The Space We welcome you to join us for a few restful days or weeks here at our historic Vermont farm where we carry on an uninterrupted tradition of grass farming begun in the late 1700's. While Sunrise Farm is a fully operational and productive farm, it also rests in one of the most idyllic and biologically diverse sites in Vermont.
Most notable about the farm is our lack of pretense. Every working farm is a work in progress, balancing between daily chores and seasonal rhythms, busy summers and rejuvenating winters. We are fluent in the language of sweat equity and value muddy boots.
If your interest lies in making the most of nearby Brattleboro and other area gems our location, ten minutes from I-91, makes that a breeze. If you prefer spending time hiking, swimming, or bird watching, our farm swimming pond and miles of private trails though our 200 acres of Vermont beauty are here for you. Diverse wildlife from moose to goshawks make their home here as well.
Your hosts can explain explain the intricacies of Vermont farming and forestry from maple sap production, timber growing and sawmilling, pasture management for beef and poultry, and vegetable growing and preserving.
The residence is an autonomous 2 bedroom, 2-story apartment that is part of the original 240 year old farmhouse. It has its own kitchen, bathroom and living room. Outfitted with a Queen and Full bed, this is a welcoming place for families or couples traveling together. Additionally, there is a small room that can be used for families wishing to spread out, outfitted with bunk beds and a trundle, potentially accommodating three children. There is an extra charge for this room ($35 /night - just book for 5 people when you make the reservation, and the fee will be included). The kitchen is stocked with everything you will need to prepare your own meals. In season, pick your own garden produce such as fresh cut greens, ripe tomatoes, or fruit from the orchard. Or, you can enjoy Brattleboro's great selection of restaurants with suggestions available from your hosts.
The style of the farm is relaxed, as it's an interesting conglomeration of the 2 families who have farmed here. You will see the original hemlock floor and hand planed moulding in the living room from the founding Thurber family, Bertha Thomas' 1900s wallpaper in the stairwell, and wide pine floors grown and milled at the farm in one of the bedrooms. The furniture is auction -eclectic mixed with some beautiful antiques.
Most who stay here comment about the "magic of Sunrise Farm ", remarking on the noticable confluence of natural energy here. Please email us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. Interaction with Guests We leave that up to our guests. If you prefer privacy, we respect that. If you want to be more social, we love to meet new people, share our knowledge of farming and our corner of Vermont, and trade ideas on anything from the meaning of progress to progressive agriculture. The Neighborhood Many enjoy relaxing into the farm and stay at the farm for their entire visit. Besides the pond and trails, there are hammocks, vistas of Mt Monadnock, or a short walk to the neighbor's organic strawberry and flower farm for added sustenance and beauty. It's an easy 3 mile bike ride to the Green River dam for swimming, or a short drive to go blueberry picking at the Whetstone Ledges. Winter guests can enjoying skiing at Mt Snow (50 minutes away), or Stratton Mountain (70 minutes) or have miles of snowshoeing trails right out the front door. Getting Around We are located 7 miles from the town of Brattleboro, which is about a 15 minute drive. We recommend that you have a car, though hardier souls can do well with a bicycle.
NYC is 2.5 hours south.
Boston is 2 hours east.
The nearest airport is BDL, Springfield / Hartford in Connecticut, 1.25 hours south. Other Things to Note Seasonal activities at the farm:
April - Gardens are starting to be planted. Feeder cows and hens go out to pasture at the end of the month.
May - Earliest greens are ready to eat from the garden. Unequivocal reprieve from winter's chill. Nurse cows calve, many new calves on the farm.
June - Garden is abundantly producing. Strawberries are ripe. Afternoons at the farm pond swimming.
July - Fence maintenance to tame summer's growth. Mid-summer weight checks for beef stock. Garlic is harvested.
August - Canning and freezing of garden produce. Peaches and plums are ripe. Wood-splitting for winter heat continues. Hot afternoons spent tubing on the West river. Broiler chickens are harvested.
September - Raspberries are ripe. Gardens wind down. Cows continue to grow on pasture. Fall colors come late in the month.
October - First frost comes. Fall colors peak the first half of the month. Remaining beef and chickens are put in the freezer. Wood stoves get fired up.
November - Forestry work starts, thinning out the maple stands, harvesting firewood. Great time for hiking.
December - Continued work in the forest. Start of snowshoeing and cross-country ski season.
January - Blessed rest. Stacking wood, replenishing wood supplies. Keeping stoves lit. Reading.
February - Preparations for maple syrup season. Sap lines are repaired. Late in the month, trees are tapped. Seedlings started for summer garden.
March - Maple sap flows. Delivered to the neighbor's sugarhouse each evening when conditions are right (warm days, chilly nights). ...