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Community Rallies After Fable Farm Fire

Submitted 2 years ago
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Chloe Powell

a look back at the farm's fabled story

Fable Farm’s Jon Piana and Jesy Joy of Barnard have been overwhelmed by all the love and support coming their way following a fire on March 28th at the “Fable Farmhouse,” where they have lived the last 9 years.

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The community of Barnard and beyond is rallying to support these community members who have shaped the current landscape of the town and touched the lives of many people who have passed through.  Donations are coming in through the online Go-Fund Me campaign and tax-deductible donations can be sent to Helping Hands at PO BOX 888, Barnard, VT, 05031 with “Jon and Jesy” in the memo.

Jon Piana, Jesu Joy, and Meridian Joy Piper. Photograph by Seth Butler /

The family is emerging from the “emotional rollercoaster” of the past week, and has released a heartfelt thank you on an update on their go fund me campaign. They express deep gratitude for the support they have received thus far, and share the positive outlook following losing most of their possessions; “We are looking at this experience as an opportunity to start fresh and embrace simplicity in our lives,” says Jonny in his thank you statement.

A Little History of the Fable Farmhouse

Known to many as Fable Farm, this house was the site of Fable Farm CSA pick-ups and gatherings in the early days of Fable Farm when brothers Jon and Christopher began as a vegetable CSA farm in 2008.  Along with their partners Jesy Joy and Brooke Newsom Piana, their family farm became something of a fabled place.  The first Fable Farm field was leased form Joe Ladoucer of Bowman Farm, and in their first year, CSA members drove down a bumpy farm road to pick up their vegetables.

A young Meridian rides on the shoulders of former Fable Intern Justin Park, now of Heartwood Farm. Photograph by Seth Butler /

In 2009, the village plot was transformed into a small farm in the middle of town.  A quilt of gardens covered the acre lot behind the house, and later, an outdoor kitchen and a yurt for farmer housing popped up in the back yard.  Each Thursday, a sign outside yard’s gates  read “All are welcome.”

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Musicians played for the pass of a hat under the ancient branches of the “Mamma” apple tree, and CSA members and community members gathered for delicious spreads of potlucks, and later feasted on pizza from their cobb oven.     

Photograph by Seth Butler /

These gatherings eventually outgrew the farmhouse location, and eventually grew into Thursday evenings Feast and Field Market on Royalton Turnpike,  at the former Clark Farm where Fable Farm, now a catering/venue business and fermentory, works alongside the other Feast and Field Farmers of Heartwood Farm, Kiss the Cow Farm and Eastman Farm Find them there each Thursday from June 1-October 12th this year. 

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