The smell of fresh manure on barn boots mingled with the sweet scent of maple candy at the Vermont Farm Show. This annual event draws folks out of their barns for a mid-winter break from their normal routines. Last night, a gathering of farmers, families, and friends toured through the fair, connecting with sales reps, and neighbors, as they meandered by the tractors, log splitters, and evaporators.
As soon as the vendor hall opened at 4pm, the crowds sampled their way through the isles tasting cheese, jelly, pickles, maple candy, ice cream, and Vermont wine. Those passing my table laughed at my "Yarn Tasting" sign next to a basket of balls of yarn cast on to needles. Only the serious knitters lingered and could not resist picking up a pair of needles to sample our Romney yarn and to hear about our fiber classes, farmstays, and yarn CSA shares.