Being surrounded by farmland comes with its advantages, and we’re talking beyond pointing out cows from inside the car. Thanks to our proximity, we can sink our forks into farm-fresh fare and enjoy spots that stand out with delectable dishes and a commitment to being green. Count on these farm-to-table restaurants in southern Vermont to serve up a taste of the Green Mountain State at its freshest.
1. Duo Restaurant (Brattleboro)
For farm-to-table finery without leaving downtown, dine at Duo Restaurant right here on Main Street in Brattleboro. The upscale menu includes grass-fed ribeye, fettucine, and fish that are sustainably caught (and Monterey Bay Aquarium approved), — making Duo a go-to for dinner date nights and family celebrations. You can also indulge in a little vino or bubbly from a lengthy list of fine wines and spirits and sample artisan cheeses and fresh bread at Sunday brunch.
2. The Gleanery (Putney)
Our neighbors to the north, Putney, have an all-green gem of their own in The Gleanery. Their primary mission of using ingredients from surrounding small farms builds community excitement around growing and preparing locally-sourced food, alongside creatively-crafted dishes and a menu that changes to reflect the seasonal ingredients that roll in. It’s not just the food on your plate that’s artisanally-assembled, either — from the plates themselves to the tables, bowls, and coffee mugs, everything come from a local craftsperson. The space is filled with stained glass wall hangings, carved porcelain vases, a rotating display of paintings, and other unique pieces from over 20 artisans.
3. Popolo (Bellows Falls)
Continue north on Route 30 past Putney and you’ll come across the “italian-inspired neo-rustic” cuisine of Popolo in downtown Bellows Falls. They make all of their sauces from scratch and cut vegetables fresh in their kitchen from farms around southeastern Vermont. In addition to a varied menu with everything from pasta to sea scallops, Popolo also hosts a number of spirited events that includes concerts, movie screenings, and comedy shows.
4. Chelsea Royal Diner (West Brattleboro)
Put Chelsea Royal Diner on the top of your breakfast shortlist — with eggs hatched literally in their backyard, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more eggcellent omelet. Located right next door in rural West Brattleboro, you’ll get to see where they grow the greens while digging into delicious dishes full of garden-fresh veggies and grass-fed beef. Their eclectic menus offer a plate for every palate, but some of the fan favorites include the Great Greek Salad, the Blue Cheese & Canadian Bacon Burger, and the Royal Feast (1/2 Belgian waffle, short stack pancakes, and two eggs).
Here in Vermont, we’re as proud of our rural farmlands as we are of the rugged Green Mountains they’re nestled in. Before you take a bite at these all-green southern Vermont eateries, book a stay here at the Latchis Hotel — our Dinner & a Movie Package is a helpful way to kick-off your farm-fresh foodie tour.