the Vernon Family Adventure
Nicole, Magnolia, Jeremiah and Indigo.
You may have noticed that a new farm sprung up at the markets this year. We asked them a few questions at market this week so we could introduce them to you!
The Vernon Family Farm of Newfields, NH, is a small, diversified farm that is already thriving – evidenced by the variety of organically raised and responsibly grown chicken products, vegetables, mushrooms and dried flowers at market each week.
First, a little history.
Jeremiah Vernon has been farming on the Seacoast of NH for over 7 years, always with the dream of buying his own land to farm and now, he is making that dream a reality. “All of my experiences have helped me become the farmer I am today,” says Jeremiah. “I am sincerely grateful for our partnership with Riverslea Farm, where I was able to begin my own farming endeavors with the Conrads’ guidance, knowledge and support.”
Vernon Family Farm brings a comprehensive selection of chicken products to market so customers can buy their chicken locally. Vernon Farm chicken is organically grained, pastured and USDA certified. Their offerings include parts (wings, thighs, drum sticks, leg quarters, bone-in breast, boneless breast), sausage (hot Italian, maple, curry), ground chicken, organ meats, backs, bone broth, and broilers (whole chickens).
They are also currently growing about 2 acres of vegetables and dried flowers.
Vernon Family Farm specializes in growing much sought after cultivated mushrooms, which are already coming to market. They grow shiitake and oyster mushrooms (seasonally) in a fruiting room on the farm.
Can you tell us a little more about the fruiting room?
“We grow both our oyster mushrooms in the summer and shiitake in the winter in a climate controlled fruiting room we built in 2014. It allows for year round production in ideal conditions.”
In general, what is a day like on the farm?
“Following a chat amongst the crew regarding the plan for the day, we share the completion of chicken and mushroom and field chores and then head straight into the tasks for the day.”
You can’t miss the Vernon Family Farm signage, seen here at the Portsmouth market.
What is the best thing about being a farmer?
“Besides the vacation? The relationship you develop with the land and the world you occupy.”
What was something that surprised you recently?
“The size of our spring garlic. Thank you to the last winter for protecting our plants from the frost with all of the snow. At least there was one positive…”
“Beets and babies, is there anything better?!”
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Have a great week & we’ll see you at market.