That’s French for “three little pigs”. We just picked them up last week—our pig is the one with spots. They’re just about a month old, and they couldn’t be happier. Their lineage is impressive—Large Black, Tamworth and Gloucestershire Old Spots (GOS). While each breed has a distinct flavor profile, the Gloucestershire Old Spots is a historic pig breed known for its distinctive white coat with black spots, and is a British Royal Family favorite for their tables, and our table too. Last year’s pig is absolutely delicious—our guests recently said, “This is the best bacon we’ve ever had!” Our breakfast menu may be one of the best in New England!
In the summer months at Pond Mountain Inn, our legendary gourmet farm-to-table breakfasts are served al fresco at the Main House terrace under the rough-sawn timber frame pergola surrounded by perennial gardens, early sheep pastures and lush undisturbed distant mountain views. “It’s just magical here, and one of the prettiest outside dining spots in Vermont!”
“Today is World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” (UNESCO)
Fresh water is the lifeblood of our planet, and protecting freshwater ecosystems in Vermont and around the world is critical. Forty states predict water shortages within ten years…
World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd of March. Everything on Earth requires water to sustain itself. The U.S. Is Only Decades Away from Widespread Water Shortages. And, we’re doing our part at Pond Mountain Inn by simply utilizing less water.
If you have a few extra minutes and you’re curious about, how little of the planet Earth is made of water, please see our 2019 August Newsletter—it’s near the bottom of the page.
When’s the last time you drank water directly from the tap?
Water at Pond Mountain Inn is exceptional; independently lab tested and is delivered from a 360 foot deep artesian well. By the time it reaches your glass, our water has been filtered twice and has passed through ultraviolet disinfection technology. By the time our water reaches the cottage it has passed through an additional filter and ultraviolet light. Our water is crisp, clean and delicious!
Not all water is the same. The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole boasts some of the most expensive and finest water on the planet – 750ml at $150! Maybe it’s so expensive because they must scrape the ice from icebergs or glaciers. Then there’s water from Copenhagen, which is considered one of the best tasting water from the tap. How about water on the International Space Station? Now, think about how and where that gets recycled – surely not so pleasing to the palate.
So, the next time you’re visiting Pond Mountain Inn, consider bringing a five gallon refillable water jug, and take some this precious resource back home!
Kay and I were visiting our neighbor down the road at Mountain Ledge Farm – they have both Nubian and Alpine goats running around in their pasture and raises them for their milk. Six beautiful babies were born less than a month ago and they are beyond adorable!!
Courtney brought up a question that surprised both Kay and I; she asked, “What are you planning to do with your Christmas tree after the season?” “Well”, I replied, “we haven’t given it much thought, but it’s likely going to find its way into the woods or the landfill.” Courtney had a better idea…. Now everyone knows that goats eat just about everything, but did you know they eat Christmas trees?
Two great things came of this, a special treat for the goats and we have the opportunity to recycle our Christmas tree in a natural and very environmental method to keep these trees out of the landfill.
At Pond Mountain Inn we are proud to celebrate Earth Day. We try our best to have more respect for nature, as well as an understanding of how to live more environmentally. We have an Environmental Responsibility Strategy and are focused on integrating environmental sustainability throughout our small business footprint.
The beautiful nature and clean air that surrounds us here in Vermont, may not be available if it were not for those who worked so hard and are still working worldwide to environmentally protect our air, land and water.
Our goals and beliefs include:
Reducing and measuring our energy and water consumption patterns.
Increasing local and organic dining options by partnering with local farmers, growers and seafood purveyors.
Sourcing environmentally preferred products.
Eliminating, reducing and replacing the harsh effects of laundry detergents and cleaning products
with environmentally friendly products.
Integrating Eco-friendly cleaning brands: Green Clean, Oxy-Green, Nature’s Way, Simple Green, Neutraclean, Bi-O-Kleen, Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products, Clorox Green Works, Ecos, Seventh Generation cleaning products and traditional eighteenth/nineteenth century cleaning remedies.
Diverting 700-1000 lbs. of municipal waste through an active composting strategy, thus reclaiming valuable natural resources that will be integrated back into our organic gardens.
Keeping indoor plants throughout the inn to absorb harmful gases and generate fresh oxygen.