It’s a Fresh Tracks Funky Folk Festival!

It’s going to be a music-packed Summer, folks! We have our Vermont Vineyard Music Tour kicking off next week (on Thursday the 20th) with Bill Sims Jr, Mark Lavoie, and the Eleva Chamber Players Orchestra. But the fun doesn’t stop there. A mere 30 days later, on Saturday, July 20th, we’ll be hosting an all-afternoon FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL! Local stars Karen Krajacic, Derek Burkins, and Phil Henry will take the stage one at a time, starting at 2:00 pm and playing until 6:00. Click on their names and be taken to the musician web pages! 

Biographies for each musician listed below:

Karen Krajacic: Multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Karen Krajacic has become an integral part of the VT music scene since putting down roots in the state four years ago. After 12 years of touring and recording as the lead vocalist and songwriter of Folk By Association, she has embarked on the next phase of her musical career with “The Solace EP“, a 6-song album comprised of five new compositions and a special bonus track- the rerecording of “Penny in a Jar”, a song she wrote in 1999 which was included on FBA’s 2003 self-titled debut.

Derek Burkins: Vermont singer/songwriter Derek Burkins continues to capture praise and new listeners every time he takes the stage. With fluid guitar and banjo work, and an authentic and emotive voice, his songs are thoughtful stories about life, love, and family. Derek was the winner of the 2012 SolarFest Singer/Songwriter Showcase, and has just released his debut solo album, “Ten Years and 29 Days.”

Phil Henry: Phil Henry is the real thing. He crafts old-school story songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. A formally trained musician, he builds strange, beautiful chords and a big acoustic sound, played on instruments he often makes by hand. He’s played the big stages – Kerrville, Falcon Ridge – and won song contests like SolarFest and Susquehanna.



Vermont Winery Music Tour

Come one, come all! We have a music and libation-packed weekend looming on the horizon, and you’re invited! Two Vermont Vineyard Tours, two entirely different genres, on back-to-back nights in our tasting room.  Wine, cheese and beautiful music, what more do you need?

We’re kicking off the weekend on Thursday, June 20th, where the legendary blues-roots duo of Mark Lavoie and Bill Sims Jr. will be performing. Their show will go from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. Also, if you buy two glasses of wine you can get 10% off your take-home wine purchases!

The following night, Friday, June 21st, the Eleva Chamber Players will deliver virtuosic performances of Mozart and Vivaldi. We can’t forget to mention the free wine tastings and cheese that will be provided, too. Donations are requested ($25 – $250 per person) and reservations are required, which can be made online at elevachamberplayers.org or by calling 802-244-8354.

This weekend will be groovy and awe-inspiring. Music and wine go together better than our Vermont Rosé and a block of Gorgonzola, so mark it on your calendars, folks. Your sister’s birthday party can wait. Cancel your vacation plans, too. The wine will flow like the Nile, and music-lovers will flock like the salmon of Capistrano. You don’t want to miss this.

Lavoie is a legendary and pioneering harmonica player and a native to Vermont. Sims Jr. is based out of New York City and a member of the Grammy nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra. When the respectively sweet-sounding harmonica and passionate guitar chords synthesize, we’re left with a jaw-dropping, eclectic fusion of skill and soul. More info about Lavoie and Sims can be found by following this link, and you can listen to their music on the Delta Groove Productions YouTube page. 

The Eleva Chamber Players are an all-string orchestra, composed of professional musicians throughout the Northeast, and brought together by a mission to elevate the human spirit through music. You can read more about them (and reserve tickets) by visiting their webpage.



OPEN MEMORIAL DAY

No need to cut your vacation short – we’re open till 5 today! Come on by!



The Frontenac Gris Wins a Double Gold Medal!

The Frontenac Gris Wins a Double Gold Medal!

We have been awarded a Double Gold Medal for our 2010 Frontenac Gris wine at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. This is the second largest competition in the United States and it judges entries from around the world.

As our regulars know, the 2010 Frontenac Gris is rich in body and in flavor. The wine’s alluring honey aroma paired with its tropical fruit palate and buttery finish, have proven to be an outstanding coalescence. A Double Gold Medal is a great honor. Christina Castegren, the owner and winemaker says, “I’m so thrilled to have won this Double Gold, an award that every winemaker aspires to obtain. This is a wonderful competition not only for their focus on the individual wine’s presence, balance and varietal character but also for the fact that it’s a non-profit competition benefitting a wonderful camp for people going through major life challenges, like cancer.”

We were additionally awarded a Silver Medal for our new red wine named Freerider Red. This wine was also grown and vinified entirely on the farm. The label on this oak-aged, dry St. Croix reads: “Inspired by the joy of being truly free on skiis – Freerider Red celebrates those hard-earned fresh tracks.”  The name Fresh Tracks Farm seems to hold many meanings but perhaps the most prominent is that they are helping to lay the tracks for Vermont to be recognized as a quality wine region.

Fresh Tracks Farm is honored to have been chosen for this award by the well-known panel of judges comprised of sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, writers, and industry consultants from major wine producing areas all over the world. For additional information, contact: Christina Castegren, owner of Fresh Tracks Farm at [email protected].

Stay tuned for the celebration party!

The Fingerlakes International Wine Competition awarded the 2010 Frontenac Gris a Double Gold Medal.

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition awarded our 2010 Frontenac Gris a Double Gold Medal.



Spring/Summer Hours

With Spring Showers, come new hours! Enjoy!

  • Wed: 11:00-8:00 (Wine Down Wednesday from 4-8)
  • Thu: 11:00-5:00 (Yoga & Wine from 5:15-6:30, Wine bar open after)
  • Fri: 11:00-8:00 (Check event calendar for events)
  • Sat: 11:00-6:00 (Check event calendar for sushi nights/events)
  • Sun: 11:00-6:00


Inside Our Events: Yoga & Wine

As most of you know, we love to host awesomely unique events here at Fresh Tracks Farm. One of our newest combinations is wine and YOGA! I think we can all agree that yoga and wine is an amazing and refreshing combination. I find that it is the best way to revitalize and relax, which is why we hope you FTF fans will join in! The wonderful woman behind this special event is Lori Flower. Yoga has been a part of her life for the past 18 years, and we feel so lucky to have her share her passion with us here. I sat down with Lori on a snowy Thursday night and asked her a few questions about her life and career with yoga.

Camila: How long have you been teaching/doing yoga?

Lori: I’ve been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2000.

C: What drove you to become a yoga instructor?

L: Destiny. I had been on a different track in college, graduating with a degree in Film, but was so inspired by my yoga practice and enjoyed that much more than working in the film industry. An opportunity arose for me to work as the staff photographer at a Holistic Learning center (Omega) where I could immerse myself in Yoga, meditation and other healing modalities while meeting inspiring teachers daily. That was the catalyst for creating a change in my life to attend yoga teacher training and pursue it as a life path.

C: How do you feel like yoga affects your everyday life?

L: Yoga affects my everyday life immensely. I feel more responsible for taking care of my health and well-being. I center myself daily through conscious breathing and self-motivate through strengthening yogic practices. It’s a constant reminder that I’m dedicated to the path of self-awareness. I also work with Mantra Japa (the mental practice of positive affirmations) to clear my mind and focus on cultivating good things in life.

C: Other than Yoga, what are some of your favorite hobbies?

L: Besides yoga, I also have a background as an herbalist, and run an organic and natural skin care company called Perfect Cream (www.perfectcream.com)where I handcraft herbal skin remedies.  I also enjoy cooking vegan and falling in love!

C: What are some of your favorite yoga positions and why?

L: Hand Stands and Pigeon Pose.  Hand stands are more challenging and take a lot of discipline. They’re easy for me now, but I like to look back at all the hard work I did to get there. And the pigeon pose is great for the hips!

C: Lastly, what is your favorite FTF wine?

L: The Maple wine! It’s so unique.

 

If you would like to register for a class please contact Lori at [email protected]. It is $8 per class and ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. Don’t be shy!

If you would like to learn more about Lori check out her web blog http://sattvayoga.wordpress.com/

Or like her on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sattva-Yoga/140333232749366?ref=ts&fref=ts.



Tasting Room Menu

Feast your eyes upon our tasting room snack menu!



In the Olympic Spirit

Our wines sure are making us proud! Check out the latest awards they have brought home for us around there pretty little bottle necks:

4TH Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition

  • LITTLE PIGGY PINK: GOLD
  • DIGGER’S DANCE: SILVER

2012 Big E Wine Competition

  • LA CRESCENT: SILVER
  • MAPLE WINE: SILVER

2012 Indy International Wine Competition

  • DIGGER’S DANCE: SILVER
  • MAPLE WINE: BRONZE
  • LITTLE PIGGY PINK: BRONZE


New Maple Wine

Maple Wine Release

Kris Tootle posing with the new Maple Wine from Fresh Tracks Farm.

After 4 years of playing around with this wine…here it is!

We started our maple syrup production as a way to diversify our farm and our lives.

It made sense…while things were a bit slow in the vineyard,

we could make use of the resources on our farm and tap some trees.

Well, we ended up having a lot of fun with it and, like most of our other projects, it grew and grew and grew.

Now we are completely nuts in the spring. Oh well!

Then we decided that we wanted to bring the different pieces of the farm

full circle to make a maple wine.

Stop by this Thursday for a free sample of this rich dessert wine.

(Thank you Kris for posing with the bottle so that I didn’t have to spend 3 hours trying to get a shot without glare)