Side Dishes: Hardwick-area producers open their farms to the public
By now, we all know the story of Hardwick and its thriving food economy . Fewer of us have had the chance to see it in action. With that in mind, the Center for an Agricultural Economy  has invited visitors to the first Kingdom Farm & Food Days.
This Saturday, foodies can visit the 17 participating farms by following maps and signs designating properties that are open for tours, or hop on a bike for a group tour led by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center . Farms will host unique events, from llama rides at Agape Hill Farm  to milking at Bonnieview Sheep Dairy . Pete’s Greens  will offer a localvore potluck from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
On Sunday, celebrants convene at High Mowing Organic Seeds  for a day of workshops and garden tours. A showcase of local food made from donated ingredients by students from the New England Culinary Institute  will begin at 3 p.m. with melon shots, gougères and cured meats, followed by roast beef, beet salad and buttered corn. For more info on all events, visit www.hardwickagriculture.org .