VT but it's an adventure. The pizza shack is next to a farmhouse and pizza is only available two days a week. We went on a Thurs night which is when they are also doing pickups for the local CSA. They also sell their own baked goods. We saw huge english muffins going out the door for $1 each. They will do a half and half pizza if you and a friend don't want the same kind. I wasn't sure if their farmstand is open all the time for veggies or just for CSA. Check their website. You will need directions to find the farm since it's not well advertised. I thought the health food store in Middlebury was excellent but we didn't stop there this trip. We drove over to Rt 100 via the Lincoln Gap (great place to swim) then traveled south on Rt 100 having a hard time finding a place to eat. Lunch was decent, restaurant was interesting. When I told a friend from Brandon where we ate she asked if we had had the bread pudding. It's famous but we didn't have any. Of course, I can't remember the name of the restaurant but maybe some chowhound will.
Middlebury Farmers Market
Location: Marble Works
Time: Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. from June 18 to October 15 and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Season: May 10 to October 25, 2008
Contact: Bay Hammond, 802-897-2121
The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op Washington St
1 Middlebury, VT 05753
Bridge Family Restaurant (Good Diner Breakfast)
Corner of Route 17 & 125 in Vergennes,
Tully & Marie's
7 Bakery Lane, Middlebury 388-4182
3 Mill Street, Middlebury 388-1063
152 St. Paul Street, Burlington 864-5253
Black Sheep Bistro
253 Main Street, Vergennes 877-9991
5573 Shelburne Road, Shelburne 985-3939
Starry Night Café
5371 Route 7, Ferrisburgh 877-6316