Eighteen farms and local food businesses are gearing up to host the ninth annual Kingdom Farm and Food Days events August 18, 19, and 20.

From Island Pond to Craftsbury, Newport Center to St. Johnsbury, locals and visitors can take workshops and farm tours with llamas and honey bees, taste smoothies made of local yogurt, see draft horse and blacksmithing demonstrations, try local beers and spirits and kick up their heels to local music. Details are available on the event’s website, www.kingdomfarmandfood.org.

Kingdom Farm and Food Days venues include Sterling College and Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, Kingdom Brewing in Newport Center, Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Village Farm in Island Pond and High Mowing Organic Seeds trial field in Wolcott. Farmers Markets in the region will be open for business. Community gardens in St. Johnsbury, Island Pond and Hardwick will be open for tours. Hardwick will have a scavenger hunt of the community gardens and orchard Friday, August 18. Free lunch will be put on by Green Mountain Farm to School (GMFTS) at the Lunchbox Food Truck at the Clyde River Farm in East Charleston Saturday, August 19. Food samples and workshops will be available at High Mowing on Sunday, August 20.

Kingdom Farm and Food Days is organized by a team of farm and food organizations including the nonprofit Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, GMFTS, Caledonia Spirits, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Pete’s Greens, and Sterling College,.

The long weekend runs concurrently with the statewide Open Farm Week, which starts the weekend before. Information on tours and farms participating in Open Farm Week is available at www.DigInVT.com. – from the Center for an Agricultural Economy

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