The Farmer's House Market
September 13, 2012
The Farmer’s House Market just opened in April of 2012, and the word is slowly getting out about the quaint country-type store. It resides in what was formerly known as Vaughn’s Country Store located on Hwy. 273 on the way to Weston. The store was part of the Vaughn Farm, which had been worked by five generations of family. With the retirement of the Vaughn family from farming, The Farmer's House initiative was born.
The Farmer's House is a not-for-profit organization in the shape of a working farm. Here individuals with developmental disabilities learn the ins and outs of farm life and have a great time while they are at it. One aspect of the Farmer's House is the Seeds of Change Program. This program allows the youth to come in and work the gardens, grow produce, and harvest it, as well as display and sell what they have grown. There is also a baking workshop. Produce is also purchased locally or bought from other farmers with the same goal in mind, teaching responsibility, self-pride, and having fun.
Besides fruits and vegetables, you can buy jams, jellies, pies, apple dumplings, spreads, butters, fudge, meats, sausages, cheeses, pickles, relishes, sauces, and various nuts. There are also kitchen items, such as cookware, dishes, and cookbooks. I have been volunteering there throughout the summer and have enjoyed watching the progress of the farm as well as the people. It’s been very inspiring. For more information on The Farmer's House, check out their website.
- Janet F.