It stands to reason that if we’re going to be in Vermont, a stop at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory can’t be missed. Here’s a peek at our recent visit.

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Our visit to Waterbury was our favorite day of our Vermont vacation, because we seriously just went up and down the street, eating and drinking our way through various stops. Cheese, a coffee output, an orchard store, and the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory.

It was a good day, no question about it.

The factory was easy to find and there is plenty of free parking. Getting behind-the-scenes tours are one of my favorite things to do, especially if it involves a food product (the kids and I love watching Food Factory USA), so we were really looking forward to this portion of our trip.

And, well, ice cream.

As soon as you approach the building, the delicious smell of waffle cones swirls around. We arrived a few minutes before the next tour started, and after we paid our admission charge, we killed time by poking around the gift shop. Be sure to visit it while you’re there if you’re looking for unique gifts for your favorite ice cream fan.

The admission was a terrific bargain, just $4 for me, and the kids are free.

If you have ever heard of Ben & Jerry’s before, you probably already know that the company is pretty environmentally conscious, and they have been that way from the very start. Ben and Jerry learned how to make ice cream from a $5 class they took when they were in grade school. They were best friends from seventh grade gym class, and it’s amazing how far they have come, and the success they have achieved for that initial $5 investment. Can you imagine?

Truly one of the great American business stories.

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As their success grew, they sold shares to Vermont residents to be able to afford a larger facility to meet their growing demands. The shareholders focused, both then and now, on product quality, social responsibility, and economic reward. Fair trade is a cornerstone to the company, and they aggressively promote opportunities for their employees to give back to their community, with employee-led community action teams that help local Vermont neighbors.

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Weekend Photos in Review

by Cate on May 25, 2015

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*crazy hair day at school. it will be weeks before all that pink comes out, and she doesn’t mind one bit.

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*Herschel killing time at the 24-hour vet clinic on Sunday night. Never a dull moment.

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*the above pictures are from our visit to Grounds for Sculpture (you can find more details here, from our last visit last year). Our library has a free museum pass, and we take full advantage of it.

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*a red panda at the zoo this weekend. Did you know they eat 200,000 bamboo leaves DAILY? crazy. they also look nothing like I thought. I was thinking they would look more like a traditional black and white panda … but red, but their faces actually look more like a fox, and their tails like a raccoon.

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Talking with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group {Let’s Play!}

May 21, 2015

One of the things I love most about working with different brands (besides the fact that it helps support my family, of course) is the chance to get to know more about the brand itself … to learn details behind the brand’s whole mission and beyond the whole outward public image (just like when I […]

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Visit: Brimfield Antique Show {Brimfield, Massachusetts}

May 20, 2015

Do you love antiques or are you a collector of something unusual? Then you must make your way to the Brimfield Antique Show. Held three times a year (May, July, and September), it’s a great way to decorate your house or add to a little collection. I can’t even remember the first time I went […]

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Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fritters

May 19, 2015

Looking for a new way to make sweet potatoes? These light and easy fritters might be just what you’re after. Sweet potatoes are one of those things that I don’t give a lot of thought to preparing. It’s either baked and served with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon…. Or roasted. But how about we turn […]

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