Reed children, we thought of you as we walked into the cheddar vault (above), where 577,000 pounds of cheddar can be aged at once. Wallace and Grommit, eat your hearts out!
All the cheeses above have "washed rinds".
Folks gathered under the tent for live music and conversation. Batman spotted a familiar face across the crowd...one of his high school teachers from 35 years ago! Ted is in the midst of retiring to a farm in Vermont. He joined us for an excellent catered lunch of local foods (including CHEESE) and suppliers. It was fabulous! And there was very little waste...
Folks were encouraged to "clean your plates", and leftovers were composted.
After lunch, the business meeting was conducted and conservation awards were announced. Then the panel of speakers was introduced. If you do not know about these young men, you will someday soon.
- Pete Johnson of Pete's Greens
- Andrew Meyer of VT Soy and also Vt Natural Coatings
- Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Mateo and Andy Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm and the Cellars at Jasper Hill
After the festivities, we followed Ted back to his place for a quick tour of his property, traded phone numbers and e mail addresses and then we headed back to "a bit of earth".
We're back in CT now, wishing we could stay in VT...but we keep learning and networking, so that "someday" we'll be ready for living the dream full time!
There's still a few hours left to leave your name for the selvedge giveaway! Scroll down for details....