Paul Horton (shown above) and Sally Beckwith own and run Foggy Meadow Farm in Benson, VT.
All of their produce is organic including these beets which were sweet right out of the ground. They are not certified by the USDA since their customers are all local and know that the farm is an organic operation.
Any smart Vermont farmer uses old Farmalls since they are cheap to buy and run forever if maintained properly.
This is one of many cultivators that get rid of weeds without using chemical sprays. It is the original and natural method for keeping fields from being overrun.
Paul grows greens all year round but without heated greenhouses. These are tomato plants in mid-June that are well on their way to producing fruit.
One of the vegetables he grows is kohlrabi (right row) which is well known by older consumers.
Paul uses interns during the summer who live in their own house on the farm and spend days weeding and harvesting. My daughter Caroline worked for Paul one summer as part of the crew.
Greens are washed in these oversized spinners—many operations use larger vats of water which can become contaminated. Paul refreshes the water after just a few batches to keep everything fresh and clean.
Foggy Meadow was an old dairy farm that Paul and Sally purchased about 7 years ago. It was a lot of work turning it into an organic operation.
The local country store just a few miles down the road. Across the road is an old-fashoined used bookstore in a large barn.
My 22 year old, Caroline, worked at Foggy Meadow Farm one summer. Here she is in Paul's truck with Emily's dog, Button.