Events and Things to Do

OPEN FARM WEEK SATURDAY AUGUST 13th AND SUNDAY AUGUST 14th, 2022

Brookfield Bees is participating in the Vermont Fresh Net/Dig In VT Open Farm week.  We will be open Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th, 11am – 3pm for visitors interested in beekeeping and local honey.  Our honey is unprocessed, with no heating or filtering so you get all the good things honey can provide.

We have a huge collection of honey from all over the country and all over the world.  This year we have additions from Alaska, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal and Switzerland as well as several more towns in Vermont on our endless quest to get honey from all 251 towns and cities in the state. Visitors will have an opportunity to taste any honey they want and compare it to our local Brookfield honey.

 So come meet the beekeeper, check out an observation hive, talk about swarms, find out how bees survive the Vermont winter, learn which flowers bees prefer, and find out why honey from the supermarket just cannot compete.

We sugar in the spring, and you will have the opportunity to taste all of the Vermont syrup grades to find out which one is really your favorite. In the fall we press cider, some of which we boil into apple cider syrup which will also be available for tasting and buying.

There will also be some produce from our garden including a wide selection of stiff neck garlic.

From Exit 4 of I-89 follow Rt 66 East for about a mile. Turn left onto Ridge Road. Go 1.3 miles to N. Randolph Road and turn right. Go 1.8 miles to Curtis Road at Neighborly Farms and turn left. Go 1 mile to Kibbee Road and turn Right. Go 1.1 miles  (bearing right at Y after Fat Toad Farm) and look for Brookfield Bees sign 1148 Kibbee Rd.

Maple Sugar Open House March 26, 27 2022

Brookfield Bees will once again be participating in the Vermont Maple Sugar Manufacturer’s Association Maple Open House Weekend.  The dates are March 26 and 27, 2022.  Come and visit our operation between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM on either day to see how delicious maple syrup is made.  You can take a maple facial by simply inhaling the steam, sample sugar on snow, try the different grades of syrup to see which one you like the best, and enjoy hot mulled cider and other treats.

After two years of no Maple Sugar Open House we are thrilled to be open to guests this year. Needless to say, we will be doing it in a COVID safe manner. Guests will be welcome in the sugarhouse, however, because of the confined space we are asking that they wear a mask. Maple treats, mulled cider, sugar on snow and grade sampling will be in our barn where there is more space. Maple syrup, honey, boiled cider, sweet (frozen) cider, soap and candles will also be available for purchase in the barn.

This year we had some new help with the tapping.

We collect from both buckets and tubing and boil on a wood fired arch.  There is no vacuum, no automatic draw-off and no Reverse Osmosis.  Just good old fashioned Vermont maple syrup.  On your way just up the road you can stop at the Fat Toad Farm store (787 Kibbee Rd) and pick up some of their award-winning caramel.

Sugaring season is mud season, so we advise your car has at least all wheel drive, as our roads get pretty muddy. From Exit 4 of I-89 follow Rt 66 East for about a mile. Turn left onto Ridge Road. Go 1.3 miles to N. Randolph Road and turn right. Go 1.8 miles to Curtis Road at Neighborly Farms and turn left. Go 1 mile to Kibbee Road and turn Right. Go 1.1 miles  (bearing right at Y after Fat Toad Farm) and look for Brookfield Bees sign 1148 Kibbee Rd.

Call 802 276 3808 if you need more info

CIDER PRESSING 2021

Brookfield Bees will be pressing cider on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26 2021. We usually do this with an open house, but because of COVID that will not be happening in 2021. However, if you are looking to purchase some delicious unpasteurized cider made from local apples, please stop by after 4:00 PM on either Saturday or Sunday.

2021 has been one of the best apple years ever, and we have made the most of it. In all, we have gathered about 3 tons of apples from approximately 25 trees in our neighborhood. The apples were so abundant this year we had to make some additional boxes where the apples could sweat for two weeks.

Prices for fresh cider are $7/gallon and $4/ half gallon.  Boiled cider (cider syrup) will be available next week at $12 for 12 oz or $15 for a pint.  For those interested in making hard cider bring your carboy.  We can fill up a 5 gallon container at a discount.

For directions see our Contact Us Page

While you are here, you can try some of the recent honey samples we collected on a trip through southern Vermont

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Brookfield Bees and Holiday Markets 2019

Just in time for all your holiday shopping!  Brookfield Bees will be participating in the following holiday markets:

Friday December 6, 2019 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Northfield Common Tree Lighting and Winter Market on the common in Northfield.

Saturday December 7, 2019 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Randolph Elementary School in Randolph

Sunday December 15, 2019 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Northfield Middle-High School in Northfield

Brookfield Bees will have the following products for sale:  Honey, Maple Syrup, Boiled Cider, Beeswax Candles, Shea Butter Skin Therapy, and Soap.  IMG_2574  DSCN2778_01

 

 

Cider Pressing Open House October 13 and 14, 2019  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

It is early fall and time to get ready for cider pressing.  2019 has been a banner year for apples and there will be no shortage of varieties to include in our cider.  The picking is all done and the apples are sitting in boxes developing sugar.  Grinding and pressing will begin the second weekend of October.

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Brookfield Bees will be open for visitors from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday October 13 and Monday October 14 for those who want to see how our cider is pressed and boiled.  In addition to cider and boiled cider we will have honey, candles, soap and maple syrup available for purchase.  There will be apple-related snacks and cider tasting for free.

Prices for fresh cider are $7/gallon and $4/ half gallon.  Boiled cider or cider syrup is available at a price of $11 for 12 oz or $14 for a pint.  For those interested in making hard cider bring your carboy.  We can fill up a 5 gallon container at a discount.

For directions see our Contact Us Page

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