Farming Magazine - January, 2014


2014 Vermont Farm Show

January 28-30, Essex Junction, Vt.

The 2014 Vermont Farm Show will be held at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vt., January 28-30.

The farm show is Vermont's largest agricultural showcase. For agricultural professionals, it is an opportunity to meet with vendors, preview products and machinery, attend trade association meetings, and network within the greater farming community.

This winter show also holds wide appeal for the general public. With tractors, live animals and agricultural products on display, there's something for everyone at the farm show. Young and old alike flock to Consumer Night to see, taste and buy Vermont products during the Buy Local Market and the Capital Cook-Off.

The farm show is many different things to a diverse agricultural population. This winter gathering exemplifies both the spirit of Green Mountain agriculture and a shared rural heritage, linking both the future and the past.

Admission and parking are free at the 2014 Vermont Farm Show. Please bring a nonperishable item to the farm show as a donation for the Vermont Foodbank. Signs will be at drop-off areas.

Show Hours

Tuesday, January 28 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29 - 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 30 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Consumer Night

Celebrate the diversity of Vermont's agricultural products on Wednesday, January 29, at the third annual Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show. On the second night of the show, the Buy Local Market will give attendees the opportunity to learn about, sample and purchase a broad range of products made in the state. Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch state representatives, senators and employees of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets compete in the annual Capital Cook-Off - an Iron Chef-style cooking challenge.

The Buy Local Market gives Vermont producers the opportunity to engage with new customers through sampling and conversation. It also provides customers with a unique time to learn about new products and purchase goods from around the state. At the market, one can find ice creams, cheeses, wines, beers, meats, fruits, vegetables, maple syrups, honeys and more. A number of vendors also specialize in handmade crafts, like textiles, candles and jewelry - all the best products under one roof.

Visit these folks at the show!

A1 Infrared Technologies



Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity

American Chestnut Foundation VT/NH Chapter

Applied Agricultural Technologies

Artisan Printing of Vermont

Avatar Energy LLC

Bailey Equipment

Baker Ag Sales & Service

Barn Doctor

Bascom Maple Farms


Bobcat of Champlain Valley

Booth Bros. Dairy

Burlington Diesel Fuel

Camp Precast

Cargill Animal Nutrition

CCR Sales & Service


Champlain Valley Equipment

Classic Stitching

Co-operative Insurance Companies

Country Folks

Daedalus Solar Works

Dairy One/Dairylea/DFA

Deep Valley Farm

Desrochers Farm Supply & Equipment

Dimmick Wastewater Service

Dominion & Grimm

EasyFix Rubber

Efficiency Vermont

Farm Family Insurance

Farming, The Journal of Northeast Agriculture

Frazer Agency

GEA Farm Technologies

Genex Cooperative

Goodrich's Maple Farm

H.A. Manosh

Hakmet/Eaton Agricorp

Harrison Concrete Construction

Healthy Farmers Healthy Farms

Hicks Sales

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Hoard's Dairyman

Homestead Fence Co.

Hud-Son Forest Equipment

Huestis Farm Supply

J.S. Woodhouse Co.

John Deere

John Thompson's Golf Carts

Kent Nutrition/Blue Seal

Kimball Midwest

Kuhn North America

L.W. Greenwood & Sons

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Land & Mowing Solutions

Leader Evaporator

Lely Center Vermont/Godin Mechanical

Mountain View Dairy Equipment

Mycogen Seeds

Nationwide Insurance

New England Dairy & Food Council

New England Farm Systems


New Tech Feed

NH-VT Christmas Tree Association

Northeast Agricultural Sales

Northeast Farm Sales & Service

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

Northern Grain Growers


Organic Valley/CROPP

Orleans County Fair

Patz Corp.

Pete's Equipment Sales

Poulin Grain

Radio Vermont Group

Resource Management, Inc.

Rouse Tire Sales

Secco International

Select Sire Power

Seneca Iron Works

St. Albans Cooperative Creamery

Stephenson Agri Sales

Stubbe's Precast

T.A. Seeds

Timberwolf Mfg.

Tunbridge World's Fair




UVM Extension AgrAbility

UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils

UVM Farm Viability

UVM/CALS/Ag Experiment Station

VACC 866-828-3276 VELCO

Vermont Ag Mediation Program

Vermont Agency of Agriculture

Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Vermont Beef Industry Council

Vermont Beef Producers Association

Vermont Beekeeping Supply

Vermont Coverts

Vermont Creamery

Vermont Department of Taxes

Vermont DHIA

Vermont Engine Service

Vermont Farm Bureau

Vermont Fish & Wildlife

Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels

Vermont Grass Farmers' Association

Vermont Guernsey Breeders

Vermont Horse Council

Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Vermont Jersey Breeders

Vermont Land Trust

Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association

Vermont Morgan Heritage

Vermont Morgan Horse Association

Vermont SARE Program

Vermont State Grange

Vermont State NFO

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund/Farm to Plate

Vermont Woodlands Association



Wellscroft Fence Systems



Wood Heating Systems

Yankee Farm Credit

Photos by Stephanie Peake.

Product Contest Information

All entries must have been produced in Vermont by resident farmers or homemakers, except for members in the Vermont/New Hampshire associations. Any youth who has had an active part of farm products may submit one entry per class. (Youth are those under 19 years of age.) Only one adult entry per farm is allowed in each class. Each entry must have an official entry tag completely filled out. All contestants must make out their own entry tag. Tags may be marked at the top in such a way that only contestants can recognize their own entry. The contestant's name and addresses will not be exposed on tags where products are not judged to be honorable mention or excellent. Judges may state suggestions for improvement.

All products must be delivered by hand, not mailed, and must be presented to attendants at the CVE site.

After the show, ribbons and cash awards will be mailed to each contestant. All entries, containers, scorecards and recipes become property of the Vermont Farm Show. All rulings of contest superintendents are final.

For questions regarding the product contest, please contact Teresa Doyle at 802-454-7328 or

Directions to the Champlain Valley Exposition

Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, VT 05452

From upstate New York: Take Lake Champlain/Grand Isle Ferry (fee) from Cumberland Head Island (near Plattsburgh, N.Y.) to North Hero, Vt. (a 20-minute ride). Take Route 2 East to Route 2A in Colchester. Take Route 2A all the way to Essex Junction; you can enter the fairgrounds by either Gate E or F. If both gates are closed, continue on Route 2A until you come to the five corners; take Route 15 for about half a mile to Gate B.

From Albany: Take I-87 to Lake George, N.Y.; take Route 149 to Fort Ann, N.Y.; take Route 4 East to Fairhaven, Vt. (Exit 2); take left onto Route 22A, all the way to Vergennes. On the north side of Vergennes, you will come to Route 7. Go north on Route 7 approximately 20 miles to I-189. Take I-189 to I-89 North; take I-89 North to Exit 15 (Winooski/Essex Junction). Take a right on Route 15; it's approximately 4 miles to the fairgrounds entrance (Gate B) on the left.

From Boston and New Hampshire: Take I-89 North to Exit 12 (Williston). Take a right turn onto Route 2A for approximately 4 miles to the five corners in Essex Junction. Take a left onto Route 15; it's about half a mile to the fairgrounds entrance (Gate B).

From Montreal, Quebec: Take Route 133 to I-89 South. Travel approximately 35 miles south to Exit 17 (Milton). Take Route 2 East to Route 2A in Colchester. Take Route 2A all the way to Essex Junction; you can enter the fairgrounds by either Gate E or F. If both gates are closed, continue on Route 2A until you come to the five corners; then take a right onto Route 15 for about half a mile to Gate B.

Farm Energy Handbook

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, in partnership with Ben & Jerry's and the Vermont Environmental Consortium, published a Farm Energy Handbook in 2008. This handbook provided farms with an overview of renewable energy opportunities and their benefits to farms. The field of renewable energy is growing and changing rapidly, and it is time for an update of this information for farmers.

The Farm to Plate Network is now working with UVM Extension and the Agency of Agriculture to update the materials for farmers surrounding energy efficiency and renewable energy. The update is being funded by the Northeast Dairy Sustainability group. The updated materials will contain success stories of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures that farmers have adopted, including lessons learned, results and new trends. These success stories will be entirely in an electronic format so that the material can be updated more frequently and available to farmers in Vermont. During the farm show, there will be a rollout of these materials at an Update on Dairy on Thursday, January 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact Information

Jackie Folsom, manager and vice president

Telephone: 802-426-3579

Cellphone: 802-777-3857


If you have questions about space availability, contact Folsom.

Teresa Doyle, assistant manager

Telephone: 802-454-7328


If you have questions about the product contests, contact Doyle.

Ronald Greenwood, president

Telephone: 802-728-5453

Fax: 802-728-9886


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