Farm & Field

The Farm & Field region will lead you to the heart and soul of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Surround yourself with the rolling hills and curving valleys of Craftsbury, Hardwick, Glover, and Greensboro. Find state parks, many lakes and ponds, and plenty to eat and drink!

Craftsbury

The town of Craftsbury is a quintessential Vermont town with charming back roads, white picket fences, and family-run farms. The town includes: Craftsbury Village, Craftsbury Common, and East Craftsbury along with Collinsville and Mill Village. The community itself retains a small population but welcomes visitors during each season to explore its bounty of recreational opportunities.

Situated on Hosner Pond, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is a hub for both winter and summer activities, offering classes, events, and trainings for guests and athletes focused on nordic skiing, trail running, and sculling. They have on-site lodging and facilities which include access to kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and a disc golf course. Some of these amenities are available for daily passes as visitors come in and out of the area.

Craftsbury Common is rich with history and charm and is one of Vermont’s most photographed villages. A Farmer’s Market is held in the Common every Saturday from May – October. You can also find the Craftsbury Historical Society, which features a large collection of Craftsbury memorabilia, artifacts, documents and photographs.

Craftsbury is also home to the Craftsbury Chamber Players, an ensemble of world-class musicians who tour northern Vermont performing in the summer months.

Hardwick

Hardwick has scenic views, outdoor recreation, and an up-and-coming food scene, making it a valuable stop along your Farm & Field journey.

Ride your bike or take a hike around Hardwick Trails for views of the town and surrounding Green Mountains. In the winter, these trails are used for snowshoeing and fat biking. Check out the Poetry Loop on the Eaton Brook Trail to see works from local poets of all ages. There’s also a Little Free Library – do you think you can spot it?

At the far northwest end of Hardwick Trails is Hardwick Lake. If you’re hiking at Hardwick Trails, consider following Shepard’s Trail or Wild West to Wayne’s Way for great views of the lake. Hardwick Lake is also a great place for swimming, kayaking, and fishing.

Head into the village of Hardwick to find local eateries, historic buildings (including five on the National Registry!) and small shops. The Hardwick Historical Society can be found in the restored Hardwick Railroad Depot and features regular museum exhibitions of the town’s history.

Hardwick’s Farmer’s Market takes place on Friday afternoons from May – October at Atkins Field and features a variety of local farmers and producers as well as live music and activities.

Glover

As you frolic the Farms & Fields of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, you will discover Glover, a small artist community with winding hills and valleys and many bodies of water.

The quiet atmosphere of Daniel’s Pond, Lake Parker or Shadow Lake provide recreational opportunities for fishing, swimming, kayaking and boating with waterfront rental properties at each location.

Eclectic artists and makers have found their way to this area of the Kingdom, as have two remarkably unique museums. Explore Bread & Puppet, a nonprofit theatre company, to see a larger-than-life collection of puppets, masks, and more. Down the road (across town) is the Museum of Everyday Life is a self-service museum which celebrates the mundane and mysterious delights of the world.

Greensboro

Farms, forests, and lakes are awaiting in Greensboro, the perfect destination for water lovers, beer drinks, and art appreciators alike.

Enjoy the shores of Caspian Lake at the public beach or find a boat slip and explore the waters. This is a notoriously quiet and serene lake, offering water skiing, sailing, kayaking and fishing opportunities.

For some of the best views of Greensboro and the entire Farm & Field area, visit the Barr Hill Natural Area or Long Pond Natural Area, both hotspots for birdwatching. Paddock Hill is a great hike with opportunities to spot wildlife along Long Pond.

Greensboro has many local producers making their mark on Vermont’s food and beer scene.  Jasper Hill Farm makes gourmet cheeses and sells their products in grocery stores across the United States. Hill Farmstead Brewery has been voted “Best Beer in the World” by RateBeer and continues to gain traction for its small-batch brews made on the family’s ancestral land.

The arts are also thriving in Greensboro thanks to the Highland Center for the Arts, a year-round venue for dance, theatre, music, and art performances and exhibitions. Vermont’s well-known Circus Smirkus is also in Greensboro, offering a camp and residency for circus instruction along with seasonal performances throughout the Vermont and New England.

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Funding for this site was provided with support from:
A Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development, Federal funds under award 01-79-14768 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, The Northern Border Regional Commission, The Vermont Community Foundation, Northern Forest Center.

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