Farmer of the Month – June 2015

ansel and justinFlywheel Farm

 What Is Your Name?
Justin Cote and Ansel Ploog

 How many acres do you farm?
2-3 acres

What town is your Farm Located in?
Woodbury

How long have you been farming?
2 years

Why do you farm?
We farm because somebody has to!  We also enjoy the work and contributing to the agricultural heritage of this region.

What do you grow?
We grow lots of snap and snow peas, fava beans and dry beans, mustard greens and lettuces, cucumbers, patty pans, watermelons and muskmelons… Sweet corn and strawberries, tomatoes and peppers, eggplant and indigo!

Where does the food you grow go?
We sell to our local coops, restaurants, caterers and institutions as well as directly to our neighbors through our farmstand (located on Rt. 14, right across from Woodbury Lake.  We’re open Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 12-6pm).

What are your growing practices, if not certified organic? (fertilization, pesticides, etc…)
Our produce is certified organic by VOF.  We farm to put as much back into the soil as we take out.

Do you have any animals on your farm? (not including humans)
We raise hens to supply our farmstand with fresh eggs.  The eggs are not certified organic; the hens are fed a lot of vegetables and organic layer pellets.  We also raise rabbit meat on pasture and are working to eliminate rabbit pellets completely from their diet.

If you could be any fruit or vegetable, what would it be?
Ansel – A determinate tomato.
Justin – A spring-dug parsnip

Farmer of the Month – May 2015

Sunny MeadowSunny Meadow Farm, Cabot, VT

What Is Your Name?
Tony Ingraldi

 How many acres do you farm?

Two acres

How long have you been farming?

I’ve been farming off and on since 2001.  I’ve been at my current location in Cabot for the past four years.

 

Why do you farm?

I started farming because I wanted to be able to provide quality organic produce for my two young daughters at the time.  I feel that it is important to have a first hand knowledge of where my food comes.  Farming is also a great way for me to connect with the natural cycles of the world while also providing food security for my family.  I enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes form enjoying the bounty of my hard work.

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Local Produce

It’s that time of year when our local produce starts rolling in… Here’s our weekly update of whats currently available and whats coming…

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LOCALVORE WEEK IS UPON US!

Localvore? Localvore Week???  Well, a Localvore is an individual who eats food raised within a 100 mile radius of where they are at. We are challenging you to be a localvore for the week, a day, or even just a meal.

On Thursday Febuary 21rd, we will be transforming our produce display to be 100% local for the week, so no bananas, avocados, citrus, etc. We’ll have our winter seasonal menu available with loads of localvore recipes for you to try. There will be signage throughout the rest of the Coop to highlight our other localvore products.

But why?

To increase awareness about how important OUR local food system is.

To inspire a healthy diet while primarily using organic fruits and vegetables that are grown in our region.

To encourage dialogue about the consequences that industrialized farming has had and continues to have on our planet.

To see what local foods are available to us this particular time of year.

To help us prepare for future seasons and shortages when fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t readily available and for when we may no longer afford to buy imported foods.

To reduce our reliance on fossil fuels that provides us with food.

To promote canning, drying, storing and other food preservation practices.

To highlight our local products, vegetables, and the dedicated farmers who grow them. [Read more…]