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Blog :: 03-2012

Buy Local at Farmers' Markets in Vermont

It's no secret that the best tasting food is the kind you get straight from the garden. If you're not much of a gardener yourself, then farmers' markets are a great alternative to the grocery store. These markets are the best place to find fresh ingredients, organic produce and other local food that is grown and produced right down the road by neighbors and people you see everyday.

Fresh rainbow swiss chard. Photo: Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market.

Even if you're just learning how to garden, then farmers' markets can be a great place to learn from. Discover new plant and vegetable varieties, talk to farmers and even pick up seeds and starter plants to bring home. You might be surprised how willing farmers are to share tips and info, after all, they love gardening, too.

Farmers' markets are also a great community event, like a fair day that happens weekly from May through October. There's music, crafts, games for the kids, even massage demos and more that make it a fun reason to get out of the house. And there's always something good to eat. From freshly baked bread and confections, to fresh squeezed lemonade and free cheese samples, farmers' markets are a haven for foodies and localvores alike.

Fresh rainbow swiss chard. Photo: Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market.

Buying your vegetables at farmers' markets also helps to support local farmers and agriculture. Eating local food is healthier and more rewarding knowing that it came from a local garden and didn't travel half way across the country in the back of a truck. The next time you run out for a few dinner ingredients, cross a few things off your list by heading to the nearest farmers' market. Your taste buds will thank you.

Farmers' Markets near Chimney Hill:

Wilmington Farmers' Market Open: Saturdays, 10am - 3pm Where: 17 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market Open:  Wednesdays, 10am - 2pm; Saturdays, 9am - 2pm Where: Gibson-Aiken Center, Main Street (Wed); Rte. 9 West, West Brattleboro, VT (Sat)

Walloomsac Farmers' Market Open: Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6pm; Saturdays, 10am - 1pm Where: Bennington Station on Depot St, Bennington, VT

Manchester Farmers' Market Open: Thursdays, 3:30 - 6pm Where: Adams Park, Rt 7A North, Manchester, VT

Need a place to cook up your fresh veggies? Our summer vaction rentals have full kitchens and plenty of room for preparing your next fresh feast. (Just don't be surprised if the neighbors show up looking for a taste.)

Country Golf Clubs in Southern Vermont


When the winter thaws out, golfers everywhere dig out their golf bags, dust off their clubs and make haste for the nearest course to tee off the spring. Vermont offers a variety of unique and challenging country golf clubs set against the stunning backdrop of the green mountains. In addition, many of Vermont's ski areas and resorts offer golf, so skiers and snowboarders can trade in their winter jackets for a collared shirt and hit the resort golf courses in the off-season.

Vermont golf courses offer stunning views. Coutesy of Mount Snow Golf Club.

Forget flat and otherwise boring courses. Vermont golf courses are challenging and scenic with hole designs that can bogey even the seasoned pro. Need to improve your game? Golf instructors, pro shops, driving ranges and practice greens are widely available to help you work up to that hole-in-one.

Vermont golf courses offer stunning views. Coutesy of Mount Snow Golf Club.

New to the sport? Several Vermont golf courses offer golf camps for juniors and beginners to learn how to play golf.

Whether you're looking to play a leisurely game of 18 with friends on the weekend or just a lightning round on the back 9 during your lunch break, there's a course not far away. Here's a quick guide to finding the fairways and tee times near Brattleboro, Wilmington and Bennington, Vermont.

Mount Snow Golf Club, West Dover, VT Public welcome: Yes Greens fees (18-holes): $49 midweek w/ cart, $36 walking, $75 weekend Open: May - October (Top 5 in Vermont) Single Membership: Starts at $999

Haystack Golf Club, Wilmington, VT Public welcome: Yes Greens fees (18-holes): $55 (Mon-Fri), $85 (Sat-Sun) - Twilight deals after 3pm Open: May-November Single Membership: Starts at $1140 (walking)

Brattleboro Country Club, Brattleboro, VT Public welcome: Yes Greens fees (18-holes): $45.00 (Mon-Thur), $60 (Fri-Sun) Open: Late March-Nov Single Membership: Starts at $1495

Mt. Anthony Country Club, Bennington, VT Type: Public Open: April - November, 7 am to 8 pm Cost for 18-holes: $45 (Mon-Thur), $55 (Fri-Sun Single Membership: Starts at $1450

After a long day on the links come relax in one of our short-term vacation rentals,  just a short trip from the 18th green.


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