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Half Pint Farm

(Burlington,VT)

Half Pint Farm is operated by us, husband and wife team, Mara and Spencer Welton. Between the two of us, we have 35 years experience growing & selling produce. Our two miniature dachshunds, Mr. Smeems and Bullet are trusty companions who help to keep the farm free of mice, rats, woodchucks, rabbits, and deer. They are indispensible members of our team and provide plenty of comic relief as well. Our farm is conceived through a desire to craft phenomenal produce, display it stunningly and offer all of our customers excellent customer service. Half Pint Farm, as the name suggests, is small; we are a two acre farm. This size is not accidental. In researching farms around the world in the ancient world through the present day, the most abundantly productive size is around this size. We have found this to be a manageable and inspirational size for 2 people. In this space we are able to produce enough to provide food four ourselves, weekly farmers markets, a few grocers and up to 10 restaurants and caterers. Our farm is located in Burlington's Intervale (http://www.intervale.org), which provided us with the necessary infrastructure and low-risk to begin our venture & evolve our dream. The unique micro-climate of the Intervale allows us to get into the ground early in the season and escape the earlier frosts of fall. Our soil is a beautiful silt loam in the floodplain, which we have become accustomed to - the annual flooding still does not deter us from farming this incredible soil. We specialize in small, baby and specialty varieties of crops; up to 400 varieties at a time! Our particular passion is using heirloom and open-pollinated seed varieties as much as possible. We are members of Seed Savers Exchange, Slow Food USA, NOFA and the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association. We pride ourselves on having produce that is of excellent quality, picked at the peak of freshness, washed and packaged with an eye towards the aesthetic, as food should not only be nutritious, but beautiful as well!

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