I’ve been working a lot in Vermont recently in preparation for my biggest show of the season: the annual Garlic & Herb Festival, held this weekend in Bennington! It’s exciting to be accepted for my second year as a vendor, especially since this year, it’s the 20th anniversary celebration. AND it’s on Labor Day weekend. Over 12,000 people came to last year’s event, so that means I’ve been expanding my inventory significantly in recent months in preparation! Sadly, many trees fell this summer during the New England storms, but on the positive side, that means I have an amazing selection of reclaimed resources to breathe new life into and use for upcoming products. I’m thankful (Mom, you rock!) for the use of an ATV (lovingly named Bumblebee) and cart (not so lovingly named the Tippy Beast) to haul my treasures from the woods up the mountain to my shop. And in Vermont, it’s blissfully considered normal. When I chainsaw in suburban Philly, I try to time it to when the landscapers are doing work on our neighbors’ lawns; I’m all about blending in so I don’t look all cray cray. Ok. Or quite as cray cray.
So if you’re in the area for Labor Day or are looking for something to do for the holiday weekend, come to Vermont and check out the festival Saturday and Sunday from 10-5! Information can be found at http://www.lovegarlic.com. “Vermont stinks”…just for this weekend. It’s an amazing festival full of live music, tons of samples from local farms, distilleries, wineries, and more, plus one of a kind gifts from local artists. Get your Christmas shopping done early! The leaves are already changing and the weather looks fantastic for the weekend. And if you are hesitant to sample garlic? Go ahead. Don’t worry…everyone else there stinks too.