Summer is the season of new life and renewal. It's a time for reveling in light and long days. Everything is in full bloom and in Vermont farm stands are cropping up everywhere, from little improvised stands with excess zucchinis to the established regulars that are around every year. Food is so fresh these days and you can easily buy straight from the farm where it’s been grown.
Tucked in between a little pond and some sprawling farm fields is Wood’s Market Garden, just south of Brandon, VT, on Route 7. This is one of my favorite places for fresh food, especially in the summer months when everything is drenched in sunshine and tomatoes taste like the way nature meant for sweets to be.
The farm stand is a little building surrounded with flowers of all colors, plus plenty of other plants, like herbs for cooking. If you catch it on a sunny day, the plants make the whole place glow. Inside they’re stocked with local and organic fruits and veggies; everything’s available depending on the season.
If your timing is right, you can come here to pick your own berries. We were lucky enough to make it at the tail end of strawberry season, which seems to come and go too fast every year. Speaking from experience, it's one of the best excuses I've found to eat exorbitant quantities of fresh berries straight from the plant. Picking usually lasts until the last week of June, sometimes into early July.
Farm stand open daily 9-6