A Round of Applause for our New Tenant

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Circle Strings, a builder of handcrafted stringed instruments, has found their new home at our Shelburne Green site. We are thrilled to welcome another outstanding local artisan business to the Vermont Artisan Village community.

For the past 15 years, Circle Strings has been making top-quality acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, electric guitars, and ukuleles. Proprietor Adam Buchwald chose the site at the Vermont Artisan Village for its prime location with ease of access in a prospering business zone. The vibrant setting is a big draw for businesses, being so close to popular destinations such as Fiddlehead Brewing, Shelburne Museum, and the village of Shelburne.

A resident of nearby Charlotte, Adam loves both the location and the building, which he describes as “perfect for our needs.” Adam is “happy to be in a thriving, up and coming area for artisans,” and looks forward to seeing more artisan businesses set up shop here. Visitors will soon be able to stop in and see Circle Strings crafting their instruments. “One of the benefits of being in such a great location is drawing in more customers,” says Adam.

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Circle Strings’ dedication to their craft includes a focus on environmentally kind practices. “We use as much local material as possible. We are also a wood dealer for many other guitar makers and plan to stock and sell materials from Vermont,” explains Adam. They use all recycled materials for shipping and incorporate finish products that don’t use any VOCs.

Fostering synergies among local artisans is an important part of our mission at the Vermont Artisan Village. Circle Strings harmonizes with this mission and is actively working on collaborations with fellow tenants. Sustainable printer and next-door neighbor Evan Webster Ink will make all of the t-shirts and fulfill their printing needs. Adam also envisions building a custom “house guitar” for a neighboring business to inspire impromptu playing by customers.

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Circle Strings serves musicians’ needs with quality repair work by experts on staff.  They will also sell supplies such as strings, cases, and picks. “We have stock piles of nice woods to sell and will offer machining and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) services to local craftspeople and builders,” says Adam.

The wood portion of the business, Allied Lutherie, is already in full swing here and they are processing wood to sell for guitar makers. Circle Strings has solid plans in place to expand their space and be fully operational in the spring of 2020. This includes partnering at the site with Dale Fairbanks of Fairbanks Guitars, to make his brand of vintage reproduction guitars.

Be the next to join our incredible lineup of artisan producers at the Vermont Artisan Village. If you would you love to be in the company of businesses who are committed to sustainable local systems, contact us to become a part of this thriving community.

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The Culinary Corridor is Here

Our tasty slice of Vermont along Route 7 has certainly blossomed into a vibrant community of artisan producers over the past 7 years! Back in 2012, the area including our brand-new site at Shelburne Green along with neighboring businesses was coined an evolving “Culinary Corridor.” The future is now in our scenic corner of Chittenden County, with a continually growing presence in sustainable food, beverage and agricultural production.

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The latest growth includes the approved expansion at Fiddlehead Brewing. Fiddlehead’s production needs have been overflowing and this development will increase production and extend their markets. Construction is expected to begin within the next month and will expand the primary brewing space from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet. We are thrilled that Fiddlehead is committed to the local community and is growing their business here in Shelburne at the Vermont Artisan Village.

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A quick jump down the lane south of us is Nordic Farms, a recent agricultural addition to the culinary corridor. Nordic Farms is home to Peterson Quality Malt and locally-raised shrimp producer Sweet Sound Aquaculture. Peterson’s Vermont-made malt is used by local breweries such as Foam Brewers in Burlington.

The vibe in our area continues to rise with Slowfire Bakery also making their new home at the Nordic Farms site. Slowfire is known for their artisanal breads and pastries that are famously showcased at the Burlington Farmer’s Market.

The Vermont Artisan Village is at the heart of this culinary center in the company of Shelburne Vineyards, Fiddlehead Brewing, Vermont Tortilla, Douglas Sweets, and Wild Hart Distillery.

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How Sweet It Is

Douglas Sweets is honored and excited to announce that their Italian Lemon & Rosemary Savory Shortbread has won a Gold SOFI Award for 2019! Douglas Sweets developed this flavor a few years ago as part of their savory line, and the Specialty Food Association has given the product highest marks in the cookie category. These shortbreads are a winning combination for cheese and wine pairings.

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This women-owned business has been producing their family’s traditional Scottish shortbread recipe with fresh flavors for over 6 years. Douglas Sweets offers more than 30 different flavors of shortbread goodies, all available online and at over 100 retail stores throughout New England. One of our favorite varieties right now is the adorable Wee Strawberry Basil & Dark Chocolate Bites.

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Head over to the Douglas Sweets location at 22 Sage Court in Shelburne to grab a special treat, see where these creations come to life and meet the makers! At the Vermont Artisan Village, we are so grateful for our family of local food and beverage producers who continually develop creative additions to their small business recipes. Take your own culinary business to the next level by joining our community!

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Hop on the Trail

Bask in the sights, sounds and flavors of the season around Shelburne, VT and at the Vermont Artisan Village. Thanks to Dig in Vermont, Shelburne has its very own culinary Tasting Trail! The producers at the Vermont Artisan Village are proud to be a stop along the tasting route.

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Discover the Shelburne Tasting Trail details at DigInVT. For the past 8 years, DigInVT has been helping visitors and locals find authentic food and farm experiences in our great state. Plan your excursion to explore our on-site artisan producers: Vermont Tortilla, Wild Hart Distillery, Douglas Sweets, and Fiddlehead Brewing. We are in great company with our neighbors along the trail: Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne Orchard, and of course Shelburne Farms. Make it a day and give your taste buds a tour of local bites and beverages.

It’s a magical time of year along the Route 7 corridor: bright greens emerging, choruses of peepers, and fresh breezes. Take a local road trip along the Shelburne Tasting Trail this spring to grab the best of this season.

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New Season, New Digs

As we anxiously await the signs of spring, take this opportunity to celebrate something exciting in our community. Get yourselves over to the newly expanded tasting room at Fiddlehead Brewing in Shelburne!

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If you’ve visited this popular spot in the past, you no doubt have experienced lines out the door for tastings and growler fills. Now, the space is open yet comfortable for spending time with friends and family over some tasty brews. Pull up a chair and stay awhile, and easily order a wood-fired pizza from Folino’s using the handy tablet next to the bar.

Any given day you will find a vibrant mix of locals and visitors enjoying superior quality local beer in the large new space. The industrial-rustic interior is the perfect blend of modern and cozy. There are loads of seats at the bar, six beer garden style tables and two other specialty tables that invite conversation, all under some fun converted steel-keg overhead lighting.

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The number of beer offerings has vastly expanded to 12 varieties currently on tap. These will change out periodically, and you can still taste any of the tap offerings on their board for free! Fan favorites like Mastermind are now offered on tap, which was previously only available in cans at the tasting room. All tap beers are only $4, which is an amazing deal for a pour of local brew. Cheers to a $4 pint of flagship Fiddlehead IPA every day! Fiddlehead is currently brewing sour beers, which we look forward to sampling in the warmer months ahead.

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Sitting in a comfy barrel-clad chair, facing the wooden fermenters while sipping a crisp Saison makes you feel connected to the art of Fiddlehead’s craft. That’s what we embrace at the Vermont Artisan Village: celebrating the passion that our onsite artisan producers put into creating their products.

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Green at Heart

At the Vermont Artisan Village, we value the use of efficient building and production practices. Wild Hart Distillery produces their small-batch craft beverages at our Shelburne Green site in keeping with this core clean and green philosophy.

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Wild Hart’s mission statement reads “To create a great spirit, carefully distilled, dependably satisfying.” These “careful” practices include reducing waste through water reuse, and removing material from the waste stream by participating in efforts to turn waste into energy.

wild hart equipmentWild Hart Distillery owner Craig Stevens explains how this works. “Our distillation process includes boiling our mash to separate compounds and recapture only those compounds we want to include in our spirits.”

The process utilizes cold water to condense alcohol vapors into liquid. While the cold water begins at 50 degrees, the resulting water (after cooling the vapor) is between 150 and 180 degrees. That heated water is then piped into the mash tun where another mash can be started with heated water. “This heated water recapture not only reduces the amount of water that is sent back into the waste stream but also reduces our energy costs,” says Stevens.

Waste left over from the fermentation and distillation process contains a high amount of organic material. As opposed to disposal into the waste stream – which results in higher burden on local wastewater treatment facilities – Wild Hart Distillery collects and transports organic material to an anaerobic digester which creates energy.

wild hart craigWild Hart and other tenants at the Vermont Artisan Village also lower their carbon footprint by partnering with local farmers and producers. A new collaboration between Wild Hart and Stowe Cider will be celebrated at their upcoming Juniper Sessions event! Come to the distillery on Saturday, December 8 starting at 12pm for some cider inspired and traditional drinks, snacks, and good company. Wild Hart Distillery is open Thursday-Saturday from 12-5pm for tastings, cocktails and light refreshments.

The Vermont Artisan Village brings together the best in local food production and artisan craftsmanship in a combined production and retail facility. We offer tenants state-of-the-art facilities that feature hi-efficiency heating and cooling with natural gas, efficient LED lighting and non-combustible construction.

 

 

 

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Change is buzzing all around us in Shelburne. You can feel it, smell it, and taste it! We are super excited to welcome Peg & Ter’s Bar and Kitchen to the Shelburne culinary scene. Our newest neighbors are just a hop skip and a jump away from The Vermont Artisan Village, and we had the pleasure of dining with them last week. What a very refreshing addition for food and drinks along the Route 7 corridor!

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We especially love how the menu at Peg and Ter’s showcases local products crafted by our own artisans here at the Vermont Artisan Village. Three different taco offerings are served on Shelburne’s own Vermont Tortilla Company corn tortillas. The local chorizo variety and Cajun shrimp filled tacos are both winning combinations.

Be sure to try their specialty cocktail crafted with Wild Hart Distillery gin. The botanicals in Shelburne’s local gin are perfectly accented by orange, honey and elderflower. Served in a sky blue coupe glass and tasting like pure nectar of the bees, this drink is a real treat for the senses! Fiddlehead Brewing Company IPA is offered on tap, which is always a smart choice for food-pairing.

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Take a drive to Shelburne this fall season and meet the producers at Vermont Tortilla Company, Wild Hart Distillery and Fiddlehead Brewing. Enjoy tastings and learn about how these products are crafted at the Vermont Artisan Village. Are you a food or beverage entrepreneur? Bring your venture to a new chapter and join our vibrant community of artisan producers. We welcome cheese makers, bread bakers, cider producers, and more to create, collaborate and support local food systems. Cheers to September in Vermont!

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