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Farms, Farmers Markets and Sugaring Houses


Explore Vermont Farms, Farmers Markets and Sugaring Houses

Family Farms, Agriculture, and Pastoral Landscapes are abundant throughout the Southern Vermont. Vermont’s abundance of farmland is popularly captured in the postcard images of cows grazing in the sweet green rolling fields. Vermont is well known for many aspects of its farm community: maple syrup, fine cheeses, pastoral landscapes, Morgan horses, family farms, and innovative, responsible practices. Farms and farmers are a huge part of the Vermont landscape and economy.

Nearly a million and a half acres of Vermont land are in agriculture, sustaining the pastoral landscape that has made Vermont famous. Dairying is the primary farm industry in Vermont, producing approximately half the milk consumed in New England. Vermont is America’s largest producer of maple syrup and produces substantial crops of Macintosh apples, potatoes, eggs, honey, vegetables, Christmas trees, lumber, pulp wood, and green house nursery products.

Nearly a million and a half acres of Vermont land are used in agriculture, sustaining the pastoral landscape that has made Vermont famous. Dairying is the primary farm industry in Vermont, producing approximately half the milk consumed in New England. Vermont is America’s largest producer of maple syrup and produces substantial crops of Macintosh apples, potatoes, eggs, honey, vegetables, Christmas trees, lumber, pulp wood, and green house nursery products.

Vermont has always been known for its natural beauty. In a state where billboards are illegal, you would expect the landscape to be dominant. It takes an army of lawn and garden experts to keep Vermont’s public and private property looking its very best. From mowing and snow plowing to garden design and large construction landscaping projects, landscapers help keep Vermont’s spectacular beauty alive. For more information, go to Vermont Farms & Agriculture.

Mad Tom Orchards
2615 Mad Tom Road
East Dorset, Vermont

Sylvia and Tom Smith began to restore the Mad Tom Orchard in 1999. Planted in 1940 by the Parsons family, the orchard was purchased by Tom’s dad in 1962, and run for many years as a commercial orchard, then as pick-your-own.

Loss of the airplane spray service forced the orchard to close in 1997. We now have pruned over 100 of the best old trees and planted 1,200 new trees bringing eight acres back into production.

The old trees are big and beautiful, and are all McIntosh and Cortland, two premier New England varieties. The new ones include more of these two old favorites plus Gingergold, Zestar, Sansa, Gala, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Empire, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, and Jonagold. Fruit is available on the old trees and the new trees as well.

The mountains around us provide the views, the refreshing breezes, and a perfect spot to enjoy autumn in Vermont.

Hathaway Farm
741 Prospect Hill Road
Rutland, VT

The farm has been in our family for three generations (so far), since 1942. Prior to this, the Osgood family owned the farm for five generations. They raised “lots” of potatoes here & in fact were known as the Potato Kings of Vermont! They also were one of the largest maple producers in Vermont.

Our family built and ran a dairy farm here until 1986. Since then, we have raised beef cows and have continued to produce maple syrup here since first buying the farm. Come see for yourself remnants of its old potato days where the scales were set up and there is handwriting on the walls!

On your adventure through the big maze, there are 3 bridges you may encounter along your journey, one of them being a 4-way bridge. You may happen to visit this one more than once! Then there’s the Grassy Knoll, a little field inside the maze where you can sit and relax in the Adirondack chairs and soak in the beautiful mountain views OR you can roll down the hill like all the kids do. Either way, this area is always a hit! We also have 2 huge tractor tires somewhere in there which double as a great place to sit down and ponder your next move!

The barn and farmhouse are on the National Historic Registry

Earth Sky Time Farm
1547 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT

Earth Sky Time is a small organic farm and wood fired bakery in Manchester, Vermont. We are Bonnie and Oliver Levis and we are part of an amazing community of friends, interns, CSA members, and local eaters. We enjoy the hands on nature of working with food. We hear so much these days about restoring local food sovereignty and breaking free from the corporate stronghold on supermarket shelves. Well, here we are, happy people in a big house on a hill, feeding our little corner of the planet!

As our family has grown, so has our business. In 2011 we built our bakery and our Llopis oven. We now sell our produce, bread, VT Goldburgers, and Hoomoos at 4 local farmers markets, through our CSA, numerous co-ops, stores and restaurants in the area, and directly from the farm.

Thanks to our friends for supplying the Inn at Ormsby Hill with wonderful bakery products fresh every day!

Dutton Berry Farm
Route 11/30
Manchester, VT

Whether it is fresh farmer-grown fruits and vegetables, cider, maple syrup, or plants, you’ll enjoy visiting a true Vermont farm experience with lots of locally made products!

We are proud of our farmer-grown products. We offer a complete line of fruits and vegetables, gifts, flowers, unique foods, Dutton-made fudge, and many other interesting locally made products.

Dutton Berry Farmstands

The Dutton Berry Farmstands on Route 30 in Newfane, Route 11/30 in Manchester, and Route 9 in West Brattleboro, Vermont are well known for their Vermont grown produce and other unique local products.

Cloudland Farm
1101 Cloudland Road
North Pomfret, VT

Set in the pastoral hills of Pomfret, Vermont, Cloudland Farm offers visitors an authentic farm experience. The spectacular views on the four-mile drive up the scenic Cloudland Road are just the beginning.

At the farm, visitors are free to take photographs of Emmons Family the farmland and any of the animals that may be in view. This may include our black Angus cattle and calves, horses, laying hens, Cornish-cross meat chickens, turkeys, the barn cats or the pigs. For those who enjoy hiking, the Appalachian Trail runs through the farm property and is open to hikers every day of the year.

If you would like to take something home with you from the farm, the Cloudland Farm Market offers for sale Cloudland’s delicious natural Angus beef steaks, ground beef, roasts, beef sausages, beef jerky, pastured pork, and pickles. The Farm Market also offers local maple syrup, local cheeses, Vermont teas, Vermont sodas, and handmade goat’s milk soaps, as well as an assortment of cookbooks. The farm market is open on Wednesdays from 10 to 3 and on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 to 5.

Sugarbush Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Road
Woodstock, VT

The Sugarbush Farm family is famous for its excellent waxed cheeses and Pure Vermont Maple Syrup made here on our hillside farm.

You are invited to visit our 4 season farm attraction located in Central Vermont. Savor the free samples of 14 varieties of cheese, Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and Vermont made foods. You can learn about maple syrup making with the sugar house tour, walk the nature trail to see the sugar maple trees, make friends with the farm animals and enjoy the lovely views, visit with real farmers.

If you can’t make it to the farm, we invite you to order our fabulous products on line.  We offer same day shipping and guaranteed satisfaction from a family farm with 60 years of mail order experience.

Merck Forest and Farm Center
3270 Route 315
Rupert, VT

Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC) is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission to teach and to demonstrate the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland. MFFC is composed of 3,162 acres and includes a 3,100 acre managed forest, a certified-organic sugaring operation and a 62-acre farm. We offer on-site demonstrations, apprenticeships, workshops, and school programs as well as recreational and volunteer opportunities. These offerings allow visitors to connect with MFFC’s farm and forest through meaningful experiences with this working landscape.

Visit the farm, venture into the forest or stay overnight in a rustic cabin or lean-to. With over thirty miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding, MFFC has a multitude of recreational opportunities. Please stop by the Visitor Center to learn more about MFFC’s activities and land use. Our certified organic pure Vermont maple syrup and other farm and forest products may be purchased at our Visitor Center or our Online Store.

MFFC is open to the public year-round, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee. MFFC is community-supported through donations, membership fees, cabin rentals and MFFC product sales.


In March the sugaring process starts and his highly dependent upon weather conditions. Visit these sugaring houses to see their efforts to make the Vermont maple syrup that you enjoy. There are over 400 producers of maple syrup in Vermont. Go to Vermont Maple Sugar Makers for a complete list.

Sugar Shack
Sugar Shack Lane, Route 7A
Arlington, Vermont 05255

Bob’s Maple Shop
733 Richville Road
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255

Bushee Family Maple Farm
232 Quarry Hill Road
Danby, Vermont 05739

Wild Farm Maple
670 Bentley Hill Rd
Arlington, Vermont 05250

Glastenview Maple Farm
571 Glastenview Dr
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262

Sugar Hill Maple Farm, Inc.
117 Hawkins Rd
E Wallingford, Vermont 5742

Mance Family Tree Farm
217 Holiday Dr
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262

Bennett’s Tree Farm
1088 Murphy Rd
North Bennington, Vermont 05257

Skinner Hollow Farm
Eric Severance
1703 Main St
MANCHESTR CTR, Vermont 05255

Havoc Hill Sugarhouse
190 Havoc Hill
East Dorset, Vermont 05253

Hollow Road Maple
3210 Winhall Hollow Road
South Londonderry, Vermont 05155

Ball Brook Sugar House
196 Sweet Road
Pownal, Vermont 05261

Hawk Nest Farm
PO Box 688
Arlington, Vermont 05250

Three Dozing Dogs Farm
1513 Trumbull Hill Road
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262

The Wing Farm
599 Town Line Road
Bennington, Vermont 05201

Merck Forest & Farmland Ctr
PO Box 86
Rupert, Vermont 5768

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