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Local food economy experiencing healthy growth Welcome to the 8th edition! ACORN publishes the guide to celebrate our local food culture in the Champlain Valley and to promote all the members of our local food community, including our growers, suppliers, food producers, distributors, buyers, retailers and eaters. ACORN started collecting local food data in 2011 because nobody had any idea how big the market was or whether it was growing or not. We got started by establishing a representative sample of buyers and set a benchmark against which we could track volume and growth going forward. Our Addison County Local Food Index is the sum of the wholesale value of local food purchases (defined by the State of Vermont as Vermont + 30 miles) made by: • Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op • Middlebury College • Greg’s Meat Market (closed in 2015) • Porter Medical Center • Addison Northeast Food Service Cooperative Total Local Food Index purchases in 2016 amounted to $4,754,291, a very healthy 8% increase over 2015. Purchases from Addison County farms and food businesses came to $1,801,781 or 38% of all local food purchased, which is a very encouraging development for our farms and food producers. At the suggestion of Kathy Alexander, the director of Addison Northeast Food Service, we decided in 2016 to start collecting purchasing data from the other two school districts that cover most of the county. We also added Middlebury Foods (a non-profit low-cost monthly food delivery service), HOPE (the social service organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) and the Charter House Coalition to get a better sense of whether local foods were getting to more people in our communities. In 2016, these community organizations bought nearly $107,500 of local food and received more than 50,000 pounds of donated food from Addison County farms, gardens and food producers: • Addison Northeast schools: $41,618

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• Addison Northwest schools: $14,367 • Addison Central schools (Mary Hogan, MUMS, MUHS only): $17,549 • Middlebury Foods: $33,319 • HOPE: $650 + 40,500 pounds of gleaned and donated food • Charter House Coalition: 16,000 pounds of donated food As a community, we are creatively figuring out how to get more fresh, healthy and locally grown food to our children, our families, our elders and our hungry in spite of very tight budgets. Congratulations to all the pioneers in these organizations who are championing the common sense benefits of local food and agriculture. In a sign of the times, the Vermont Senate passed Bill S.33 titled Farm-to-School Program in February and sent it to the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry for consideration. The bill would establish a farm-to-school program to: (1) encourage Vermont residents in developing healthy and lifelong habits of eating nutritious local foods; (2) maximize use by Vermont schools of fresh and locally grown, produced, or processed food; (3) work with partners to establish a food, farm, and nutrition education program; (4) increase the size and stability of direct sales markets available to farmers; and (5) increase participation of Vermont students in school meal programs by increasing the selection of available foods. The Vermont Farm-to-School Network goal is to establish a food system that by 2025: (1) engages 75 percent of Vermont schools in an integrated food system education program that incorporates community-based learning; and (2) purchases 50 percent of food from local or regional food sources. We hope you enjoy the articles featured in the Guide, use the directory of farms to buy local and support our advertisers with your business. And a big thank you to our great partners at the Addison Independent who magically transform our visions into reality, year after year! Jonnie Corcoran, Executive Director, ACORN

Table of Contents All about 4 Guest 38 Feature stories.........................................pages 7, 11, 36, 40, 44 Farm map and key....................................................pages 24-25 Directory of local food and farms.................... pages 14-23, 26-35 Farmers’ markets & community meals, local food shelves........................................ pages 42, 43 Index of food 47

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Young couple brings energy, ideas Farm purchase will save open land and build community

By GAEN MURPHREE MONKTON — Forty-four years ago, a young couple bought 108 acres on Davis Road in Monkton and started dairy farming. Over the years the farm changed its focus to berries and became beloved throughout the community as Norris Berry Farm. This spring a new young couple will begin farming those same acres. Stephen and Sarah Park, 33 and 23, respectively, and just married last fall, began their lease of the Monkton landmark on March 15 — smack dab in the middle of a blizzard. While that flurry of snow set back their blueberry pruning schedule by a few weeks, the young farmers aren’t a bit fazed. Both Stephen and Sarah love being outdoors and both love the hard physical labor farming requires. Also, both love food. “We always have a tableful of friends around our house,” said Stephen Park. “And I have always loved the whole process, the full process of growing food and preparing it and feeding people.” That love will be reflected in the farm’s new name: Full Belly Farm.

Stephen and Sarah Park won a competitive process to lease the Davis Road berry farm in Monkton. On track to eventually own the property, they plan to rename it Full Belly Farm. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

The Vermont Land Trust was offering the lease through its Farm Access Program. With 12 years of diverse farming experience between them, the Parks’ detailed vision for the farm brought their proposal to the top of a statewide competitive selection process. “They were the best fit for this property,” said the land trust’s Allen Karnatz. “They had lots of good experience growing berries and vegetables so they could really hit the ground running. And they seemed to be asking all the right (See Full Belly Farm, Page 8)

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(Continued from Page 7) questions about irrigation and so forth. Their proposal also seemed to be pretty financially sound that they could qualify for financing through USDA young farmer loans. “It’s kind of the whole package.” The lease marks a step in a multiphase process whereby the land trust will acquire the farm, while the Parks continue to lease and operate it. Eventually the Parks will purchase the farm from the land trust, which will retain the development rights. The complete transfer of farm ownership will take place over the next year, said Karnatz. Sarah and Stephen Park prune blueberry bushes at the MAKING A PROPOSAL The Parks learned about the opportunity to take over the Norris Berry Farm in Monkton last week. The young couple up a lease on the 108 acres last month and plan to farm just after they’d returned from their honeymoon last took purchase it in the coming year. fall. Independent photo/Trent Campbell “I showed it to Stephen and I wasn’t really sure why I In late January, the couple learned that they had won the was feeling like we should go for it because it was such a right to lease and eventually own the farm. 180,” Sarah Park said of the unusual opportunity. “It was just incredibly exciting,” said Stephen Park. “I’d Most recently they had been running the Lick Skillet spent almost 10 years working on farms and hoping that food truck, selling Mexican food and Southern some day I’d be able to own my own land and barbeque around the state. Their plan had been be able to farm myself. But I kind of started to use the food truck as a value-added way of “Nothing could doing the woodworking (Park is also a trained transitioning to farming over time, using their make you as cabinetmaker) because I didn’t see a way of getown produce. ting the financing together, especially if you’re The chance to lease the Monkton farm, said happy as bestarting from scratch. So the opportunity to take Sarah, presented “a once in a lifetime opportu- ing outside and this on was kind of a dream come true in a lot nity.” growing food. I of ways. It’s what I’ve been wanting to do my The Parks visited the farm during a land trust think it’s a great whole adult life.” open house and soon set to work on their proMEET THE FARMERS posal for the land trust. The couple had inves- way to parStephen Park grew up in Kentucky just one tigated purchasing a Bristol berry farm a year ticipate in your generation off the farm. Before Park was born, earlier, so they’d already begun to consider their community.” his dad got out of hog and tobacco farming and farm business. They sought input and feedback — Sarah Park retrained as an engineer. through the Vermont Small Business DevelopOut of high school, Park said he tried college ment Center and the Vermont Farm Viability Program. They also spent time with farm owner Norma for one semester and soon realized “I couldn’t sit inside Norris to gain an in-depth understanding of what made the that much.” Instead, he took an internship on an organic farm. farm tick. “That was it. I loved it,” he said. “And the next season, I “She was so wonderful, so helpful through this whole interview process, patient with all of our questions, too,” found a job out in Oregon, and I worked there for eight years.” said Sarah Park. “We have a lot of questions.” (See The Parks, Page 9)

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FAMILIAR AND NEW (Continued from Page 8) The soon-to-be rechristened Full Belly Farm will continDespite his professional experience and love of farming, Park felt it was prudent to have an alternate way to make ue to grow Norris Berry Farm signature crops: strawberries a living, so he took classes at the Vermont Woodworking (including pick your own), raspberries, blueberries, currants and a full complement of veggies and some melons. School in Cambridge. “There’s not a whole lot changing this year,” said Stephen. Sarah and Stephen met when he came to do some carYear to year, though, the Parks plan to be makpentry work at Starksboro’s Lewis Creek Farm, ing some changes as they see where the market is where Sarah (then Plante) was working. “The opportugoing and see which varietals do best. “We just hit it off,” Sarah said. Over the next year, they plan to add asparaSarah grew up “at the end of a dirt road in nity to take this gus, which they believe will complement their Moretown.” She attended Johnson State Col- on was kind of growing season nicely, coming in before the alllege but was at a loss, she said, for what she a dream come important strawberries. They plan to gradually wanted to do. true in a lot of transition the farm to organic. And they hope to “I had a friend who worked up at a dairy farm eventually add livestock, both to supply farmin Johnson, and I noticed he was happy,” she ways. It’s what raised meat and to supply the manure to generate I’ve been wantsaid. the mounds of compost needed to keep all those “That got me thinking that nothing could ing to do my fruits and veggies growing. make you as happy as being outside and growwhole adult life.” And Lick Skillet still fits into the business ing food. I think it’s a great way to participate in — Stephen Park plan. your community.” This summer they have a friend lined up to Soon thereafter, she transferred to the Univeroperate their food truck on site at the farm on sity of Vermont, where she studied agriculture and food systems. Once out of college she began working busy pick-your-own days. “We really want to honor what Norma’s built here,” said at Lewis Creek Farm. Fate intervened and now Sarah and her husband, Ste- Stephen. “That’s a big part of our plan — to honor and continue with our own touch.” phen, are hard at work on Full Belly Farm.

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When Erik Andrus of Boundbrook Farm found his flat and clay-laden land in Ferrisburgh held too much water to make corn and wheat cultivation practical, he switched to growing rice, specifically using a variety from northern Japan.

Independent photo/Christy Lynn

Boundbrook Farm:

A future in Vermont rice farming By CHRISTY LYNN ADDISON COUNTY — Erik Andrus is an especially inquisitive farmer, asking a lot of questions and pursuing a lot of answers. His dream of being a farmer started early, and Andrus pursued farming almost immediately after he finished school. Andrus and his wife, Erica, bought their Boundbrook Farm in Ferrisburgh shortly after they were married, a little over 10 years ago. “I was always interested in being a bread-basket provider,” Andrus said. “Someone who could produce enough of something to really provide for the community around them.” Cereal grains were especially appealing to Andrus, so he started out with wheat. But the soil was heavy and much of their land was flat, meaning it easily pooled with water and was difficult to work. “I learned pretty quickly that flat land that doesn’t drain

very well doesn’t work for corn or wheat,” he recalled. After a couple of failed attempts, Andrus started contemplating other crops. In the Hokkaido region of Japan, the climate is quite comparable to Vermont and the landscape is similar. Andrus had previously spent some time in Japan, so in his quest for a grain to test in his heavy and wet soil, his mind went back to the success of Hokkaido’s cool-climate rice crops in what he believed were nearly identical conditions. He drew on research conducted by Linda and Takeshi Akaogi of Westminster West, Vt., who had themselves borrowed some of the cultivation techniques established in Hokkaido and were pursuing how to grow rice on their Connecticut River Valley farm. In 2010 Andrus committed to his own pursuit of rice cultivation. Now in his seventh year, Andrus has 5.3 planted acres of rice, which should yield about 10,000 pounds of milled (See Rice farming, Page 12)

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This amphibious rice seeding vehicle has paddles in the front to pull it through the mud and two flat skis on the back to keep it above the muck. Seed mats laid in the trays that Erik Andrus is showing here are inserted into the mud, where they grow to maturity.

grain this year. The process is quite laborious when compared with other grains, Andrus explained, as rice is a relatively fragile crop, but it’s rewarding and still less labor-intensive than most vegetable farming. Independent photo/Christy Lynn The first phase begins in late April and involves planting the seeds in starter trays in a nursery pond. New this year is the capacity for the water in this nursery pond to be temperature-controlled using a pump system that can move warm water from a nearby pond heated with a woodstove. The stove is water tight and accessed via a small dock that Andrus can use to stoke the stove and warm the surrounding water. “Last year we had a week or so in May when the temperatures dipped into the low 30s and we had a few freezes that killed a “aigamo,” Andrus employs ducks to control the weeds in the bunch of the crop,” Andrus explained. “So this year, I decided paddies (ducks, fortunately, don’t eat rice plants). The rice I needed a better solution.” grows in the paddies for about another six weeks, at which The seedlings stay in the nursery for about six weeks, at time it begins to flower. The water is then drained from the the end of which the plants are about five or paddies and the ducks are removed, as they six inches tall and the root systems have bound “I would love to see will eat the grains. together, forming a mat that can be rolled like The rice fields are dry and ready for the other farmers become combine to come through by early October. sod. Andrus has an amphibious spreading vehicle interested in rice. In “Altogether it’s about a five month cycle that assists in transplanting these seedlings into fact, it would be awe- here in Vermont, but each phase is so different the main rice paddies. The machine is about time passes quickly,” Andrus says. some if a bunch of lo- theThe the size of a lawnmower and shaped like an rice itself is a Northern Japan short grain adult-sized tricycle. Like a paddleboat, the cal rice farmers could variety that’s a little sticky and very flavorful. front wheel is fashioned with paddles to pull cooperatively share Andrus mostly sells directly to consumers the device through the mud. There are two flat some of the specialty either from his website (www.vermontrice. skis on the back to keep it above the muck. The net) or at farmers’ markets and local markets. seed mats are inserted into a set of six trays tools and equipment He says the demand always exceeds his behind the driver, which move horizontally that thus far I have supply. “I hope to grow to at least 10 or 15 like a typewriter as the tractor pulls through the had to invest in just planted acres here,” Andrus says, “but that’s paddy. Mechanical arms reach up and grab the for my own operastill not going to be enough for the demand in seedlings one by one on the sheets, separating the area.” tion.” them and inserting them each into the mud. “I would love to see other farmers become — Erik Andrus interested in rice,” he says, “In fact, it would The contraption moves at about a walking pace and enables Andrus and one other person be awesome if a bunch of local rice farmers (feeding new mats into the trays as it goes) to plant rice at could cooperatively share some of the specialty tools and about 15 to 20 times the pace that you could plant them by equipment that thus far I have had to invest in just for my own hand. Andrus says he can plant between one and one and a operation.” half acres per day. Andrus believes in not just the commercial viability of rice As soon as the rice is transplanted, Andrus introduces the in Vermont, but also believes that rice cultivation could be ducks. used to transform suboptimal land on conventional farms (See Fields, Page 13) Also borrowed from a Japanese rice farming practice called


(Continued from Page 12) into productive zones that could also help serve as buffers to nearby watersheds. Rice paddies are manmade wetlands and could be used to collect runoff and filter some of the nutrients (cow manure) into the soil rather than have them erode the landscape and build up in the waterways, he says. While he’s still working on this theory through a study he is conducting with UVM researcher Joshua Faulkner, Andrus believes that rice paddies could work in similar ways as other manmade wetland systems. He surmises that the state would have greater success in encouraging conventional grain and dairy farmers to establish wetlands with aims to mitigate the pollution caused by farm runoff if those wetlands could themselves be productive zones with monetary value. “I believe, if planted appropriately, rice systems could play a huge role in improving watersheds in Vermont,” he said. “If we can substantiate the theory that using this runoff water in the rice paddies cleans it, then we would have a pretty huge potential.” Andrus says he can’t help looking around at the rolling hills of the Champlain Valley and imagining rice paddies dotting the many low-laying areas. “There could be an opportunity to develop probably tens of thousands of acres of marginal farmland in Vermont,” he says. That might take a very long time, but, so far, the business looks bright for Andrus.

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Farm Directory Addison 1. Addison Hop Farm Kristofer Anderson | 3250 Town Line Road, Addison | | www. Products: Certified Organic Cascade, Brewer’s Gold and Newport Hops 2. Harrison’s Home Grown Melanie Harrison | 8180 Route 22A Addison | 759-2605 | Products: Organic Beef Availability: Retail Cuts Farm Direct

6. Pork Shop Rob Hunt | 1133 Jersey St., Addison | 759-2618 Products: Beef, Pork, Retail Cuts Availability: Farm Direct, Green Pasture Meats

Benson 7. Falkenbury Farm Bob Ambrozaitis | 1520 Park Hill Rd., Benson | 537-2979 | Products: Rabbits, Goats, Turkey, Beef, Eggs Availability: Farm Direct

3. Harwood Farm Alden Harwood | 1582 Rt 17 East Addison | 989-0479 | Products: Beef, Compost,Farm Direct Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market

8. Foggy Meadow Produce Paul Horton | 2494 Lake Rd, Benson | 537-4754 | Products: Year round operation. Full range of Vegetables, Greens Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Rutland Farmers’ Market, Dorset Farmers’ Market, Area Food Co-ops.

4. Lakeway Farm Beth Pratt | 3057 Lake Street Addison | 349-6100 | Products: Grass Fed, Grass Finished Beef, Eggs Availability: Farm Direct, VT Fresh Network

9. Kingston Place Farm Janice Burton | 1293 Park Hill Rd., Benson | 537-3167 | Products: Organic Hay, Wool Availability: Farm Direct

5. Mike’s Farm Mike Eastman | 435 Town House Rd Addison | 759-2764 Products: Certified Organic Beef, Bulk Milk Availability: Farm Direct

10. Maple Ridge Meats Greg Hathaway | 464 Stage Road, Benson | 537-2811 | | Products: Maple Ridge Meats is a full service USDA slaughter/processing facility. Certified Organic processor

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Farm Directory 16. Neshobe River Winery, Foley Brothers Brewery Bob Foley | 79 Stone Mill Dam Rd Brandon | 247-8002 | | Products: Grape Wine and Cassis, Tasting Room, Bed and Breakfast Availability: Winery Direct.

11. Vermont Natural Beef Bob Stannard | 1943 Stage Rd, Benson | 537-3711 | Products: Beef, Custom Cut and Delivered Availability: Farm Direct, Web Site

Brandon 12. Good Earth Farm Hannah Davidson | 2473 Franklin St., Rt. 7 Brandon | 310-8534 | | Products: Vegetables, organic vegetable seedlings, Annual and Perennial Plants Availability: Farm Store and CSA. 13. High Pond Goat Farm Cindy/Stephen Cijka | 1958 High Pond Rd., Brandon | 273-2655 | Products: Raw Goats Milk, Fresh Goat Cheese and Yogurt Farm Direct Availability: Brandon Farmers Market. Area stores.

15. Maple View Farm Alpacas Deb & Ed Bratton | 185 Adams Rd Brandon | 247-5412 | | Products made from luxurious alpaca fiber. Availability: Farm Store

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18. Small Farm Jeremy & Laura MachLachlan | 1075 High Pond Rd., Brandon | 465 1372 | Products: Wide variety of garden fresh vegetables. Availability: Summer, Fall, Winter Veg CSA. 19. Spotted Dog Family Farm Charles & Susan Whiting | 1516 Hollow Rd. Brandon | 247-6076 | | Products: Grass Fed Beef. Retail Cuts. Farm Tours, Call Ahead. Availability: Rutland Farmers’ Market, Brandon Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct, Cafe Provence (burgers).

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Farm Directory custom processing of fiber into high quality batts, roving, yarn and felt. We also offer customer rental of the FeltLOOM and also host fiber related workshops. 21. Wood’s Market Garden Jon & Courtney Satz | 93 Wood Lane, Brandon | 247-6630 | | Products: Organic strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes. Vegetables, full range. Organic vegetable starter plants. Gorgeous hanging flowering baskets, annuals, perennials. Dried Beans. Baked goods, jam, honey, maple syrup and pickles. Availability: PYO Strawberries Farmstand on Route 7 south of Brandon, CSA, Rutland Farmers’ Market, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, and wholesale.

Bridport 22. Bridport Creamery Nicole Foster | 3284 A Lake St., Bridport | 758-6800 | | Products: Artisanal Cheese, Pasteurized and Raw Milk Cheeses. Cheese Curds, Swisserella, Colby, Aged Tomme Cheeses. Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Champlain Orchards, Douglas Orchard Stores, Monument Farms, Lester Farm, Vergennes Farmers Market, Local Restaurants. 23. Champlain Valley Alpacas Les Foshay | 152 Merino Lane, Bridport | 758-3276 | | Products: Vineyard, Grass-fed Beef, Alpacas and Alpaca Meat. Wedding and Anniversary Party Venue, Family farm vacation, Farm stays in guest cottage Availability: Farm Direct

24. Cindy’s Incredible Vermont Edibles Cindy Myrick | Hemenway Hill, Bridport | 236-8800 | Products: Coconut Maple Crunch, Maple Syrup, Brandywine Ginger Marmalade, Pickles, Pickled Beets, Dilly Beans, Low/naturally sweetened jams. Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Mail Order 25. Fairy Tale Farm Alissa Shethar | 1183 VT Rt. 125 Bridport | 758-6807 | | Products: Aged cheeses, free-range eggs, lamb, yarns and fiber, sheep milk gelato Farm Tours. Availability: Middlebury and Vergennes Farmer’s Market, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, City Market, local restaurants. 26. Gleason Grains Ben Gleason | 2076 East Street Bridport | 758-2476 | Products: Snake Mountain Bread Flour, Whole Wheat and Sifted Pastry Flour Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Healthy Living 27. Morgan Hill Farms Jerry/Cheryl Connor | 3573 Rt. 22A Bridport | 349-8635 | Products: Organic Dairy. Mixed Vegetables, Sweet Corn, Pastured Eggs, Local Beef, Retail Cuts, Maple Syrup Availability: Farmstand Direct 28. Shallow Rock Greenhouse Lynn Clohessy | 603 Market Rd., Bridport | 758 2979 | Products: Annual and Perennial plants and Vegetable starts. Availability: Open May and June at the Greenhouse.

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Farm Directory 29. Wagner Ranch Phil Wagner | 314 N. Cream Hill Rd., Bridport | 758-2912 | | Products: Natural Angus Beef, Pork, Turkey, Retail cuts Availability: Farm Direct

Bristol 30. Bristol Community Gardens Corner Liberty & Pleasant St., Bristol | | Products: Community Garden Sites Availability: Community Garden Sites 31. Hillsboro Sugarworks Dave Folino | 270 Rounds Rd., Bristol | 453-5462 | | Products: Certified Organic Maple Syrup, Maple Open House: Check for Dates. 32. Hogback Mountain Brewing Kevin Hanson | 51 North St., Bristol | 349-8195 | | Products: We strive to use local ingredients as available. We use Peterson Quality Malt almost exclusively (one beer has German Malt), hops from Homestead Hops are used with commercial hops (unfortunately these will never be exclusively used due to the variety of proprietary hops that are essential for certain popular beers). We use spring water from Ripton (Lucky 7) because of its low mineral content. We recently did a benefit beer (Pink Boots Society) with honey from Lemon Fair Honeyworks. Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Waitsfield Farmers Market, Bristol Discount Beverage, Almost Home, Monkton General Store, Vergennes Redemption, Cubber’s Restaurant, Snaps Restaurant, Hatch 31, Bar Antidote, Center Street Bar/Cafe Provence, Fire and Ice, Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, American Flatbread Middlebury. 33. Little Hogback Farm Matt Davis | 2365 Lower Notch Rd., Bristol | 598-8204 | Products: Maple Syrup, Maple products, Shiitake, Oyster & Chanterelle Mushrooms Availability: Online, Middlebury Farmers’ Market 34. Lower Notch Berry Farm Al Lunna | 1946 Lower Notch Rd., Bristol | 453-4220 | Products: Blueberries PYO Availability: Farm Direct, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

35. Norm Booska Norm Booska | 149 Lower Notch Rd., Bristol | 453-5653 Products: Raspberries, Black Raspberries, Blackberries Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op 36. Old Road Farm Henry Webb | 1484 Mountain Rd., Bristol | 318-0423 | Products: Organic Vegetables, Kimchi Availability: Shelburne and Richmond Farmers Markets 37. savour soda, jam & pickle Jess Messer | 26 Main St., Bristol | 734-4236 | | Products: Workshops, Classes, Catering. Availability: Dinner Series Tandem in Bristol 38. Vermont Edible Landscapes Meghan Giroux | 9 Pleasant St., Bristol | 578-0829 | | Products: Edible Trees and Bushes, Perennial Vegetables, Nursery, Agroforestry Consultation Design, Installation and establishment of ecologically regenerative landscapes. Site Evaluation, Planning and Development. 39. Wild Roots Farm Jon Turner | 195 Harvey Rd., Bristol | 377-1214 | | Products: Organic diversified vegetables, fruit, poultry, mushrooms and herbs. We practice regenerative agriculture, forest farming and are involved with various community building initiatives. Farm Tours, Educational programs, Fun for kids. Availability: Farm Direct 40. Yore Fare Farm Anthony Myrick | 1100 Stoney Hill Rd., Bristol | 349-4961 | Products: GMO Free, Pastured Chicken, Pork, Eggs Availability: Farm Direct

Charlotte 41. Adam’s Berry Farm Adam Hausman | 985 Bingham Brook Rd., Charlotte | 578-9093 | | Products: Certified Organic Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and table grapes. Gooseberries and currants. PYO Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries Availability: Chittenden County stores, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Burlington Farmers’ Market

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Farm Directory 42. Charlotte Berry Farm Russ and Melissa Beatty | 4702 Ethan Allen Hwy. Charlotte | 425-3652 | | Products: We are the Charlotte Berry Farm, and we have pick your own strawberries, blueberries, black raspberries, fall raspberries, and pumpkins. We also have creemees made from our own berries. You can buy our berries and baked goods at our farm stand in Charlotte. Pick Your Own, Fun for kids, We will be having hay rides starting in July through August and then again during pumpkin season. Availability: Farm Direct

Products: Hardy Winter Greens, Turmeric, Ginger, Figs, Kale, Spinach. Propagating and selling cold hardy Vermont Figs and fig trees. Many varieties available. Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Fall and Winter CSA, Farm Direct Fall and winter

43. Charlotte Village Winery William Pelkey | 3968 Greenbush Rd., Charlotte | 425-4599 Products: La Crescent, Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay Wine, 3 styles of Blueberry wine and other sweet wines Availability: Tasting Room, Shelburne Supermarket, Shaw’s, Hannaford.

48. Philo Ridge Farm Ed Pitcavage | 2766 Mt. Philo Rd., Charlotte | 539-2912 | | Products: Grass Raised, Grass Finished Pork, Lamb, Chicken. Vegetables. Availability: Farm Direct, Online

44. Miskell’s Premium Organics David Miskell | 718 Greenbush Rd., Charlotte | 425-3959 | Products: Kale, greens, chard, Romaine lettuce, basil Availability: Intervale Food Hub, Farmers to You, City Market, Healthy Living, Skinny Pancake, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.

49. Shakey Ground Farm Drew Drew Slabaugh | 289 Converse Bay Rd., Charlotte | 377-5127 | | Products: Poultry, Lamb, Yarn, Fiber, Sheepskins, Honey, Belted Galloway Beef, Vegetables (full range), Free-range, Fresh Eggs Availability: Farm Direct, Middlebury and Shelburne Farmers’ Markets, Family Cow Farmstand, American Flatbread Middlebury, Rustic Roots, Shelburne Market, Online, CSA Summer.

45. Nitty Gritty Grain Co. Tom Kenyon | 4458 Lake Rd., Charlotte | | Products: Certified Organic Pancake/Muffin Mix, Whole Grain CornMeal, Unbleached All Purpose White Flour and Wheat Berries. Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Chittenden County grocery stores. 46. Paradiso Farm LLC Steven Colangeli | 65 Big Oak Lane, Charlotte | 343-3423 | |

47. Pelkey’s Blueberries 3968 Greenbush Rd., Charlotte | 425-3281 Products: Blueberries, Jam, Pies, Creemies PYO Availability: Farm Direct, PYO.

50. Unity Farm Cathy Wells | 200 Higbee Rd., Charlotte | 914-703-1328 | | Products: Summer Flowers, Year Round Greens, Seasonal Sleigh and Wagon Rides Availability: Area Florists, Lantman’s, Shelburne Supermarket, Healthy Living, Richmond Market, Barkeaters.



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MIDDLEBURY AGWAY FARM & GARDEN 338 Exchange Street, Middlebury VT • 388-4937 Mon - Fri 8-6, Sat 8-5, Sun 9-4.


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Farm Directory Cornwall 51. Lemon Fair Honey Works Kristin Bolton | 2703 West St., Cornwall | 462-3722 | | Products: Raw honey, Comb honey from untreated bees, Nucleus Colonies, Queens Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, City Market, Champlain Orchards Farm Store 52. Meeting Place Pastures Marc & Cheryl Cesario | 1368 West St., Cornwall | 462-3759 | | Products: Grass fed Beef, Humanely Raised Veal and Eggs, Custom Grazing Services Availability: Wholesale, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (Eggs). 53. Rowe Crest Farm Daniel Rowe | 123 Lambert Lane, Cornwall | 349-4530 Products: Grass fed Beef, Organic Hay, Steers for finishing Availability: Farm Direct 54. Sunrise Orchards Barney Hodges | 1287 N. Bingham St., Cornwall | 462-3500 | Products: Apples, Cider Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury & Vergennes Shaw’s, Middlebury Farmers’ Market 55. Sunset Hill Garden & Nursery Nancy and Al Edson | 2771 Route 74, West Cornwall | 462-2497 | Products: Vegetable Plants, Annuals, Perennials, Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Cherries, Flowers, Hanging baskets. Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct. 56. Twig Farm Michael Lee | 2575 South Bingham Street, Cornwall | 462-3363 | | Products: Goat’s Milk Cheeses,Mixed Milk Cheeses, Open House Saturday in July Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Online 57. Williams Farm Kevin Williams | 5283 Route 30 Cornwall | 462-2186 | Products: Maple Syrup, Maple Products Availability: Farm Direct, Mail Order 58. Windfall Orchard Bradley Koehler | 1491 Route 30 Cornwall | 462-3158 | |

Products: Apples, Plums, Pears, Blueberries, Farmhouse Hard Cider, Ice Cider, Fresh Pressed Cider Availability: Farm Direct

Ferrisburgh 59. Al’s Farm Fresh Eggs Helen Cobb | 777 Hawkins Rd., Ferrisburgh | 877-3797 Products: Eggs Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Farm Direct 60. Ayer Family Diversified Farm Michelle & Roland Ayer | 1251 Greenbush Rd., Ferrisburgh | 343-1465 | Products: We specialize in the high quality Dorper sheep breed. Lamb (whole and cuts) available year round. Registered breeding stock available. Availability: Farm Direct 61. Dakin Farm Sam Cutting | 5797 Route 7 Ferrisburgh | 1-800-99DAKIN | | Products: Maple Syrup, Smoked Meats and Cheeses, Gifts Availability: Retail store, Online 62. Dream in Color Muffin Parsons-Reinhardt | 286 Old Hollow Rd., Ferrisburgh | 425 3929 | Products: 27 flavors of Jam, 6 assorted styles of Pickles, Maple Applesauce. 63. Earth House Farm Finn Yarbrough | 4215 Sand Rd., Ferrisburgh | 877-6288 | Products: Organic Lamb, Eggs Hand-shearing of fiber animals. Availability: Farm Direct, call ahead for pick-up, discount pricing for whole- or half-lamb orders. 64. Flowerpower VT Anne Matthews | 991 Middlebrook Rd., Ferrisburgh | 877-3476 | | Products: We are a non-certified organic farm, with a focus on sustainability. We harvest compost, and are a diverse farm using permaculture methods. Florist Services, designing bouquets and event flowers from our gardens. Flower vases are delivered weekly to 3 Square Cafe, Antidote Bar, Fiddlehead Brewery. We also deliver and design weddings. Farm Tours & Educational Programs. Availability: Farm Direct, PYO, Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Shelburne Farmers’ Market, Healthy Living, City Market. 65. Kimball Brook Farm Cheryl DeVos | 2263 Greenbush Rd., Ferrisburgh | 482-6455 |

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Farm Directory We promote waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting, and provide for the disposal of remaining wastes for our 20 participating towns. Addison, Bridport, Bristol, Cornwall, Ferrisburgh, Goshen, Leicester, Lincoln, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven, Orwell, Panton, Ripton, Shoreham, Starksboro, Vergennes, Waltham, Weybridge, Whiting


H Solid Waste Planning

H Hazardous Waste Collection

H Product Stewardship Initiatives

H Reuse It or Lose It! (Reuseable Goods)

H Technical Assistance to Businesses & Towns H Compost Bin Sales

H Recycling & Composting Education

CALL US FOR INFORMATION ON: H How to Reduce Waste Generation H Where and How to Recycle H How to Compost at Home H Where to Dispose of Trash

H How to Report Illegal Trash Burning H Household Hazardous Waste

The District Transfer Station accepts:

(Station is open Mon - Fri 7AM to 3PM and Sat 8AM to 1PM)

3 Appliances 3 Asbestos 3 Books 3 Construction and Demolition Debris 3 Cooking Oil 3 Electronic Waste 3 Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Ballasts 3 Food Scraps 3 Furniture and Mattresses 3 Household Hazardous Waste* 3 Household and Automotive Batteries 3 Leaf & Yard Waste 3 Maple Sap Tubing 3 Natural Wood Waste 3 Propane Tanks 3 Reusable Household Goods & Building Materials 3 Scrap Metal 3 Secure Document Destruction 3 Textiles 3 Tires 3 Used Motor Oil, Oil Filters & Antifreeze

*Collected at the Transfer Station Monday through Friday, 8AM to 2PM and Saturday, 8AM to 1PM.

Call us at 388-2333, or visit our website at Products: Organic Milk Products Availability: Middlebury Natural Food Co-op, Lantman’s Hinesburg, Shelburne Supermarket 66. LaLumiere Farm and Greenhouse Karolyn & Louie Lalumiere | 3747 Sand Rd., Ferrisburgh | 349-7782 | Products: Vegetables, full range, although known for our sweet tomatoes and wide variety of melons. Bedding plants and seedlings. Availability: Farm Direct, Summer CSA, Wholesale, Farmers’ Markets: Hinesburg, Shelburne, Vergennes, Old North End Burlington, Winooski 67. Scott’s Greenbush Gardens Bill & Donna Scott | 79 Quaker St., Ferrisburgh | 425-2370 | Products: PYO Strawberries & Fall Raspberries, tomatoes, wholesale sweet corn, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe, melons, garden mums. Retail fall stand for garden mums, fruit and veggies in season. Availability: Pick Your Own Farm Direct, Dakin Farm, Pelkey’s Blueberry Farm 68. SMB Cattle Co. Scott Barnes | 239 Quaker St., Ferrisburgh | 425-2862 | | Products: Hereford Feeders, Breeding Stock Availability: Farm Direct 69. Two Worlds Diane Imrie | 737 Quaker St., Ferrisburgh | 233-0610 | Products: We specialize in all sorts of edible pumpkins and squashes, as well as jack o’ lanterns. We also sell heirloom dried beans by the pound. Availability: Farm Direct 70. Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing Co. Carl Cushing | 76 Depot Rd., Ferrisburgh | 877-3421 | Products: USDA Inspected Meat Processing. Beef, Lamb, Pork. Sides/Qtrs, Retail Cuts. Roaster Pigs USDA Inspected Meat Processing Availability: Retail Direct.

Hinesburg 71. Family Cow Farmstand Aubrey Schatz & Scott Hoffman | 2386 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg | 482-4440 | | Products: We produce small amounts of fresh, unpasteurized milk. Our milk is a healthy, whole food with amazing flavor. Availability: Farmstand, Delivery to Milk Share customers. 72. Full Moon Farm David Zuckerman | 2083 Gilman Rd., Hinesburg | 598-1986 | | Products: Certified organic vegetables, pork and chicken CSA Summer and Winter, Small, Medium and Large. Educational Programs. Fun for Kids. Availability: Burlington Farmers’ Market year round, Summer and Winter CSA, Local Stores and Restaurants. Farm Direct. 73. Red Wagon Plants Inc. Julie Rubaud | 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg | 482-4060 | | Products: Plants for our customers. Vegetable Gardens, Flower Beds, Containers and Herb Gardens. Availability: Delivery of plants to area garden centers, grocery stores and hardware/feed stores. Retail greenhouse open mid-April to late July.

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Farm Directory 74. Rock Meadow Farm Betsy Orvis | 2053 Texas Hill Rd., Hinesburg | 482-2247 | Products: Ecologically grown cut flowers grown in accordance with organic standards, although not certified. Custom arrangements, bouquets and bulk flowers available for weddings and special events Farm stand. Availability: Jubilee Farmstand in Huntington, Richmond Market, Lantman’s Market, Shelburne Supermarket 75. Trillium Hill Farm Sara and James Donegan | 10643 Rte. 116, PO Box 460, Hinesburg | 482-4139 | | Products: We are a small, diverse farm. We grow vegetables, raise beef cattle, and operate a farm stand. We offer locally and organically grown meats including 100% grass-fed beef. Availability: Farmstand. Spring, Summer and Fall CSA, Lantman’s Market, Farm House Tap and Grill, El Cortijo, Guild Tavern, Pascolo, Hen of the Wood, American Flatbread Spring, Summer and Fall vegetable CSA

Huntington 76. Burnt Rock Farm Justin Rich | 7052 Main Rd., Huntington | 434-7170 | Products: Certified organic sweet potatoes, winter squash, onions and Greenhouse tomatoes Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Burlington Winter Farmers Market, The Intervale Food Hub CSA in Burlington, City Market in Burlington, Healthy Living in South Burlington, Farmers to You in metro Boston 77. Huntington River Winery Meg Guilfoy | 344 Moody Rd., Huntington | 434-3332 | Products: Wines grown and bottled on the farm. Monthly dinners during the summer Availability: Vineyard direct 78. Maple Wind Farm Beth Whiting | 1340 Carse Rd., Huntington | 434-7257 | | Products: Grass fed Beef, Certified Organic Turkeys, Non GMO Chickens and Pork. Certified organic vegetables. Ground Chicken and Ground Turkey. Chicken and Turkey Sausage. Hard Salami, Beef Jerky. Maple Syrup, Eggs, Poultry Processing Availability: Farm Direct, Farmers’ Markets, Wholesale avenues including Co-ops, restaurants and regionally in New England

Leicester 79. Blue Ledge Farm Hannah Sessions | 2001 Old Jerusalem Rd., Leicester | 247-0095 | | Products: Artisanal and farmstead fresh, semi-aged and aged Goat and Cow’s milk Cheeses. Whey-fed Pork. Goat Meat, stew and ground. Retail Packaging. An Animal Welfare Approved Farm. Availability: On Farm Sales: Fridays, 8-Noon, Memorial Day through October. Saturday Farmers’ Markets, Middlebury & Rutland. Food Co-ops, Wood’s Market, Shelburne Supermarket, Healthy Living, City Market. Distributed through Black River Produce and Provisions International 80. Depot Farm Supply Rick Oberkirch | 2681 Leicester Whiting Rd., Leicester | 247-6700 Products: Certified Organic/Conventional/non-GMO Animal Feed Availability: Direct Sales/Delivery, Store Hours:M-F 8-5, Sat. 8-12 81. Garland Goat Soap Greg/Linda Moore | 671 Ferson Rd., Leicester | 247-9249 | | Products: All Natural Goat Milk Soaps and Lotion, Soothing Lip Balm, Face and Body Cream

Solar Haven Farm, LLC Organic berry farm

Organically grown blueberries, red raspberries, and other fruits. Artisan low sugar jams, chutneys and other specialty products. Visit our booth at the Middlebury Farmers Market Call for details. 802-897-5430

Barb Wilson

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Farm Directory Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Gourmet Provence, Carr’s Florist, Rutland Food Coop,Blue Seal, Brandon; Online Sales.


82. Mt. Pleasant Sugarworks Andy/Donna Hutchison | 2668 US Rt. 7 Leicester | 247-3117 | | Products: Maple Syrup, Maple Equipment Sales Availability: Direct Sales

86. Breault Family Farm Jessica Breault | 1200 French Settlement Rd., Lincoln | 453-6792 | Products: Greens, Potatoes, Garlic, Lettuce, Chickens Availability: Farm Direct

83. Oliver Hill Farm Suki Fredericks | 1033 Bullock Rd., Leicester | 247-3479 | | www.airbnb\rooms\720709 Products: VOF certified organic free-range Eggs and Hay, B&B guest house on the farm. Availability: Farm Direct

87. Hidden Valley Maple Christopher Johnson, Carol Boyd | 200 Green Rd., Lincoln | 453-8324 Products: Certified Organic Maple Syrup Availability: Online Sales

84. Summer’s Gale Farm James Ellefson, Lesley Wright | 588 Fern Lake Rd., Leicester | 247-5920 | Products: Vegetables, Asparagus, Fingerling Potatoes, Garlic, Eggs, Basil, Pumpkins. Availability: Farm Direct. 85. Taconic End Farm Annie Claghorn, Catlin Fox | 1395 Leicester Whiting Rd., Leicester | 247-3979 | Products: Certified Organic Beef, Retail cuts, Maple Syrup Availability Farm Direct

88. Isham Brook Farm William Roleau | 1426 W. River Rd., Lincoln | 453-3713 | Products: Beef, Pork, Retail Cuts, Maple Syrup Availability: Farm Direct, Lincoln Store, Bristol Beverage 89. Meetinghouse Farm Ruth Shepherd | 192 Isham Hollow Lincoln | 453-4786 | Products: Meetinghouse Farm is a small, family-owned, livestock farm in Lincoln. All of our livestock is born and raised solely on our farm. Our beef is totally grass fed. Our lambs are rotationally grazed throughout the spring, summer and fall, but do receive a small ration of organic corn and hay to help them reach market weight. Availability: Farm Direct and Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op 90. Metta Earth Institute Gillian & Russell Comstock | 334 Geary Rd., South Lincoln | 453-8111 |

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Farm Directory | Products: Garlic, Herbs, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Potatoes, Eggs, Milk, Pesto, Garlic Oil, Herb Tea and Herb Salve, Sheepskins and Fleeces. Individual and group retreats, leadership trainings, yoga/ meditation programs and re-skilling workshops that integrate organic, sustainable agriculture, contemplative practice and ecological perspectives. Availability: Farm Direct 91. Mt. Abraham-Lincoln Farm Gilbert Goodyear | 1275 Lincoln Gap Rd., Lincoln | 343-2243 | Products: Eggs, Laying Hens, Pork and Pigs Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Almost Home Market, Paris Farmers Union, Lincoln General Store, Down Home Deli 92. North Country Roots Michael Graziadei | Lincoln | 453-3582 | Products: Garlic, Heirloom varieties for Seed and Food Availability: Farm Direct 93. Sweetgrass Herbals Emily French | 2908 Ripton Rd., Lincoln | | Products: Wellness consultations, custom-blended herbal formulas, classes & workshops. Availability: By appointment. 94. Weed Farm Susan Borg | 613 Quaker St., Lincoln | 453-7395 | Products: Fresh and Dried Herbs Availability: Farm Direct

Middlebury 95. Champlain Valley Apiaries Charles Mraz | PO Box 127, 504 Washington St. Ext., Middlebury | 388-7724 | | Products: Liquid and Naturally Crystallized Raw Honey, Bee’s Wax and beeswax candles. Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Healthy Living, City Market, Natural Provisions. 96. Champlain Valley Creamery Carleton Yoder | 88 Mainelli Road, Ste. 3 Middlebury | 989-7361 | |

Products: Organic Cream Cheese, Champlain Triple, Pyramid Scheme, Queso Anejo, and Queso Fresco Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, American Flatbread, Shelburne Supermarket, Otter Creek Brewing. 97. Dancing Bee Gardens Ross Conrad, Alice Eckles | PO Box 443, Middlebury | 349-4279 | | Products: Honey, and bee related products, Beekeeping classes, Organic farm pollination and nucleus colonies of bees in spring. We use regenerative agriculture to sequester atmospheric carbon. Organic Farm Pollination Services Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct by Appointment 98. Elmer Farm Spencer and Jennifer Blackwell | 855 Case St., Middlebury | 388-3848 | | Products: Certified Organic Vegetables, full range Summer and Winter CSA Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Summer and Winter CSA 99. Full Sun Company Netaka White | 616 Exchange St., Unit 2, Middlebury | 377-3541 (Sales), 377-8585 (Growers) | | Products: Certified Non GMO Canola and Sunflower Oils, and Sunflower and Canola Oil Seed Meal Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Market, Lantman’s Store, Shelburne Supermarket, Healthy Living, City Market 100. Happy Valley Orchard 217 Quarry Rd., Middlebury | 388-2411 | Products: Vegetables Apples, Cider, Berries, Peaches, Cider Donuts, Baked Goods Availability: PYO Orchard Direct/Farmstand 101. LedgEnd Farm Hank Dimuzio | 1288 Munger St., Middlebury | 388-8979 | Products: LedgEnd Farm is a family owned 500 head Fallow Deer farm supplying the world’s best venison direct to consumers, restaurants, and stores throughout Vermont. Availability: Farm Direct, Healthy Living, Waybury Inn, Jessica’s, Inn at Shelburne Farms, Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, Four Columns, Old Lantern.

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Addison 1. Addison Hop Farm 2. Harrison’s Home Grown 3. Harwood Farm 4. Lakeway Farm 5. Mike’s Farm 6. Pork Shop Benson 7. Falkenbury Farm 8. Foggy Meadow Produce 9. Kingston Place Farm 10. Maple Ridge Meats 11. Vermont Natural Beef Brandon 12. Good Earth Farm 13. High Pond Goat Farm 14. Kingsley Farmstand 15. Maple View Farm Alpacas 16. Neshobe River Winery, Foley Brothers Brewery 17. Otter Valley Winery 18. Small Farm 19. Spotted Dog Family Farm 20. Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio 21. Wood’s Market Garden Bridport 22. Bridport Creamery 23. Champlain Valley Alpacas 24. Cindy’s Incredible Vermont Edibles 25. Fairy Tale Farm 26. Gleason Grains 27. Morgan Hill Farms 28. Shallow Rock Greenhouse 29. Wagner Ranch Bristol 30. Bristol Community Gardens 31. Hillsboro Sugarworks 32. Hogback Mountain Brewing 33. Little Hogback Farm 34. Lower Notch Berry Farm 35. Norm Booska 36. Old Road Farm 37. savouré soda, jam & pickle 38. Vermont Edible Landscapes 39. Wild Roots Farm 40. Yore Fare Farm Charlotte 41. Adam’s Berry Farm 42. Charlotte Berry Farm 43. Charlotte Village Winery 44. Miskell’s Premium Organics 45. Nitty Gritty Grain Co. 46. Paradiso Farm LLC 47. Pelkey’s Blueberries 48. Philo Ridge Farm 49. Shakey Ground Farm 50. Unity Farm

Map Key Cornwall 51. Lemon Fair Honey Works 52. Meeting Place Pastures 53. Rowe Crest Farm 54. Sunrise Orchards 55. Sunset Hill Garden & Nursery 56. Twig Farm 57. Williams Farm 58. Windfall Orchard Ferrisburgh 59. Al’s Farm Fresh Eggs 60. Ayer Family Diversified Farm 61. Dakin Farm 62. Dream in Color 63. Earth House Farm 64. Flowerpower VT 65. Kimball Brook Farm 66. LaLumiere Farm and Greenhouse 67. Scott’s Greenbush Gardens 68. SMB Cattle Co. 69. Two Worlds 70. Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing Co. Hinesburg 71. Family Cow Farmstand 72. Full Moon Farm 73. Red Wagon Plants Inc 74. Rock Meadow Farm 75. Trillium Hill Farm Huntington 76. Burnt Rock Farm 77. Huntington River Winery 78. Maple Wind Farm Leicester 79. Blue Ledge Farm 80. Depot Farm Supply 81. Garland Goat Soap 82. Mt. Pleasant Sugarworks 83. Oliver Hill Farm 84. Summer’s Gale Farm 85. Taconic End Farm Lincoln 86. Breault Family Farm 87. Hidden Valley Maple 88. Isham Brook Farm 89. Meetinghouse Farm 90. Metta Earth Institute. 91. Mt. Abraham-Lincoln Farm 92. North Country Roots 93. Sweetgrass Herbals 94. Weed Farm Middlebury 95. Champlain Valley Apiaries 96. Champlain Valley Creamery 97. Dancing Bee Gardens 98. Elmer Farm 99. Full Sun Company 100. Happy Valley Orchard

101. LedgEnd Farm 102. Marble Rose Farm 103. Middlebury Community Gardens 104. Omar’s Uncommon Fruits 105. Shacksbury Cider 106. Three Dog Farm 107. Vermont Natural Ag Products Inc Monkton 108. Bella Farm, LLC 109. Boro Hill Nursery 110. Boyer’s Orchard 111. Full Belly Farm (formerly Norris Berry Farm) 112. Heavenly Honey Apiary 113. Layn Farm Meats and More 114. New Leaf Organics 115. Orb Weaver Farm 116. The Last Resort Farm 117. Willowell Community Garden New Haven 118. Buck Mountain Maple Farm 119. Champlain Valley Bees and Queens 120. Field of Dreams 121. Golden Well Farm & Apiaries 122. Green Pasture Meats 123. Greenhaven Gardens 124. Lester Farm 125. Lincoln Peak Vineyard 126. Misty Knoll Farm 127. Open View Farm 128. Purple Crow Permaculture 129. Riverbend Farm 130. Smith Family Farm 131. Sweet Hill Farm 132. V Smiley Preserves Orwell 133. Animal Farm 134. Berry Meadow Farm 135. Bloomers 136. Brookside Stock Farm 137. Eagle’s Flight Farm 138. Lake Home Farm 139. Lazy Dog Farm 140. Ledge Haven Farm 141. Mo*Se Farm 142. Red Sky Farm 143. Singing Cedars Farmstead 144. Stonewood Farm 145. Sylvan Shades Farm 146. Vermont Yogurt Company Panton 147. Agricola Farm 148. Farmhouse Table 149. Fryston Farm Grazers 150. Roads End Cattle Co. 151. Ledge Hill Farm Ripton 152. Ice House Farm

153. Mountainyard Farm 154. Nola’s Secret Garden Rochester 155. North Hollow Farm 156. Sunshine Valley Berry Farm Salisbury 157. Maple Meadow Farm Shoreham 158. Champlain Orchards 159. Doolittle Farm 160. Douglas Orchard 161. Elysian Fields 162. Golden Russet Farm 163. Pangea Farm 164. Rolling Bale Farm 165. Sentinel Pine Orchard 166. Solar Haven Farm 167. Tio Grain Farm 168. Vermont Tradewinds Farm 169. WhistlePig Farm 170. Work and Days Farm Starksboro 171. Ariel’s Honey Infusions 172. Bee Happy Vermont 173. Dunham Family Maple 174. Flatlander Farm 175. Footprint Farm 176. Lewis Creek Farm 177. Maggie Brook Sugarworks 178. Norris Sugarworks 179. Mountain Warrior Farm 180. Purinton Gardens 181. Red Rock Valley Maple Farm 182. Rockville Market Farm 183. Russell Farm 184. Sentinel Farms 185. Shaker Mountain Farm Sudbury 186. Crown Point Alpacas 187. Miller Hill Farm Nursery and Gardens 188. Mountain Meadows Farm 189. Rup’s Custom Cutting and Smoking 190. Understory Farm Vergennes 191. Boundbrook Farm 192. Green Street Gardens 193. Kayhart Beef 194. Otter Creek Heritage Farm 195. Riverfront Gardens 196. Vadeboncoeur Nougat 197. Woodman Hill Orchard Weybridge 198. Duclos and Thompson Farm 199. Ledge Hill Farm 200. Monument Farms Whiting 201. Four Pillars Farm





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Farm Directory 102. Marble Rose Farm Sue Evans | 1733 Route 116 Middlebury | 388-9411 Products: Certified Organic Strawberries, Peaches and Pears. Melons, Tomatoes, Beans, Garlic, Onions, Potatoes, Peas, Cucumbers, Squash, Peppers, Eggplant, Sweet Corn, PYO Strawberries Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Farmstand

109. Boro Hill Nursery Chris Urban | 995 Monkton-Vergennes Rd., Monkton | Products: Superior cultivars of field grown Native Shrubs and highly resistant Fruit Trees Availability: Nursery Direct

103. Middlebury Community Gardens Porter Medical Center, Middlebury | |

110. Boyer’s Orchard David Boyer | 1823 Monkton Rd., Monkton | 453-2676 | | Products: Apples, Pears, Plums, Cider, Pies, Donuts Availability: PYO Orchard Direct

104. Omar’s Uncommon Fruits Omar Fugaro | 566 E. Munger St., Middlebury | 282-6739 | Products: Gooseberries, Black, Red, White, and Pink Currants, Asian Pears. Black and Red Raspberries. Plums, 30 varieties. Cherries. PYO Raspberries and Currants Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Otter Creek Bakery, Vergennes Laundry, American Flatbread.

111. Full Belly Farm (formerly Norris Berry Farm) Stephen Park | 686 Davis Rd., Monkton | 272-0743 | Products: Full Range of Vegetables, Fruits, Vegetables Starts and Flower bedding plants, PYO Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Currants Availability: Farm Stand, Shelburne Farmers’ Market, City Market, PYO

105. Shacksbury Cider David Dolginow | PO Box 981, Middlebury | 989-9892 | Products: Food friendly Hard Cider made in Shoreham, VT Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Store, Two Brothers, American Flatbread, 51 Main, Bobcat Cafe, Almost Home, Bristol & Middlebury Discount Beverage.

112. Heavenly Honey Apiary Scott Wilson | 118 Rotax Rd., Monkton | 333-0084 | | Products: Artisanal honey farm run by Scott and Valarie Wilson, providing raw Vermont honey, Propolis and Pollen. Honey extraction. Availability: City Market, Farm Stand and Online

106. Three Dog Farm Eva Vekos | 390 Blake Roy Rd., Middlebury | 382-8686 | Products: Eggs Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Call to order direct. 107. Vermont Natural Ag Products Inc. Heather Foster-Provencher | 297 Lower Foote St., Middlebury | 388-1137 | hfmoodoo@sover. net | Products: Compost and compost products. Availability: Bagged and Bulk Many local garden centers

Monkton 108. Bella Farm, LLC Rachel Schattman | PO Box 107, Monkton | 373-1875 | | Products: Certified organic Garlic Availability: Wholesale and PYO.

113. Layn Farm Meats and More Heather Layn | 3204 Bristol Rd., Monkton | 453-6919 | Products: We sell pork, beef, chicken, turkey, rabbit meat and lamb. Alpaca fiber and felted items. Maple Syrup, Total Meat CSA, including Lamb. Farm Tours Availability: Farmstand, Middlebury Farmers Market, Bristol Beverage. Our farm is always open to visitors. We have teamed up with Open View Farms to offer a total meat package with beef, pork, chicken and lamb. 114. New Leaf Organics Jill Kopel | 4818 Bristol Rd., Monkton | 349-7369 | | Products: Wide variety of Certified Organic Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs. Bedding plants, CerFresh Cut Flowers and Custom Flower Arrangements. We offer a full range of floral services for your special event; custom crafted bouquets. Boutonnieres, centerpieces, and arbor flowers delivered and set up on site. We build custom arbors for weddings as well. Also educational programs.

Everything we do is Certified Organic CSAs EVENTS CAMPS Vegetables • Pork Chicken • Flowers

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New Haven

115. Orb Weaver Farm Susman Pollack | Monkton | | Products: Aged Farmhouse Cheese, Raw Jersey milk, Certified organic Vegetables during the summer months Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Otter Creek Bakery, Shelburne Supermarket, City Market and Healthy Living

118. Buck Mountain Maple Farm Tim & Kristine Bouvier | 2569 South St., New Haven | 453-2381 x21 | Products: Maple Cream, Granulated Maple Sugar, Maple Pecans and Maple Walnuts. Syrup in all sizes, glass or plastic, 5 gal. Buckets. Availability: Direct Sales

116. The Last Resort Farm Silas Doyle-Burr | 2246 Tyler Bridge Rd., Monkton | 453-2847 | | Products: The Last Resort is a family owned certified organic hay, berry, and vegetable farm in Monkton, VT. Our Farm Share program offers large ($300) and small ($100) share cards that entitle the purchaser to a 10% discount of all farm products at the farm stand open 24/7. It’s a free choice CSA! Pick Your Own, Fun for kids, Special “toddler strawberry field” for very young pickers and their families. Availability: Farmstand. Healthy Living, City Market, Richmond Farmers’ Market; Winooski Farmers’ Market, Inn at Baldwin Creek. Our produce is also on the menus of area schools in the Addison Northeast five town district!

119. Champlain Valley Bees and Queens Kirk Webster | 1437 South St., New Haven | 989-5895 Products: Raw Honey Bulk Availability: Farm Direct

117. Willowell Community Garden Melanie Kessler | Monkton | 385-1039 | | Products: We are located on 230 acres of land and provide space and programming for youth groups to camp and enjoy group projects helping out on the farm and land. PYO, Farm Tours, Educational programs, Fun for kids. We are willing to grow vegetables for special events and school gatherings upon request. Availability: Farm Direct

121. Golden Well Farm & Apiaries Nicole Burke | 1089 River Rd., New Haven | Products: Full spread vegetable farm and small apiary. Agritourism, Farm Stays and Agricultural Educational events and programs. Availability: Farm Direct CSA shares

120. Field of Dreams Chuck King | 370 Dallinger Rd., New Haven | 388-4174 | | Products: Field of Dreams is a pet farm breeding exceptionally small Nigerian Dwarf goats, and AKC registered Golden Retrievers and Irish Setters. Availability: Farm Direct: Goat kids will be born late April to early June.

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122. Green Pasture Meats Mark Smith | 16 Campground Rd., New Haven | 453-5107 | | Products: Locally Raised & Processed Beef, Pork & Lamb, Retail Cuts. Beer, Wine, Cheeses, Other Vermont Products. Availability: Retail Shop: Mon, 10-4; Tues-Fri, 10-6; Sat.10-4, Sun. 12-4

123. Greenhaven Gardens Peter Norris | 2638 Ethan Allen Hwy., New Haven | 453-5382 | | Products: Vegetable plants, Annual plants, Perennial plants, Trees & Nursery Stock, Vegetable & Flower Seeds, Landscaping. Availability: Retail Shop

124. Lester Farm Sam Lester | 2297 Ethan Allen Hwy., New Haven | 453-3132 | Products: Sweet corn, Tomatoes, Peppers, Summer/Winter Squash, Pumpkins. Fall Ornamentals. Corn Maze. Availability: Full service Farm Market

125. Lincoln Peak Vineyard Sara Granstrom | 142 River Rd., | 388-7368 | | Products: Named Vermont’s “star wine producer” in American Wine, 2013. The Granstrom family grows 12 acres of grapevines and makes delicious wines exclusively from their own grapes. Availability: Tasting Room, Vineyard Direct. Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Healthy Living, City Market, Green Pastures Meats, Waitsfield Farmers’ Market and more.

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126. Misty Knoll Farm Minda Lafountain | 1687 Main St., New Haven | 453-4748 | | Products: Turkeys, Chickens, Retail Cuts Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Most natural food stores, Green Pasture Meats, Farm Direct(Mon.-Wed.). 127. Open View Farm Ben and Anna Freund | 7261 Ethan Allen Hwy., New Haven | 249-6857 | | Products: Lamb, Certified Organic Lamb cuts, Maple Syrup, Chicken, Eggs and

Vegetables Availability: Shelburne Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct by appointment, CSA Summer - We have teamed up with Layn Meats to offer a total meat package with beef, pork, chicken and lamb. 128. Purple Crow Permaculture Eric and Jennifer Neil | 425 Meadow Lane, New Haven | 989-5944 | Products: Lambs, Naturally Tanned Sheepskins, Wool, Eggs Availability: Farm Direct. 129. Riverbend Farm George Crane | 3757 River Rd., New Haven | 388-8044 Products: Vegetables, Maple Syrup, Christmas trees Availability: Farmstand 130. Smith Family Farm Harvey, Donna and AnnaJo Smith | 2516 Lime Kiln Rd., New Haven | 877-2712 | |

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Farm Directory Products: Grass fed Beef, Natural Pork & Lamb, Poultry, Retail Cuts Availability: Farm Direct, Deliveries, Online Sales, Vergennes Farmers Market 131. Sweet Hill Farm Chris, Dianne & Chelsea Bingham | 3835 Ethan Allen Hwy., New Haven | 453-7751 | Products: Sweet corn is our specialty at Sweet Hill Farm. Summer and fall produce, sunflowers, and herbs are also grown on the farm and available at the farm stand. We’re open daily from midJuly to mid-October. Sweet Hill Farm is located at the intersection of Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7) and Town Hill Road in New Haven. Availability: Farm Direct 132. V Smiley Preserves V Smiley | 3343 River Rd., New Haven | | | Facebook @vsmileyjam Products: Honey sweetened Jams, Marmalades and Conserves Availability: Online at, Tandem in Bristol, Healthy Living Market, and Burlington and Shelburne Farmers’ Markets.

Orwell 133. Animal Farm Diane St. Clair | 194 Old Sawmill Rd., Orwell | 623-6599 Products: Veal, Butter, Buttermilk Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op 134. Berry Meadow Farm Kevin Schumann | 56 Mt. Independence Rd., Orwell | 908-507-2461 | |

Products: Alpaca Yarn, Alpaca Garments, Knitting and Crochet patterns; Dehydrated Vegetables, Herbal Teas Availability: Farm Direct and Website 135. Bloomers Karen Hescock | 13 Beauvais Rd., Orwell | 948-2434 | Products: Flower Arrangements, Perennials, Landscaping Landscaping Availability: Farm Direct 136. Brookside Stock Farm Olga Sears, Tench Vans-Murray-Robertson | P.O. Box 178, 183 Route 22A, Orwell | 948-2211 | Products: Grass Fed/Grass Finished Belted Galloway Beef, Variety of Vegetables, Raw Honey. Farm-stays at our small Bed & Breakfast in the Historic Wilcox-Cutts House; premises also available for weddings and special events; special interest vacation packages can be arranged. Availability: Vergennes Farmers’ Market, Rutland Farmers’ Market, Fair Haven Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct 137. Eagle’s Flight Farm Elizabeth Frank | 212 Mt. Independence Rd., Orwell | 948-2840 | | Eagle’s Flight Farm, directly on the shores of Lake Champlain, is an artist’s and nature lover’s paradise. We’re focused on permaculture, offer workshops, tent camping, offer work/trade opportunities and rent out our dairy barn movie loft space for special events. Beautiful organically grown garlic is for sale at the farm. Please call or email Elizabeth for further information or to schedule a visit.


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138. Lake Home Farm Gerry Audet | 399 Mt. Independence Rd., Orwell | 948-2888 | Products: Grass fed Beef, Retail cuts Availability: Farm Direct 139. Lazy Dog Farm Jesse Wilbur | 152 Royce Hill Rd., Orwell | 948-2565 | Products: Organic Produce, Organic Beef (retail cuts), Natural Pork (retail cuts), Organic Eggs, Maple Syrup Availability: Farm Direct, Brandon Farmers’ Market

143. Singing Cedars Farmstead Scott Greene, Becky Maden | 30 Black Snake Ln., Orwell | 948-2062 | Products: Organic Vegetables, Chicken, Turkeys, Beef, Retail Cuts, Prepared foods, Special order and wholesale. Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Buxtons Store, Vergennes Laundry, 3 Squares, Rutland Farmers’ Market 144. Stonewood Farm Peter Stone | 105 Griswold Lane, Orwell | | Products: Turkey: Whole birds, Ground meat and Breast meat. Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Healthy Living, City Market, Green Pasture Meats

140. Ledge Haven Farm Tom Audet | Mt. Independence Rd., Orwell | 948-2545 | | Products: Maple Syrup & Maple Products Availability: Farm Direct, Online Sales.

145. Sylvan Shades Farm Missy Clifford | 133 Raymond Hill Rd., Orwell | 948-2798 Products: Grass fed Highland Beef(sides), Broilers, Organic Hay Availability: Farm Direct

141. Mo*Se Farm Seth Ross | Orwell | 779-1498 | | Products: Non GMO, Pastured Eggs, Roasting Chickens, Raw Cow’s Milk. Availability: Farmstand, May-December. Middlebury Farmers Market, Local specialty stores.

146. Vermont Yogurt Company Jessica Bruyneel Morse, Tim Morse | Orwell | 948-2543 Products: Small batch Yogurt, 9 flavors, some with granola in the lid. Made from Jersey milk. Availability: Retail stores in Addison, Rutland and Chittenden counties

142. Red Sky Farm Ed & Paula Barnes | 613 Route 73, Orwell | 948-2566 | Products: Vegetables, Vegetable Plants, Bedding Plants, Hanging Baskets, Dried Ornamentals, Fruit. Availability: Farmstand.

Panton 147. Agricola Farm Ale Rellini | 2674 Jersey St., Panton | | Products: Pork, Lamb, Poultry. Special pork cuts, (saltibocca, spiedini misti, guanciale, crown roasts, Porchetta roasts). Fresh ravioli. Herbs, Edible Flowers, Maple Syrup, Edible wild flower garden open for U-pick, Activities in the summer Availability: Burlington and Jericho Farmers’ Markets, Farm Stand, Meat and Pasta CSA. 148. Farmhouse Table Teresa Smith | 21 Fisher Lane, Panton | 345-5360 | Products: Poultry, Turkeys for the holidays, Eggs, Vegetables and different types of pickles. Availability: Vergennes Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct. 149. Fryston Farm Grazers Bob de Graaf | 136 Panton Rd., Panton | 475-2492 Products: Grass Fed Angus Beef, Pork, Retail Cuts Availability: BJ’s Farm Supply 150. Roads End Cattle Co. Richard Jackson | 420 Jackson Rd., Panton | 759-2050 | | Products: Grass Fed Beef, Purebred polled Herefords, show prospects Availability: Farm Direct 151. Ledge Hill Farm Ken Sullivan | 5000 Jersey St., Panton | 989-9620 | Products: Hot Italian and Breakfast Sausage (ground sheep), Ground Lamb and Lamb chops Availability: Farm Direct, Riverside Gardens, Vergennes

Ripton 152. Ice House Farm Chad Beckwith | 421 Hathaway Rd., Goshen | 247-1443 | | We are a Raw Goat Milk Dairy in Vermont, producing Milk, Eggs, and Honey Products. Raw Goats Milk Shares. With a Milk Share we set aside a quantity of milk for you each week. Availability: Middlebury Farmer’s Market, Shelburne Farmer’s Market.

Farm Directory 153. Mountainyard Farm Freeman Allen | 1676 Natural Turnpike Rd., Ripton | 388-7394 | Products: Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes Availability: Farm Direct, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Ripton General Store

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154. Nola’s Secret Garden Nola Kevra | P.O. Box 153, 2936 Natural Tpke., Ripton | 388-6107 | Products: Organic Greens, Herbs, Mixed Vegetables, Vegetable plants, Cut Flowers, Middle Eastern Summer Squash (Koosa) Availability: Farm Direct, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

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155. North Hollow Farm Mike Bowen | 2124 N. Hollow Rd., Rochester | 877-304-2333 | | Products: Grass fed Beef, Pork, Lamb, Goat(Retail cuts) Chickens, Maple Syrup Availability: Farm Direct, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op 156. Sunshine Valley Berry Farm Rob Meadows | 129 Ranger Rd., Rochester | 767-3989 | | Products: Certified Organic blueberries, raspberries. Jam, Raw Honey, Maple Syrup PYO and barter help for farm credit. Availability: Farm Direct, Berry CSA

Salisbury 157. Maple Meadow Farm Jackie Devoid | 518 Maple St., Salisbury | 352-4241 | | Products: Eggs and Maple Syrup. Our Store is open Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 8 AM until 4:30 PM and Saturday morning 8-11:30. Closed on Wednesdays & Sundays. Availability: Farm Store, Local stores and restaurants.

Shoreham 158. Champlain Orchards Bill Suhr | 3597 Vt. Route 74 West, Shoreham | 897-2777 | | Products: 104 varieties of apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries. Bakery: fresh apple pies, cider donuts, apple butter, apple cider syrup, apple sauce. Cider mill: sweet pasteurized and unpasteurized cider, cranberry apple cider. Cidery: Specialty hard ciders and ice ciders Availability: PYO, Farm Market, open 10-4 Nov.-May,9-5 June-November. Markets throughout Vermont (restaurants, groceries, farmstand), Wholesale, Farm website. 159. Doolittle Farm Hammond Family | 1078 Doolittle Rd., Shoreham | 897-2121 | Products: Organic Eggs, Pasture raised stew hens. Pastured Beef and Pork. Retail cuts and halves. Wool products, Maple Syrup Availability: Farm Direct, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Trillium Hill Farmstand, Hinesburg 160. Douglas Orchard Scott Douglas | 1050 Route 74W, Shoreham | 897-5043 | Products: Apples, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Squash, PYO. Availability: Farmstand


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Farm Directory 161. Elysian Fields Kathleen Hescock | 3658 VT Route 74 W, Shoreham | 897-7484 | Products: Beef, fed on homegrown feed. By the half or whole. Availability: Farm Direct

168. Vermont Tradewinds Farm Tim and Loraine Hescock | 1639 Route 74 E, Shoreham | 897-2448 | | Products: Maple Syrup, Maple Cream, Maple Products, Peaches. Farm Tours. Availability: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Healthy Living, Year-round Farmstand.

162. Golden Russet Farm Judy and Will Stevens | 1329 Lapham Bay Rd., Shoreham | 897-7031 | | Products: Certified organic vegetables, cut flowers, greenhouse bedding plants, organic potting mix, compost, fertilizer, seed potatoes, onion sets and seeds. Flowers “By the Bucket” for DIY Weddings and Events. Availability: Farm Direct, Area Co-ops, Stores and Restaurants

169. WhistlePig Farm Raj Peter Bhakta | 2139 Quiet Valley Rd., Shoreham | 897-7700 | | Products: Winter rye grains, maple syrup, rye whiskey. Availability: See Vermont DLC for local liquor store listings; Waitsfield, Burlington, and Rutland farmers’ markets; local restaurants; farm website.

163. Pangea Farm Jonathan Namanworth | 1916 Smith St., Shoreham | 917-447-4352 | | Products: Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Greens, Herbs, Kale, Onions, Parsnips, Peanuts, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Tumeric, Rutabagas, Spinach, Summer squash, Tomatoes, Winter squash Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market 164. Rolling Bale Farm Hilary & Ben Haigh | 1695 Shacksbury Rd., Shoreham | 897-5630 | | Products: Grassfed Lamb and beef in retail cuts or by whole/half. Pastured poultry, including; broiler chickens, duck and Thanksgiving turkeys. We also have lamb pelts and sell small square hay bales. Availability: All our products are available at our farm store (884 Rte. 74 East, Shoreham) or during the summer at the Middlebury Farmers’ Market. The hay bales are sold from the farm only. 165. Sentinel Pine Orchard Whitney Blodgett | PO Box 268, Shoreham | 897-7931 | Products: Apples, Gift Packs Availability: Orchard direct. We Ship Gift Baskets. 166. Solar Haven Farm Barbara Wilson | 977 Bates Rd., Shoreham | 897-5430 | | Products: My fruits are grown organically. Low sugar jams, chutney, gluten-free jam cookie bar and raspberry brownie kits. Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Peaches. Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, Brandon Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct. 167. Tio Grain Farm Ken VanHazinga | 32 Doolittle Rd., Shoreham | 897-2423 Products: Organic Grain Availability: Farm Direct

170. Work and Days Farm Caroline Usher | 619 Tottingham Rd., Shoreham | 897-2822 Products: Lamb, Goats, Honey Availability: Farm Direct

Starksboro 171. Ariel’s Honey Infusions Ariel Krolick | Huntington | | Ariel’s Honey Infusions makes twelve unique infusions using sustainably harvested, Raw Vermont Honey Infused together with Organic Herbs. Availability: Online, Tandem in Bristol and Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op 172. Bee Happy Vermont Pedro Salas | 258 Big Hollow Rd., Starksboro | 453-7996 | | Our Honey, from Starksboro and St. Albans, is a mix of clover and wild flowers. Availability: Farm Direct, the Burlington, Richmond, Winooski and UVM Medical Center Farmers’ Markets. 173. Dunham Family Maple Jeff Dunham | 3702 Ireland Rd., Starksboro | 453-4219 | Products: Maple Syrup Availability: Direct Sales 174. Flatlander Farm Keith Drinkwine | 2148 Vt. Route 17, Starksboro | 453-4631 | | Products: Flatlander Farm is a pasture based farm specializing in Pastured Chicken and Pastured Duck as well as Farm Grazed Chevon. Our animals are rotationally grazed and fed locally milled, Certified Organic and Non-GMO grain. We rely on slower growing breeds of chicken and duck for better tasting, humanely raised meat.

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Farm Directory Availability: Chicken CSA, Duck and Black Label Chicken Pre-buy, Burlington Winter Farmers’ Market, Fall and Winter Meat CSA, or email us to set up a time to visit the farm. 175. Footprint Farm Taylor Hutchison & Jake Mendell | Starksboro | 318-2090 | | Products: Mixed Vegetables, Eggs, Cut Flowers, Pork. All of our pork is pasture-raised, fed organic grain, and is sold in whole shares. CSA. Educational programs, Fun for kids. A workshop series that includes sessions such as mushroom foraging, herbal first aid medicine making, and preserving. Fall barn dances! Availability: CSA Drop Off points in Starksboro, Bristol, Hinesburg; Shelburne Farmers’ Market 176. Lewis Creek Farm Hank Bissell | 3071 Vt Route 116, Starksboro | 453-4591 | | Products: Vegetables, Pickles, Flower & Vegetable Plants, Eggs Availability: Farm Store; Summer and Winter CSA; Stores and restaurants in Middlebury and Burlington; Burlington Farmers’ Market, Black River Produce 177. Maggie Brook Sugarworks Matthew Elder | 500 Ruby Brace Rd., Starksboro | Products: We sell both maple syrup and sap. 178. Norris Sugarworks Kelly Norris | 745 Robert Young Rd., Starksboro | 453-4753 | Products: Maple Syrup, Maple Candy, Maple Cream Availability: New Haven Jiffy Mart, Norris Berry Farm

179. Mountain Warrior Farm Galen Helms | 2618 Rt. 116N, Starksboro | 989-2783 | Products: Eggs Availability: Almost Home, Bristol and Bristol Beverage 180. Purinton Gardens David Purinton | 361 Tatro Rd., Starksboro | 453-2203 | Products: Certified Organic Vegetables Availability: Farm Direct, Lantman’s, Healthy Living. 181. Red Rock Valley Maple Farm Henry/Linda Emmons | 160 Sugarhouse Lane, Starksboro | 434-2858 Products: Maple Syrup Availability: Sugar House 182. Rockville Market Farm Eric Rozendaal | 205 Cemetery Rd., Starksboro | Products: Butternut Squash(whole and peeled) Salad greens and Greenhouse Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions. Pastured Eggs, Poultry Availability: Burlington Farmers’ Market, Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea Markets in NYC. 183. Russell Farm David Russell | 1248 VT Route 116, Starksboro | 453-2208 | | Products: Sweet corn, Winter Squash, Goats, Maple Syrup, Christmas trees with horse drawn rides. Availability: Farm Direct

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Farm Directory 184. Sentinel Farms Kerry Kurt | PO Box 8, Starksboro | 377-1066 | | Products: Heart Healthy! 100% Grass Fed & Finished Red Angus/Hereford Beef. Bred, Born & Raised with care on one Vermont Farm without stress, hormones or antibiotics. Horse and farm educational health experiences, Riding lessons, Individual and group equine programs. Availability: Farm Direct, PYO, Natural Provisions. 185. Shaker Mountain Farm Ann Bove | 1400 Shaker Hill Rd., Starksboro | 434-4254 Products: Maple Syrup Availability: Farm Direct

Sudbury 186. Crown Point Alpacas Bob Wertz | 1376 Route 30, Sudbury | 558-1564 | | Products: Alpacas, Alpaca/Wool blend fiber inrovings, Knitting yarn, Knitted & Woven Gifts, Specializing in woven and hooked rugs. Availability: Middlebury Farmers’ Market 187. Miller Hill Farm Nursery and Gardens Carl Phelps | 2127 Rt 73 E., Sudbury | 623-7373 | | Products: Miller Hill Farm is a family farm specializing in native species shrubs trees and ferns. We also have select cultivars. This year we will venture into herbs more than before. Come and see our farm & display gardens. Farm Tours, Wedding/event site, Educational programs & Landscape Consulting, Meat Processing Availability: Farm Direct

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188. Mountain Meadows Farm Brian Kemp | 2711 Route 30, Sudbury | 989-0514 | Products: Beef, wholesale/retail, organic, Retail Cuts Availability: Whole Foods Stores 189. Rup’s Custom Cutting and Smoking Rupert Larock | 2015 Willowbrook Rd., Sudbury | 247-4570 Products: Meat processing and Smoking. Availability: Retail Sales on Friday. Call ahead to order. 190. Understory Farm Gregory Witscher | 3427 Route 30, Sudbury | 282-6738 | | Products: Milk fed Pork. Pastured and GMO free Eggs, Flower Subscriptions. Flowers for Weddings & Events, Fun for kids. Availability: Farm Stand

Vergennes 191. Boundbrook Farm Erik Andrus | 276 Burroughs Farm Rd., Vergennes | 877-1396 | | Products: Beef, Poultry, White rice, Brown rice. Availability: Brick Oven Bakery, Middlebury and Vergennes Farmers’ Markets, Farm Direct 192. Green Street Gardens Margaret Lowe | 150 Green St., Vergennes | 877-3783 Products: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Corn, Cucumbers, Greens, Green beans, Herbs, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rhubarb, Summer squash, Winter Squash. Availability: Vergennes Farmers’ Market, Thursdays. 193. Kayhart Beef Brian Kayhart | 4188 Otter Creek Hwy., Vergennes | 545-2484 | Products: Homegrown Beef & Pork and Veal, Retail Cuts Availability: Farmstand/year-round, Open Every Day 7-7. 194. Otter Creek Heritage Farm Kevin & Zachary Sullivan | 4990 Jersey St, PO Box 63, Vergennes | 777-4659 | Products: Pasture-Raised Heritage Pigs and Pork. Availability: Fiddlehead Brewery, Shelburne, Vergennes Farmers’ Market, Farm Direct.

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Farm Directory 195. Riverfront Gardens Kevin Sullivan | 229 Ferry Rd., Vergennes | 475-3091 | | Products: Organic Vegetables, Value added products, Nursery trees: apple, cedar, maple, oak; Pasture-raised pork from Otter Creek Heritage Farm, Firewood Availability: Farmstand, CSA, Vergennes Farmers’ Market, Local Schools & Restaurants, Home Delivery.

199. Ledge Hill Farm Violet LaFountain | 58 LaFountain Lane, Weybridge | 545-2104, 377-0452 | Products: Vegetables, Bedding Plants, Flowers, Hanging Baskets, Fruits, Jams, USDA inspected Goat Meat, Chickens by Piece, Retail Cuts, Raw Goats Milk, Ducks, Eggs, Baked Goods Availability: Farm Direct, Middlebury Farmers’ Market

196. Vadeboncoeur Nougat Didier Murat | 247 Main St., Vergennes | 877-7157 Products: Confectionary nougat Availability: Vergennes Laundry

200. Monument Farms Robert James | 2107 James Rd., Weybridge | 545-2119 Products: Milk, Retail Milk, Bottled Cream, Half & Half, the best Chocolate Milk anywhere. Availability: Retail Store/Office. Addison, Franklin and Chittenden Counties

197. Woodman Hill Orchard Stephanie Lowe, Robert Rogers | Plank Rd., Vergennes | 617-285-5521 Products: Apples: Honeycrisp, Empire, Cortland, Macoun, Macintosh, Liberty, Red Rome; Cider Availability: PYO, Orchard Direct

Weybridge 198 Duclos and Thompson Farm Tom Duclos | 1026 Sheep Farm Rd., Weybridge | 545-2230 Products: Pork, Lamb, Beef and Turkeys, Retail cuts. Availability: Farm Store

Whiting 201. Four Pillars Farm Peter Cousineau | Whiting | 989-0083 | | Products: Beets, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Chard, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Greens, Green beans, Herbs, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Micro greens, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Summer squash, Turnips, Winter Squash Availability: 21 week Summer CSA, Middlebury Natural Food Co-op, City Market and Healthy Living Market. Periodic sales at the farm, visit our website for sale dates.

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Tandem: Bristol business is all about local food By GAEN MURPHREE BRISTOL — Local food provides the fuel and inspiration for Bristol’s Tandem. “It’s completely foundational to my business,” said Tandem partner Jess Messer. “If I’m not buying actual food from actual people then there’s not really any point for me.” What is Tandem? At its simplest, Tandem is the production kitchen/workspace/home base for chefs Lauren Gammon and Jess Messer. From its space in downtown Bristol, Gammon runs her Nomadic Chef catering business, and Messer crafts her Savouré line of jams, pickles and sodas. But Tandem defies boundaries. Rather than being tucked away in some industrial park, the production kitchen sits on Bristol’s Main Street. Messer and Gammon have used Tandem’s location to have the best of all worlds. Under Tandem’s roof (and behind the blue-painted tandem bike that marks the storefront), Gammon and Messer host a Lauren Gammon, left, and Jess Messer founded the busikaleidoscope of events, activities and enterprises: ness Tandem in a downtown Bristol storefront as a multi-use • A farmers’ market, summer through fall. space devoted to local foods. Independent photo/Trent Campbell • Gammon’s ongoing series of prix fixe dinners. • Pop up dinners featuring guest chefs, such as Burlington’s surfaces and kitchen equipment (even as a taco joint, it had had Alganesh Michael cooking Eritrean food. • Rental production space for other food businesses, such as barely a hot plate), and repainted the historic interior a cream color that sets off the pressed tin panels and high ceilings. V. Smiley Preserves. Tandem’s downtown location has made its holiday market a LOCAL FOODS, LOCAL FLAVORS For Messer and Gammon, using local foods and working with hotspot at Bristol’s annual Chocolate Walk in December. Messer local farmers is about flavorfulness, quality and has integrated it even further into the community beauty of ingredients, dependability and innovaby co-creating Lumen, a new solstice celebra- “There’s these guys tion in Bristol village. Messer collaborated with Taylor and Jake who tion. Whether it’s Gammon catering a wedding or Messer crafting a seasonal rhubarb-angelica soda, ACORN (Addison County Relocalization Netboth feel that building relationships with local work) to co-sponsor a fall 2016 event that brought I pretty much buy farmers is key to delivering superb food. together prospective state legislators and local all of my carrots Both know which particular products they like farmers for a listening session on ag issues. Tan- from them. They’re dem has hosted such community gatherings as a so beautiful. They go to get from particular farms. “I have certain farmers that I have relationships Moth-style storytelling event and a Suffering the from red to purple with and I know what they’re good at,” said GamSilence event focusing on chronic illness. mon. “I’m only looking for what’s the best.” On hot summer days, it’s even been know to to orange to yellow. One farm might produce outstanding tomatoes, throw open its doors and sell homemade Popsicles. And I basically buy another first-rate carrots. The two women’s synergistic energy — sepapounds and pounds Gammon gave the example of Taylor Hutchirate businesses under one roof united by a passion son and Jake Mendell’s Footprint Farm in Starksfor food — have made it a hub for food activism from them.” and an inspiring hearth around which great local — Lauren Gammon boro. “There’s these guys Taylor and Jake who I pretfood is being used to bring people together. ty much buy all of my carrots from them. They’re Messer, 46, and Gammon, 42, created Tandem in 2015. The two Starksboro residents had been long-time friends so beautiful. They go from red to purple to orange to yellow. And and were both looking for a place to expand their businesses I basically buy pounds and pounds from them.” Adds Messer, “Their carrots are just so visually gorgeous for when the space came on the market. Previously 26 Main St. had pickling. They turn the brine — I call them ‘ultraviolet carrots’ been a taco joint and, before that, the Village Corner Store. (See Tandem, Page 37) The friends renovated the space, added windows, put in work


(Continued from Page 36) because they’re electric, they’re glowing, they’re visually stunning. I eat with my eyes as much as I eat with my mouth and my nose. And they taste like a carrot should taste, like a carrot just out of the ground.” Gammon said that building long-term relationships with farmers means that she can rely on a particular farm to deliver precisely what she needs for a specific event. She can pick up tomatoes on a Friday that will be perfectly ripe for a wedding on Saturday. She can ask for a crate of asparagus that are precisely the right size for how she wants to grill them. Both use these relationships to source harder-to-find ingredients. Messer said she might ask one particular farm if they’ll grow and pick the right cucumber varietal for cornichon or if they’ll sell her celery leaves for celery soda. Both love the surprises and delights that can come from sourcing more unusual ingredients. “I have this one friend who is always growing new and interesting things for me,” said Gammon, who then described working handfuls of miniature cucamelons (cucumbers the size of grapes that look like miniature watermelons) into a festive spread. “It’s just a great way to accent what’s happening (seasonally) and has literally been picked that morning — these little beautiful accents that are happening that day,” said Gammon. Innovation driven by local ingredients can be seen in many of Messer’s flavor combinations: • Black currant-rosemary soda. • Strawberry-hops soda. • Sweet green tomato pickles with orange blossom water. • Fermented beets with horseradish and miso. Both feel that there are untapped opportunities in fruit and berry crops — such as peaches, currants or lingonberries — for the right growers, and that fruit can be harder to source locally. Not surprisingly given Savouré’s focus on preserves and pickles, Messer especially loves the “fleeting, ephemeral nature of food and taste,” especially in a short-season climate like Vermont’s. “For me, it’s all about trying to save that,” said Messer. “When I open a jar of strawberry lavender jam that I made in June and it’s February and it’s horribly gray and drab and you get just that little scent of summer — it’s amazing. There’s nothing like it.”

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What does ‘organic’ mean without soil? By DAVE CHAPMAN Long Wind Farm, East Thetford This letter is to catch up on efforts to keep the soil in organic farming. The question that so plagues the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is whether hydroponic production should qualify for organic certification. Although this sounds like an obscure question, one NOSB member has described it as the most significant issue the NOSB has ever faced. It goes to the very heart of defining organic. The fall 2016 meeting of the NOSB, was a disappointment, as we had hoped that the recommendation crafted by the Crops Subcommittee would be permitted a vote, and we would finally make some progress in returning the organic standards to their original meaning. But the proposal was sent back to committee for further review. Instead of a vote at the Denver National Organic Standards Board, or NOSB, meeting in April, there was only discussion. Delay is the hydrophonics lobby’s best strategy, and it is succeeding. Hopefully there will be a vote on a final recommendation prohibiting hydro at the fall meeting. The impact on the organic movement of allowing hydroponics will be profound. I am told by a friend that he can no longer buy soil-grown organic tomatoes from the wholesaler for his store in California. Real organic tomatoes used to be available from California and Mexico, but those soil-grown tomatoes have disappeared from the market.

Wholesum Harvest hydro now dominates the market. You can still buy soil-grown organic tomatoes at some farmstands, farmers markets, and CSAs, but not in many supermarkets. And of course, this is even more true in the rest of the country. In New England supermarkets, soil-grown peppers and tomatoes have almost disappeared, replaced by hydro. No one knows they are hydroponic, as there is no way of identifying them as such unless you know the farm names. In “organic” berries, we have no idea which are soil-grown. This past winter there was a growing wave of opposition to this corporate takeover of organic. Eliot Coleman gave a powerful keynote address at the Mid-American Organic Alliance winter conference, looking back on the things that drew him and so many others into the organic movement. He went on to challenge the attempts by the USDA to redefine organic, thus making the National Organic Program more obedient to corporate concerns. “Long-time supporters of organic farming need to realize that the ground has shifted under their feet,” Eliot said. “Ever since the USDA (and by association the industrial food lobbyists) was given control of the word, the integrity of the ‘USDA Certified Organic’ label has been on a predictable descent.” Eliot went on to say, “There isn’t any soil in hydroponic production. How can it be organic? “Dismayingly, the USDA rewrote (the) definition (of organic) in 2002 to remove any reference to the word ‘soil.’ And the trend is straight downhill from that point on. Big money is presently being invested in ‘vegetable factories’ and ‘vertical farms’ where production is hermetically sealed in huge warehouses filled with LED lights and nutrient pumps. That frightening picture is the future of ‘organic’ as defined by the USDA.” The 2010 recommendation is clear that hydroponics have no place in organic. And yet, the USDA’s National Organic Program, or NOP, took the opposite position in 2014, and affirmed that hydroponics CAN be certified. This is the first time that the NOP has ever gone against an NOSB recommendation. The large amount of money involved is the only possible explanation. The whole world is struggling to resist the corporate takeover of organic.

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Goats at center of Blue Ledge business Flavorful cheeses made by hand in Vt.

By ELSIE LYNN PARINI LEICESTER — After 15 years of making cheese, you might think that Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt are sick of the stuff. But that’s simply untrue. “We still love cheese,” said Bernhardt; Sessions nodded by her husband’s side in a recent interview. “It has to be the greatest food.” They are true turophiles — cheese lovers. Sessions and Bernhardt met while studying art and culture of Europe in Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt fulfilled a dream of making cheese for a Florence, Italy, where the dream to make their own cheese began. After living by founding and building up Blue Ledge Farm in Leicester, where they create graduating from Bates College, the award-winning chevres, Camembrie and blue cheeses. But for now, Sessions and Bernhardt are content with the size two 23-year-olds bought an old dairy barn in Leicester (formerly owned by the Laroque and Pierpont families) and founded and scope of their business. “We want to stay in that range,” Blue Ledge Farm. They got to work transforming the barn; Sessions said. “We’re happy with the lifestyle that affords us … what used to hold upwards of 60 Holstein cows would soon be We’re a tag team,” she added. “I manage the goats, he manages making cheese. I sell the cheese and do the marketing, and he home to Alpine and LaMancha dairy goats. “We grew our family and our business at the same time,” Ses- does the books, makes hay and takes care of the equipment.” Sessions has 125 goats milking. This freshening season sions said. She and Bernhardt had their daughter in 2002; the same time they started processing cheese. Their son came two (when kids are born), she plans on raising 26 goats to replace years later. “That was when we had endless energy and really the older goats, but will keep the heard at 125. The math doesn’t good backs. We gave up our 20s and our 30s to this business.” add up, however; if you have 125 goats freshening every seaThey started with fresh chevre. Why? There’s no aging pro- son (give or take a few) and they average twins, that’s a potencess and the return on the investment is much faster — good for tial 250 goats! So how does Sessions keep her herd to 125? The a growing business with limited storage space. In 2004, Blue extras are sold for meat. “Goat meat business is growing,” Sessions said. “It’s very Ledge Farm sold their development rights to the Vermont Land Trust, which ensured that their 110 acres would always remain good for you. It’s the highest in iron and lowest in cholesterol.” open — it also gave them the financial resources to construct But Sessions, a vegetarian of 12 years, admits it’s hard to let their cheeseroom. Four years later, they added a three-room them go. “The hardest part of the job is not getting attached because ultimately it is a business,” she said. “ But I do have cheese cave. “We built that for the future,” Sessions said. The caves can a heart.” For the 26 new goats that join the milking herd, Sessions easily hold the 50,000 pounds of cheese that Blue Ledge Farm produces every year, and gives them a comfortable buffer to names them thematically. Last year they were goddesses, this (See Blue Ledge, Page 41) grow and room to be competitive with larger cheese brands.



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(Continued from Page 40) year they’re tomato varieties. The goats spend their spring, summer and fall days browsing in the woods bordered by open fields and 50 acres of conserved wetland. They return to the barn for 4 p.m. milking, where they file in 10 at a time. Then start the whole process over 12 hours later when they’re due for milking again. Considering the amount of work that goes into it, Sessions is still amazed when cheese is actually produced. “It’s a miracle,” she said. “First your raise the goat, then breed, freshen, feed, collect the milk, process and age the cheese.” “If you lose about 5 percent of the product you’re doing well,” Bernhardt quantified. In the caves, Bernhardt is the master. Among the varieties that Blue Ledge produces, Lake’s Edge is probably the most popular; it’s an ash-veined goat cheese that’s aged for three weeks. Bernhardt’s other creations include Camembrie, Middlebury Blue, Crottina, fresh chevres, maple chevre (Sessions helped with this one), La Luna and Riley’s Coat. “We make what we love,” Bernhardt said. “For example, I was not a huge blue cheese fan. I wanted to make it the way I love it — more nuanced.” And so he did, and people love it. About 45 percent of Blue Ledge Farm cheese is sold in Vermont. A strong local presence is important to Sessions and Bernhardt. “We have to stay strong in Vermont,” Sessions said. They’re also passionate about sustainable farming practices. They are champion composters and use a clean-burning EPA-

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A guide to your nearest farmers’ market

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Homemade pasta and local butcher creates flavors of home

By ELSIE LYNN PARINI PANTON — Allessandra Rellini always wanted to raise her own animals. So when this Italian native was recruited by the University of Vermont to teach in the Psychology Department, she saw an opportunity to pursue her farming dream in the Green Mountain State. “The opportunity allowed me to cultivate the idea of raising my own animals and doing my own butchering,” she said in an interview at the end of March. “But then things spiraled out of control.” She started with three little pigs... Now, 11 years later, Rellini has 90 pigs, a flock of chickens and upwards of 27 Icelandic sheep. With the help of Stefano Pinna, Andrew Sheets, Tirragen Vixie, Drew Anderson, Rellini and her daughter Eva, Agricola Farm offers meat and homemade pasta CSAs; a farm store with meats, pastas, and other local products; monthly authentic Italian lunches and dinners; and local butchering. If that’s not enough to keep someone busy, Rellini has maintained her full-

Alessandra Rellini is the owner of Agricola farm in Panton, where she and her farmhands raise pigs, chickens and sheep. The farm also offers a pasta and bread CSA, and monthly meals. Independent photos /Trent Campbell

time job at UVM since moving to Vermont in 2006. Why go to all the trouble of farming? Well, Rellini was missing the flavors of home. “It was hard to find the cuts of meat that I wanted and the taste was just not the same,” she explained. So, what else was there to do? With a few trips home to Italy to learn about the way pigs were raised and how to develop good flavor, Rellini has crafted her own technique and lifestyle to create a superior taste and farm-way-of-life. “Everything we do on this farm is for the fat,” she said. “Because the fat is the most important part for the flavor... The lard has to be either snow white or have just a hint of pink — absolutely no yellow.” Pinna, an Italian agronomist, came to the farm two years ago and is in charge of the crop rotation for grazing. He plants the food the animals eat, and since you are what you eat, some might say Pinna is the flavor-master. Rellini said her pigs eat about 30 percent of their diet in the fields. “It’s taken us 10 years to figure it out,” Rellini said of the pigs’ diet. “The Italian diet didn’t work for our pigs... we did a lot of exploration.” From about May to December the pigs are out on pasture, eating a mixture of field greens, sorghum, rye, barley, oats, wheat, leftover fruits and veggies from Tomgirl Juice of Burlington, spent grains from distillers and brewers, and Myer’s Bagels from Burlington. Every three to four days, the pigs are rotated to different fields. Because of this unique diet, Rellini’s pigs grow slower than conventional pigs fattened on corn and soy. This means they take longer (more than 14 months) to grow to full weight. “It’s a more mature meat and flavor,” she said. “It’s not as sweet and (See, Agricola Farm, Page 45)

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(Continued from Page 44) is very complex.” When the pigs are ready to be butchered, Rellini takes them to the Mad River Food Hub — a USDA facility in Waitsfield — where she rents space to butcher her own product. The cuts are sold to individuals directly, to local chefs and in the Panton farm store. Though the land at 2674 Jersey St. has been in farming since the 1800s, Rellini and Agricola Farm have only been in the Panton community for two years. Prior to that, they were located in Williston, Monkton and Hinesburg. “There’s great support from the town and community here. People call us ‘the farm with the pigs outside,’” Rellini laughed. Sometimes her pigs — or sheep, or chickens — take a little extra freedom and mosey out of their area. But Rellini has it under control with the help of her farm assistants and neighbors. To learn more about Agricola Farm’s products, CSA or upcoming events, visit

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Apples: 39, 54, 55, 58, 64, 67, 75, 100, 110, 158, 160, 165, 188, 197 Blackberries: 35, 42, 104, 111, 166 Blueberries: 34, 39, 41, 42, 47, 55, 58, 75, 111, 114, 116, 156, 166 Cherries: 55, 104, 158, 160 Currants: 41, 104, 111, 116 Grapes: 41, 64, 125 Melons: 66, 67, 72, 75, 98, 102, 111, 114, 117 Peaches: 64, 100, 102, 104, 158, 166, 168 Pears: 39, 55, 58, 102, 104, 110, 114, 158 Plums: 39, 58, 75, 104, 110, 114, 158 Raspberries: 35, 41, 42, 67, 75, 104, 111, 114, 116, 117, 156, 158, 160, 166, 184 Rhubarb: 111, 184, 192 Strawberries: 21, 39, 41, 42, 49, 55, 64, 67, 75, 102, 104, 111, 114, 116, 160


Vegetables: 8, 12, 14, 18, 21, 27, 36, 38, 39, 42, 44, 46, 48, 49, 50, 64, 66, 67, 69, 71, 72, 75, 76, 78, 84, 86, 90, 92, 98, 100, 102, 111, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 121, 124, 127, 129, 131, 134, 136, 139, 142, 143, 148, 154, 160, 162, 163, 175, 176, 180, 182, 183, 184, 187, 188, 192, 195, 199, 201 Herbs: 39, 72, 90, 94, 111, 114, 131, 147, 154, 163, 184, 187, 192, 201 Flowers: 50, 55, 64, 74, 114, 131, 147, 154, 162, 175, 190, 199



Christmas Trees: 129, 183 Compost: 3, 64, 107, 162

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Index of Products

Alpaca: 15, 23, 186 Beef: 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 19, 23, 27, 29, 49, 52, 53, 70, 71, 75, 78, 85, 88, 89, 113, 122, 130, 136, 138, 139, 143, 145, 149, 150, 155, 159, 161, 164, 184, 187, 188, 191, 193, 198 Goat: 7, 79, 155, 170, 174, 183, 199 Lamb: 25, 48, 49, 60, 63, 70, 75, 89, 113, 122, 127, 128, 130, 147, 151, 155, 164, 170, 198 Pork: 6, 29, 40, 48, 70, 71, 72, 75, 78, 79, 88, 91, 113, 122, 130, 139, 147, 149, 152, 155, 159, 175, 187, 190, 193, 194, 195, 198 Poultry: 7, 29, 39, 40, 48, 49, 71, 72, 75, 78, 86, 113, 126, 127, 130, 141, 143, 144, 145, 147, 148, 152, 155, 164, 174, 182, 187, 191, 198, 199 Rabbit: 7, 113 Veal: 33, 193 Venison: 101

Grain: 26, 45, 167, 169 Rice: 191

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Hay: 9, 53, 83, 116, 145, 164 Firewood: 195 Plants and Starts: 12, 14, 21, 28, 55, 66, 73, 111, 114, 123, 142, 154, 162, 176, 187, 199 Trees: 8, 46, 109, 123, 187, 195 Wreaths and Baskets: 21, 55, 142, 165, 199


Cheese: 13, 22, 25, 56, 61, 75, 79, 96, 115, 122 Eggs: 4, 7, 25, 27, 40, 49, 52, 59, 63, 64, 71, 75, 78, 83, 84, 90, 91, 94, 106, 113, 116, 127, 128, 139, 141, 148, 152, 157, 159, 175, 176, 179, 182, 190, 199 Goat Dairy: 13, 56, 79, 81, 152, 199 Milk: 5, 22, 25, 65, 71, 79, 90, 115, 133, 141, 146 Raw Milk: 13, 71, 115, 141, 152, 199


Honey: 21, 49, 51, 71, 75, 95, 97, 112, 119, 121, 136, 152, 156, 170, 171, 172 Maple: 21, 24, 27, 31, 33, 57, 61, 75, 78, 82, 85, 87, 88, 90, 113, 118, 127, 129, 139, 140, 147, 155, 156, 157, 159, 168, 169, 173, 177, 178, 181, 183, 185


Baked Goods: 21, 42, 47, 75, 100, 110, 158, 166, 172, 191, 199 Cider: 54, 58, 100, 105, 110, 158, 197 Hops: 1, 64 Flour: 26, 45 Jams and Jellies: 21, 24, 37, 47, 62, 111, 117, 132, 156, 166, 192, 199 Mushrooms: 33, 39, 97 Oils: 90, 99 Pickles: 21, 24, 37, 62, 75, 117, 148, 176 Beer, Wine & Soda: 16, 17, 32, 37, 43, 77, 122, 125, 169

ANIMAL PRODUCTS Wool, Fiber and Pelts: 9, 15, 20, 25, 49, 113, 128, 159, 164, 186

SERVICES Breeding: 60, 68, 120 CSA: 12, 18, 21, 46, 49, 66, 72, 75, 76, 98, 113, 114, 116, 117, 121, 127, 147, 152, 156, 162, 174, 175, 176, 188, 195, 201 Educational Programs: 39, 64, 72, 90, 114, 117, 121, 175, 184, 187 Farm Events: 23, 39, 90, 117, 121, 136, 137, 187 Farm Stays/ B&Bs: 7, 16, 23, 83, 90, 121 Meat Processing: 10, 70, 78, 187, 189 Pick-Your-Own: 21, 34, 41, 42, 47, 64, 67, 100, 102, 104, 108, 110, 111, 116, 117, 156, 158, 160, 184, 197

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