Killdeer Farm Stand Reborn For 2017
Crossroad Farm is the new owner.
Winter is not farm stand weather, but there is farm stand news. Killdeer Farm, who operated one of the best farm stands in the Upper Valley for many years, had announced its (and its owners') retirement, with advice to stay tuned. As if timed to the upcoming solstice, the light has returned for those of us who were in pre-mourning for a spring without Killdeer's. The farm, and the farm stand, will live again.
Killdeer Farm (sans stand) will continue on a more limited basis. Its greenhouses on Butternut Road in Norwich VT will once again welcome gardeners and plant lovers in the spring, with flowers and vegetable starts, hanging baskets, and herbs. Killdeer's wants to continue to supply the farm stand (I am getting to that) with some limited crops. While some decisions still hover on the edges, carrots, the all-season favorite, and sweet corn, without which it would not be late summer, are contenders. That is no small news.
Tim and Janet Taylor of Crossroad Farm in Post Mills VT are the new owners and, along with their farm manager, Phil Mason, will operate the farm stand at the former Killdeer location on Route 5, just outside of the village of Norwich. Crossroad has supplied the Upper Valley with fresh vegetables for many seasons; it will bring its own produce and other local products to the farm stand. It plans to offer a CSA for 2017, "using the same model you are accustomed to with Killdeer." Killdeer had allowed customers to prepay a certain amount at the beginning of the year for a "share." Unlike many other CSA arrangements in which boxes of vegetables are routinely picked up weekly with somewhat random offerings, Killdeer's CSA had permitted customers simply to shop at the farm stand whenever they wished, choosing the kind and amount of vegetables they wanted. The cost was then deducted from their prepaid accounts.
Other good news: the DIY blueberry picking at the Jericho Street site will continue, with a schedule to come. I have written previously about the pleasures of mornings there, with purple-sticky fingers and slowly-filled Tupperware containers.
Best of all, Killdeer's Liz and Jake Guest, like some of us, get to move toward retirement, while continuing to remain vital contributors to food and community in the Upper Valley. Speaking for myself, and the hundreds of Killdeer enthusiasts who have communed with neighbors at the farm stand for many years, we wish them well. And we are most definitely looking forward to spring.
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge