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big picture farm
a vermont goat dairy & farmstead confectionery

Based in Townsend, Big Picture Farm is the home to almost 30 Saanens, Alpines and floppy-eared Nubians. Yes, we’re talking goats and these lucky guys get to roam freely around the farm eating what’s in season. Imagine their diet:

Spring – wild chocolate mint, clover, honeysuckle and other wildflowers
Summer – legumes and beans
Fall – crisp oak leaves, apples and ferns
Winter – white pine and hemlock saplings

And of course some premium local hay.

This varied and flavorful diet translates into milk that is “exceptionally floral and creamy” that is used to make:

farmstead goat milk caramels
small batch cheeses

Louisa and Lucas, the owners of Big Picture Farm, don’t mess around – their product list may be short, but their press and  award list is long:

– 2013 Good Food Awards winner
– 2012 SOFI Award for Outstanding Confection
– 2012 USDA Value-Added Producer Grant
– 2011 Winner of the BDCC/Strolling of the Heifers/Farm Business Plan Competition

And Louisa and Lucas aren’t just farmers. They’re also artists. Learn more about them and their journey on their blog, “Farm Weather”.

With their charming logo, packaging and commitment to their mission, Big Picture Farm is a farm to celebrate and support.

They get the big picture.


burlington farmers market - rain or shine - one of vermont's oldest & largest markets

burlington farmers market
year round. rain or shine.

held outside in burlington every saturday from mother’s day weekend through the last saturday on october, this is one farmers market you don’t want to miss. you’ll find it right in downtown burlington’s city hall park, right off the church street marketplace. during the off months you’ll find the winter farmers market  in burlington’s memorial auditorium.

you’ll find more than 60 stands will everything vermont from delicious foods, crafts, wares, flowers and lots of fun. It’s the best place to check out new vermont made goodies.

there is so much great stuff – we couldn’t give you our favorites because the list would be too long.

you’ll find products galore – it’s all there including:

baked goods
fresh veggies & fruits
jams & jellies
maple everything

plus all sorts of incredible artisan wares, prepared foods and entertainment. check out this video. and if you’re looking for a specific vendor you can check their vendor list.

put this on your calendar and plan on going every saturday, if you can.

it’s worth the trip!

oh – and don’t have cash handy? you can use a debit card at the market manager’s table.

buy local. buy vermont.

dakin farm

dakin farm
“what vermont tastes like”®

it’s true. their logo is right – their products really do taste like vermont.

check out their cool story on youtube.

bacons, hams, sausages, turkey, ribs, smoked everything, maple anything, cheeses galore (including artisanal), jams, jellies, spreads, sauces, mixes, honeys, mustards etc – how can you go wrong? oh wait, don’t forget the fudge? all of it is just delicious.

they have 2 retail shops – their original one on rte 7 in ferrisburgh and one in south burlington. if you can swing it – it is well worth the trip to visit them. you can try almost everything – samplers all around the store. watch out, you’ll want to buy everything.

can’t visit a shop? no problem – you can order online and they ship anywhere in the u.s. and if you can’t decide what to get someone then order a gift card with a finger lickin good photo on it!.

follow dakin farm on facebook, twitter and (our favorite) youtube, where you can learn, for example, how they spiral a ham (bet you didn’t know how they do that!). 

we love dakin farm! bring some vermont into your kitchen today!

Fat Toad Farm

fat toad farm.

“a family-run goat dairy in central vermont.”

love their name. love the toad. love their cheeses.

our favorite is the maple chevre. delicious. how much more vermont can you get? vermont goats living and breathing vermont air. add some vermont maple syrup et volia..deliciousness.

they have some amazing other products as well (goat’s milk carmel? yum!). can’t find them at your local store? check out this list AND (according to their site) you can even buy them at Williams & Sonoma (ok, how cool is that? fat toad farm is nationwide!).

p.s. they even got a mention on the today show summer 2011!