The famed home of Farms for City Kids Foundation in Reading has garnered gold and silver medals for its high quality cheese. At the recently concluded North American Jersey Cheese Awards staged in the Wisconsin Dells, Spring Brook Farms won the Gold Medal for Semi-Hard Cheese for its Tarentaise for the second consecutive year. This year, it was also named North America’s Best Jersey Cheese by a panel of judges.
While Spring Brook Farms has only been producing Reading Cheese for the past year, its entry was awarded a Silver Medal for the Raclette style cheese. “We are thrilled with all three awards’” said Jeremy Stephenson, Cheese Program Director. He added, “We have a great team at the farm, and these awards reflect the devotion that everyone has for what they do.” The Farms for City Kids Foundation brings groups of children from the cities each summer for a week-long experience of a farm based curriculum. The children help with the aging of the cheeses and learn some of the basics of food preservation, chemistry, health and nutrition. All sales of Spring Brook’s cheese goes to support the effort of the Foundation.
Local First Alliance To Hold Strategic Marketing Session
The Local First Alliance (LFA) is inviting Woodstock area business owners and managers to a marketing ideas session on July 19 at 6:15 PM at the Blue Horse Inn in Woodstock. According to the announcement, while local businesses face marketing challenges with small budgets and misconceptions about competitive cost, a strong local position can offer an advantage in a changing marketplace. LFA has enlisted strategic marketing consultant Marty Mundy to outline opportunities for building competitiveness by influencing the power of buying local. Attendees are invited to share thoughts and initiate an action plan. The session is free to all LFA and Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce members with a voluntary contribution requested for wine and light fare that conclude the session. There is a $20 fee for non-members.
This event is a repeat of the successful event held in Lebanon earlier this year. For more information or to register, please email Jill Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Bookstock Set for July 29-30
An expanded format is scheduled for the 3rd Annual Bookstock, a Green Mountain Festival of Words, taking place Friday and Saturday July 29 and 30. The event is the celebration of how books and authors open our minds to the broad range of human experience. Nearly three dozen local and nationally recognized authors will speak, read from their work, and welcome discussion. The readings and workshops complement the well-established annual new and used book sale event. All events are free and all are welcome.
For further information, contact the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-457-3555.
History Center Hosting Band Concert and Ice Cream Social
With a backdrop of the setting sun over Mt. Tom and the Ottauquechee River, the Woodstock History Center will host its annual band concert and ice cream social on Friday, July 15. Maestro Dick Ellis will lead the South Royalton Town Band in a medley of favorite tunes. This year, homemade ice cream is being graciously supplied from the churns of Boris Pilsmaker’s Mountain Creamery Restaurant on Central Street in Woodstock.
The concert begins at 7 PM. It is suggested that guests bring with them a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the music and ice cream. Admission is by donation.
Killington To Host Disc Dog Competitions
The dog days of summer will be coming to the Town of Killington July 16 and 17 when it will host not one but two national disc dog competitions, the UFO World Championship and the Skyhoundz Disc Dogathon. These competitions are national qualifying events. It is expected that as many as 40 – 60 teams of dogs and their handlers will vie in these events. The Disc Dog competitions include various categories and level of play providing amateur and local dogs and their owners an opportunity to compete. Dogs and their masters are invited to this weekend long pet event with games and demonstrations including disc dog seminars, canine freestyle dance, dog agility, and other demonstrations.
Doggy cool-down stations and shade will be available at the Sherburne Library fields on River Road in Killington. One cautionary note: It is emphasized that dogs not involved in competition must be on a leash during the event.
More than a dozen vendors of dog supplies, care, and various food products will be on hand as well as several rescue groups will be represented.
Games provided by the Rutland County Humane Society will be free, with a suggested donation, and will include fun competitions like 50-Paw Dash, Musical Carpets, Timed Barrel Race, Owner Look-Alike Contest, Longest Kiss, and Fastest Dresser contest. Guests who donate will received a doggy-themed gift.
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. You may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-299-5265
This article first appeared in the July 8th print edition of the Vermont Standard.