The Strolling of The Heifers, or “The Stroll”, started as a way to celebrate local farming, and now brings people together with the food they eat. Stroll Weekend happens each year during the first full weekend in June. ~ Save the date for 2015, June 5-6-7, 2015, with the parade at 10 am on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Missed the Stroll this year (2014), or have never experienced the parade? Visit this link to watch it. ~
I know what you are thinking, but this doesn’t mean that cows, chickens, or goats are wondering around downtown Brattleboro. Or standing next to you in line at The Works, waiting to pay for a bagel and coffee. What it does mean is that people are able to co-mingle with the family and friends who produce the goods and services that further sustain local living and eating. Yes, there are cows and goats, and maybe a few chickens; but they aren’t ordering coffee.
This year I had the privilege of volunteering at The Stroll, and meeting not only other amazing volunteers, but some great people who produce great local products.
I can’t spotlight everything that was there in that 11-acre area, but here are a few that my family really enjoyed:
Strolling of the Heifers Pure VT Maple Syrup, locally made in East Dummerston, VT not only is it a cute marketing tool, but it’s a great VT Grade A Dark Amber Syrup. What’s it got in it? As the label states, Natural Maple Color and Flavor. Nothing added, nothing removed. Click the photo above to visit the Strolling of the Heifers website.
Even though SuperTroopers let the “cat” out of the bag, that Native Vermonters don’t actually need anything to put Maple Syrup on; ’cause we just drink it straight from the bottle. (LOL)Although some Vermonters might actually do this, we don’t, so we decided to search around for something offered by a local producer to try it out with… How about Cornbread Pancakes?
You can find the complete story about the Nitty Gritty Grain Company at their website (click the picture above), where you can also shop online for their complete product line.
What would a “local” breakfast be without COFFEE? Since I didn’t find this at The Stroll, I’ll leave that for another post; but it was great.
The morale of the story? Something that started over a discussion about the hard work of farmer’s has evolved into a celebration of “localvores”, that is now home to an event which brings in more people than cows, creating an amazing community event.
Visit the following links for more information:
The Strolling of the Heifers at www.strollingoftheheifers.com
Nitty Gritty Grain Company at www.nittygrittygrain.com
The Works at www.worksbakerycafe.com (and try a Brain Freeze Frozen Coffee with caramel. YUMMY!)
What is a Localvore? Visit Vermont Localvore to find out more.