We’ve blogged before about finding the right fit for shows, and darn it, we feel so insanely excited about the newest show kind enough to let us sell our Meatbagz:Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, Vermont.
First of all, it’s a festival named “Strolling of the Heifers”. We can’t lie; they had us right there. But the more we learned about it the more we loved it, and honestly, if you live within driving distance of Brattleboro we think you should love it too.
This is the tenth annual Stroll, and as their website points out (and please check it out, they have far more information than we can include here), “The mission of Strolling of the Heifers is to connect people with healthy local foods and with the farmers and producers who bring it to them. We do this with a unique set of family-friendly events on Strolling of the Heifers Weekend. First and foremost, the event shows support and appreciation for family farmers, but it also features many other regional food producers, as well as vendors and exhibitors of many other sustainable goods and services. Our theme for the weekend: ‘It takes a community to support our farmers!'”
We couldn’t agree more. We live in a very rural, very agriculturally based area, and have family members who own and operate farms. So an entire weekend celebrating family farms, local foods, AND heifers (and who are also willing to have us Meatbagz broads hang out with them to boot)? Sign us up!
Yes, the heifers do stroll…a whole lot of them, in fact. Saturday kicks off with a parade of bedecked heifers (followed up by cows, bulls, poultry, goats…you name it!), all celebrating the innate awesomeness of all that is bovine. We can’t wait to see those young ladies (we’re back to talking heifers here) strut their stuff.
And that’s not all-leading up to the weekend Brattleboro hosts the Slow Living Summit, “A gathering of diverse movements toward local and regional sustainability from New England and beyond, the Slow Living Summit will be an intensive two-and-a-half day exploration of ways to build healthy, thriving local economies while encouraging, mentoring and supporting a new generation of activists, entrepreneurs and engaged citizens.”
Again, this is something that we believe in and, in our own small ways, try to support as much as we can. And to see a group of people so actively supporting and celebrating these things is really wonderful.
Obviously we’re going to be there selling our bags (Bessie is very excited and hopeful of a good reception), but you know what? If we don’t sell a single bag, we will still count the entire experience a success. We look forward to experiencing the Stroll not just as vendors, but as participants in general.
So mark your calendars, peeps-the first week of June is going to be decidedly bovine, and Meatbagz can’t wait!
*All photos (minus Bessie) courtesy of The Strolling of the Heifers Facebook page. Like them and get lots of updates not only about the Stroll, but also links to interesting articles about local farms and sustainability events!