I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all of my posts about our weekend at Twin Farms. It was a lot of fun to write (and relive) them! Here is my final recap as well as my previous posts just in cased you missed them: Twin Farms Recap {Friday} Twin Farms Recap {Saturday-Part 1} Twin Farms Recap {Saturday-Part 2} Mal and I slept in a little bit on Sunday morning. We lost an hour of sleep due…

Well, guys, last weekend was absolutely incredible. Mal and I were invited to spend two, complimentary nights at Twin Farms, an all-inclusive, five-star resort and spa, in Barnard, Vermont. We had an amazing time– eating and drinking, spending time outside in nature, and chatting extensively with wine expert and educator, Kevin Zraly. Mal and I were very, very fortunate to have been invited as guests, and our time at Twin Farms is definitely an experience…

And just like that vacation is over. How sad. 😕 But, looking back on the weekend, I’m very happy that Mal and I were able to get away and completely relax. It’s most definitely needed every once in awhile. Back in August, between BlogHer and the Healthy Living Summit, the folks at Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont contacted me to ask if I wanted to visit their resort for a weekend. (Does a…

I care about my health. Taking care of my body is one of my strongest values. One of the eight limbs of yoga (ancient guidelines) is ahimsa, which simply means non-harming. I am very conscious of the food choices that I make and whether or not they are benefiting or doing damage to my body. I know that choosing a dark, leafy green salad to eat will give me more energy and vitality than eating…

I can’t believe my weekend in Vermont is all over. How sad. 😥 BUT, Mal and I already have a plan in the works to visit again this fall. Hopefully, I can make it until then! 😉 Breakfast After a late-night of partying, we ended up sleeping in a little bit. Once we got moving, Mal, Murphy, and I headed out to grab iced coffees for everyone while Dave and Marie started on breakfast. Dave…

This morning, I woke up smiling thinking about all of the fun I had yesterday. Seriously, why don’t I just live in Vermont?!? After breakfast, Mal, Marie, Dave, and I drove into downtown Burlington. We walked around Church Street, did a little shopping, and then hit the farmers’ market. At the farmers’ market, everything looked so fresh and delicious. I pretty much wanted to buy one of everything, including this Buddha pug bag. I was…

Good morning! I love waking up in Vermont! I just got back from a glorious 5.85-mile run through the Lake Champlain Bikeways, which run throughout the Lake Champlain Valley. Rumor has it there’s 1,300+ miles of bike paths! Check out the sign that I saw on my run! 😆 Breakfast Within minutes of finishing my run, Mal and Dave arrived home with bagels and iced coffee! Yes!!! Best husbands ever! 😀 My hubby ordered me…

Greetings from I-89!! We have quite the full car on our way to Vermont: 3 dogs and 4 humans! The boys are in the front seat: Dave, Grady, and Mal. And the girls (Marie, Bella, and me) are in the back seat with Murphy. (He loves to sit on Mom’s lap! 😉 ) In typical road trip fashion, we stopped for snacks and potty breaks on the ride up to VT. The beers are for later!…

If you’ve been reading along with my barnstorming adventures, you probably know quite a bit about organic dairy farming by now. Well, it’s time to tell you a little bit about conventional dairy farms. In addition to visiting four organic dairy farms in Vermont, we also visited one conventional farm. Parent Family Farm is a non-organic, two-generation family farm in Highgate, Vermont. The 600-cow dairy farm supports three families. The farmers were very nice and…

Near Lake Champlain, Vermont, just a few miles from the Canadian border, you will find the Choiniere Family Farm. It’s owned and operated by Guy (pronounced “ghee”) and Beth Choiniere. Their children, Mathieu and Hannah, also help out on the farm quite a bit. Since the mid-1940’s, the farm has been in the family and run conventionally until Guy was introduced to organic farming by another farmer. Even though the organic way of farming was contrary…

Another one of the organic dairy farms that we visited was the Beidler Family Farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. The Beidlers own 35 cows who’s milk goes to Stonyfield, Organic Valley or Cabot, who cooperatively makes Organic Valley Vermont Cheddar Cheese. These are already some of my favorite brands, so now I really want to support them! 😀 Brent and Regina Beidler purchased their farm about 12 years ago. From the beginning, their goal was to…

Most random blog post title ever, right?!? Needless to say, today is off to an exciting start! My morning started at 6:30 AM for an early morning milking at Fournier Farms in Swanton, Vermont. The cows are milked by machines, but I still had the opportunity to milk a cow the “old-fashioned” way by squeezing the teats! I actually got a little milk out! See the white dot on my hand? The cow really didn’t…

I’m not going to lie, waking up in Vermont this morning was pretty sweet. I opened my eyes to gorgeous Lake Champlain right out my window. Ahhhh… Anne and I got our run on first thing this morning. The weather was cool, but humid, and we did 4 miles in about 35 minutes. When we returned to the B&B, breakfast was just about ready. It smelled so gooood! We enjoyed the most amazing cranberry scone…

The Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour is off to a great start! This morning, I drove up to Stonyfield’s corporate offices in Manchester, New Hampshire to meet our tour guides for the trip: Nancy Hirshberg, Vice President of Natural Resources, and Amy VanHaren, Social Media Manager. (Do you recognize Nancy’s last name? She’s the sister of Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield’s CE-Yo!) Within minutes of arriving at Stonyfield, I was kindly offered my choice of yogurt. I wasn’t very…

Today’s the day! I’m heading to Vermont (and then New Hampshire) along with 3 other bloggers for the Stonyfield Barnstorming Tour. I’m totally jazzed for it! I’m not going to lie, I don’t know a lot about organics. The confusion over the term alone makes it difficult for me to sort out what organic is all about and what it truly means. I realize that understanding organics is not always easy for other people either,…

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