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Eating and Drinking Locally

One of the best aspects of this one year program is that there is a sense of urgency to everything you do. From picking out just the right mix of classes, to getting involved in activities on campus, to just getting out and being part of the Green Mountain State. Since we are here in Vermont for only one year, almost everyone I meet is up for getting out and taking advantage of all that Vermont has to offer. My classmates came to VLS from near and far, which means just about everyone is excited to try something new.

One of the best ways to see Vermont is to eat and drink locally. Visit farmer’s markets, stop by farm stands, go to one of the Cabot stores, and stop by Ben and Jerry’s for a tour. There are many opportunities to buy and eat local just here in South Royalton at the South Royalton Co-Op. Vermont has a huge array of locally produced foods. One local product that some people forget to sample are the vast number of beers made just around the corner from VLS.

To do this, you can participate in the Vermont Brewery Challenge. Simply head to one of the participating breweries, get a free passport and start visiting and learning about why Vermont makes such tasty beer. Once you find a designated driver, the Vermont Brewery Challenge is a great way to see the state as there are breweries to visit in Burlington, Brattleboro, Norwich, Waterbury, and Bennington (just to name a few). I think this is one of the best ways to see Vermont because you really get to learn about how beer is made, but also hear the stories of the producers. To learn more, click here Vermont Brewers Association.

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