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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Cheese + Beer = Vermont

What could be a more perfect equation for mid-summer in Vermont? You will find some outstanding brews and cheese in our vibrant food community of Shelburne, Vermont. We’ve got it all right here: tastings, pairings, classes, tours, festivals and local menus.

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At the Vermont Artisan Village, we love synergies and partnerships with our neighbors. We are very excited for the latest Shelburne Farms and Fiddlehead Brewing Company collaboration of beer-infused cheddar! Grab a block from this limited batch while it’s available this weekend at two locations in Shelburne. On Saturday, July 21, find it at the Shelburne Farms Store and at the Fiddlehead Brewing Company “Beers and BBQ” event.

From 11am-2pm this Saturday, Fiddlehead Brewing is hosting special tours, a can release, BBQ, music and samples of this limited edition cheese. The summer fun continues on Sunday, August 12, when the 10th annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival hits Shelburne Farms. Immerse yourself in a sea of world-class cheese and meet the artisan makers.

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Courtesy of Shelburne Farms and VT Cheese Council

Be a tourist in your own backyard this summer. Try something new, and pair it with a beautiful Vermont landscape.

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Fresh Goods for June

Shelburne Farmers Market 2018 PosterShelburne is your Saturday destination this month and all summer long, to gather provisions needed for weekly seasonal meals. Fill your basket with fresh picks at the Shelburne Farmers Market, held every Saturday from 9am- 1pm on the village green.

A recent visit to the weekly market was a feast for the senses. Baskets overflowed with lush salad greens, rhubarb, striking radishes and herbs. We found strawberry rhubarb crepes, rich locally-made ice cream, and cantaloupe jam! Vendors at the market are more than happy to share tips and recipes for cooking with an unfamiliar veggie or condiment. Bring your own reusable shopping baskets and bags, and enjoy a lively spot for fresh discoveries and conversation with old friends.

To round out your farmers market provisions, head up the road to the Vermont Artisan Village for beer, spirits, and shortbread treats. Fiddlehead Brewing, Wild Hart Distillery and Douglas Sweets are open on Saturdays for your tasting and shopping pleasure. Please call ahead for specific hours.

And there you have your weekend meals, wrapped up fresh from Shelburne, Vermont!

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Sounds of the Season

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We made it to that wonderful time of year! Take it outside with a fantastic line-up of events happening in our Shelburne, Vermont backyard. The highly popular Shelburne Museum’s Concerts on the Green series kicks off at the end of this month. Fiddlehead Brewing and Shelburne Vineyard will offer their craft beverages at all of these shows. Get tickets at www.highergroundmusic.com.

Fleet Foxes – Saturday, May 26

The Decemberists – Saturday, June 9

Sturgill Simpson – Thursday, June 14

Dispatch – Friday, July 13

Guster with Vermont Symphony Orchestra – Saturday, July 21

Old Crow Medicine Show – Sunday, July 22

Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen – Wednesday, August 1

Sylvan Esso – Thursday, August 2

Shelburne Vineyard’s Bluegrass and BBQ series starts off with a bang on Friday, May 25 at 6pm. Welcome Memorial Day weekend with some great tunes paired with tasty local food and beverages.

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Bluebird BBQ provides their famous comfort grub, and Fisher Brothers’ Farm offers ice cream handmade right here in Shelburne. Top it off with Shelburne Vineyard’s wine and Fiddlehead beer by the glass. Hard Scrabble will perform again this season and the concert is free for all ages. The series continues again on Friday, June 29 with more music, wine and tasty summer eats!

Capzie Rose Wine CropStart your own backyard party with the new Capsize Rose’ wine in cans from Shelburne Vineyard. New England’s first wine in a can is back this season in time for your season-opening picnic. Grab some at the winery now or in local stores soon. The handy Capsize cans will also be served at all Concerts on the Green this year. Cheers to green grass, live music, and local provisions!

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Get in the Mix for 2018

The Vermont Artisan Village continues to dish out great offerings, and we invite more culinary artisans to join our community feast that pairs location with suitability.

building4Frame2Construction on Building 4 is going strong and will be ready for new tenants to move in January 2018.We are actively working with tenants to reserve this space, and two spots currently remain available. If you want to grow your food business and make it happen in 2018, now is the time to contact us. The next round of buildings won’t be available until 2019 so this is the opportunity to jump in!

We are looking for dedicated Vermont artisans to be part of our culinary showcase in the heart of Shelburne, including coffee roasters, bread bakers, cheese makers, cider producers, artisan meat crafters and more. Join our hub of passionate business owners and give locals and visitors easy access to your creations.

viewfromBuilding4There is big momentum with our food and beverage producers at the Village. Vermont Tortilla Company and Douglas Sweets are thriving after just one year of setting down roots here. Their tasty products are now available in stores all over the state and in Whole Foods locations across New England and beyond.

Fiddlehead Brewing draws scores of loyal fans and new visitors to their brewery on our site. We are also thrilled to share that Wild Hart Distillery is now up and running as part of our community with a big grand opening happening on November 11.

Building 4 provides:

  • 2000 sq. ft. space minimum
  • Flexible lease options
  • Assistance with permitting and elevations
  • Loading dock approved

Space is limited for 2018 so contact us today to locate your production to one of busiest and most scenic areas in the state along the Route 7 corridor!

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Destination Shelburne

Vermont locals already know that the town of Shelburne offers a multitude of family activities, shopping, dining and the arts. The scenic natural beauty adds to why visitors flock to our town as a top Vermont vacation destination across all seasons. The vibrancy of our locale was further endorsed by the Travel Channel, who recently selected the Vermont Artisan Village as a “must-see” destination in the Burlington, Vermont area.

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It is no wonder that Shelburne has attracted so many vibrant and established businesses. Check out this link to see an online map of the businesses, non-profits and corporations located in Shelburne, VT (source: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission-CCRPC).

A study provided by the CCRPC on the State of Chittenden County reported some notable trends (ECOS Annual Report 2016). Namely, there has been an upward trend in the total county population and the number of businesses. We are particularly happy to also see the investment in walking and biking infrastructure rising steadily.

Significant new plans to expand walk-ability and biking access throughout Shelburne are in the works!  These improvements would provide accessible, safe, and sustainable mobility choices for locals, visitors and businesses.

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The proposed plans include new sidewalks, shared-use paths, and a safe cross-walk and island connecting the Shelburne Winery and our site.  A shared use path along Route 7 would interconnect the Shelburne Village, Shelburne Museum and lead directly to the Vermont Artisan Village (images courtesy of CCRPC).

We are very excited at the prospect of greatly improved access to our fabulous onsite businesses and neighbors in Shelburne. It sums up our passion for connecting local and sustainable products and services to the community. There are so many reasons to locate your business at the Vermont Artisan Village in Shelburne. We think it is a beautiful spot to work and grow your business!

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