Harlow Farm, in Westminster, Vermont, is one of the oldest organic farms in the area. It received its organic certification in 1985. Today, it is still going strong, growing the same sorts of healthy products. These are sold in the farm’s own farm stand, farmers’ markets, through the farm’s Customer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and through the Putney, Brattleboro, and Monadnock food cooperatives. Harlow Farm also has its dining spot, Café Loco.
Farm products include vegetables, fruits, berries, poultry, eggs, beef, lamb, and pork. Harlow Farm also has its own kitchen producing its own line of jams, pickles, salsas, pestos, and fresh baked goods. These are sold at the farm stand, farmers’ markets, and winter CSA. Also sold at the stand are frozen vegetables from the farm, along with some foods that are not locally produced, such as olive oil and spices.
The farm stand and CSA also sell products of other farms, both organic and conventional, and other food-producing organizations, such as cheese makers, orchards, and an apiary. By inviting other producers into the market, it supports local agriculture and localvore customers from area communities.
Winter may seem far off, perhaps, but it is not too soon to prepare for it. Registrations have opened for the 2014-2015 winter market. Fresh Vermont-grown greenhouse vegetables, storage vegetables, meat, eggs, and a variety of quality products from a variety of nearby producers will be available throughout the coming winter to CSA members. Somehow, the idea of locally grown greens fresh from the farm in the middle of winter is very enticing. CSA goods are delivered to many locations, and new locations can be arranged for by groups of ten or more customers.
Harlow Farm is based on a philosophy of environmental sustainability. That being the case, it is hardly surprising that the farm has had a solar array installed. It is a 60 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic array, big enough to supply power for refrigeration, greenhouses, washing, food preparation, housing, the café, and the farm stand. It was installed by Soveren Solar of Putney, Vermont.