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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Deep Winter Garlic Tasting and Brix Testing and Film Showing

garlicon Monday March 9th at 5PM, we are having a free garlic tasting of at least 7 different local garlic varieties upstairs in the Buffalo Mountain Coop’s Cafe. They will be prepared raw and roasted in oil so you can taste the differences. You will get a chance to vote on your favorite variety! We will also be testing the brix levels of all the garlic before the event to see if there is any correlation between what varieties folks chose as their favorites and the ones with the highest nutrient density. Brix is a measurement of the relative nutrient density in a fruit or vegetable. We will have more info about why the Coop is labeling the brix levels of the produce we sell. Remember, Garlic Breath is Beautiful!

Following the tasting @7pm we will be screening the film: “Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers”

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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