In these parts, leaf-peeping and apple-picking make up a regional rite of autumn. But for some New England locavores, goggling at homegrown dairy cows is a true Oktoberfest for the eyes.
And for these folks, there’s Open Farm Sunday, an Oct. 13 event sponsored by Cabot Creamery that features free tours at 49 farms scattered across the cooperative’s footprint of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Upstate New York. (Click here to see a map of participating farms.)
One message the cooperative hopes that visitors will take away from these tours is that the Cabot Creamery Cooperative and its 1,200 farm family can satisfy locavore demand for delicious, locally sourced cheese and butter that are available at mainstream supermarkets.
Another message: The cooperative has been a lifeline for generations of New England farmers.
And then there’s the cheese. When it comes to marketing, Cabot plugs its cheddar as the last word in fromage. Use a Cabot product such as Vermont Sharp or Tuscan Cheddar, and a humble mac-and-cheese dinner can be sublimed into a splendid pasta meal solution.
The Open Farm event is scheduled to run Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. But don’t wear your Sunday best; you might get a chance to milk a cow … or to join in some family-friendly barnyard activities.