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.





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.


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!





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

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!


Feed your Need for Spring

Ah, the month of March in Vermont, where snowstorms coexist with the promise of spring.  Fast forward to the next season and warm your senses at these upcoming events in Shelburne.


Nourish yourself through touch and sound inside the cozy Yoga Roots studio. Take a class or try one of their workshops this weekend: “Ready, Set, Spring – Yoga & Acupuncture” on Saturday, March 17 from 3-5:30pm or relax with “Sound Temple” on Sunday, March 18 from 2-3pm. Get more information on these workshops and view the latest schedule at Yoga Roots VT


Watch spring (and summer!) come alive at the Shelburne Museum’s new exhibit “In the Garden,” which is on view from March 17 through August 26. Attend a special opening lecture and tour on Saturday, March 17 at 2pm. Transport yourself to a warmer season with this celebration of floral and insect fine art.

bee and flowerThe springtime festivities continue at Shelburne Vineyard’s Paint and Sip event on April 15 with pressed plants and flowers! On Sunday, April 15 from 12:30PM – 2:30PM, make unique pressed plant sign boards with vintage barn wood while sipping a glass of Shelburne Vineyard’s wine. Get tickets and event information here.

To soak up more tastes of the season, stop by Wild Hart Distillery to sample their Sugarfoot gin, made with the best lime-leaf-infused Vermont maple syrup. The Vermont Artisan Village and our neighboring businesses welcome you to indulge your senses throughout all of our wild and wonderful seasons!


Go Wild This Weekend


Make it a date in Shelburne this weekend and grab your sweetheart for two spirited events. We love when the talented culinary and beverage producers at the Vermont Artisan Village team up to offer local pairing events! These gatherings speak to the genuine collaboration at the heart of our community vision.

Wild Hart Distillery has created a special affair for this weekend at the Vermont Artisan Village. Saturday, February 10, Wild Hart is hosting a 3-course authentic Ethiopian/Eritrean dinner. The first course offers light hors d’oeuvres and your choice of a Wild Hart crafted cocktail, glass of Shelburne Vineyards wine, or a pint of Fiddlehead Brewing beer.


The entrée includes vegetarian and meat options created with unique African seasonings, along with a gluten-free offering. Dessert and coffee prepared by Douglas Sweets will round out this savory dinner. Call to book your reservation for either the 5:30pm or 7:00pm seating: 802-598-8884.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt wouldn’t be February without the popular annual Shelburne Vineyards Wine and Chocolate Weekend! Head to the vineyard this Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11 for wine tastings combined with a different sweet treat each day. On Saturday, Matryoshka’s Bakery brings her famous local French macarons. Douglas Sweets is in the house on Sunday with their chocolate-dipped shortbreads lovingly matched with the wines.

We look forward to seeing more of these creative pairing events hosted by the businesses at the Village in 2018. Treat yourself and your loved one to something entirely different this weekend in Shelburne.