The Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative


On Saturday, August 28th, the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative will hold their first official event, Brookfield Market Day: Celebrating the Bounty of the Brookfield Community at the Old Town Hall in historic Pond Village. The newly-formed Cooperative includes local farms, small producers of agricultural products, a fine-dining restaurant, a natural foods retreat and several small lodging choices around Brookfield, Randolph Center and Northfield.

Brookfield Market Day is a joint venture between the Cooperative and the Brookfield Old Town Hall. From 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. a Farmers’ Market will showcase the Coop’s products in the Old Town Hall. Visitors can also walk down the street to view an Art Show or attend cooking classes by cookbook author Jane Doerfer. Also in the village will be a Silent Auction, wagon rides, face painting, live music and the Library Book Sale.

At 5:00, the Coop will host a Family Barbecue of locally produced food and, of course, Ariel’s Restaurant will be open for dinner 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Finally, at 7 p.m., the Old Town Hall will host square dancing, with caller Jennifer Steckler and the band “Her Majesty’s Streak o’Lean.” Dancers of all abilities are welcome.

Members of the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative include ALL Together Farm, Ariel’s Restaurant, Brookfield Bed and Breakfast, Brookfield Bees, Brotherly Farm, Buck’s Wagon Rides, Fat Toad Farm, Fern Hill, Green Mountain Girls, Green Trails Inn, Rough Terrain Farm, Sweet Retreat, Sweet Roots Farm, Twin Pond Retreat, and Turkey Hill Farm.

While there is no admission charge for the Farmers’ Market and many of the day’s events, a $10 charge for the barbecue dinner ($5 for children) will be used to help cover food costs. Also, the $5 square dance admission will benefit the “Potty Time” fund-raiser to bring composting toilets to the Old Town Hall. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will also be donated to the Old Town Hall.

For information about the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative, contact Judith Irving, Coop Board Chair, 802-276-0787 or visit the web site for more details.

For information about the Brookfield Old Town Hall, email

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