Lucky are the animals that get to roam the pastures at Cloudland Farm in North Pomfret, Vermont. The pristine, rolling hills locale is the stuff of photographs. It’s also a pretty grand place for humans, so grab you camera, bring your appetite, and head out for a visit.
The original Cloudland Farm property was 2,000 acres that was purchased back in 1908. Fast forward 110 years and the family-owned farm is now 1,000 acres, and home to Black Angus cattle and calves, horses, laying hens, Cornish cross-meat chickens, turkeys, pigs, and a scattering of barn cats. The establishment also includes a tree farm, country market, and farm-to-table dining establishment. Cloudland is one busy place!
The farm prides itself on being good stewards of the land and its animals. Cattle are mostly grass-fed—a strictly vegetarian diet without antibiotics and with no added hormones. Both cattle and poultry are moved often among the fields of sweet grasses and clover, which is not only good for the animals but also helps prevent over-grazing of the land. A note of interest: a portion of the Appalachian Trail runs right through the property and yes, hikers are welcome.
Stop by the onsite Cloudland Farm Market and you can stock up on items, such as the farm’s delicious steaks, beef sausages, pastured pork, and pickles. The farm also sells local cheeses, maple syrup, Vermont teas and sodas, and homemade goat’s milk soap.
Visitors can also enjoy the farm’s bounty on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings when Cloudland hosts farm-to-table dinners. Meals are served in a welcoming post-and-beam building that was made from white pine harvested on the property. Come early and enjoy sitting on the front porch while sipping a drink and soaking in the peace and quiet. All meals are prix fixed and the menu for the weekly dinners is posted on the Wednesday of that week. Everything served is made from scratch, featuring Cloudland’s own beef, pork, chicken, or turkey and seasonal ingredients grown on the farm. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
On Thursday, a casual two or three-course meal is served. Friday and Saturday dinners are a white-cloth affair with three courses. Diners are welcome to bring their own wine or beer; there is a $5-$10 corkage fee depending on the size of each party.
1101 Cloudland Road, North Pomfret, VY
Dinner seatings, 6:00 p.m. through 8:15 p.m.
Thursday dinner, $32 or $41
Friday – Saturday, $47 – $49
North Pomfret is due east of Maple Leaf Inn, about a 20-minute drive. And like most drives around here, it’s gorgeous!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLOUDLAND FARM.