Three generations of sugarmaking are behind the sweet syrups, sugars, and candies at Plummer’s Sugar House, right outside of Grafton Village. The gift shop is usually open seven days a week, and the family offers free tours of the sugar house with any purchase. Stop by in during sugaring season (mid-February through mid-April) for a chance to see the sap boiling into syrup and for a taste of the hot product, fresh from the trees!
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A mile and a half from Grafton Village (on Rte. 121), Ruston Farm is home to The Scoop, a seasonal ice cream stand open Saturdays and Sundays, and The Milk Shack, open daily year round. At the Milk Shack, you’ll find farm-fresh milk, eggs, ice cream, their own meat and other goodies.
Gardens & Farms
Dutton Farms: Newfane, Vt.
25 minutes – Dutton’s Farm has two locations in Newfane: their year-round farm stand and the pick-your-own berry patches. Find the farm stand on Route 30, and stock up on local fruits and vegetables, pick up their own maple syrup, and treat yourself to freshly baked pies and other goodies. PYO strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are available as they ripen through the summer at the berry patch.
Olallie Daylily Farm: Williamsville, Vt.
30 minutes – This stunning property invites you to wander — stroll through large gardens of bright oranges, yellows and pinks in summer. At the farm, you can purchase a number of stunning local varieties for your own garden. From mid-July to August, the farm also offers pick-your-own blueberries.
Morningstar Perennials & Nursery: Bellows Falls, Vt.
27 minutes – A rustic and beautiful local nursery and orchard specializing in unique trees, uncommon perennials and hard-to-find plant varieties. Their orchard produces organic pears, peaches and apples, which can be purchased alongside farm-produced honey. Open daily from April to late fall, with occasional workshops offered throughout the year.
Nearby Farmers’ Markets
Our local Farmers’ Markets are for more than just veggies — you’ll find cheese, chocolates, coffee, pottery, fiber arts, jams and jellies, artisan breads, local wines, and yummy ready-to-eat treats.
Brattleboro Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (May – October) & Indoor Winter Market, Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (November – March)
40 minutes — Brattleboro’s popular farmers’ market is one of the area’s largest, where live music accompanies over 50 vendors offering tasty prepared lunches; local and organic fruits, vegetables, and meat; and artisan-made crafts, gifts, and artwork. The market runs year-round, moving indoors in downtown Brattleboro in the winter season.
West River Farmers’ Market, Londonderry, Vt.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
25 minutes – Set beside the West River, this market in Londonderry makes a wonderful sojourn for lunch. From breakfast burritos to creative cheeses to hand-crafted pottery, you’ll find fantastic local foods and snacks in addition to beautiful crafts and art.
Ludlow Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 4 – 7 p.m. (Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day)
30 minutes — This large farmers’ market near Okemo features a huge variety of local goodies — vendors include fiber artists, coffee roasters, maple syrup producers, woodworkers, and even a brewery.