ACORN's mission is to promote the health and growth of local food and agriculture in Vermont's Champlain Valley.
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It's National Farmers' Market Week! Visit your local farmers' markets in Middlebury, Vergennes, Rutland, Brandon, Shelburne and Rochester and support your local food producers!  
Photo credit: Caleb Kenna for Seven Days
The  #RootedinVermont August campaign is all about dairy. The Champlain Valley is FULL of amazing local dairy producers, and not just from cows!  A few highlights: 
Vermont Cookie Love who recently won the Seven Days "Daysie Award" for Best Creemee, uses Kingdom Creamery's all-Vermont milk for its creemee base
  Ice House Farm is a 100% grass-fed goat dairy with goat milk kefir, yogurt and a new cheese
Fairy Tale Farm sells fresh and aged raw cow and sheep cheeses. In the summer (now!) they have sheep's milk gelato.
Vermont Harvest of the Month:
August is Melon Month

Did you know that melons originated in Africa and hot climates of South Asia and that the melon was one of the first crops brought to North America? Grab a bite of melon this summer or make this chilled cantaloupe soup to stay cool and healthy!  
Read about the USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach's testimony on why he thinks GMOs might be allowed to be certified organic in the not too distant future. What do you think?
The non-partisan food and agriculture  news site Civil Eats will be tracking all of the 2020 candidates' policy positions and public statements for your convenience. Be sure to check it out and stay in the know!

"Wellness From a Plant"

Northeast Hemp Commodities were speakers at ACORN's winter hemp workshops. They farm land in central Vermont for the purpose of growing high percentage CBD  and CBG industrial hemp. In 2018 they grew 60 acres for a total processed poundage of 70,000 lbs and in 2019 they are growing 300+ acres on their own land. They are also consulting with a number of other parties to grow verified CBD and CBG hemp strains.  
Want to learn more about this crop that is literally popping up all across the Champlain Valley? Netaka White is writing an informative "all about hemp" blog that can be found on their website.  
 Thank you for your support; we look forward to future collaborations! 
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Red Clover Ale Co. in Brandon

Bring your friends to Red Clover Ale Co. on Thursday nights from 4-9PM for crisp, refreshing ales and tasty Mexican food cooked by La Catrina's Maria Luisa Verduzco Murguia. Mari sells out fast - get there early!

ALSO: This Friday night from 7-9 RCAC will have live bluegrass music by Pittsford band Fiddle Witch. If you haven't tried Red Clover's innovative IPAs, stout, session ale or other brews, this is a great night to go check them out! Visit their Facebook page for details.

MONTHLY INSPIRATION: White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia

"Today we don't feed cattle. We feed the microbes in the soil."

Watch this 15 minute clip and see how a former industrial rancher converted his land into a rich, polyculture business that is regenerating his soil and community.
Early Bird Deadline Approaching
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.   
Farmacy: Food is Medicine
ACORN's Farmacy Project, a collaboration to increase the availability of fresh produce for patients, is moving along full steam ahead with beautiful bags of fresh summer food being handed out weekly in Middlebury and Bristol to 45 local families.

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 more about the project in this Addison Independent article.
Your donations to ACORN help support this and other food access programs in our area! 
is coming to a farm near you!
We know you love local food and farms, so if you want to get to know your farmer even better -- and get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont's vibrant working agricultural landscape -- make your plans for Vermont Open Farm Week August 9-15!

We've got bluegrass, brats and beer at Philo Ridge, a hops tour in Starksboro, a pizza dinner in Monkton and more!

Participating farms and events in the Champlain Valley are:
  2019 Local Farm & Food Guide

The 2019 Local Food and Farm Guide is out now! Find the guide at outlets around the Champlain Valley. Keep it in your car so you can quickly find all of the PYO farms, open farmstands and other food producers near you! 
 Events, Workshops & Opportunities

  • August 13, 2019: Extinction Rebellion Champlain Valley presentation covers the current science on climate change.  6:00 - 8:00pm, at Ripton Elementary School, 753 Lincoln Rd, Ripton, VT. Free.  Childcare provided.
Middlebury Natural Foods Coop has a few positions!
Willow Well: Nature Preschool Teacher
Rutland Coop has openings for buyers & managers
Bees Wrap is hiring some great positions!
Farm to Plate list of jobs from all over the state

Greg's Meat Market has reopened!
One of Middlebury's former favorite meat markets and food shops has returned to 3 Elm Street. They are having a grand opening the week of August 12th!
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 us posted of things of interest to r elocalization , Addison County and Vermont's Champlain Valley. 

Annie Harlow and Lindsey Berk
ACORN Network