We sell the following products from our Farm Stand at 700 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482. Unless otherwise specified everything you find there is grown on site.
The Farm Stand
Our Self Serve Farm Stand is open every day from dawn ’til dusk. You can typically find a nearby staff person between 8 AM and 3 PM to orient you to where things are and how it works. We have a few different options to make your purchases as simple and easy as possible. You can stop in any time and pay with cash or a check for the products that you a purchasing at the time,or you can buy a Farm Purchase Card online or by cash or check in the stand.
What’s a Farm Purchase Card?
Our Farm Purchase Cards give you all the freedom of shopping at a grocery store, with the value and support of a CSA (community-supported agriculture) share. You can use your Farm Purchase Card on any of our great Farm Stand products like raw milk, frozen meat, fresh eggs, or seasonal vegetables! We keep your Farm Card on file so you never have to worry about having your wallet on hand.
You pay $100, receive a $107 Farm Card
You pay $250, receive a $275 Farm Card
Raw Cow & Goat Milk
Our dairy cows are dual purpose Normandes which we find to be excellent grass-fed animals, with good coats and hearty bodies that serve them well in winter. They have lovely temperaments (for the most part) and do well with all the socialization involved in being a part of an education farm. We have been told that they make the most delicious milk in the area, and we hope you find this to be true. We typically milk them year round, and though it’s always good, if you are thinking about starting to drink raw cow’s milk you can’t beat fresh May/June pasture for the most nutrient dense tasty product.
Our dairy goats are a mixed herd of Registered Nigerian Dwarfs and Nubian/Alpine/Oberhasli crosses that we graze and browse all over the farm. These girls are fed a mix of alfalfa, organic dairy grain, black oil sunflower seeds, kelp, and minerals at milking, and eat pasture, browse or our hay for the rest of the day depending on the time of year. Their milk is surprisingly delicious even to me, a sworn cow dairy lover. Though goats are the most impish and tricky of the ruminants, they are a good match for a group of excited and rambunctious children, so they fit in well around here. We typically milk them seasonally from April to December.
Again the herd is grass fed and grass finished only. We never feed grain intentionally (the time in 2017 when the cows broke into the barn and tore into 250 lbs of chicken feed is another story…) We are told there is a lot of Qi (chi) in our beef, though we’re not sure how to measure that exactly. What we do know is that we do our best to raise the most contented, healthy animals possible, which includes calves nursing and learning to graze from their mothers, rotating pastures daily in the growing season, and making sure animals have shelter and access to the outdoors in all seasons. If you have never purchased grass-fed beef before, we recommend reading up on how to get the most out of the product. The animals get more exercise and are kept longer, this, combined with their roughage diet can make the meat slightly gamier and sometimes a little tougher than feed-lot beef. The nutrient density and vitality of the end product, along with its lack of antibiotics, hormones and other toxins are worth the trade-off. The best way to be a satisfied customer is to learn the ins and outs of handling and cooking grass-fed meat.
Whole Pastured Chickens and Eggs
At the time of writing this, our meat chickens and layers are raised on organic grain and waste produce from our local school cafeteria and our gardens. In summer, we also feed them maggots which we raise from waste meat. The end product is not certified organic, but we never purchase GMO products for our birds, and they are as healthy and vigorous foragers as we have ever seen. It is our intention to raise meat birds in 2018 on maggots, food waste and pasture alone. We look forward to a day when we can get closer a zero grain chicken operation. We will keep you posted.
Vegetables, Herbs & Flowers
In both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, New Village Farm has leased the garden spaces to Birdseed Gardens, who have done a spectacular job growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs using organic methods. Their amazingly delicious produce, including pea shoots, mesclun, greens, turnips, carrots, radishes, peas, onions, and so much more are available from May to October. Their later season eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes are also worth the wait.