Cheese and Ap­ple Tast­ing at the Old Stone House Mu­seum

Stanstead Journal - - RECIPES - Brown­ing­ton, VT

Taste­sof farm­stead cheeses and heir­loom ap­ples, as well as other lo­cally pro­duced food, can be sa­vored, along with spec­tac­u­lar views of peak fall fo­liage at the Old Stone House Mu­seum’s Cheese and Ap­ple Tast­ing on Sun­day, Septem­ber 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

the cor­ner of the Hin­man Set­tler Rd. and Old Stone House Rd., the Sa­muel Read Hall House and sur­round­ing lawn will fea­ture dis­plays by lo­cal food pro­duc­ers, cider press­ing, an heir­loom veg­etable ex­hibit, and an ap­ple pie con­test. Visi­tors will be able to taste and pur­chase farm­stead cheeses, ice cider, bread baked in a wood fired oven, lo­cal beer and spir­its, maple prod­ucts, condi­ments, and more. Lunch of hearty soup and home­made bread will be avail­able in the Hall House par­lor, served by the Brown­ing­ton Ladies Aid. There will be an ap­ple pie con­test at 1 p.m., and af­ter­wards kids can try chomp­ing on an ap­ple hang­ing from a string, or bob­bing for an ap­ple float­ing in a tub.

Karp will have over 20 va­ri­eties of heir­loom ap­ples sliced on plates for tast­ing and com­par­ing, as well as some of his own ap­ples and cider for sale. If any­one has an ap­ple tree they can’t iden­tify, this would be a good op­por­tu­nity to bring in some fruit and com­pare ap­pear­ance and fla­vor with known va­ri­eties.

is $8 for adults. Chil­dren 9 and un­der are free, as well as adults over 90, and peo­ple bring­ing in an heir­loom veg­etable to ex­hibit or an ap­ple pie to com­pete in the con­test. In­cluded in the ad­mis­sion price is a self-guided tour of the first floor of the Old Stone House Mu­seum as well as the two barns with ex­hibits of an­tique agri­cul­tural equip­ment, sleighs, car- riages, boats, and su­gar­ing and log­ging equip­ment. Visi­tors can look in on the rug braid­ing class in the Ed­u­ca­tion Build­ing, just one of the many classes in tra­di­tional arts that the mu­seum of­fers through­out the year.

bring­ing an heir­loom veg­etable to ex­hibit or an ap­ple pie for the con­test must have it there by noon. Veg­eta­bles should be la­beled with the va­ri­ety of seed and any­thing known of the cul­ture and history. Ap­ple pies should list in­gre­di­ents and recipe, as well as the va­ri­ety of ap­ples if known. Ex­pe­ri­enced ap­ple pie con­nois­seurs will be on hand to judge the en­tries.

3 p.m., across the road in the Brown­ing­ton Con­gre­ga­tional Church, Larry Hun­der­s­mark, Pace Univer­sity Re­li­gion Pro­fes­sor, will give a talk on “The Mind of Alexan­der Twi­light,” based on the col­lec­tion of ser­mons that Twi­light wrote which were dis­cov­ered just a few years ago in Min­nesota and sent to the mu­seum. Alexan­der Twi­light, who built the Old Stone House, was head­mas­ter of the Or­leans County Gram­mar School, preached in the Brown­ing­ton Con­gre­ga­tional Church from 1829 into the 1840's.

drive up to the mu­seum on Frog Pond Road from the Vil­lage of Or­leans is one of the pret­ti­est maple lanes in the North­east King­dom. The an­nual Cheese and Ap­ple Tast­ing is a great time to visit the his­toric neigh­bor­hood of the Old Stone House Mu­seum, and en­joy the views and tastes of the King­dom.

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