Yes, Vermont is already well-known for being tourist friendly. But agritourism advocates are gearing up to add a new flavor to rural travel – culinary tourism.
On Jan. 12, Vermont Farms! Association, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University (N.H.), will offer a special workshop on agricultural and culinary
tourism as part of its annual meeting.
The meeting will be held at the Billings Farm and Museum on Vermont Route 12 in Woodstock from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You need not be a member to attend.
Good food is "hot" today among tourists. The workshop will key on successful experiences and best food safety practices for food products prepared on the farm.
On the menu
• University of Vermont Extension leaders Lisa Chase, Ginger Nickerson, and Londa Vander Wal, plus Ben Amsden of the Center for Rural Partnerships cover safe production of value-added products such as cheese, wine, and jams and jellies. And they'll give an update on new national food safety regulations.
• Vermont farmers Pam Allen of Allenholm Orchards in South Hero and Beth Kennett of Liberty Hill Farm in Rochester will share their experiences with USDA certification for on-farm food production and food safety issues.
• You'll get an opportunity for haNds-on help in developing risk management plans for your business.
Registration is $20, includes a luncheon buffet, materials, and an optional tour. To register, send a check, payable to Vermont Farms! Association, to Vermont Farms Annual Meeting, UVM Extension, 1 Scale Ave, Suite 55, Rutland, VT 05701
Jan. 5 is the registration deadline. Registrations after that date will be accepted only by phone. Call (866) 348-3276 for more information or to register.