Our Family to Yours
Fifteen years ago Eric returned home to Vermont after a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. He was very inspired by the subsistence farming and commercial coffee production that he experienced during his two and a half years living in that country. Drawn to agriculture he approached the Intervale Foundation about the possibilities of starting a farm in the Burlington floodplain. A little bit of luck and a lot of determination backed by the support of the Intervale Foundation and an aspiring young farmer was able to get a foothold in an emerging market. Five years later a 108 acre farm was purchased in Starksboro from the Vermont Land Trust. The Rockville Market Farm is a collaboration between Eric and his wife Keenann. The land is beautiful, the air and water are pristine and the farm is blessed with amazing neighbors and a growing clientele. As it turns out starting a farm from scratch is really hard (who knew?). These days the future is bright and it’s a really exciting time to be farming.
The farm believes first and foremost in transparent agriculture, meaning that if you are going to consume our food you deserve to know how it’s produced. The best way to do this is by joining our CSA. The CSA movement is growing at a rapid pace in the United States. There are numerous reasons to join a farm. Food that travels fewer miles and days between harvest and consumption has a higher nutritional value. Our vegetables are fresh, certified organic and pesticide free. Many of our vegetables are consumed within days if not hours of being picked. CSAs keep our dollars regional and give community support to family farms. By sharing the risk and harvest, members help keep farms in production and support farming as a viable family business. By partnering with our friends at Common Roots we are able to raise funds to offer reduced-rate memberships in our community. The farm believes strongly that regional consumption needs to be affordable. One of our main goals is to help make locally grown food accessible to families of all income levels. We offer members an installment plan, so members can pay in monthly installments.
The CSA model is still emerging. Each farm has it’s own interpretation of what it should be. CSAs are not for everyone, local farmer’s market such as the one we attend (the Burlington Farmer’s Market) offer a tremendous amount of choice and are also a great way to support local agriculture.