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Vermont

Experience Farm-Fresh Flavor in Vermont

Taste the flavors of Vermont on an appetizing adventure with cooking demonstrations from local chefs, visits to local farms and discoveries of the state’s impressive history with food.
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Program No. 8934PEY35
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,099
Vermont

Experience Farm-Fresh Flavor in Vermont

Taste the flavors of Vermont on an appetizing adventure with cooking demonstrations from local chefs, visits to local farms and discoveries of the state’s impressive history with food.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,099
Program No. 8934 PEY35
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
1,099
Itinerary Note

Due to Covid restrictions and protocol Shelburne Farms, Lincoln Peak Vineyard will not be welcoming groups this season. We will instead visit Champlain Orchards for an informative and expert led tour and presentation on varieties of apples native to Vermont, and we will visit Shelburne Vineyard for an expert led tour of their vineyard followed by a tasting of their unique wines. The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour has been discontinued for the 2021 season but a stop will be made for a visit to the "flavor graveyard" followed by a tasty treat.

Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
1,099
Itinerary Note

Due to Covid restrictions and protocol Shelburne Farms, Lincoln Peak Vineyard will not be welcoming groups this season. We will instead visit Champlain Orchards for an informative and expert led tour and presentation on varieties of apples native to Vermont, and we will visit Shelburne Vineyard for an expert led tour of their vineyard followed by a tasting of their unique wines. The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour has been discontinued for the 2021 season but a stop will be made for a visit to the "flavor graveyard" followed by a tasty treat.

Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
1,099
Itinerary Note

Due to Covid restrictions and protocol Shelburne Farms, Lincoln Peak Vineyard will not be welcoming groups this season. We will instead visit Champlain Orchards for an informative and expert led tour and presentation on varieties of apples native to Vermont, and we will visit Shelburne Vineyard for an expert led tour of their vineyard followed by a tasting of their unique wines. The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour has been discontinued for the 2021 season but a stop will be made for a visit to the "flavor graveyard" followed by a tasty treat.

Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
1,179
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
Starting at
1,179
Sep 4 - Sep 9, 2022
Starting at
1,179
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
1,179
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
1,429
Itinerary Note

Due to Covid restrictions and protocol Shelburne Farms, Lincoln Peak Vineyard will not be welcoming groups this season. We will instead visit Champlain Orchards for an informative and expert led tour and presentation on varieties of apples native to Vermont, and we will visit Shelburne Vineyard for an expert led tour of their vineyard followed by a tasting of their unique wines. The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour has been discontinued for the 2021 season but a stop will be made for a visit to the "flavor graveyard" followed by a tasty treat.

Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
1,429
Itinerary Note

Due to Covid restrictions and protocol Shelburne Farms, Lincoln Peak Vineyard will not be welcoming groups this season. We will instead visit Champlain Orchards for an informative and expert led tour and presentation on varieties of apples native to Vermont, and we will visit Shelburne Vineyard for an expert led tour of their vineyard followed by a tasting of their unique wines. The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour has been discontinued for the 2021 season but a stop will be made for a visit to the "flavor graveyard" followed by a tasty treat.

Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
1,429
Itinerary Note

Due to Covid restrictions and protocol Shelburne Farms, Lincoln Peak Vineyard will not be welcoming groups this season. We will instead visit Champlain Orchards for an informative and expert led tour and presentation on varieties of apples native to Vermont, and we will visit Shelburne Vineyard for an expert led tour of their vineyard followed by a tasting of their unique wines. The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour has been discontinued for the 2021 season but a stop will be made for a visit to the "flavor graveyard" followed by a tasty treat.

Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
1,519
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
Starting at
1,519
Sep 4 - Sep 9, 2022
Starting at
1,519
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
1,519

At a Glance

Learning in Vermont can be delicious! With local chefs, small-scale cheese makers, maple tappers and entrepreneurs, experience firsthand the Vermont farm-to-plate way of life during hands-on classes and field trips to working farms. From a lesson in scone baking at the Brandon Inn, to an expert-led demonstration on the process of creating maple candy, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how some of your favorite New England fare is made. Sip and savor at Shelburne Vineyard as you learn about vitis Vinifera and vitis Riparia, hearty grapes which grow well in winter conditions. Journey through some of Vermont’s culinary wonders on this immersive learning adventure.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Minimal walking and standing; some stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover the traditional way apple cider is produced with a Road Scholar-exclusive demonstration and tasting at Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
  • Delight in a presentation from the owner (and her goats) from High Pond Goat Farm and learn the techniques on milking and goat cheese making followed by an expert-led tasting.
  • Enjoy a staff-led exploration of the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks followed by a flavorsome tasting of their renowned sugar on snow.
Featured Expert
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Fred Putnam
Fred Putnam is the owner of Busy Bee Honey, a local Brandon, Vermont, apiary. With an extensive background in beekeeping, he loves to entertain visitors while dressed in his beekeeping clothes. Known as a “honey” historian, his presentations outline the history of bees. Fred demonstrates the different equipment required to extract honey from his hives, describes the different flavors and qualities of honey, and usually can be found with a tasty sample in his pockets.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Robert Barral View biography
Robert Barral is the executive chef of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. He attended culinary school himself in another Montpellier, the city in the Languedoc region of France, then continued his training as a chef at some of the finest establishments in Europe. He crossed the ocean in 1976 and has cooked in Montreal, Edmonton, Chicago and Boston. A faculty member at the NECI since 1987, Chef Barral is known for being a great teacher of classic French techniques as well as for his award-winning Chocolate Bombe.
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Louis Pattis View biography
Louis Pattis is the innkeeper and chef of the historic Brandon Inn in Brandon, Vermont. Since 1988, he and his wife Sarah have owned the inn that was founded as a simple one-story tavern in 1786. Louis was born and raised in Austria, where he trained to become a chef before working at many top hotels throughout Europe and the U.S. The prestigious Taste of Vermont awards have honored Chef Pattis and the Brandon Inn for everything from entrées to desserts and butter sculptures.
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Wendy Cijka View biography
Wendy Cijka is the owner of High Pond Goat Farm in the town of Brandon, Vermont. High Pond Goat Farm is a small, family run farm creating and selling raw goat milk, fresh chevre, and yogurt.
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Lilian Sheren View biography
Lilian Sheren has led groups for 30 years. She moved to Vermont more than two decades ago and has been a Road Scholar Group Leader for the past five years. Lilian began her experience while living in New York state, leading groups to New York City, through the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, New England, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC as well as Montreal and Quebec City, Canada. Lilian embraces her Scottish heritage and loves meeting Road Scholar participants from all over the country.
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Fred Putnam View biography
Fred Putnam is the owner of Busy Bee Honey, a local Brandon, Vermont, apiary. With an extensive background in beekeeping, he loves to entertain visitors while dressed in his beekeeping clothes. Known as a “honey” historian, his presentations outline the history of bees. Fred demonstrates the different equipment required to extract honey from his hives, describes the different flavors and qualities of honey, and usually can be found with a tasty sample in his pockets.
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Greg Cox owns and operates Boardman Hill Farm in West Rutland, Vermont. His farm includes 10 acres of organically certified fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Greg co-founded the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center as well as the Rutland Farmer’s Year Round Market that is now one of the largest and most diverse in the state. He has worked with conservationists at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and was recognized with a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. Greg has also taught agriculture at Green Mountain College.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Sweet Days and Beyond: The Morse Family - Eight Generations of Maple Sugaring
by Burr Morse
In his charming account of growing up in a maple sugaring operation in Northern Vermont, Burr Morse, a seventh generation maple sugar farmer, shares wonderful stories and folk tales that offer a deeper understanding of the hard work and dedication it takes to live such a lifestyle. Delightful images bring to life the four seasons, animals, and other characters who share his world. The result is a five season Vermont experience full of sweet and sometimes bittersweet tales.
Good Maine Food: Ancient and Mordern New England Food and Drink
by Marjorie Mosser
Old recipes, like old friends, are usually most dependable, observes noted author Kenneth Roberts in his pithy introduction to this classic recipe compendium put together by his niece, Marjorie Mosser, in the 1930s. The long career of this bible of Maine cookery has proved him right. With Robert's outspoken commentaries sprinkled throughout, excerpts from some of his best-selling books, and maxims from Maine kitchens, this old favorite is a must-own collection for any modern cook. Down East Books is proud to present this revamped edition-with a brand new foreword by food historian Sandra Oliver-as part of the all-new Best Maine Food cookbook series.
Maple Sugarin' In Vermont: A Sweet History
by Betty Ann Lockhart
Come along for a trip through maple time in Vermont, from the 1600s to the mid-twentieth century. Betty Ann Lockhart introduces the origins of the 'Flavor of Vermont', the tools of the sugaring trade and the personalities who launched maple sugar to world fame. The Abenakis were discoverers of the sweet sap that flowed from Vermont's trees, and Thomas Jefferson was an early promoter of it. During the Civil War, maple sugar was cheered as the moral alternative to cane sugar- the latter having been produced by slave labor- and in subsequent wars, it was shipped to U.S. troops around the world. Enriched with maple-inspired songs, recipes and legends, Maple Sugarin' in Vermont illuminates not just the industry, but also the culture of maple sugar in the Green Mountain State.
Sails and Steam in the Mountains
by Russell Bellico
Anyone (like myself) who finds early American history interesting (colonial, revolutionary, war of 1812) will love this book. It gives many historical quotes and accounts of events. It is also easy to understand and explains what 18th century terminology it uses. It also does a good job with the ship models and pictures. It is also very good with explaining first hand accounts of the forts on the lake and the conditions they were in at the time. Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in the colonial period or ships and forts of the 18th century.





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