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.
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.
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
Baker Ag Sales & Service
Bascom Maple Farms
Bobcat of Champlain Valley
Booth Bros. Dairy
Burlington Diesel Fuel
Cargill Animal Nutrition
CCR Sales & Service
Champlain Valley Equipment
Co-operative Insurance Companies
Daedalus Solar Works
Deep Valley Farm
Desrochers Farm Supply & Equipment
Dimmick Wastewater Service
Dominion & Grimm
Farm Family Insurance
Farming, The Journal of Northeast Agriculture
GEA Farm Technologies
Goodrich's Maple Farm
Harrison Concrete Construction
Healthy Farmers Healthy Farms
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Homestead Fence Co.
Hud-Son Forest Equipment
Huestis Farm Supply
J.S. Woodhouse Co.
John Thompson's Golf Carts
Kent Nutrition/Blue Seal
Kuhn North America
L.W. Greenwood & Sons
Lake Champlain Basin Program
Land & Mowing Solutions
Lely Center Vermont/Godin Mechanical
Mountain View Dairy Equipment
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
Orleans County Fair
Pete's Equipment Sales
Radio Vermont Group
Resource Management, Inc.
Rouse Tire Sales
Select Sire Power
Seneca Iron Works
St. Albans Cooperative Creamery
Stephenson Agri Sales
Tunbridge World's Fair
UVM Extension AgrAbility
UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils
UVM Farm Viability
UVM/CALS/Ag Experiment Station
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 Department of Taxes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Jackie Folsom, manager and vice president
If you have questions about space availability, contact Folsom.
Teresa Doyle, assistant manager
If you have questions about the product contests, contact Doyle.
Ronald Greenwood, president
Visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com for more information.