Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Arrival of Summer

Summer is upon us (finally!) and there are a ton of things happening around the Upper Valley to kick off the season.  Strawberry season is here and it's just about time to start picking.  Our website offers a list of pick your own farms and as we visit and hear about the opening of patches we'll post it on our facebook page to keep you in the loop of who's picking and where.  Can't you already taste the shortcake?  Yum!

The Quechee Balloon Festival is happening this coming weekend, an event not to be missed.  Our favorite part of the event is the balloon glow (weather permitting) on Friday evening.  What a spectacular site to see the balloons lighting up the night sky and the kids are just in awe.  Pack a picnic and make an evening out of it. There are tons of activities for the kids too, train rides, inflatable climbing walls and slides, face painting, and more (some charges apply for the activities and ride tickets).  Pay one admission and spend the weekend at your leisure, tickets are good for the entire weekend (Friday-Sunday).  Take Dad to the festival on Sunday and he gets in for just 1/2 price with an accompanying child for Father's Day.

Just a Reminder:  The last day to purchase summer monthly memberships to the Upper Valley Aquatic Center at a special discounted rate is this Wednesday, June 15th.  Save for the summer and swim!

June is Dairy Month, and with all of the fantastic local farms we have around here don't miss the Co-op's Annual Dairy Day event happening this Saturday, June 18th.  Sample fresh dairy products and meet your local farmers who provide these products.  There will be a kids tent with activities and lots of raffle prizes too!  Billings Farm & Museum hosts Ice Cream Sundays each Sunday in June in honor of Dairy Month.  See ice cream being made and enjoy the results, new flavors each week!

Most Farmers Markets have opened up for the season and going to the market is an event in itself.  It's more than just shopping for local seasonal produce and baked goods, it's also a morning or evening out with the family to enjoy the season, your community, visiting with your neighbors while the kids run around to the tunes of a local band or enjoy activities hosted by a local business.  Our website offers a list of many area farmers markets and Vital Communities offers an even better list of area markets with further details on the types of local products you can find throughout our area.  

Cheers to summer season, enjoy it, as it doesn't last long!  

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