Vermont Organic Farm & Food Guide 2011-2012

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A directory of Vermont's certified organic farms and processors, plus farmers' market information and localvore tips

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  • VERMONT ORGANIC20112012Farm&FoodGuide

    CELEBRATING LOCAL ORGANIC FOOD & FARMS!

  • D 2011 STATISTICS on Certified Organic Agriculture in Vermont d

    The statistics on this page are based only on production certified through VermontOrganic Farmers, LLC. There are other producers in Vermont certified by otherorganizations. Data compiled as of December 31 2010.

    580

    $136,299,960

    GROWTH IN VERMONT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

    TOTAL GROSS SALES

    CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMLAND

    TOTAL NUMBER OF PRODUCERS

    102,637 acresFarm sales: $76,049,466Processor sales: $60,250,494

    Dairy 203Vegetable 142Maple Syrup 102Field Crop 75Livestock 77Processors (non-farm) 53Processors (on-farm) 20Mushroom 5Honey 1Farms producing a variety of products may be listed more than once.

    Hay Land 51,778 Pasture 23,562Sugarbush 20,261 Feed Grains 1,377Silage 1,294Vegetable 1,143 Other* 816Soybeans (food grade) 876Wheat 626 Cereal Grains 531 Fruit 238 Oil Seed Crops 77 Greenhouse (644,211 sq. ft.) 15 *Mushrooms, Christmas trees, cover crops, etc.

    1993 3 781994 3 901995 14 1061996 28 1501997 35 1701998 33 1791999 38 187 15,9672000 47 212 22,1482001 55 230 23,6382002 59 253 24,3512003 64 289 30,3872004 79 332 35,8262005 93 366 48,7592006 129 394 66,8272007 204 487 85,1472008 200 535 92,1922009 200 548 98,4612010 203 580 102,637

    Top photo: Jay Erikson

    Certified Organic

    Dairy Producers

    CertifiedOrganic

    Producers

    Acres ofCertifiedOrganic

    Production

    NUMBER OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    PRODUCERS BY COUNTY

    Addison76

    Rutland27 Windsor

    22

    Windham27

    Bennington7

    Orange45

    Washington43

    Chittenden50

    Lamoille37

    Franklin77

    Orleans80

    Caledonia36

    Essex2

    GrandIsle9

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    This is an exciting time to be an eater who is seeking local and organicfood, or an organic farmer seeking a local or regional market there is amutual interest to meet the demand for a vibrant food system. We are for-tunate, in Vermont, to be able to eat local and organic foodwe dont haveto choose. Youve probably heard the term localvore for someone who eatslocally; wed like to invite you to become a NOFAvore: someone who eatslocal and organic food. This guide will help show you how fun and easy itcan be. Here you will find all of the certified organic farmers in your com-munity, the farmers markets closest to your home, and tips for year-roundlocal eating. You can even find organic hay and forage producers, for thoseof you who raise a few chickens or other livestock at home.

    The number of organic farms and processors continues to increase inVermont, so there are many farms and businesses to explorein 2010,there were 580 certified organic farms and processors producing organicfood on over 102,000 acres in Vermont, and over 20% of the dairy farmsin Vermont are now certified organic. These farmers are participating inlocal and regional markets, maintaining working landscapes, and con-tributing to the success of other local businesses. You can find them at afarmers market, you can visit their farmstands, you can purchase theirproducts at stores, you can eat their food at restaurants, you can purchasefood by mail order, or you can pick your own on the farmthere are somany opportunities to support farmers in Vermont.

    NOFA Vermont has worked for forty years, since our founding in1971, to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities inVermont. Whether you are a shareholder in a Community SupportedAgriculture (CSA) farm, shop at the farmstand in your neighborhood, or serve as a parent volunteer to support local food served in your childsschool, you too are strengthening community-based farms.

    More information is always available on our website, www.nofavt.org.So, take some time to wind your way around Vermont and engage in gustatory pleasureeach part of Vermont celebrates different tastes, and tells a different food story. Enjoy!

    Enid Wonnacott, Executive Director

    Thanks to our Sponsor Thanks to our Sustaining Business MembersStonyfield Farm

    Main Street LandingGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters

    WELCOME to NOFA Vermonts Organic Farm and Food Guide!

    CONTENTSAbout NOFA Vermont . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    20112012 NOFA Events . . . . . . . . . 3

    About Vermont Organic Farmers, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Organic Foods Defined . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    On the Table: Good Meat: Pasture-Raised and Organic . . . . . . 6

    Vermont Farmers Markets . . . . 811

    Why Choose Local & Organic . . . . . 36

    Local Recipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

    How to Support Our Vermont Organic Dairy Farmers . . . . . . . . . . 72

    DIRECTORY OF ORGANIC FARMS & FOOD

    Addison County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1219Bennington County . . . . . . . . . 1819Caledonia County . . . . . . . . . . . 1821Chittenden County . . . . . . . . . . 2227Essex County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2627Franklin County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2633Grand Isle County . . . . . . . . . . . 3233Lamoille County . . . . . . . . . . . . 4043Orange County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4247Orleans County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4653Rutland County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5257Washington County . . . . . . . . . 5661Windham County . . . . . . . . . . . 6063Windsor County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6265New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6465

    INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6671802-434-4122 WWW.NOFAVT.ORG INFO@NOFAVT.ORGP.O. BOX 697, RICHMOND, VT 05477

    Cover photo: Maria Reade

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    WHAT WE DOIncrease Consumer Access to Local andOrganic Food through our Farm Share Program,which provides subsidized CSA shares to low-income Vermonters; development of direct marketsthrough farmers market and CSA coordination;and organic certification.

    Provide Food and Farm Education to allVermonters through our annual winter conference,on-farm summer workshop series and technicalconferences. In addition, NOFA Vermont works in collaboration with Food Works and ShelburneFarms on the VT FEED (Vermont Food EducationEvery Day) project, to increase farm and food edu-cation in schools; we have nine Farm to CommunityMentors who work statewide to develop relation-ships between schools, communities, and farms;and our apprenticeship program places farm helpersand new and beginning farmers on farms.

    Strengthen Commercial Organic Farms inVermont through farmer education and technicalassistance. Our technical assistance programs pro-vide information and services to commercial organ-ic growers throughout the state, covering topicssuch as production issues, business planning, andenergy management.

    NOFA Vermont802-434-4122www.nofavt.orginfo@nofavt.orgP.O. Box 697Richmond, VT 05477

    The Northeast Organic Farming Associationof Vermont (NOFA Vermont) has been growing local farms, healthy food, andstrong communities since 1971.

    NOFA VERMONT

    PLEASE JOIN USOur work relies on membership support. As amember, youll benefit from opportunities tostay well-informed on current local food andfarming issues. Your membership also benefitsyour community by helping to create a sustain-able local and organic food system in Vermont.For more membership information, please seepage 72 or visit www.nofavt.org/join. Thanksfor your support!

    Special thanks to Maria Reade for the use ofher photos in this directory (front cover,inside cover bottom, pages 2 and 5).

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    Summer WorkshopsJune through October; Statewide

    From first-time gardeners to professional growersand livestock producers, the NOFA SummerWorkshop Series has something for everyone!This years schedule includes workshops on rais-ing chickens, growing berries, and pest ID.NEW! This year we will have a series of home-stead tours check out the website for details!

    37th Annual Summer ConferenceAugust 1214, 2011 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

    Keynote Speakers: Sally Fallon & Fernando FunesThe annual conference for all seven state NOFAchapters, with 200 workshops on organic farm-ing, gardening and land care, homesteading, sus-tainability, nutrition, spirituality, and food poli-tics; special workshops designed for kids andteens; music and dance; and an old-fashionedCountry Fair and farmers market.

    Share the Harvest FundraiserOctober 6, 2011; Statewide

    Have a great meal and support a great cause! OnOctober 6, participating restaurants and stores donate aportion of their sales to NOFA Vermonts Farm Shareprogram, providing farm-fresh food from communitysupported agriculture (CSA) farms to families and seniorcitizens with limited incomes. Make it a point to shopand eat out at some of the 80+ participating locationsand help us share the harvest! The full list of participat-ing stores and restaurants is available on our website; torecommend a new one, send an email to info@nofavt.orgor call us at (802) 434-4122.

    30th Annual Winter ConferenceFebruary 1113, 2012University of Vermont, Burlington

    Our annual Winter Conference features gardening, farmingand sustainable living workshops, keynote addresses, a tradeshow, and a childrens conference. Its also a great way tomeet like-minded folks and catch up with old friends.

    20112012 NOFA EVENTSFor more details on any of these events, please visit www.nofavt.org

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    Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the certifica-tion program of NOFA Vermont, was created in 1985to help producers and concerned consumers definewhat it meant to farm organically. These standards fororganic production in V