Eat. Meet. Buy. Flavors of the Valley 2019 Vendors are here!

Check out the hottest new vendors and returning favoritesSamples are listed if the vendor has provided sampling information. Vendors will also have many delicious items for sale!

April 7, 11 am – 3 pm at Hartford High School. Advance tickets are required to enter the gym from 11 am-12 pm. ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. Tickets at the door for 12 pm-3 pm admission.

Special thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Mascoma Savings Bank, Co-op Food Stores, King Arthur FlourThe Skinny Pancake

Yankee Farm Credit, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Great Eastern Radio

Photo by Molly Drummond

Farmers’ Markets are Truly Local

Download the printable area Farmers’ Market Calendar! Farmers’ markets are truly local, and that’s as true today as it was 20 years ago. You don’t have to worry about reading labels or reading between the lines, because you can talk to the farmer. Get the real story behind your food, learn how it was made and why. These things matter to you, and hearing directly from the producer is best.With over 20 area markets you can meet hundreds of local producers and find the foods that make you smile.

So download the printable area Farmers’ Market Calendar. It’s handy for work, home, car, church, school… share your love of local with your communities.

Visit our farmers’ market page to learn more about the more than 20 Upper Valley markets!

Woodstock Market 2015 credit Molly Drummond (2)

Beautiful market photos by Molly Drummond!

the Flavors Sextet

Yes, we sing about Flavors

Confession: we sing a little tune about Flavors of the Valley, around the office, in meetings, while photocopying…. Click here and watch with sound if you dare- the big reveal is at the end. Treat your ears today and your tastebuds on Sunday, April 8 from 11 am- 3 pm at Hartford High School.  All the details, discounts, specials, information about 45 local food vendors and their samples, and more are on our Flavors of the Valley page. Thank you CATV 8/10 for our CATV debut.

Trek to Taste on June 2

The 10th Annual Trek to Taste—a celebration of local food and local trails—is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. This free family event is co-sponsored by more than 30 area organizations and is one of the most popular events in the Upper Valley with over 500 people in attendance.

This year’s Trek will feature some familiar elements and introduce some new ones as well. Guided hikes will begin at the Forest Center at 10:30 a.m. Walkers of all ages are invited to join knowledgeable area guides for treks to the park’s Horse Shed Meadow (1/4mile), the Nordic Hut (1 mile) and Mount Tom’s South Peak Summit (2 miles).

Five “hubs” of activities will draw visitors through the park’s amazing trail system. Under the big tent at the Forest Center, visitors will find the Upper Valley Farm to School Network showcase, organized by Vital Communities. Area school teams will exhibit exciting projects related to local food and farms, and provide tasty food samples. Student presenters will share fruit and vegetable juices made from local ingredients, a presentation about their expanded gardens and storage crops, and how they created a cooking class for preschoolers.

ArtisTree is joining the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) at the terminus of the shortest hike, to the park’s Horse Shed Meadow, to feature kid-friendly activities including a visit with a live raptor, art activities and a smoothie bike!

The Woodstock High School and Middle School Farm to School program is preparing wood-fired pizza at the Nordic Hut, using many locally sourced ingredients cooked in the Park’s own mobile wood-fired oven. You will also find various lawn games to play as you nibble on your pizza.

Sustainable Woodstock is gathering gourmet food from area farms and establishments, providing well-deserved tastes by hikers who make it to the Summit of Mount Tom. Many activities, such as making walking sticks and a local Valley Quest guided by Vital Communities staff, will be organized for trekkers young and old. The day includes music by the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra and an ice cream social sponsored by the Billings Park Commission with homemade ice cream from the Woodstock Creamery. Learn more about this fun and tasty day at trektotaste.info.

What’s Hot in Local Food? Find Out on April 10.

Long-time Flavors of the Valley attendees know that Flavors is a preview of food trends as they emerge in the Upper Valley.

Local food businesses come to Flavors to introduce incredible products to their loyal and new customers. In years past we’ve seen the growth in locally sourced restaurants, which are now a fixture of Flavors. We’ve also noticed growth in candies and baked goods made with local ingredients.

This year we are seeing rising amounts of meats, maple, and a new trend in local teas. New-to-Flavors beef and pork producers will join familiar pastured meat farms to entice you to add local to your meat preparation—in fact, Valley Food & Farm will be sharing samples of easy local meat recipes.

We’ve never had so many maple treats, and we look forward to sampling maple cotton candy, maple covered almonds, and maple cookies. The sudden appearance of teas at Flavors is a good example of a food trend popping up, and we’re looking forward to learning what teas can be locally grown.

Of course long-term trends are also represented, including a wide array of local vegetable farms showing season extension with April veggies, delicious restaurant creations from old and new businesses, award-winning artisan cheeses, and more. You can see all our vendor updates on Facebook, and the full vendor list here. See you on April 10 from 11-3 at Hartford High School.