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Celebrating Vermont's small farms

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SHELBURNE, Vt. -

Farmers from across Vermont have been working hard to bring locals some good eats -- and Sunday they got a taste.

Every year, Vermont's best of the best come together to share their delicious dishes. "There's a goat cheese cheesecake, super super creamy with a little apple butterscotch topping on top," said Yves Gonnet with Midnight Goat Farm.

The 12th annual Small Farms Food Festival gives farmers of all trades a chance to showcase their goods. "We've got some vegetable and cheese tarts, we've got short rib and squash tarts, we've got apple, blue cheese and bacon tarts, and then all kinds of art breads here," offered Scott Medellion with Waiora Valley Farm.

"This is the NOFA Pizza Oven. Where making a really good margherita and then we have like local beets and sausage and tomatoes, and then it's up to the locals to decide," said Liz Gleason, a NOFA Volunteer.

Last year, the festival had about 5,000 thousand visitors, and this year at Shelburne Orchards -- even more.  As word spreads about the unusual eats, organizers say people will continue to come from all over. "People are outdoing themselves. Like there's organic chicken, people doing this glazed chicken -- unbelievable -- Cheese, wines, maple syrup crepes," said the orchard's Nick Cowles.

And a first for many -- beer and wine jelly. But of course it's hard to say no to an apple dessert during apple picking season. "We make a really good apple betty and if you don't know what apple betty is, it's pure comfort, without the commitment," Cowles said.

And there's plenty of apple betty, and everything else delicious -- year after year at the Small Farms Food Festival.

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