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Health Hero Farm | Grass Fed Beef

Health Hero Farm in South Hero, Vermont

Joan and Bob produced this short video about their practices, which include management-intensive grazing and special attention animal welfare. These practices are best for their beautiful land and waterways, and best for the health of their animals. These practices also result in high quality, nutrient-dense beef that's healthy and delicious. 

This video is an excellent illustration of why grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and dairy products are so important.

Watch their video to learn more!

Visit their website for more stories about the farm at www.healthherofarm.com

Square Deal Farm

Sarah and Ray Lewis of Square Deal Farm

Sarah and Ray Lewis of Square Deal Farm

Square Deal Farm farm is owned and run by Ray and Sarah Lewis, Ray pictured above, and their family. Square Deal Farm is remotely located in Walden, in Vermont’s North East Kingdom, bordered by an eleven-thousand-acre wildlife preserve. Pure, clean soil and water from their sugar woods lend to a delicious single-source maple syrup that's rich in "taste of place!" 

The farm's organic certification for their syrup represents their commitment to sustainable agriculture. Certified organic maple syrup ensures that no chemical additives were used in maple syrup production, and that herbicides and pesticides are not used to manage the sugarwoods. The Lewis family use wood to fuel the flames to boil down their sap, and that wood is also from their land. They manage their forest with care for timber, wildlife, maple syrup production, and long-term sustainability.

Sugaring is part of their diversified family farm. The family also raises cattle and pigs, tends bees, grows apples, and harvests their own hay. 

"They can't really describe why they do it, they just do it because that's what they were meant to do."

Check out the lovely video below to learn more and meet the family!

Sunset at Square Deal Farm in Walden, Vermont. Courtsey of Square Deal Farm via Facebook.

Sunset at Square Deal Farm in Walden, Vermont. Courtsey of Square Deal Farm via Facebook.

Valley Dream Farm

The Tisbert Family, Anne, Joe, Jay, and John, in front of their farm stand

The Tisbert Family, Anne, Joe, Jay, and John, in front of their farm stand

Based in Cambridge, the Anne and Joe Tisbert bought Valley Dream Farm in 1992 with a mission of honest, hard work, and a passion to be the best stewards of the land where they grow a wide variety of organic vegetables. For the Tisbert family, it was love at first sight when they found their farm and its breathtaking views in the Pleasant Valley. “We had found the farm of our dreams — hence the name 'Valley Dream Farm.'”

Valley Dream is truly a family farm, with two generations actively running it and bringing a diverse array of skills and knowledge to the table. John Tisbert, pictured below, is planning to work with his parents to continue running their farm for another generation. 

Check out the Valley Dream Farm archive of recipes, collected for peak-season cooking year round! 

John Tisbert

John Tisbert

Shelburne Farms Cheesemaking

Cows on pasture in front of the Inn at Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms is home to a working dairy farm, market garden, woodlands, as well as a a nonprofit organization, working to educate for a sustainable future. 

Their cheesemaking has been in operation since 1980. This special cheddar is made using the raw milk of their Brown Swiss cows, pictured above. Their herd is grass fed and certified for humane treatment. 

You can learn more about their work at shelburnefarms.org. 

 

Fat Toad Farm

Steve Reid. Photo courtesy of Fat Toad Farm.

Steve Reid. Photo courtesy of Fat Toad Farm.

Fat Toad Farm
Steve Reid, Judith Irving, and Calley Hastings
Brookfield, VT

Fat Toad Farm started in 2007 as a family experiment. Their homestead started with some goats, chickens, pigs, and sheep. They started out making chevre and bottling goats milk, but often had some left over. Luckily, they found a recipe for traditional Mexican cajeta, which combines goat milk, sugar, and a long slow cooking technique. The co-owners, Steve Reid (shown at left), Judith Irving, and Calley Hastings, have continued to grow their family-owned business and their delicious caramel flavor varieties ever since. 

In 2016, their herd of 75 goats joined the larger herd that lives at Ayer Brook Goat Dairy, which is run by Vermont Creamery. 

We highly recommend visiting their website for lots of decadent recipes that you can make with your caramel! Visit blog.fattoadfarm.com

Photo collage courtesy of Fat Toad Farm.

Photo collage courtesy of Fat Toad Farm.

Ploughgate Creamery

Photo courtesy of ploughgatecreamery.com

Photo courtesy of ploughgatecreamery.com

Ploughgate Creamery
Marisa Mauro

Fayston, VT

Ploughgate Creamery's cultured butter is made from fresh Vermont cream sourced from the St Albans Coop. The cream is cultured for 48 hours before being churned, giving the butter a distinctly delicious flavor. The flavor from the sweet cream shines through, creating an elegant and balanced butter that is among the best we've ever tasted!

The butter is made at the historic Bragg Farm, farm that was put into the Vermont Land Trust with the purpose of keeping the land in agriculture. Marisa Mauro, butter maker and entrepreneur behind Ploughgate Creamery, won the right to purchase this land through a competition in which young farmers submit agricultural business plans for the land. Marisa's business plan for her butter business and creamery won out over 13 applicants, and she began producing butter there in 2014.