BRATTLEBORO -- For the first 10 years of the Strolling of the Heifers, the Robb Family Farm led off the actual cow portion of the parade. Many years they prepared eight to 10 "bovine beauties" to stately march the route from Flat Street uphill to the water-tank-filled finish line at the commons.
This year, they won’t be strolling. Instead, they will host "Farm Fest" on their farm on Saturday night of the Heifer Stroll weekend.
This Saturday night’s Farm Fest is a celebration of the Robb Family’s new venture. "We wanted to host this event to showcase our meat," Helen said. "So the menu features our hamburgers."
The rest of the evening’s meal also draws from Vermont and stays true to the localvore theme: Mac and cheese made with real Vermont cheddar cheese; fresh-picked salad greens from neighboring Lilac Ridge Farm; Robb Family Farm maple syrup on the homemade ice cream for dessert.
"We’ll also have live music from our neighbor, too: Michelle Leichti on her violin," said Helen.
Tickets are available for Farm Fest at Vermont Fascination’s website, www.vermontfascination.com, or by calling 802-254-2879. Prices are $12 for children 12 and under; $15 for adults; $50 maximum per family.