Tasting Vermont

Today we went sightseeing in the area east of Burlington and managed to find quite a selection of foodie destinations.  Vermont is at the forefront of local, artisan food and beverage production.  Naturally, we did our best to sample a range of local produce ranging from cheese to apple cider and chocolate.

The Cold Hollow Cider Mill near Waterbury was our first tasting stop.

Next was Cabot Cheese.  The main factory is further east but we went to the store in Waterbury and Lake Champlain Chocolates happened to be next door.  I bought a small piece of chocolate fudge and we also purchased some pure Vermont maple syrup to bring home.

Finally, we checked out Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream.  Although it is known and available internationally, Vermont is the home of Ben & Jerry’s.  We had a small dish of strawberry ice-cream to share.

We enjoyed seeing the graveyard – memorials of flavours which have been retired and some that never really made it.

This is located up the hill behind the complex and it is signposted but I doubt that I would have noticed it if I had not read about the graveyard in the Lonely Planet guidebook.  The epitaphs are hilarious – there is clearly someone with a real flair for writing.

The other local produce which we have been supporting is the small breweries.  The Duke has tried several different brews while we have been here and pronounced most of them as very good, although a blueberry ale did not quite make the grade in his opinion.

Tomorrow we head further south in Vermont so keep watching for what we find next.

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