Montpelier, VT, August 30-31, 2013
31.08.2013 79 °F
Happy 3 months, Callie! It is hard to believe that Callie is already 3 months old.
We drove a whopping 60 miles from Burlington to Montpelier yesterday and settled in for the Labor Day Weekend. In the afternoon we set out on the highways and byways of Vermont. Our first stop was the Cabot Creamery in Cabot. The Cabot Creamery is a co-op that has merged with Agri-Mark and produces some of the best cheese! The co-op started with 4 farmers and now has 1250 across New England and New York. One million pounds of milk are transported to the Cabot plant every that is then transformed into 42 lb blocks of cheese. 100% of the proceeds from the sales go back to the farmers. The best part was tasting all the flavors of their cheeses which are all lactose free.
Next was the Goodrich Maple Farm which was also in Cabot. Mr. Goodrich was one of the original 4 farmers in the Cabot co-op. the Goodrich Maple Farm produces 20,000 gallons of Vermont Maple Syrup in a good year, working only 4-6 weeks to do so. They have 4 grades of syrup, maple sugar candy, maple cream and maple sugar, all of which we were able to sample. Yum!
On the way home we found a covered bridge that was off the road a bit. When we stopped to explore we found out that it was one of very few covered bridges that was built solely for the farmer, Mr. Martin, to access his land on the other side of the Winooski River. It was built in 1890 and is the only remaining covered farm bridge in Vermont. In 1927, 1200 covered bridges were destroyed in a flood, and the Martin Bridge was one of very few that remained standing. A neat little piece of Americana.
Today, after a pancake breakfast at the campground, we continued our quest for things made in America and headed to Waterbury. That, of course, is where Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream is made. Ben and Jerry were best friends from 7th grade and they are from Merrick, New York. That's Long Island. Who knew? We had a nice tour, but they were not producing because it is a weekend. Of course there was sampling after the tour. Today's flavor was Americone Dream and it was delicious. It was vanilla ice cream with bits of chocolate covered sugar cone mixed in! Unfortunately it was pouring, so we didn't get to the Flavor Graveyard
Right up the road from Ben and Jerry's we found Cold Hollow Cider Mill. For those of you central New Yorkers, it reminded us a little bit of Fly Creek Cider Mill, but smaller. There was cider, maple syrup, cider donuts and many other goodies, as well. The leftover squeezings from the cider goes to their pigs and their bacon has an apple flavor. Another yum!
The weather has been less than ideal, with rain most of today and predicted again for tomorrow. Oh, well, we need rain. Temps in the mid to upper 70s, but very humid.