The weekend of October 13th and 14th, Scott Farm on Kipling Road in Dummerston, VT beckons apple lovers of all ages for the 17th Annual Heirloom Apple Days at the Farm. Visit the 571-acre historic farm and orchard that border Rudyard Kipling’s former Vermont home, Naulakha, and other historic rental properties owned and renovated by Landmark Trust USA. Celebrate with the folks at Scott Farm, rain or shine, as they showcase many of the over 130 varieties grown in the orchard– fresh, baked, and squeezed!
Join Scott Farm Orchardist Zeke Goodband at 10:00am and 1:00pm each day, as he entertains guests with the enlightening history of the orchard and its ecologically-grown fruits, accompanied by a free tasting of some of the more than 100 varieties of heirloom apples grown on the property.
Visitors can also pick their own apples in the orchard or select them from multiple apple bins in the Farm Market, along with cider, freshly baked apple pies, fruit jams and jellies, and more. In addition to the apple tasting, food vendors will be cooking onsite so guests can enjoy lunch at picnic tables overlooking the Farm’s scenic ponds and mini-covered bridge. Enjoy live music, kids’ activities, and guided dry stone wall tours by The Stone Trust. New this year is a Make-Your-Own Caramel Apple Station!
In keeping with the Farm’s mission to share living history, preserve and perpetuate heirloom apples and small fruits, and educate people about their cultivation and uses, Scott Farm also holds fall workshops, including an introduction to making hard cider with local cider maker Jason MacArthur of Whetstone CiderWorks on Sunday, October 4th from 10:00am - 12:00pm.
You can also cap off the season by attending their 12th Annual On-the-Farm Apple Harvest Dinner on Saturday, October 26th. This dinner will feature select heirloom apples, heirloom cider, and vegetables grown at Scott Farm for an unforgettable meal.
For more information on festival and workshop details, please visit ScottFarmVermont.com.
The Scott Farm Market is open daily, 9:00am - 5:00pm, through November 29th, and pick-your-own apples are available September into October.
Established in 1791 when George Washington was serving his first term as President, Scott Farm consists of 571 acres and 23 buildings, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1995 the Vermont non-profit Landmark Trust USA took over the farm. The Trust has since restored many of the buildings, and under the guidance of Orchardist Zeke Goodband, has converted the orchard from conventionally-grown McIntosh to more than 100 ecologically- grown heirloom and uncommon apple varieties. The farm also grows peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, grapes, cherries, quince, medlars and gooseberries. Four fully restored historic vacation rentals, surrounding the farm, are available for short or long term stays throughout the year. Details at LandmarkTrustUSA.org.