ACORN's mission is to promote the health and growth  of local food and agriculture in Vermont's Champlain Valley.
NEW! Monkton Farmers Market
Thursdays 3:30-7:00
just off Monkton-Bristol Road, at the community church. Interesting series of talks too! #r ootedinvermont
Congratulations to Bees Wrap
 for winning Woman-Owned Business of the Year! 
Bees love you (so do your customers!)
Find other local business winners here
Governor Scott 
signed S.33, the Farm to School bill! 
This expands the state grant and technical assistance program to Early Care and Education, addresses sustainability of school nutrition programs and raises the state threshold for formal bidding in school food purchases to $25,000. 
Free Lunch for Kids! 
Kids eat free with the summer meals program in Addison County.
Sites located throughout the county, (Bristol, Vergennes, Middlebury and MORE!)  Contact Kathy Alexander 
453-7002  for locations and details. Available to all kids 18 and under. 
Just a reminder for commercial Vegetable growers...
UVM offers a free service for commercial veg growers. Send samples/pictures if you are trying to guess a problem! Sign-up for e-news from  
Ann Hazelrigg, Ph.D. Extension Assistant 
Jeffords Hall 
63 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont  Burlington, VT 05405 
10 Cent Hand Wash for Veg Growers

Farmers take note: 
10 cent hand washing 
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Celebrate & share your food stories with Vermont's new campaign! 
has a new location at
 530 Exchange Street! Stop by on Saturdays from 9-12:30  

August 6th in Bristol: Join Us for our 
10th Year of Tour de Farms! 
Volunteer for a day of fun! 

This is a fabulous time to get out with friends while visiting local farms in a relaxed atmosphereThe Tour de Farms was featured in  Outside Magazine  in 2015 and the 2016 Tour was highlighted in   The Outdoor Journal series on Vermont PBS

The Tour de Farms is run by volunteers and any help promoting the event goes a long way.  Register now as we are  capping the number of riders to 400 people. Volunteer's are encouraged to help us make the day wonderful. 
All the details are on our website.  T he base ticket price for adults is  $50 for early bird tickets until June 30;  It then goes up to $60 until July 28th ; $75 day of.  Kids under 18 and students are $25 until June 30 / $35 until July 28th / $50 day of.
Sign-Up before June 30th and save $25.00 on each ticket. 


ACORN loves our area strawberry producers! Everyone pretty much agrees that when the crop is ready for picking....summer has begun in earnest! A right of passage is picking as soon as school ends. Everyone is having a banner year with the early rains, so get out and pick your own...or pick up a quart or a flat! 
Find producers in our local farm and food guide  
Junior Chefs Recognized by ACORN
2017 statewide champs, the Jalapeno Hotties were awarded beautiful 8 inch saute pans by ACORN in recognition of their exemplary skills. team-work, enthusiasm to learn life-long skills training. The team of five was awarded an end-of school celebration. 

VUMS team was mentored by outgoing Food Service Director Joallen Vincent, who took the team to the top this year in partnership with Basin Harbor Executive Chef Chris Kruse and Asia Kruse head of the Fusion afterschool program. The kids loved the training and the fondness of Joallen and all she has done was obvious! Thanks to Neat Repeats for sponsoring this award for so many years!
Fresh off the press:  our  Local Food Guide 
Find out more about our local farms, food businesses and all the great things going on in and around Addison County, Vermont. 

We distribute widely to businesses and tourism outlets. We thank ALL who help make this happen with very special thanks to Susan Smiley and her dedication for 10 years reaching out to each producer who is listed. Our advertisers are lined up by the equally dedicated Jonathan Corcoran. Enjoy the great reading and keep it as a resource for PYO, farm markets and please visit our supporting advertisers! 
Harvest of the Month: Mixed Greens
Harvest of the seasonally for fresh healthy choices & support
local producers.

Resources available through  HoM are great for farmers, retailers and YOU as a consumer. Check out the fabulous recipes and other info to help promote seasonal eating! 
Harvest of the Month is all about seasonal eating for EVERYBODY!   
Events, Opportunities & Jobs 
This & That

Veg & Fruit Growers: All CAPS farms are required to have and follow a simple common sense Health and Hygiene policy, confirmed from their account by July 15.   CAPS farms with employees are further required to verify that employees have received HH training.  More info? Contact Hans Estrin

Middlebury Summer Rec Guide: Kids programs and great resources!

Bristol's Summer Rec Calendar & Guide: all things kids!

Summer Food Fun! 
June 25 4-8:00 Foodaroo , Marbleworks Middlebury, food, fun arts for the whole family!

June 28 5:30-7:30 Stonecutter Spirits  hosts VBSR meeting

Pack a picnic of local food & enjoy local and global music, free, donation supported

Shelburne Farms

August 19th Ciderstock at Woodchuck! Middlebury's new "must-do event!"

Food retailers have a new resource for merchandising and building vendor relations! Check out the 12 short Take 5 videos

Jobs in the food, farm or natural products industry

Bees Wrap in Bristol is hiring! They are expanding and seeking motivated folks for this innovative business receiving national acclaim! 

Basin Harbor is Hiring! Many Seasonal jobs

Looking for food system work outside of Addison County? Check out more jobs at  VT Farm to Plate! 

More jobs Addison County

ACORN shouts out to all the Addison County and Vermont producers attending the Good Food Merchantile in NYC on June 24th. This is a great way to grow your market! Here's to V-Smiley Preserves and growing your business in 2017. 
ACORN is a proud member of Vermont's Farm to Plate Network  We strive to network the network and our e-news links are meant to show the array of Vermont-based resources.

Thanks to all of you for sharing links and information. Keep me posted of things of interest to r elocalization , Addison County and the Champlain Valley. 


Annie Harlow

ACORN Network