Tim and Janet Taylor

Founders & Owners 

By way of biography, let us try to answer the question most often asked of us, “How the heck did you start to farm in the first place?” This is a fair question to ask of two kids who had grown up in the suburbs of New York City. We both attended Hobart and William Smith College in upstate New York where we met and fell in love. In 1973, after graduation we married and moved to Germany, studying, learning and exploring Europe. We returned two years later so Tim could study law while I started teaching pre-school; however, both of our ambitions extended beyond our careers to include learning carpentry, remodeling a small cottage and hiking the Long Trail “End to End”. The rumblings of a new career were faintly heard.

In 1978, we went house searching and found an affordable “fixer upper” in Post Mills. Much to our chagrin, the house included 12 acres of prime agricultural land. So, for the first two summers, we had a large garden. Then in the spring of 1980, the land was inviting us to work with it, as Janet stopped teaching and Tim finished his clerkship. And so, we did. The first few years were crazy busy, raising a family and learning how to farm, but they were very rewarding. In 1982 we expanded to the Norwich Farmers Market and started selling to restaurants, growing to 30 acres.

Over the years as our family and farm grew, we have often reflected upon how lucky we have been to enjoy working the land with wonderful people helping us. We enjoyed raising our children in such a nurturing community. Through volunteering and working with the town of Thetford, we continued to grow with those around us. So with all that, what do we do when we're not farming or spending time with family and friends, you ask? We enjoy walking the woods and hiking mountains. 

 

Phil Mason

Owner & Farm Manager

Phil began working at Crossroad Farm in 1998. A native of Thetford, VT, he was introduced to the farm as a strawberry picker and has continued to work every summer since. After studying Government during his time at Colby College, Phil decided to pursue agriculture full-time and returned to the farm full of fresh energy and ideas. After many seasons of planting, growing, harvesting and planning, Phil joined Tim and Janet in the farm's ownership, becoming a partner in 2017. Just as this partnership formed, Phil encouraged the restoration of a community staple, the Killdeer Farm Stand in Norwich, VT. Working with the farm's production as well as other local farmers, Phil spear-headed the continuation of this farm stand and it's commitment to providing the Upper Valley with farm fresh produce. 

When not farming, Phil loves to spend time hiking, trail-running, skiing, and cycling.   

 
 

Jamie Hosley

Find him on the farm in Post Mills!  

Jamie began working at the farm in the late 1980's; while twenty years later, he's still farming and happy to be back again! Most of the flowers, plants and starts that occupy our greenhouses in the Spring are the result of Jamie’s speedy transplanting. In the summer, he plays an integral role on the tractor, cultivating everything from lettuce to pumpkins. When he’s not out working in the fields or transplanting in a greenhouse, Jamie takes time to enjoy all things music. An exceptional bass guitar player, he's a member of a local band, The Conniption Fits, with whom he frequently performs locally.

 

Christy Parker

Find her at the farm stand in Post Mills!

Christy has worked for the farm for over fifteen years. In the Spring she enjoys working with flower transplants and creating hanging baskets. While in the Summer, you can find her planting lettuce and broccoli, or chatting-it-up in the Post Mills farm stand! Her incessant energy and enthusiasm make Christy one the farm’s most effective team leaders. When she’s not leading teams of weeders and harvesters, Christy devotes all of her attention to her daughter and son. Even though they're small, Christy's kids cannot wait to help their Mom on the farm!

 

Allison MacKinnon

Find her in the greenhouses in Post Mills!

 

 

Sarah Brousseau

Manager - Norwich Farm Stand

Sarah joined Crossroad Farm in May 2017, as she embarked on the new management of the recently acquired Norwich farm stand. Having moved to the Upper Valley for this opportunity, Sarah came from a small town in southern Massachusetts, by way of Baltimore, MD where she received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking. Her love for and devotion to the environment lead her to the world of farming; she believes that fresh, local produce could be the catalyst for change in our current environmental crisis. Sarah brings a fresh, creative eye to the Norwich farm stand and loves sharing cooking stories with customers. When not managing the farm stand, Sarah enjoys hiking, biking, doing Crossfit and being creative with her beloved letterpress printer. 

 

Karen Fryer

Assistant Manager - Norwich Farm Stand

Karen has lived in Thetford since 1982, all the while enjoying the bounty of Crossroad’s fields each summer. She would often stop at the Post Mills farm stand on the way back from swim lessons at Treasure Island or after a day of hiking. Karen joined the crew at the Norwich farm stand in 2008, working then with Killdeer Farm. With the sale of the farm stand, Karen transferred to Crossroad Farm in 2017. She finds great joy in sharing the very best of Vermont's vegetables and fruits, as she's in a wonderful position to interact with our customers and local community. When she's having fun at the farm stand, Karen also loves doing anything outside – hiking, skiing, biking, gardening, even yard chores!