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Feast on a Vermont Fall

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Vermont’s fall season is world-renowned for its beauty and some of the most delicious seasonal food in the country. Our cheesemakers rack up awards on a global scale, our sugarmakers are hard at work all year making more maple syrup than those in any other state, and our farmers are behind some of the best dairy, produce and off-beat offerings in the world. From maple lattes to cider doughnuts to a diverse and refreshing selection of craft beers and ciders, Vermont has what you’re craving this season.

Vermont’s 251 Club aims to visit all 251 towns and cities in Vermont. All that exploring means they know exactly where to root out the best fall food in the state – and this year, they’re letting us all in on the secret, sharing their favorite spots to stop statewide as they explore Vermont’s beautiful foliage season.

Gillian Sewake of Peacham, Vermont recommends the St. Johnsbury Farmer’s Market, taking place Saturday mornings.

“Lots of delicious snacks to fuel you up before your drive, or you can pick up a meal from Genuine Jamaican for a picnic along the road,” Sewake said.

Peacham has lots of delicious food to offer, too, said Bonnie Baird Robinson of Brandon, recommending the Peacham Café for its “great salads, sandwiches, soup and yummy baked goods ... There’s a craft store in Peacham next to the Cafe - open Thurs. - Sunday that I’d like to check out too. Peacham has some beautiful views on a dirt road that will look spectacular once the leaves change.”

Karen Richard of Colchester recommends Mendon’s Sugar N Spice for their breakfast cuisine, highlighting the omelets and the gift shop.

Sugar N Spice in Vermont

Photo courtesy of the 251 Club and Karen Richard

Carolyn Tyler Knight of Johnson says East Middlebury’s Happy Valley Orchard is one of her favorite fall stops.

“A zip up the river road into Lincoln, stopping for a decadent homemade treat at Lincoln General Store, before continuing up Quaker Str to Downingsville Road through to Jerusalem Corners is a lovely Fall ride,” Knight said.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury is a perennial favorite, according to Jenn White of Bristol.

“The donuts are amazing as well as their cider! A ride through Stowe is always beautiful as well as taking a gondola ride at Stowe Mountain Resort,” White suggested.

Gondola Ride with the 251 Club

Photo courtesy of the 251 Club

For trips through the southern part of the state, Lauren Cull Norford recommended Pittsford’s Kamuda Country Market for its “awesome salads and hot foods, usually donuts, coffee, gourmet items. You name it.”

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