Plopped on a gentle hillside in the middle of the Green Mountains, but only a mile or so off Interstate 89 lies one of Vermont’s hidden gems—where you can eat, stay, and farm by way of an authentic farm to plate experience. Green Mountain Girls Farm in Northfield, Vermont has developed a creative way of farming that encourages agritourism as a genuine opportunity for visitors to explore and take an active part in learning about where their food comes from.
Green Mountain Girls Farm practices relational farming with neighboring farms and local food producers, making up the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Coop. An inviting farm store sells meat, produce, and products from the farm as well as from members of the cooperative. Activities on the farm range from music events to Lattes on the Hoof—where you can get fresh goat milk foamed into a cup of latte while you stroll the farm grounds. Agritourism activities on Green Mountain Girls Farm and other farms across Vermont help connect people to farms to purchase farm-direct high quality, healthy, well-raised food, and to learn how food can be produced sustainably as a part of Vermont’s growing working landscape.
There may be no better way to experience a visit to Green Mountain Girls Farm than staying in the lofty barn as a part of their unique farm stay. A second floor main bedroom with several sleeping nooks are perfect for a group of friends or a family. The first floor features a modern kitchen where breakfast baskets made up of farm fresh eggs, goats milk, local jams and breads, and other seasonal farm fresh treats are prepared for guests to whip into breakfast at their leisure. If you are looking to do some more substantial cooking during your farm stay, the farm store sells meats, veggies, and other products like sauces and cheese. There is also a three-bedroom Farmhouse Inn available November through May.
By visiting Green Mountain Girls Farm, you are supporting Vermont’s Farm to Plate movement—to grow Vermont’s farm and food economy and increase access of healthy local foods as well as the overall vision of the farm—to help create a future where Vermont persists as a global geotourism leader, and as a place where farms succeed by working with natural cycles, providing healthy food and creating stronger communities. Green Mountain Girls Farm helps Vermont reach Farm to Plate Goals by increasing local food consumption and production, creating food literacy opportunities, and farming using nutrient management and environmental stewardship practices.
If you are one to appreciate Vermont’s natural beauty, playful farm animals, beautiful forest trails and mountain streams, than this old-farm feel showcasing Vermont’s working landscape and a peaceful taste of Vermont agritourism is just the place for you to visit. During a farm stay at Green Mountain Girls Farm, guests can also put on their boots and roll up their sleeves and help with farm chores, take cooking classes, or learn about crop, compost, and livestock management.
Green Mountain Girls Farm is conveniently located off Exit5- I-89, just 15 minutes from Vermont’s state capital, Montpelier. Eat, Stay, Farm—that is what Green Mountain Girls Farm is all about! Learn more at eatstayfarm.com.