A Strong Foundation

The Vermont Artisan Village provides the ideal environment for local culinary artisans to jump start their business. Growing continuously since our beginnings, we are now home to a group of thriving producers including Vermont Tortilla Company, Bijou Fine Chocolate, Douglas Sweets, and Fiddlehead Brewing.

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We are looking for more 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. Your products are unique, and your manufacturing and retail space should reflect your craft.

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We have a team of builders and architects ready to build the perfect space for your business. Building 4 is almost booked and this space will have a common loading dock. Construction on this new building is zipping along with the foundation complete and the steel structure due within the next week.

 

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The fantastic group of tenants onsite share our passion for local food sources and cultivating relationships with Vermont food organizations, such as the Vermont Specialty Food Association  |  VSFA Facebook.

Follow us on Facebook for updates and current events happening in our vibrant community.  Contact vermontartisanvillage@gmail.com for more information.

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Come Grow With Us!

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Exciting things are cropping up at the Vermont Artisan Village as our tenant list continues to expand.  Four outstanding culinary and beverage companies have joined our site in the past year, including Vermont Tortilla Company and Douglas Sweets. We are also excited to have an amazing craft brewery and distillery as part of the village.

Are you looking to take your culinary or beverage product to the next level?  Would you love to be in the company of artisans who are committed to sustainable local food systems?  Join our existing tenants at the village, providing locals and visitors the opportunity to see your product made and experience the results.

We are searching for ice cream crafters, bread bakers, cider and cheese makers, coffee roasters and more to join us in Shelburne.  We are also looking for the perfect tenant to join us on site as the exclusive cafe’ for the Vermont Artisan Village.

Why Shelburne?   LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Shelburne is home to acres of conserved farmland and a thriving food and farming community that includes Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne Vineyards, Shelburne Orchards, and the renowned Shelburne Farms. Vermont Artisan Village is centrally located, a short drive from popular tourist destinations including Shelburne Museum, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Lake Champlain, and downtown Burlington.

Our newest space, Building 4, is currently in the design and permitting stage. Get on board now to occupy this new building as your own space with a projected mid-2017 move-in date. All permitting and architectural drawings can be provided by us, and we build each space to the tenant’s specifications.  Details include:

  • spaces ranging from 2,500 to 9,000 square feet
  • 20% of space may be dedicated to retail
  • spaces are customizable according to your business’ needs
  • assistance with all permitting and elevations
  • flexible lease options

Contact us at vermontartisanvillage@gmail.com for more information, and hope to see you at the Village!

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Hugs to our Teddy Bear Neighbors

 

t Teedy Bear SignThe Vermont Artisan Village is a proud neighbor to the wonderful Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.  Part of our mission is to become a top destination for locals and beyond, which Vermont Teddy Bear is certainly known for.  Most recently, the Bear Factory and Store made the list of “25 Top Places to See, Stay and Eat in ‘Maker’ Vermont!”

Our friends at Vermont Teddy Bear have partnered with us to provide access for Vermont Artisan Village visitors to park cars and buses.  This additional ample space for parking will make it easier for our visitors during our construction and other busy times.  Vermont Teddy Bear is directly next door to our location, making it accessible to park and walk between the two sites.

Lynn Jeffrey, Senior Director of Operations at Vermont Teddy Bear explains, “We are pleased to support the Shelburne Vermont Artisan Village with parking space for their bus and overflow traffic.  We hope this initiative will help visitors to Shelburne be able to enjoy not just the Artisan Village and Vermont Teddy Bear, but also the Shelburne Vineyard, Foliono’s Pizza, Fiddlehead Brewery and the Shelburne Museum.”

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Vermont Teddy Bear has some fun events lined up for this summer. The next event is their 35th Anniversary Party taking place on Saturday, June 25th from 11am-3pm.  Activities include: free factory tours, live music, a bouncy house, entertainment from The Big Blue Trunk, and complimentary brownie sundaes!

They are currently planning the popular Annual Teddy Bear Picnic for July, with a date to be announced soon. In support of the local community, Vermont Teddy Bear will also participate in Shelburne Day on Saturday, August 20th from 9am-2pm on the Shelburne Village Green.

With the summer now in full swing, mark your calendars and take a day trip to visit us and the many vibrant local business that we are happy to call neighbors and friends!

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Feed Your Passion

At Vermont Artisan Village, it is our passion to collaborate with local culinary artisans.  We love building relationships with inspiring partners and bringing the bounty of their talents closer to our community.  We are excited to share our latest connection, Brotbakery.

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Born and raised in Germany, Brotbakery founder Heike Meyer has been baking alongside respected bakers in Germany, France and the United States from an early age.  Heike also studied tourism and foreign languages, and brings inspiration from her extensive travels to her wood-fired bakery located in Fairfax, Vermont.

Brotbakery is committed to 100% natural baking, with no shortcuts. “It is a philosophy I strongly believe in and I hope to inspire others with this approach,” Heike told us. “Conquering the world with the delicious flavor of a truly naturally baked bread or pastry is what makes this work exciting and beautiful, and the response is always amazing.”

The Brotbakery education project was launched in 2015 together with anthropologist and food educator Anna Mays. Heike and Anna are very passionate about good food, in the sense that it should be sustainably grown, nutrient dense and delicious. They both enjoy traveling the world to be inspired and learn from food artisans around the globe.  “Bringing this knowledge back to Vermont to share with our community is just fantastic,” explains Heike.

This diverse cultural knowledge makes for some very unique educational offerings at Brotbakery. Their baking classes are multi-disciplinary in nature and include narratives about the region of production, terroir, heritage of ingredients, and the unique history and culture that surround each bread, pastry or dish being prepared. They offer a wide spectrum of classes and workshops, covering everything from simple 101 classes on natural baking with sourdough, to more in-depth classes that include sprouting grains for culinary use and exploring the origins of Neapolitan pizza.

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A very unique class is “plant-based pastries and desserts,” using no refined flours or sugars.  This is a popular offering for people with food sensitivities, or just wanting to cut back on their refined sugar intake, which are both growing concerns in the U.S. and many other western countries.

Heike and Anna are very excited about their upcoming class series “Culinary Journey around the World,” which includes “baking trips” to Italy, France, Germany, Scandinavia and beyond.  What a great opportunity to nourish your appetite for learning!

Visit their website at Brotbakery.com to grab a spot in one or more of these classes.  Brotbakery breads and pastries are sold at City Market in Burlington.

The Vermont Artisan Village and Brotbakery are exploring partnership opportunities to bring their talents closer to our collaborative community. We are so happy about expanding our network!  Connect with us to learn more about Vermont Artisan Village and find some inspiration in your own backyard.

 

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Our Collaborative Community

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Evan Webster Ink is one of the many talented artisans on site at the Vermont Artisan Village. Evan’s work can be spotted on the t-shirts of many local Vermont businesses, including schools, restaurants and breweries to name a few. High-quality custom screen printed apparel is what you can expect, with a focus on environmentally kind practices.

The Vermont Artisan Village and Evan Webster Ink have a shared mission of sustainable local craftsmanship.  Evan Webster Ink is constantly working to reduce its negative impact while increasing its positive impact.  They apply ecologically sound and fair labor practices while crafting their eye-catching products.

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The folks at Evan Webster Ink appreciate the importance of being an active member in the communities they are a part of. Showing the true spirit of collaboration among talented artisans, Evan Webster Ink has teamed up with their Vermont Artisan Village neighbor, Cricket Radio Linens.  They provide quality screen printing on the exceptional linen fabric produced right here in Shelburne, Vermont.

Fostering synergies among local artisans is an important part of our mission at the Vermont Artisan Village.  Learn more about the businesses who reside at the Village in the Tenant section of our website. We welcome you to join our growing collaborative and creative community!

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Foundations For Growth

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The Vermont Artisan Village in Shelburne has reached a construction milestone this week!  We are happy to report that state permits have been approved for foundation work at our site.  This sets the construction projects for Buildings 1 and 2 into high gear!

These customized buildings will allow our two most recent tenants to produce and showcase their local products in spaces as unique as their businesses. Building 2 (see drawing above) will be the home of the Vermont Tortilla Company and their fresh corn tortillas.

The staking work is currently underway and the foundation forming follows next week.  We are also working on a strong tenant lead for Building 3.  Contact us to join the excitement at our collaborative community of local artisan producers!

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Take Transit to the VT Artisan Village

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The Vermont Artisan Village is now a key destination on the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) bus system! You can easily access our location by using the CCTA’s #6 Shelburne Road route, which operates between downtown Burlington and Shelburne Village Monday-Saturday. On weekdays, the route makes stops in Shelburne Village from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM and on Saturday from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

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The adult cash fare to ride the bus is $1.25 (exact change required) and a child under 6 rides free with a fare-paying adult. To access the Vermont Artisan Village, simply let the bus driver know you want to get off at the Marsett @ Green Hill Drive bus stop in Shelburne Village, which is after the Shelburne Museum stop (#4 on map). After you get off the bus, just walk down Green Hills Drive to Cynosure Drive, which will bring you to the driveway for Vermont Artisan Village.

For the #6 Shelburne Road schedule information go to  http://cctaride.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Shelburne_215.pdf 

We are very excited about this partnership with CCTA, who provides safe, convenient, and sustainable public transportation services.  Ride the bus and walk for a better community and environment!

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