From June to October, the traditional Australian-style Sage Sheep Farm and Tea House that sits on Elizabeth Squier's sheep farm off West Hill Road in Stowe, Vt., offers a number of ways to pass a pleasant afternoon. For starters, you can shop for dried flower and herb bouquets, wooly sweaters and throws, and jars of seasonal chutneys and jellies¿all of which are made from ingredients that are grown, or live on, the 27-acre farm. If you're so inclined, you can also purchase delicious naturally raised lamb products, such as shanks, chops, racks and summer sausage. Best of all, you can settle at a table on the veranda and treat yourself to a pot of tea (Chinese Gunpowder, Lemon Grass) and plates of savory Moroccan lamb puffs, calendula petal corn muffins, local sheep or goat cheese, lavender macaroons and English scones. If you're lucky, resident Border collies Tess and Buster will happily perform sheep-herding duties while you nibble and sip.
Vermont Classics: An Aussie Afternoon