Wagon ride around the farm
I purposely situated myself in the back of the wagon so that I would have a good, clear shot from behind to take lots of photos. Some came out better than others, but here are a few I liked:
Random, awesome bus in the parking lot
Boat in Shelburne Bay
A view from a far of the farm barn
Sheep caretaker and Sheepdogs
The first stop on the tour was a stop at the farm barn where we got to see where they make their famous cheddar cheese. Unfortunately, when we arrived, they had already finished the cheesemaking for the day, so we just got to see the equipment used through the window. I may or may not have blogged about it, but I have tried my hand at cheesemaking a few times in the past few months. I do make some nice paneer but I'd like to be able to make some hard cheese.... they made it look so easy in Georgia....
From the barns, we headed over to the Inn at Shelburne farms which was the original house of the property belonging to a member of the Vanderbilt family. That explains the size, right?
The Inn at Shelburne Farms
Inside the Inn
A guessing game for kids with a few vegetables that I couldn't even name...
The last stop was the gardens outside the Inn. The Inn is in the process of restoring the gardens to their former glory. I thought they looked quite beautiful even without the restoration....
To conclude the tour, we headed back to the welcome center and got to sample some cheddar cheese produced right there on the premise from the farm's own cows.
6-9 month cheese, 1-year, 2-year, 3-year cheese, tractor cheese, smoked cheese..... ohhh... I was in cheese heaven!!!
Next time you are in the Burlington, VT area, this is a must see... especially if you love cheese!
For prices, tours and events, check their website: http://www.shelburnefarms.org/