Meet the creators who make Vermont’s food scene so spectacular! Spend a weekend exploring farms, bakeries, cheesemakers, local grain mills, restaurants, and more, and enjoy cooking demos and special restaurant meals with fellow food lovers.


Spend a weekend enjoying the best food experiences Vermont has to offer—meet grain growers, bakers, cheesemakers, and fellow food lovers!


July 15-17 2022

in Hardwick, Vermont

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Travel to Vermont is not included in the price of the tour. Guests make their own travel arrangements.


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How to Register for this Culinary Tour

Please click “Download the Registration Form” below, and then submit by mail or email to the addresses listed on the form.

If this trip must be cancelled due to Covid-19, refunds will be issued.

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What You’ll Love About Your Weekend in Vermont


The perfect getaway for food lovers!

See and taste Vermont as you never have before. Join us for behind-the-scenes access to a world class brewery and cheese producer, and meet the passionate grain growers, millers and bakers powering the grain revival in this beautiful area of the northeast.

Day-by-Day in Vermont


Friday, July 15

  • Arrive for Lunch in Hardwick, Vermont. Hear from agricultural experts in the area, and enjoy a tasting of local Barr Hill Gin. Lunch provided.
  • Spend the afternoon visiting local farms and learn from farmers first hand where beer, spirits and bread start their journey. 
  • Cap off the first day with a tour and tasting at Hill Farmstead.







Saturday, July 16

  • Visit Elmore Mountain Bread to learn about baking with local grain and the fresh milling process. Tasting included!
  • Continue to New American Stone Mills to learn more about milling local grain and the global demand for mills made from local Vermont granite. 
  • Tour the grounds at Jasper Hill Cellars, learn about their process, and enjoy a tasting of their award-winning cheeses.
  • Learn about the roots of grain growing in the Northeast Kingdom during a chef demo with Abenaki Chef Jessee Lawyer, while enjoying a family-style lunch.
  • Local legend dinner at Black Bird Bistro! Enjoy a locally sourced dinner created for our group by Chef Lee Kinsey.

Sunday, July 17

  • Meet at the beautiful Highland Lodge and learn about baking with whole grains and whole grain flour with Heike Meyer of Brot Bakehouse. 
  • Enjoy a brunch of local baked goods prepared by Heike. Our tour officially ends after the baking demo and brunch, but feel free to explore Highland Lodge’s private beach area on Caspian Lake after we say our goodbyes! 


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Photo courtesy the Highland Lodge


Lodging Options

Airbnb and VRBO

Lodging for this weekend is booked independently. We find that Airbnb and VRBO have great options for the Hardwick Area. 

Here are a few options:


●     Highland Lodge - Greensboro (at last check, the cabins were booked but there is availability in the main house)

●     Inn by the River - Hardwick

●     Craftsbury Farmhouse - Craftsbury

●     Stowe Meadows-  Elmore

Hotels in Morristown (30 minutes away) 


Camping options


*If you are interested in renting an Airbnb with others to defer cost, please let us know and we will create a google doc for people to get in touch. Contact aclement@oldwayspt.org 

A bus will be transporting us for most of the tour. For your planning purposes, below are the locations you will be responsible for getting yourself to:

  • Main meeting place on Friday and Saturday: Atkins Field (140 Granite St, Hardwick, VT 05843), 
  • Saturday dinner: Blackbird Bistro
  • Sunday brunch and goodbyes at Highland Lodge

Meet the Food Experts

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Thornhill Farm

Elmore Mountain Bread

New American Stone Mill

Brot Bakehouse

Barr Hill

Jasper Hill Cheese

Jessee Lawyer

Black Bird Bistro

Lee Kinsey

Highland Lodge

Brought to You By

Oldways and the Oldways Whole Grains Council: Oldways is a Boston based nonprofit, dedicated to improving public health by inspiring individuals and organizations to embrace heritage-based diets high in taste, nourishment, sustainability, and joy. The Whole Grains Council is one of Oldways’ many programs, tirelessly supporting increased whole grain consumption globally through education, partnerships, and advocacy. 


The Northeast Grainshed Alliance: a diverse stakeholder-driven partnership, connecting grain-related businesses and organizations in the Northeast. We are a growing number of grain growers, processors, producers, organizations, institutions, researchers, & the public; all key components of a regional grain supply chain.



The Center for an Agricultural Economy was founded in 2004 to build a regenerative, just, and healthy local food system that creates socially thriving and economically vital rural communities. We do this through a range of programs which provide the infrastructure, education, and connectivity to forward our goals. Our approach is rooted in understanding specific community needs, and collaborating with local, regional, and statewide partners across sectors for long-term transformation and resilience.