Hmmmm....what are these Fiddleheads

Spring has finally sprung in Southern Vermont.  The last few days of fifty degree weather has locals breaking out in flip flops and sunning themselves every chance they get.  For our southern friends, we realize that fifty might sound a bit chilly, but after a long, cold winter with excessive snow (thank you Weather Gods!), this recent balmy weather is exactly what the doctor ordered to cure our cabin fever.  

Our maple tapping season is nearly done, and we are eagerly scanning freshly bared riverbanks and lake edges for the first greens to forage.  In Southern Vermont we choose to celebrate spring with one of the best tasting, and kind of funny looking, greens the Fiddlehead Fern.  Fiddleheads can be purchased and make a great side dish either sauteed in butter or pickled with homemade apple cider vinegar.  It's a lot more fun and satisfying to put on your boots, squish through mud and greening forest paths, and find some fiddleheads for yourself.  A few rules for foraging.  Always make sure you receive permission from land owners.  Do no take every plant from the entire patch of greens.   Leave a few plants in the patch alone, so the patch will be able to regrow for next year's enjoyment.  Unless you are an experienced forager, or accompanied by one, do not pick wild mushrooms.

We love Fiddleheads in the Deerfield Valley so much that we are hosting a festival in their honor.  Our second annual Fiddlehead Festival kicks off this coming Memorial Day Weekend, May 23rd-25th.  On Saturday join us in Dover, VT at the Dover Forge/OMT tent on Route 100 for great music and crafters fair.  On Sunday head down to historic Wilmington, VT for the Make a Wish Duck Race.  Stroll the shops of Wilmington and check out the wonderful artisans on the Craft's Inn lawn.  Stick around for the main event, the Fiddlehead Block Party and Salsa Competition on south Main street later in the day.

On Monday join us in honoring the patriots that have defended The United States of America in our annual Memorial Day Parade in Wilmington.

Its generally too chilly  to head to the beach in May.  Load up your family and friends and head to Southern Vermont's Deerfield Valley for gorgeous long days, beautiful spring hikes on our local trails, and of course Fiddlehead Festival.