A quaint farm tucked away in the hills of Vermont, with cheese tasting, animals to pet, and maple syrup as far as the eye can see. It’s a great spot to visit if you find yourself in Woodstock, Vermont.
If you’ve been a long-time reader here, you know how obsessed my daughter is with animals of all kinds. So when a friend mentions a farm an hour’s drive from where we were staying in Vermont in August, it should come as no surprise that we hopped in the car and away we went.
Which is how we found ourselves at Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock.
At the end of a windy, you’ll-secondguess-you’re-going-the-right-way road, we pulled into the small gravel parking lot and were immediately greeted with a fenced area with cows and goats waiting to be pet … and fed.
And that’s how we killed the first forty-five minutes of our visit.
Once their grubby little fingers were done hand-feeding the animals, we bathed in hand sanitizer and made our way inside the farm store. As soon as we entered, we walked into a room where staff was busy packaging up their cheeses. It was fun to watch the process of cutting, storing, and waxing the cheese.
An employee greeted us and offered to do a tasting with us. And, well, cheese is totally my happy place, so I was on it like white on rice.
All different types, aged for different lengths of time, it was hard not to walk away with one of everything. I narrowed it down to just one, as hard as it was, and we picked a long-aged Cheddar, one that both the kids and I loved.
The tasting doesn’t stop there. The employee also let us taste the different grades of maple syrup, and once we started wandering around the gift shop, we also tasted our way through the entire Stonewall Kitchen line of jams, jellies, and syrups.
Which is how we discovered, and promptly fell in love with, a dulce de leche syrup. Perfect for topping ice cream. So good and decadent and everything you want it to be.
The rest of the store is filled with a wide assortment of Vermont-centric items, from postcards and potholders, to more specialty foods, cookbooks, and more.
Once outside, there is a lower barn area that you can go through, where there is a self-guided tour to explain how they tap the trees for maple syrup and how it gets from their trees to your breakfast plate. The farm is very picturesque, and the weather was perfect for a little wandering around while we were there.
And it’s very budget-friendly. A few quarters to feed the animals, a token item or two in the gift shop, and no charge to tour the grounds and the maple syrup set-up.
If you find yourself in the area, do stop in (and if you don’t, they ship their items too!). Also allow time to visit the Quechee Gorge, which isn’t that far away.
591 Sugarbush Farm Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
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Carolyn @ Cabot says
What a great trip and so many great food samplings! I need to find dulce de leche syrup!~Carolyn @ Cabot
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
Oh my goodness … it sounds like heaven with all that cheese and maple!
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