Throughout the year, The Wright Family Farm stays busy. In the spring and summer, fresh fruit and vegetables from the seasons-long harvest is sold at their farm stand. During the fall, the farm welcomes families for a variety of activities, including pumpkin picking, hayrides, and adventures through the intricately cut corn maze. Once winter comes, the farm is a destination for picking the perfect Christmas tree, with three varieties of fresh-cut trees available alongside wreaths and garlands.
Each fall, Apple Ridge Orchards opens its gates and welcomes the public to traverse a farm filled with tree-ripened fruit and old-fashioned amusements. In the orchard, visitors pluck from 15 types of apple trees. Tractors pull families and groups on hayrides, traveling to the pumpkin patch where they can pick a gourd worthy of a homemade pie or a carving of Susan Sarandon's face. For fuzzier amusement, kids can pet Apple Ridge?s family of friendly farm animals, or observe honeybees in a glass observation hive.
A mother and her teenage daughter stand at the counter side-by-side, chop, chop, chopping in unison. Neither have cooked much with vegetables before, but under the friendly guidance of experts, they find their veggie phobias fading. This is a recurring theme within The Food Evolution's kitchen, where students learn to toss their culinary insecurities into the flames and begin having fun with meal prep.
At The Food Evolution, which Diane Hoch founded in 2010, students aged 16 and older learn from professional instructors how to create healthful, tasty, preservative-free meals. Classes highlight either techniques or styles of cuisine and vary in levels of participation—from demonstration classes where students observe and take notes, to hands-on courses in which students are required to touch everything with all 10 fingers. In private nutritional-counseling sessions, Diane, a certified nutritional-health counselor, tailors advice and programs to help individuals reach their health and wellness goals.
Nature's Pavilion has inspired healthful hankerings since 1961 with a cornucopia of nutritious organic and vegan foodstuffs as well as natural health and body care products. Stock up on by-the-pound breakfast fodder such as the organic raisin-bran cereal ($0.79/oz.) for a heart-healthy breakfast undisturbed by nosy toucans. Herbivores and omnivores have ample access to ground-grown goodies such as Eden canned organic black beans ($2.59) and Woodstock Farms whole pod edamame ($9.99), as well as earth-derived vegan delicacies such as Dr. Praeger's italian veggie burger ($5.09) and carrots made from real carrots. Customers who prefer their meals meaty yet ethical quell hunger with Organic Valley boneless chicken breasts ($12.99/lb.) and Boves of Vermont organic meatballs ($9.99/lb.).