Produce Staff Get Connected with Our Local Produce
We started the day visiting River Berry Farm in FairfaxVT. It was great to see River Berry Farm in motion as we get a lot of our kale, collards, cabbage, carrots, lettuce and roots from River Berry. River Berry Farm is a family owned organic small fruit and vegetable farm operating since 1992 with a farm store, CSA, retail and apart of the Deep Root Co-op. The farm is run by Jane Sorensen, David Marchant and their two children, Huck and Ada. They grow 50 acres of organic vegetables, 3 acres of strawberries, 1-1/2acre of organic raspberries, 18,000 square feet of greenhouse crops, and 400 organic layer chickens. We explored River Berry’s packing and cleaning areas and then scoped out the fields of raspberries, kale, corn, radishes, beets, lettuce, and much more. We enjoyed fresh corn right off of the stalk as well as fresh radishes. We have a lot of products from River Berryavailable now in the department come in today to pick them up and check out the River Berry website to find out more. http://www.riverberryfarm.com
Valley Dream Farm
Next we ventured to Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge, Vermont. Valley Dream is truly a dreamy place to grow food. Valley Dream farm is nestled in the valley with a gorgeous view of the mountains. Valley Dream is a family owned organic farm growing diversified crops. They sell produce at their farm stand, CSA membership, farmers markets, wholesale as well as being apart of the Deep Root Co-op. Valley Dream believes in honest hard work and strives to be the best stewards of the land on which they grow their crops. The Valley Dream farm is run by Joe, Anne, Jay, Jon, Ashley, and Becky Tisbert and truly has a fun loving family run feel. We ventured around the farm viewing all of the amazing produce as well as getting a ride of the back of a pickup so we could see more of the beautiful fields and take in more of the amazing view of the mountains. We viewed all of the storage and cooling areas for the farm and were amazed at their potato stock. We are currently getting all of our red and gold potatoes from Valley Dream as well as onions so come in today to check them out. Find out more about Valley Dream on their website. http://www.valleydreamfarm.com/
Our last stop of the day was at Hazendale Farm. Hazendale Farm is run by David Allen & Diana Griffiths in GreensboroVT. Hazendale Farm is a 3rd generation family farm and it started as a dairy farm until David decided to switch over to a diverse vegetable and fruit farm. Hazendale farm has been producing Organic produce since 1979 with distribution throughout Vermont. They carry a large range of vegetables and specialize in early, mid and late Tomatoes, specialty greens (Mesclun), Strawberries and Raspberries. Hazendale Farm is set amid the rolling hills of Greensboro and although beautifully picturesque the rolling hills make farming the land challenging at times. Despite the obstacles the hills provide David grows beautiful produce and creates a community destination with their diverse farmstand. The Hazendale farmstand carries their own Organic fruit and vegetables as well as products from other local farmers including Maple Syrup, organic Beef, Jams and Bread, cold beverages and Ben & Jerry’s ice creams. We toured around the Hazendale Farm viewing the greenhouses, storage areas and rolling hills filled with produce. We loved the squash drying area, filled to brim with all sorts of fun squash varieties. We have a lot of Hazendale squash varieties in stock now so come by to get some today. For more info have a look at the Hazendale website: http://www.hazendalefarm.com/
Thanks very much to our local farmers who provide us with amazingly beautiful produce and keep us fed throughout the year. Remember although the season is winding down our farmers work is never done.