Holiday season is underway, and we’re plenty familiar with the rush to find the perfect gift. Never fear! We’ve created the ultimate gift guide to get you through holiday shopping, while also supporting local businesses and conservation in Vermont. Check it out and let us know what we’re missing!
Gifts that’ll make ’em sizzle:
Stock up on grilling essentials—from maple buffalo sauce to maple chipotle rub. Visit Branon Family Maple Orchards either at the sugarhouse or online. 539 Branon Road, Fairfield; self-serve.
Take your pick of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and lamb at Fat Cow Farm. Their animals are bred, born, and raised on-site and processed locally. 800 Bingham Brook Road, Charlotte; M, W, F, 3-6 PM.
Maple Wind Farm’s online store carries the meat lover’s dream cart. Find maple beef jerky, BBQ beef snack sticks, sausages, and pastured meats.
Take a cut for yourself! (We won’t tell.) Health Hero Farm’s multi-cut options are big enough to share. Shop their steaks, roasts, and sausages online, or call to place an order for pickup. 350 W. Shore Rd, South Hero; (802) 378-5246.
Philo Ridge Farm has sauces, syrups, salts, and even spoons for the kitchen! Gift it all in their branded tote. Shop in-person at their market or online. 2766 Mt. Philo Road, Charlotte; Sun. 8 AM-3 PM, Tues.-Wed. 8 AM-3 PM, Thurs.-Sat. 8 AM-6 PM.
Gift fresh meat and a memory with Peaceable Hill Game Farm‘s guided pheasant hunts. Call to schedule. 200 Burgess Road, Shoreham; (802) 897-5913.
Shop Bunker Farm both online and in-person for meat CSAs, syrups, and flowers. 857 Bunker Road, Dummerston. Sat., 12-5 PM; Wed., 3:30-7 PM.
Gift the bubbly:
Check out Flag Hill Farm’s selection of hard ciders and distilled fruit spirits (135 Ewing Road, Vershire; call ahead, 802-685-7724), or stop by Champlain Orchards’ farm market for hard and ice ciders, locally sourced honeys, syrups, fruits, and baked goods (3597 VT Route 74-W, Shoreham; daily, 10 AM-4 PM).
Gifts to inspire their 2020 health goals:
Honey kombucha. Need we say more? Find Golden Well’s kombucha, organic mushrooms, herbs, flowers, eggs, and pork—along with local coffee, fermented foods, and apothecary products—at their winter farmstand. 1089 River Road, New Haven; self-serve.
Promote self-care with Mt. Philo Farm & Vineyard‘s online selection of lavender salts, sprays, and soaps (made from farm-grown lavender), or visit Mettawee Valley Hemp online for oils, salves, lip balms, and lotions.
Gifts for Max, Bella, Bailey, and Spot:
Head online to Jericho Settlers Farm to get bone boxes for Scruffy and a lambskin for yourself. No judgement if you both tail-wag.
Gifts for the kiddos:
Stop by Last Resort Farm‘s milkhouse to browse children’s books written by family farmer and author Eugenie Doyle. Bonus: honey, jams, and maple syrup are also for sale. 2246 Tyler Bridge Road, Monkton.
Udderly perfect gifts:
Spread good cheer with Ploughgate Creamery’s online selection of butter and butter swag, or head to New Village Farm for raw cow milk and goat milk, as well as beef, chicken, eggs, vegetables, herbs, and flowers (700 Harbor Road, Shelburne; M-F, 9 AM-3 PM).
Spoil your butter half with Larson Farm’s organic yogurts, butters, milks, and gelatos, available at the farmstand. 69 South Street, Wells; daily, 7 AM-7 PM.
Top your holiday pies with Kiss the Cow’s ice cream, made with cream and milk from the farm. Their farmstore is also stocked with their syrups, turkeys, and eggs, as well as locally made fudge sauce, artisan cheeses, and coffees. 2248 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard; self-serve.
Gouda gifts that will make them melt:
For Colby cheddar, cheese curds, and tasty originals like Mustard Seed Swisserella, shop Bridport Creamery online.
Stop at Grafton Village Cheese & Wine Shop in Brattleboro for award-winning cheeses, gourmet beers, wines, and cutting boards. Plus—watch the pros make cheddar. 400 Linden Street, Brattleboro; daily, 10 AM-6 PM.
Check out Rogers Farmstead for mozzarella, cheese curds, and other kitchen staples like milk, yogurt, whole wheat flour, and beef. 934 Rowell Hill Road, Berlin; daily, 7 AM-7 PM.
Gifts for crocheters, knitters, and crafters:
Shop Blue Heron Farm’s wool and needle-felting kits online, along with stickers and drawstring bags, or visit Knoll Farm either in-person or online for sheepskins, yarns, blankets, and more (700 Bragg Hill Road, Fayston; Sat.-Sun., 8 AM-6 PM).
Find Crescent Bay Farm’s llama fiber at their nearby Snow Farm Vineyard. Head there for crafting supplies, pork, and maple sugar. 190 West Shore Road, South Hero; daily, 11 AM-4 PM.
Stocking stuffers for both naughty and nice:
Ditch the lump of coal and load up on compost for their stockings at either Diamond Hill Custom Heifers (4692 E Sheldon Road, Enosburg Falls; (802) 933-2071) or Black Dirt Farm (393 Stannard Mountain Road, Greensboro; Mon.-Sat., 8 AM-5 PM. 802-533-7033). You can also visit Vermont Mealworm Farm‘s online store for mealworms (baby mealworm beetles) and frass (worm poop). The mealworms are a great protein source, but we recommend saving frass for plant feed.
Treat the good and mannerly with a locally sourced dinner from Black Krim Tavern. Their changing menu sources food from their own Pebble Brook Farm (a VLT-conserved property). Purchase in-person or by phone (21 Merchants Row, Randolph; Tu-Sa, 4:30-11 PM. 802-728-6776). Shelburne Farms also offers gift certificates that can be applied at its restaurant, on its programs, or toward its products. Visit online or in-person. 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne; 10 AM-5 PM.
100% Pure Vermont gifts for your out-of-state family members:
Find Allenholm Farm‘s signature crab apple jelly, as well as homemade pies, honey, maple syrup, and cheeses, and local art at the farmstore. 111 South Street, South Hero; daily, 9 AM-5PM.
Chandler Pond Farm‘s grass-fed beef and spiced rhubarb sauce are a perfect pair! Shop their selection of syrups, jams, and honey online or at the farmstand. 528 Burroughs Road, Wheelock; daily, 8 AM-8 PM.
Give the gift of a prolonged autumn: stop by Hackett’s Orchard for cider donuts, maple syrup, apple cider, apple crisp… you get the idea. 86 South Street, South Hero; daily, 9 AM-5 PM.
For a full selection of maple products—including syrups, candies, sugars, butters, and gift baskets—check out The Gateway Farm (506 North 116 Road, Bristol); Couture’s Maple Shop (560 VT Route 100, Westfield); or Robb Family Farm (822 Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro) either in-person or online.
Baird Farm’s maple ketchup—the lesser known, but not less tasty Vermont maple fusion—is available both online and at their farmstand. 65 West Road, North Chittenden; 9 AM-5 PM.
For hand-knit hats or fresh mozzarella, shop Livewater Farm online or at the farmstore. 1289 Westminster W Road, Putney. M-F, 7 AM-7 PM; Sa-Su, 11 AM-7 PM.
Part nursery, part grocer: Harlow Farm carries perennials and window boxes, bacon and beef, eggs, artisanal breads, and farm-made jams, pickles, chutneys, and condiments. 6365 Route-5, Westminster; daily, 9 AM-6 PM.
Stop by Cloudland Farm Market for fresh steaks, ground beef, roasts, sausages, jerkies, pork, and pickles. While there, shop their goat’s milk soaps, cookbooks, cheeseboards, and pottery. 1101 Cloudland Road, North Pomfret. Thurs., 10 AM-3 PM; Fri.-Sat., 10 AM-5 PM.
Head to Bread & Butter Farm for veggies and meats, or pick up holiday pies and breads from the on-site Blank Page Café. 200 Leduc Farm Road, Shelburne; M-F, 8 AM-2 PM, S, 8 AM-1 PM.
The gift of holiday cheer:
Make your own wreath and cut your own Christmas tree at Pleasant Valley Trees. Their holiday gift barn also offers handmade crafts, wreaths, garlands, their signature Kissing Balls, and maple syrup. 313 Pleasant Valley Road, Bennington. November 29-December 18; daily, 9 AM-4 PM.
Shop briskets for Hanukkah—as well as burger bundles and chicken—at Second Wind Farm’s online store, or call to schedule a visit. 667 Dunham Hill Road, Woodstock; (802) 356-3413.
Stop at Isham Family Farm to cut your own tree or pick up a handmade balsam wreath. 3515 Oak Hill Road, Williston.
Elysian Hills Tree Farm offers cut-your-own trees and free hot cider or cocoa at the farmstore. You can also shop wreaths, centerpieces, and organic produce and products from Walker Farm. 223 Knapp Road, Dummerston. Opens Nov. 30; Sa-Su, 10 AM-4 PM; M-F, 12-4 PM.
We have a lot of great businesses on VLT-conserved land! We started this list with a VLT database search, narrowed it to business owners who had a farmstand or ecommerce, and then tried to represent a variety of products across the state. This is not an exhaustive list, and we’d love to hear from you about your favorites!