Mar 26

Mad River Valley Maple Festival at Hartshorn Farm

Mad River Valley Maple Festival at Hartshorn Farm will be on Saturday, March 25th, and Sunday, March 26th from 11-4. Mark your calendars.

Your senses will be delighted as you watch, smell, taste, and hear how sap is boiled into syrup. Learn how 5th generation maple sugar maker, Dave Hartshorn, has been working with his parents since he was a young boy to make the tasty, natural, nutrient rich, liquid we call maple syrup.

Maple goodies will also be available: maple cotton candy, maple creemes, maple milkshakes, maple candy and creme, maple cocktails, and maple treats from Tonewood Maple. Enjoy fresh out of our flatbread oven pizza.

Family friendly, fun, and free to attend.

News article from last season's First Annual Maple Festival here.



Sep 25

Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th from 11-4 at the farm. Fantastic food, pumpkin cocktails, live music, massage tent & henna tattoos. Fall display needs (pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks), & Fall fun!

Festival goers taste buds will be delighted by some more delicious food and beverages: pizza from Hartshorn's flatbread pizza oven prepared by Pizza Soul; pumpkin cocktails, beer, and hard cider will be offered by Dan Primmer; and Hartshorn Farm's pumpkin creamees, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin bread, and maple cotton candy; and something tasty from Tonewood Maple.

Connecting with neighbors and visitors is even more fun when you can tap your feet to great live music. This festival there will be music both days from Phineas Gage, Olivia Del Brocco, Keith Leon & the Sabouyouma Band..

And, because Hartshorn Farm is dedicated to wellness, we will once again have the very popular massage tent and (new) Henna tatoos.

Fall display and Halloween must haves will also be available: pumpkins of different shapes and colors, corn stalks, gourds, squash, mums, and more.

See the corn stalk structure that Dave is creating. Sit on a tractor. Feed a carrot to our two horses, Koko and Amigo. & straw bale maze for kids. Have some Fall fun.

6:00 pm18:00

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to table dinners are like a religion to us here in Vermont, so we felt like it was time for Hartshorn Farm to do our part and share some culinary and farm magic with you. 

Do you want a truly local, fresh picked, delicious organic meal on an authentic Vermont farm in our post and beam farm stand? How about narration from farmers, Dave Hartshorn & Amy Todisco, who will inspire, surprise, educate and entertain you? 

Using the farms organic produce, we will prepare a truly localvore farm-to-plate experience that is an authentic Vermont, unique, inspiring and fun event that you will remember for a long time.

Menu will include:

  • Our delectable organic vegetable tempura (which debuted at the MusicFest 3 years ago and was a smash hit)
  • Flatbread pizza with our freshly harvested organic veggies
  • Big veggie packed salad with our famous hydroponic lettuce and organic farm veggies and Amy's well known balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • Amy's organic blueberry crisp (approved by Blueberry Festival attendees and MRV Chamber of Commerce members at a recent mixer)
  • Hartshorn Farm punch (adult beverage)
  • Bring your own wine and beer

Join us in our first farm to table dinner on the farm in a relaxed atmosphere this season on Friday, September 9th from 6pm on. 

Limited to 20 people. $50 per person. 

Our preferred payment method is via check, please send the total number of people in your party with names, email, and a phone number contact to 264 Quarry Road, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

Aug 7

The Annual Mad River Valley Blueberry Festival at Hartshorn Farm

The Annual MRV Blueberry Festival at Hartshorn's Farm
Saturday, 8/6, and Sunday, 8/7, from 11-4
JAMboree on Saturday evening from 6-9pm

At Hartshorn Farm:

  • Delight your taste buds with blueberry milkshakes, creamees, crisp, shortcake, flatbread pizza, fruit popsicles, blueberry lemonade, breakfast and lunch food, and maple cotton candy and more. 
  • Pie eating contest on Saturday at 12:30 
  • Bake off on Saturday at 2:30
  • Listen to good music, get a massage under a tent in the field, have a holistic tarot reading, spend time with family and friends, and have fun!

Around the Valley:

  • 20% off at The Collection anything Blue
  • 15% All Zinc based moisturizing sunblocks at Complexions
  • 15% off at Whippletree Designs anything Blue
  • Free mini blueberry cheesecakes at Irasville Country Store
  • Free cinnamon buns at Knoll Farm on Sunday 9-noon while supplies last
  • 20% off blue yarn at Shades of Winter
  • Three Mountain Cafe­Blueberry muffins, smoothies and milkshakes. 20% off anything blue
  • Waitsfield Pottery­Sign up between 10 and noon on Saturday. Eligible to win a custom berry bowl
  • 15% off storewide at Peanut & Mouse if you mention Blueberry Festival
  • 20% off all blue clothing and accessories at The Green Closet
  • Mix Cupcakerie ­20% off anything blueberry

Saturday evening from 6-9 we will have the JAMboree at Hartshorn farm stand. More blueberry picking, music, dancing, food and beverages.

Jul 29

Five Day Women's Personal Growth & Wellness Retreats

The 5-Day Retreat

In our "learn-by-doing" format—we focus on personal growth, healthy food, and tools for wellness. You will come away with a number of "light bulb moments" that can help alter your perspective and move you forward through your turning point to achieving your goals. Ultimately you will gain tools for thinking, feeling, and living a healthier, happier life.

  • Identify and strengthen your authentic self
  • Develop self care skills to improve health through changed eating and preventative health strategies
  • Gain powerful insights about how you show up through working with horses
  • Develop more satisfying relationships with your partner, kids, family, friends, coworkers
  • Build self confidence
  • Improve your sense of self worth.
    The other 3 retreat dates are: July 24-29, Aug 14-19, Sept 18-23

For more information, go to Amy's retreat website here. If you are seriously considering one of our retreats, I'm happy to spend up to 30 minutes on the phone with you discussing whether or not this might be a good fit for you. Consider it a free coaching call to discuss your goals.

Jul 15

Farm Camp for Kids Ages 9-14

  • Hartshorn Farm

Dates: July 11-15th, August 8th-12th. 9-4pm

Students will spend 5 days on the farm.

I would describe Amy and Dave as very adventurous and funny. I like how they let us do very hands on things.
— Tessa, Mad River Valley, VT

Farm camp activities include:

  • Meeting, caring for, and feeding our horses. Meet chickens and pigs at another local farm.
  • Plant seeds, do some weeding, harvest vegetables, make farm pizza and vegetable soup.
  • Take local field trips to learn from an herbalist, a beekeeper, our hydroponic greenhouse, and a local chef.
  • Swim and play in the river.
  • Go for a hay ride through the cow pasture.
  • Make herbal healing products from local herbs that they can take home. Learn about setting positive intentions.
  • Understand the valuable contribution that bees make to our food system. Do a hands on activity with honey and take some home.
  • Make a vision board to clarify what you might like to create in your life in the coming years.
  • August campers will get to go to the Addison County Agricultural Fair for one day
  • The week's activities culminate with the children harvesting vegetables and fruits and making their own soup and farm pizza, as well as marketing the produce to customers at the farm stand. They will share what they know about the products, answer customer's questions, and help compute purchases, including giving change. 
  • Learn about the healing benefits of the essential oils of plants and flowers and make room/body spray to take home
  • Have fun!

Spending time on a working diversified farm opens up children's eyes to the wonders and possibilities of the natural world and their ability to mold it. It also inspires them to consider new possibilities. (One camper in the July camp thinks she wants to become an herbalist as a result of her experiences.)

To apply, please contact us for an application.

The week on the farm will help students:

  • Build self confidence
  • Inspire learning in an experiential hands on way
  • Increase knowledge of planting, growing, and harvesting healthy organic food
  • Learn about how plants found in your yard can help you heal
  • Work effectively with others
  • Understand how to care for animals safely and with gentleness
Jun 19

MRV Strawberry Festival on June 18 and 19th, 11-4

  • Hartshorn Certified Organic Farm

Certified organic strawberry picking begins at 11 and lasts until 4pm both Saturday and Sunday or until the ripe berries are all picked. We are asking that each picker limits themselves to one quart so that there will be enough for more people. There will be more picking this week.

Festival is from 11-4 both days.
Check out what WCAX TV had to say about the Strawberry Festival HERE. And, the Stowe Reporter Newspaper HERE.

What's happening at the farm?

Strawberry picking
Strawberry milkshakes and creamees
Strawberries dipped in  maple cream
Strawberry maple switchel beverage

Strawberry shortcake
Maple cotton candy
Flatbread pizza (American Flatbread & Pizza Soul)
Children's activities with Jill from Peanut & Mouse Store
Oxen cart rides
Live music
On site massage with Sally Kendall

Bake off contest is being judged at 1pm on Sunday at the farm

Around the Valley:

The strawberry dessert bake off will take place at 1 pm on Sunday, June 19th at Hartshorn's Farm stand. To participate, please submit your entry form to Three Mountain Cafe by June 17 and prepare a dessert to bring to Hartshorn’s Farm stand at 1 pm on Sunday, June 19. This dessert must be made from scratch and strawberries need to be the featured ingredient. All entries will
be judged by local chefs and restaurant owners. The winner will have their recipe published in the Valley Reporter.

The poetry and story contest winning entries will be read at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market on Saturday June 18 th . Entries should be no more than 200 words, based on a strawberry theme and delivered to Three Mountain Café no later than Friday, June 17 th .

The berry bonnet and costume contest will take place at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 18. Dress for success in the categories of best berry bonnet, sweetest pet, most delicious baby or crowd favorite. Participants in their creative costumes will parade around the farmer’s market in front of the judges.

The window decorating contest will be judged on Thursday June 16 th and winners will be announced at Hartshorn’s Farm stand on Sunday June 19 th . To register your business, submit an entry form to Three Mountain Café ( by Saturday, June 11. Festival goers will receive a map of all of each of the entries so that they may be able to see each design. Prizes will be awarded for best use of a theme and crowd favorite.

This is a great weekend for people to invite their out of town guests and for our second home owners to plan an extra trip.

Apr 3

First Annual Maple Festival, April 1-3 from 11-4pm


Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday and Saturday. It was a fabulous success.

Beginning on Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3, join us for a Valley wide maple celebration. 
At Hartshorn Farm and Maple Sugar House. 

54 Quarry Road, Waitsfield. Off Route 100.
From: 11-4 pm each day
UPDATE: Sunday's weather looks cold and icky, so plan to come Friday and Saturday

  • On our tours, you will learn about how maple syrup originated and what the steps are from tapping trees to the finished product-syrup. Find out what all of those machines in the sugar house do. Compare the taste of sap to syrup.

All kinds of maple goodies will be available for purchase: 

  • maple candy and cream
  • maple milk shakes
  • maple cotton candy
  • maple drizzled ice cream
  • maple creamies
  • maple beer and cocktail samples (Lawson's and Mad River Distillers)
  • maple pizza made by American Flatbread in our oven
  • maple breads/muffins from our pizza oven
  • Tonewood Maple products with Dori Ross
  • Homemade  maple Switchel

Special Events-

  1. Katie Webster, author of the new book, Maple, will join us on Saturday from noon-3 for a book signing and tasting of one of her recipes.
  2. Oxen pulled carriage rides around the farm with Kayleigh Hamel

Participating Valley Businesses On the Farm:

American Flatbread- maple sausage pizza from our flatbread oven
Mad River Distillers- tastings of maple cocktails
Lawson's Finest- tastings of maple nipple ale
Tonewood Maple Products for sale
Kayleigh's Oxen carriage rides at the farm

Participating Valley Businesses OFF the farm

Mad River Massage-maple scrub for only $10 extra added to any service
Three Mountain Cafe- maple shakes, scones, drinks and products for sale.
Peanut and Mouse Store- 20% off woodland themed animals and Vermont Love t-shirts
Mad River Barn- 15% discount for room rates for Maple Festival weekend (pswd is Maple)
Village Grocery- maple coffee and creamies
Big Picture Theater- Free maple donut when you bring in your own coffee mug
Mehuron's Supermarket
Big Ridge Tavern & Grille at the Bridges- Maple Festival discounts on the Flying French Men local grassfed beef burger, Que Rico cheese quesodilla with maple syrup, maple lemonade, and sugar on snow (if there is edible snow somewhere.)
The Hyde Away Restaurant- 10% off 3 maple dishes (Chicken plate, wings, bread pudding)
West Hill House B&B-25% off your stay of two or more nights during the festival, and a complimentary glass bottle of pure maple syrup.
The Collection and Whipple Tree Design- 20% off anything that says "Vermont".
Irasville Country Store-special on Turkey Maple Melt Sandwiches
American Flatbread- maple brulee desserts, and maple sausage pizza

Until then, you can come in and watch us boil sap into syrup. Have a taste and purchase your own bottle of warm syrup. Just look for the steam at the roof and our banner announcing that we are open.