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Saffron Farm Tour

North American Saffron Center
Burlington, VT

Registrants will meet at 12:30 pm in the lobby of the Best Western, 1076 Williston Rd., So. Burlington, VT. The program includes a visit to the UVM solar saffron research plots at Peck Solar, where we are testing the potential of growing saffron within solar fields. Next, we will stop at the saffron operation of Brian Leven of Golden Thread Farm in Stowe, Vermont. For the past 3 years, Brian has been growing saffron in a high tunnel and in the field ( This year he harvested over 100 grams, and is selling it on-line and locally to chefs who value local, high quality products. You should wear boots or hiking shoes because there may be a bit of mud or snow.

After visiting the saffron production site, if the sap is flowing, we will stop at Percy Maple Products to see how maple syrup is produced. This is owned and operated by Paul Percy, a sugarmaker for over 60 years. We will then stop at Plate Restaurant, where Brian sells his saffron, for a special saffron snack ( Aaron Martin, the chef/owner of Plate, is excited about having a local source of high quality saffron, and is happy to be showcasing his saffron delicacies. The tour will end back at the hotel by 5:45 pm.

The cost to attend the tour is $30.

If you are interested in taking part in the event, contact Margaret Skinner, for details.