Lis Schneider at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market selling a young customer his first ‘solid food.’
White Cedar Farm
has been a market fixture since they began farming 202 acres in Kingston in 2012. Previously known as Burnt Swamp Farm, owners Shelly and Dave Smith, and Lis Schneider, are joined by one year round employee and 3-4 summer employees.
“David with our fantastic ram, Buddy, the best sire we’ve ever had on the farm,” Lis tells us.
Lis took a few minutes at market recently to tell us more about the farm. “We are a strictly no spray farm,” she explains. “This means that we use absolutely no herbicides pesticides or fungicides. We practice vigilant crop rotations, pick bugs off by hand, manage weeds by hand and never apply any chemicals at all.
“All of our animals have large outdoor spaces and we practice grazing rotation: this means that all of our livestock is raised with plenty of sunshine, room to run around, and frequent access to fresh ground. By rotating animals, we keep them healthy and happy and free of parasites without having to medicate. We also do not use antibiotics. Our animals live as natural lives as we can offer them.”
Dave and Lis going to feed the pigs when they had too much snow to bring any vehicles down to the pastures.
“This is our goat herd when they first arrived, we have now doubled their number,” Lis says. “They are a meat herd that have been out playing in the forest all summer.”
White Cedar Farm also keeps hives on the farm for honey. They have over 2,000 maple taps for producing maple syrup. Two greenhouses grow winter greens. The farm also grows their own flowers and offers bouquets at markets and also special orders for special occasions.
You can find White Cedar Farm at all four SGA markets.
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Farmsicles: Farm Inspired Pops
“Repurpose, Preserve and Lick”
Vernon Family Farm is collaborating with Three Brothers Marketplace to introduce the Farmsicle, farm inspired pops. Farmsicles are the result of Vernon Family Farm’s desire to repurpose and preserve seconds and/or extra product. The popsicles are made with organic cane sugar and locally grown produce from Vernon Family Farm and other local farms.
Tucker Plimpton, executive chef and one of the brothers, uses his skills to blend local flavors into frozen, licking, deliciousness. There are currently two flavors of Farmsicles available, roasted beet-blueberry and cucumber-melon. Both are made with organic cane sugar.
The Vernon’s plan to have Farmsicles available through the rest of the market season and into the winter markets – so it’s not just for summer! You can find them at the Exeter and Portsmouth Farmers’ Markets.
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Have a great week & we’ll see you at market!