Announcing the Fifth Annual "Trek to Taste on the Trails of Woodstock"
By Marissa Jager, SCA Intern, National Park Service
The fifth annual Trek to Taste will be held on Saturday, June 1 2013, from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Each year, this popular event on National Trails Day has attracted people from across the region to celebrate local trails and healthy food in Vermont's only National Park and Woodstock's Billings Park. The festivities, free and open to the public, start at the National Park's Forest Center and continue along the trails and at specialty stations spread out across the trails.
Trek to Taste offers the unique opportunity to get to know local farms by sampling fresh food, all while enjoying the natural beauty of Vermont. Start at the National Park Forest Center where students from 16 area schools will display their farm to school research of local farms and offer samples made with local ingredients. After making your very own walking stick with a Ranger, you can grab a map or join a guided hike to any of four destinations, each offering samples of local food.
Take the gentle half mile walk to the community arts center, Artistree, for kid-friendly activities, and then head across the road to Mount Tom Farmer's Market to sample and purchase the freshest foods direct from local farmers. If you choose to go the "extra mile or two" a 2 mile loop will take you to the Nordic Hut where local youth from Woodstock Union Middle and High School will be offering tastings of wood fired pizza and fun, family-friendly activities. For a heartier hike, follow the carriage roads for a 4.5 mile round trip to the South Peak overlook where Sustainable Woodstock will be serving gourmet samplings from local farms and area producers. New this year is a station at the Pogue, a tranquil mountain pond on the way to South Peak, where representatives from local trail stewardship organizations will provide trail snacks and insight on trail maintenance, safety and invasive plant management.
An ice cream social with music from Carter Glass will finish the day from 1-3pm. During this time, the first Annette C. Compton Fiertz Trail Stewardship award will be presented to an individual or organization nominated for their dedication and efforts in trail stewardship in Woodstock.
Trek to taste is free to the public, thanks to the work of many partners dedicated to local trails and local foods. For more information on the event, partner organizations, schedule for the day and trail map, go to www.trektotaste.info or call (802) 457-3368 ext. 17. Come support local food producers and enjoy the great outdoors at Trek to Taste!
This article is the first in a series that will focus on different aspects of the Trek to Taste. Watch for upcoming editions