ACORN's mission is to promote the health and growth of local food and agriculture in Vermont's Champlain Valley.
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Pocock Rocks

June 15th there is a fantastic local food & music at downtown Bristol's annual street festival. Pocock Rocks has local food, brews and crafts and a place to learn about local organizations doing great work. Come  dance in the street and enjoy the camaraderie at the annual historically fun after party at   Hatch 31!  
Sweeten your summer beverages with Addison County Honey. Enjoy the this premium crop while appreciating the bees!
Vergennes: Bounty of the County
Noted for their dedication to cooking from scratch, serving generous portions, and supporting local producers,
3 Squares has been pumping nourishment into the heart of the Vergennes community and those who visit since 2007. ACORN values their support to the local community & our work! 

And when in Vergennes, stop by the Shacksbury tasting room for some Good Food Award- winning cider. 

Looking for another beverage option in Vergennes? Hire Hand is expanding on Green Street!  Using all locally source d ingredients to craft a family of exceptional hyper-local beers, 
beer cocktails & Farm to table foods that are a true taste of Vermont. Stop in 
and tell them we sent you!

Vergennes has many stops showcasing local food & beverages for when friends and family are touring Vermont this summer. Stop by and enjoy. 

Bucking Vermont trends of young adults leaving the state, Pauline Stevens is returning to run the farm. With a passion for plants, learning about soils, and engaging in superior customer service through extensive knowledge gained growing up as the child of Judy and Will Stevens, Pauline is excited about her role as the next generation as "GRF2.0"  

Bedding and garden plants are available at the farm, just off Route 22A in Shoreham. Also find their quality farm fresh products throughout the season at their wonderful farmstand, at the Middlebury Coop, and consider ordering a weekly custom arrangement of their flower bouquets for your business or special event.

Golden Russet Farm has long been an ally of ACORN. Thank you for your support, we look forward to more years ahead expanding our relationship. 

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Coming up July 7-13 41st Annual Festival on the Green! A week of fantastic music in the center of Middlebury, donations encouraged. Pack a picnic of local foods (including local strawberries!) and enjoy the shows across many genres. Family friendly with noontime children's performances.  Leave your chores behind and have a blast chilling on the hill with good tunes & friends. 
Bring your friends to Lincoln Peak Winery for their stellar summer music series, including Sunday afternoons!  We love joining them for music, food and local connecting. 

Nano-brewed for you in Charlotte, VT widely available around the county!

Rooted In Vermont: 
June Strawberries Promotion 
This week,  Rooted in Vermont is launching a statewide radio campaign that will be running from now into October. Each month will feature a 'Rooted in Vermont product' encouraging listeners to seek it out at their favorite stores, farm stands, farms, and pick-your-own areas.

The ads, which will not be calling out specific brands, will be running across multiple stations throughout the month that reach every corner of the state. 

Here in Addison County ( & the Champlain Valley!) we have some significant berry growers with PYO operations, pre-picked at farmstands, and fantastic wholesale growers. 

Support local strawberry growers with your purchases and support the stores that buy local too. Strawberries are actually a very strong consumer-demand crop with large economic impact. Find VT grown strawberries at farmstands, farmers' markets, at stores and of course make a family outing at a pick your own farm. 

For info on area producers see page 51 of our 2019 Local Farm & Food Guide! And tune in to WOKO for the ads.
The Tour is set & we are thrilled! 
The 12th Annual Tour de Farms , is a leisurely and family-friendly farm tour by bicycle on September 21st, that starts and ends in Vergennes. This year's tour features two distances-a 30-mile route and a more relaxed, family-friendly 10-mile distance.

Passing through the beautiful pastoral landscape of the Champlain Valley there are four to eight farms depending on your distance. Each farm stop hosts food and beverage producers so there'll be plenty of sustenance along the way. Riders sample everything from maple iced coffee and farm fresh salads to maple glazed ham and Vermont's famous cheeses! 

At the end of your journey, spend some time enjoying the food and music at Vergennes' Eat on the Green event.  Register now for a great day in September. Volunteer positions are available too.

Available Widely! 2019 Local Farm & Food Guide
Thanks to our partnership with the Addison Independent, we have another great issue of our award-winning Local Farm Food Guide, a handy booklet filled with articles, features and advertising of wonderful companies that supports our mission. 
With a cover tribute to longtime organic farmers and cheese makers of Orb Weaver Farm we bid Marjorie and Marian well on their retirement. 

Keep your copy handy so you can locate PYO farms (p ick your own) , farmstands, farmers market updates and as an ag-business resource and great business advertisers that support our values

Thank you to all the new and longtime advertisers and to the many who had a hand in the 2019 issue. Find it at outlets around the county & throughout the Champlain Valley. 
Food Really is Medicine
A national trend is taking shape and ACORN is a part of it. The  Farmacy Project, a collaboration to increase the availability of fresh produce for patients. 

In partnership with Vermont Department of Health, Porter Medical Center, county health care providers, we take it one step close r to home with local farmers providing fresh, locally grown food. In this project individuals with preventable, diet-related illnesses have access to with healthy food while also providing our farmers with new markets.  Prescriptions written by health care providers make available free CSA shares furnished by local farmers.

Read the article in the WAPO for a wider understanding of the national trend.  

Blue Ledge Farm: Local goat cheese producers with an eye on quality pastures for quality cheese. Find it at local outlets including the Middlebury Coop.  

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 through peer to peer sharing.  Farm to Plate is increasing local food sales through a strong network that includes ACORN. 

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, Vermont. 

Annie Harlow
ACORN Network