We started by building up the soil and growing crops that could tolerate Vermont’s relatively limited growing season. We began experimenting primarily with salad greens, herbs, and crucifers; these crops still remain the “bread and butter” of our sales today. Desiring to move beyond these staple crops, we spent a big part of our off-season with other farmers at numerous conferences, learning and sharing ways to extend the season and how to grow delicious tomatoes for as long as economically viable. Interestingly, we continue to do this 35 years later.
Tim’s parents, Polly and Howard, were very helpful and played such an active and important role in our farm's first years. In fact, many of our customers assumed that it was they who had started the farm. At first, they tended the stand, harvested, and helped with cultivation in the field. Once the farm had been established, they expanded their role and became a force in the greenhouses with Polly advising new gardeners and Howard giving his famous tours.