Duo brings the farm to campus

Locally made and organic jams, vegetables, breads, cakes and cookies are readily available for the Castleton State College community every Thursday through a farmers’ market in the Campus Center’s solarium.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., mother and daughter farmers Sherry Smith and Ann LaRose can be seen behind a plethora of goodies.
“This has been very well-received by students and faculty,” Smith said.
Their 500-acre farm is located right off Route 4 over the Vermont line.
“We are a four generation farm and do most of the work ourselves,” Smith said, pointing to her mother. “Technically we are in New York. My cousin is right over the line in Vermont and he owns the dairy farm. We do mostly produce.”
Although Smith said they do sell food in bulk orders at times and the organic milk goes to an organic milk company to be distributed, they mostly operate out of farmers’ markets.
In addition to her new location in the Campus Center, the duo sells at the Winter Farmers’ market on Wales Street in Rutland and also at one in Poultney.
“We make everything and preserve everything so that we can sell food throughout the year,” she said. “We do four during the summer and two during the winter.”
The table last week was host to pumpkin breads, a variety of canned vegetables and jams and even cakes and cookies.
“We grow all the pumpkins and everything for the cakes and breads,” Smith said.
The pair will be in the Campus Center every Thursday at 11 a.m. until the end of the semester.

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