Not Just Another Farm Stand

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.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint,, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
This entry was posted in Farms and Farm Markets, Food from the Garden, Nurseries and Garden Centers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Not Just Another Farm Stand

  1. catherine says:

    Ellen, thank you so much for calling us today. What a great piece you wrote, the pictures are beautiful. If it is ok with you I would like to link your article to my own blog “francevermont green”. I meant to write something about the stand but have not found the time!
    Catherine Sherwood

    • Hi Catherine,
      Thanks for your response. Please, link away. And I hope we will visit Harlow Farm again soon. Check out my recipe
      for tomato sauce made with your plum tomatoes under “Food from the Garden.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s