The Allen brothers have been farming since 1956, I learned Monday afternoon. I’d stopped for gas in Westminster, VT, just before heading home from Grafton down I-91. This was no ordinary Mobil station with mini-mart. Allen Bro’s Farms, just off Exit 5, started as a farm stand for the family’s apple orchard. Now it’s a Mobilgas-station-complex with a spacious bakery-market-café featuring just-picked Vermont produce and local foodstuffs including cheese, maple syrup, pies and cider. And a garden center with an impressive selection of annuals, perennials, grasses, shrubs, small trees, pots, garden ornaments and pre-planted containers.
I came home with six plants to fill bare spots in the garden and add a little midsummer color to the deck, plus two obelisk-style trellises and a rough-hewn, pumpkin-shaped container. Plus a nice haul of local new potatoes, corn, tomatoes, lettuce and basil. The potatoes are for tonight. Here’s a taste of last night’s dinner (and today’s lunch):