Our friend stopped as part of his summer road trip with his two daughters. We went to the Lake Champlain Chocolates tour--lots of free samples provided. We also went to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and took that tour, then on to Dakin Farms so the girls could get some maple sugar candy and we could all graze on their free samples of cheeses, summer sausages, jams, honey, condiments. Cheap dates, all.
The LCC tour reminded me of the an article in Sunday's Burlington Free Press. It was about the mother of a bride creating a complete "localvore" wedding for her daughter and new son-in-law.
The flowers were all provided from her own and friends' gardens. She found a local grain grower and used their flour to make her own lasagna noodles then stuffed that with locally grown mushrooms, frozen kale from her own garden, and locally produced cheeses. She made apple and blueberry pies and a lemon tart. The lemons were harvested from a Meyer lemon tree she has as a house plant. You get the idea. She did get chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates. I'm not sure if that counts as cheating on the whole otherwise pure Vermont theme. A Vermont company, yes, but the chocolate itself is definitely not grown here. I guess where chocolate is concerned, one is allowed the exception.