Dinner my second night in Vermont was very special. We went to Bread & Butter Farm for their Burger Night. The line was huge! Burger Night is incredibly popular even when the weather was rainy, cold, and grey.
I don't have words for this experience. It is extremely difficult for me to articulate how important it was for me to be at this farm at this point in my life. Even thinking about it is making me cry on my keyboard. I cried on the farm, too. At the end of our night I spent some time alone in Corie's hoop-house and the beauty of their land, their family, their community just came spilling out of me.
|The front half of the line to order|
|Right: Hoop-house, Left: Pavilion for dining and music|
|Farmer Corie bringing new lettuce to the burger bar|
|Their beautiful landscape!|
|Cucumbers in the hoop-house|
|The length of the hoop-house|
|Bread & Butter Farm is located on Cheese Factory Rd.|
She spoke to us again at the TED-esque conference when she told her story and brought the hundred person audience to tears. She ended with a slideshow of her family and her farm while her husband performed an acoustic rendition his song "Family Farm" (a 2009 live version below).
Finally, I was lucky enough to speak with Corie one on one later in the week over dinner. I had been wanting to talk to her personally, many of us did, but I was anxious; she's kind of a rock star. We talked about farm stuff - Corie studied farming at the Santa Cruz program, then she worked to create the MSU program and once that was up and running she had huge input on the creation of the Vermont Farmer's Training program. I was able to pick her brain and she gave me a lot of really great advice. And no kidding about the rock star thing...I was the envy of many other women in the group who wished they'd been able to have her ear that night.