Workshops & More


Zeke Goodband demonstrating pruning at Scott FarmPRUNING & GRAFTING WORKSHOP FOR BACKYARD FRUIT GROWERS
with Orchardist Zeke Goodband
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9am-12pm- FULL
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 9am-12pm
$40, Registration required

Join Zeke for this workshop tailored specifically for backyard fruit growers to give them the knowledge, confidence and skills they’ll need to work on their own fruit trees at home. In addition to discussing the care of fruit trees and the proper tools needed, participants will receive instruction on pruning a variety of old and young fruit trees from 9-11 am and grafting apple trees from 11-noon. Space is limited.   Please note: Since the March 24, 2018 workshop is now FULL, we will repeat the workshop on Sunday, March 25. Register online or contact Kelly by email or at 802-254-6868.

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Though these events have passed they provide an idea of what we offer. 2018 workshop and event dates will be posted as available so please check back! 

Fruit Baskets

Starts in September, $68 for a Full Share/ $35 for a Half Share

We are offering fruit shares for nine weeks starting the first full week of September. The season opens with half peck bags of our freshest picked traditional farm stand apples combined with an assortment of our heirloom varieties. As the season progresses, we’ll add plums and pears to the apple mix. Participants will get weekly emails with the selections of the week, their history and best use and some recipes and musings as well.  The cost will be $68. for the season. Download the 2017 CSA Membership Form to obtain the subscription form, and thank you. For the first time, we will also be offering half shares. This will come in a ¼ peck bag and cost $35. for the season.   

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with Orchardist Zeke Goodband, No charge
Sunday, June 4, 9:30-10:30am or 1-2pm

Join Zeke to learn a bit about the history of our heirloom fruits. We’ll discuss orchard ecology, grafting and how it was used to create this orchard, scout for pests and discuss how we manage them. The Farm Market will be open and orchard-related items will be available for purchase.
There are four other farms to visit as part of the Strolling of the Heifers Farm Tour, so make a day of it and learn more about the farms and farmers in the Brattleboro community!

orchard strollORCHARD STROLLS
with Orchardist Zeke Goodband, No charge
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20, 10am during Vermont Open Farm Week
Sundays, September 24 & October 1, 10am

Join orchardist Zeke Goodband to learn about the history of our heirloom fruits. We’ll discuss orchard ecology, how grafting was used to create the orchard, scout for pests and discuss how we manage them. Orchard-related items will be available for purchase in the farm market.

with Whetstone Ciderworks, No charge
Sundays, September 17- October 15, 12-4pm
Saturdays, September 23- October 14, 12-4pm

Whetstone CiderWorks of Marlboro, VT, will be pouring samples, answering questions about cider-making, and selling their delicious, dry, food-friendly hard ciders. These ciders showcase heirloom and traditional European cider apples, most of which were grown at Scott Farm.

with Pastry Chef Laurel Roberts Johnson
Sunday, August 20, 10am-1pm, ~ $50, Reservations required

Learn from the Queen of Tarts how to prepare and roll out dough for delicious peach galettes using just the right recipe and technique. We’ll prepare and bake this rustic free-form tart using Scott Farm Orchard’s fresh peaches.

The $50 price of this workshop includes the tart you bake, another batch of dough, and a take-home tote of peaches.

Laurel Roberts Johnson was the owner of the Queen of Tarts Old-Fashioned Bakery and former pastry chef at the award winning Restaurant du Village, both located in Chester, CT.  She is known for her seasonal pies, simple old fashioned desserts, and unique cookies, She studied Baking and Pastry Arts at the Culinary Institute of America.

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with Master Brewer Thomas Coleman
Saturday, September 9 & Sunday, September 24 (2 classes offered), 10am – 2pm, $50, 
Reservations required

Scott Farm Orchard and Master Brewer Thomas Coleman are pleased to host an introductory class on homebrewing. The class will cover the steps necessary to make your own delicious extract/partial mash beer at home, and is designed to assist in learning and evaluating craft beer styles and homebrewing.

Topics will include:
-Secrets to making professional tasting homebrew.
-How malt, hops and yeast affect beer flavor and how to select the right ones for your beer.
-What basic equipment is necessary.
-How to properly sanitize, use and store equipment.
-How to set up the brewing area.
-The difference between basic beer styles.
-How to brew a basic extract recipe.
-How to properly bottle and store.

-Necessary basic safety procedures to follow in a brewery environment.

Thomas will address questions about beer you have made in the past that came out good, bad or somewhere in between and discuss what might have gone right or wrong. Participants will visit our hop yard, see how they’re grown, and harvest fresh hops for the class. Course participants will be given printed reference materials.

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Co-hosted by Scott Farm and Eden Specialty Ciders
Sunday, Sept 24, 12-4pm ~ $10 ages 21+, includes commemorative tasting glass

Farnum Hill Kingston Black Hard CiderIn honor of the Kingston Black, the “One Apple to Rule them All”, five cider makers from four states come together in the Apple Barn at Scott Farm Orchard to showcase their hard ciders—made with this highly-prized heirloom apple. Come to Scott Farm’s Apple Barn to talk with Scott Farm’s orchardist and the cider makers, learn about “bitter” cider apple varieties, and sample  six or more Kingston Black hard ciders, along with local food pairings. Meet Ben Watson, author of Cider Hard and Sweet, at the book signing. The festival features Eden Specialty Ciders, Newport VT; Farnum Hill Ciders, Lebanon NH; Slyboro Ciderhouse, Granville NY; Stormalong Ciders, Sherborn MA; and Whetstone Ciderworks, Marlboro VT. The event is co-hosted by Scott Farm and Eden Specialty CidersSee additional details.

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with Cider Maker Jason MacArthur
Sunday, October 1, 10am -12pm ~ $50, Reservations required

Making hard cider at home is easy, delicious, and affordable. Scott Farm Orchard and instructor Jason MacArthur will host an introductory class on how to make hard cider in the Apple Packing Barn. This class will cover the equipment you will need, what you need to know about cider and the steps that lie between fresh juice and a bottle of your own homemade elixir.  

Topics covered include:

  • Selection of apple varieties.  We will discuss the attributes that different types of apples can bring to a cider, based on the selection of heirloom and cider apples available for pressing.
  • Equipment and its use.
  • How to clean and sanitize equipment used for cider making. 
  • Fermentation basics – what’s happening in my carboy?
  • The pros and cons of using commercial yeast strains and sulfites in your cider.
  • Racking – when and how.
  • Bottling – when is it ready to drink?

Jason will address questions about ciders you have made in the past which came out wonderfully, terribly, or somewhere in between and will discuss what might have gone wrong (or right!) with ciders you bring. Participants who are interested can discuss the variety of cider apples available at Scott Farm Orchard and order custom blends for pressing. 

Course participants will be given printed reference materials. 
Basic cider making equipment and fresh cider suitable for fermenting will be available for sale. The cost is $50. per person.

Jason MacArthur lives in Marlboro where he has been making hard cider since 1996.  He is the co-owner of and principal cider maker for Whetstone Cider Works in Marlboro, VT.

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Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm15th ANNUAL HEIRLOOM APPLE DAY
Sunday, October 8, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm- Our Treat!

On Sunday October 8th, The Scott Farm will host its annual Heirloom Apple Day, a celebration of our heirloom apples, fresh, baked and squeezed.  Visit our apple barn at 10, 12 or 2 for a free tasting of some of our 120 varieties of apples and listen to the enlightening history of these unique fruits with our orchardist Zeke Goodband. Heirloom apples and cider will be on sale after the tasting.  Whetstone Cider Works will be sampling their hard ciders and Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza will be making seasonal sensations in their oven.

with Laurel Roberts Johnson
Saturday, October 21, 10am -1pm, $50, Reservations required

Tackle Pie Dough Anxiety! Learn from the Queen of Tarts how to prepare flaky pie dough and effortlessly roll out pie crust using the right recipe and technique.  We will prepare and bake pies using the beautiful heirloom apples from Scott Farm.

The $50 price of this workshop includes the pie you bake, the dough you make, and a take-home tote of heirloom baking apples. 
PLEASE NOTE: This class is now FULL
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Saturday, October 28, 6pm, $50, Reservations required

Scott Farm Orchard and the Vermont Fresh Network will co-host our 10th annual harvest dinner at the farm’s apple barn.  The 5-course meal will showcase our delicious heirloom apples along with many other local foods.  Chef Tristan Toleno of Entera Catering will prepare the meal.  Dinner is $50. per person.  This year the drinks will be BYOB. Make your reservations early – it sells out fast!

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with Pastry Chef Laurel Roberts Johnson
Saturday, November 11, 10am – 1pm. $50, Reservations required

The quintessential holiday pie, made with an abundance of the best Scott Farm has to offer: crisp apples, sweet pears and tart quince that has been poached in cider and honey – all tucked into a flaky pastry crust.

The $50 price of this workshop includes the pie you bake, the dough you make, and a take-home tote of heirloom baking apples, pears and quince.

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Download a pdf of our 2017 events brochure.

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Register online, or contact Kelly Carlin to sign up for any of these events at or call 802-254-6868.