Town and Village

Undaunted by May freeze, Scott Farm will be open for business this fall

DUMMERSTON — Scott Farm, a source for more than 130 varieties of heirloom apples and other fruit, recently opened their Farm Market and Pippin's Café for the season and is hosting a number of events this fall.

Following a devastating freeze in May, 90% of the farm's apple crop was lost. The surviving 10%, however, are being offered for sale exclusively at the Scott Farm Market and for use in the farm's handmade baked goods, French-style hard cider, and sweet cider.

"They may look a little different this year, but many of the heirloom apple varieties our customers love - like Baldwin, Roxbury Russet, and Bramley's Seedling - have survived, and we're proud to be able to offer them direct to the community at our Farm Market," Scott Farm Orchardist Erin Robinson said in a news release. "Thankfully, the trees themselves remain in great shape, and I have no doubt they will once again produce to capacity next year. It's all about the perspective of abundance."

"This year is all about the Market, Café, and events," said Scott Farm General Manager Simon Renault. "The bulk of our business typically comes from wholesale to stores throughout New England, but we will not have that avenue this year. Our local community now has exclusive access to our fruits and cider on site, and we have a number of great events coming up as well."

Upcoming events at the farm include a Bal Folk traditional social dance on Sunday, Sept. 17; Crêpe Night on Wednesday, Sept. 20; an Orchard Aid benefit concert on Sunday, Oct. 1 (at Retreat Farm); the annual Heirloom Apple Day celebration on Sunday, Oct. 8; and Harvest Dinner & Silent Auction catered by A Vermont Table on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The Farm Market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pippin's Café is open Thursdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Both will remain open for the season through late November. For more information on the market, café, and events, visit

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