Bits and Bites: Apple Barn open for season


'Tis the season

Nothing says spring is here and summer is near like the opening of The Apple Barn and Country Bake Shop on Route 7. A favorite of locals and tourists alike, the store reopened for the season on April 29, boasting new products, including tea, breads, cotton candy, snacks, cake mixes, and much more.

New at Johnny Appleseed's Country Bakery are speciality doughnuts that take the bakery's plain doughnuts up a notch. Try one of their delicious new toppings like Maple Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Frosted Crumble.

This week, until Friday, enjoy a free cup of coffee with the purchase of one doughnut.

Visit, for more information.

Farmers market

Also opening for the season is the outdoor Bennington Farmers Market on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by the farmers market on the River Walk behind Bennington Station on Depot Street.

Locally produced fresh greens and vegetables, delicious baked goods, dairy products, meats, and crafts will be available for purchase.

Get outside, stretch those legs and walk away your winter blues by strolling through the season's first outdoor market.


If you're looking to pour a glass of Cinco de Mayo fun at home this week, the mixologists at Safford Mills Inn and Cafe in Bennington offer up this fun margarita-inspired drink.

"In place of a traditional margarita, we have a drink using Mezcal, a smokier version of tequila."

Mezcal Berry Smash


5 to 6 blackberries and raspberries

2 pt mezcal

1 part house made sour mix

1 bar spoon of Cassis

1/2 part agave


Muddle the fruit with the agave, add the rest of the ingredients with ice and shake. Garnish with berries and/or salt.


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