Our Vermont Picnic Baskets
What better way to enjoy someone’s company and celebrate the beauty and bounty of summer with a delicious picnic?
Knoll Farm is a natural place for a picnic. Spectacular mountain views, wide open fields or shady sitting rocks, gardens and handmade buildings, birds and sheep. To make it even better, all the food in our picnic baskets is made here or sourced from other farms and small food producers in Vermont.
We are excited to offer several different Picnic Baskets, full of delicious locally made items like crusty bread, goat cheese, salumi, our pestos and jams and homemade desserts. Choose from Omnivore, Vegetarian, Romantic (includes chocolate and flowers), a Kid Friendly basket, or the Ploughman’s Lunch, in our online store. Each basket is packed for two people.
The farm is open Tuesday-Saturday 9-6, and Sunday from 9-3. You must pick up your basket before 6 pm, so that we can show you places that are available to picnic that day. Please honor our closing hours, as the farm is also our home and there are few times when we can say we are truly “done for the day.” Thank you!
How do the picnic baskets work? Can I pick them up and take them elsewhere or do I need to stay at the farm?
Packed in an apple basket with accessories from our kitchen, our picnic baskets are designed to be enjoyed only at Knoll Farm. Please be sure to return to basket, knife, cutting board and jars when you leave, and we will sanitize them for the next person. We can wrap any food you don’t eat for you to take home.
How much food is in a picnic basket?
We pack the picnics to serve two people. They include a small loaf of bread, meat and cheeses, vegetables, spreads or pickles, fruit and dessert. We also put in a sharp knife and some serving utensils. They don’t include drinks, cups, plates, napkins or a blanket. Get as fancy as you like!
Can I bring my own picnic?
You can bring your own food only if you have a Season Pass. Picnicking at Knoll Farm is reserved for those who purchase picnic provisions from us, or have a Season Pass.
What about alcohol to add to my picnic?
We cannot serve alcohol but we allow you to BYOB to the grounds, so long as you drink minimally, responsibly and discreetly. You will be sharing the grounds with other people. Please also be sure to take away all your bottles, cans and trash. You will also need to bring your own glassware. We suggest paper cups or mason jars to avoid breakage.
When can I come?
Summer hours are 9-6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 9-3 on Sunday. We are closed Mondays. Please give us at least 2 hours notice to pack a picnic for you. If you order one at the farm store, you can take a walk until it’s ready. We ask that you leave the property by closing time. If you’d like to have an evening picnic and stay later than 6 pm, come on a Thursday-Saturday, when we allow those who purchased a picnic to stay until dark.
Where can I picnic on the farm?
Knoll Farm is a very busy place! We often have groups in residence, as well as other day visitors and lots of projects going on. When you pick up your picnic we will tell you the areas that are available for picnicking that day, based on everything else we are managing. Generally, we reserve the lovely area around the pond and the greenhouse area for picnicking, but we ask that you remain flexible with us. Luckily, there are no spots that aren’t scenic!
Can I bring my dog?
Please leave your furry friends at home. We love dogs and have two shepherds of our own, but because we are an operational livestock farm, there are too many risks when new animals are introduced.
What if I want to bring a group?
We often hosts groups of folks on a walking tour or having an informal party who want to enjoy a picnic. We will reserve you a sheltered area and provide a tour of the farm if desired. For groups larger than 6 people we ask that you make a reservation and pay a facilities fee for your event. You can get this information by filling out our contact form, and we will get back to you promptly. Thank you.