Lots of people are driving up to
Vermont this time of year, and if you’re going up I-91, Harlow Farm in Westminster, near Exit 5, is worth a stop. This family business was founded in 1918 and certified organic in 1985.
You’ll not only find delicious fruit and vegetables (sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant) and locally made foodstuffs (maple syrup, honey, dressings, pickles, pies), but an outstanding selection of unusual perennials and succulents at extremely reasonable prices. I bought a large, healthy Senecio ‘Blue Chalk Fingers’ for $2.50.
Harlow’s manifesto: When you support organic farming and buy locally, you help produce healthy food, maintain family farms, sustain the community’s economy, preserve farmland and the rural landscape, revitalize soils, contribute to a thriving regional food supply, and keep the land, air and water clean. One indication of the success of this strategy is the vitality and happiness of the local songbirds. It’s worth spending time on the porch perusing the selection of plants and flowers while listening to the birds’ beautiful music.
We came home last weekend with yellow baby beets, red-tinged boston lettuce, cucumbers (so much better than the waxed supermarket variety), a bunch of beautiful small red onions, herbs, and the most gorgeous, huge, plum tomatoes. See Food from the Garden for what I did with it, including The Best Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe Ever.