Here are three things I felt the need to share about summer in Addison County this week:
ONE: It’s blueberry season! There are many places to pick blueberries nearby — Lower Notch Berry Farm in Bristol or the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, to name a couple. But this past weekend my family and I fell in love with the panoramic mountain views and seemingly endless wild berries at the Goshen Blueberry Management Area.
While we picked berries, I started chatting with a woman whose bucket was much fuller than mine. Turns out she was Rebecca Zelis, the author of the children’s book “I Never Saw a Moose in Moosalamoo.”
I had heard about her book — which is inspired by her family’s explorations in the Green Mountain National Forest. Check out her website for more info. Each illustration is a real place in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area that you can visit with your kids. We’re going to track down a copy and start exploring!
Side note: Rebecca’s daughter was there playing the fiddle while we picked berries, adding to the overall Vermonty dreaminess of the experience.
TWO: Do you miss having a public pool in your life?
Middlebury’s pool is closed to the general public this summer due to the pandemic. But Vergennes has just announced it will allow anyone who lives in Addison County to purchase a season pass for its city pool. (Pass holders are required to honor COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, and must sign up in advance for 90-minute blocks of time.)
Have you been to Alejandra Comida Mexicana in Bridport yet? Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alejandra is cooking up authentic Mexican cuisine outside her home in Bridport.
I brought my girls yesterday. We shared tacos and the girls got lemonade in big glasses garnished with mint leaves.
There is plenty of room to spread out and eat on the grass, and a nice steep hill for rolling down, if your kids are into that kind of thing.