Fruit, Vegetables, Herbs and Plants
Organic agriculture is the natural way for Four Springs Farm to operate. MOST OF OUR CROPS ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC through Vermont Organic Farmers. Plant production, with the inherent seasonal cycles of the land, the necessary health of the soil, the purity of the water, the rotation of crops and nature's timing results in some dramatic differences from one season to the next and comprise the central activities of this farm's business. They feed the soul.
Greenhouses • The first production time of the annual growing cycle is in our greenhouses. The farm produces an early pansy crop to sell throughout the region at Co-ops and garden centers to bring cool weather color to everyone.
Next the greenhouses produce vegetable starts, herbs starts and flowers for sale and for our own fields. These are sold April through June at the Norwich Farmers Market or at the farm by appointment. After that you can find our specialty Hot Pepper plants throughout the summer.
Greenhouse work is a delightful way to dispel the mud season blues and begin to smell the soil before it is time to work the land. Come visit us!
Photo by Will Cleland
Photo by Orah Moore
Photo by Will Cleland
In the evening guests are invited to “Pick your own Dinner” by wandering through the fields with one of the farmers to gather salad makings or pick sweet corn for the campfire pot.
Fruit • Our Vermont climate hosts quite a wide variety of fruits which grow as small shrubs, brambles or trees. The earliest of the season is the rhubarb stalks which are very versatile in cooking and one of the farm favorites. Wild crops have a fickle harvest pattern and cannot be counted on to produce every year. These treasures include wild grapes, choke cherries, and apples to name a few.
Over the first ten years farming at this location many other fruits have been planted, some of which are now yielding fruit. Among these are sour cherries, apricots, raspberries, red & black currants. Each year melons and ground cherries are included in the annual garden patch.
All of the fruit grown here is used in making our extensive line of jams and jellies. Some crops are available for campers to pick and some are sold as fresh fruit at the Norwich Farmers Market.
Herbs • Culinary herbs are a featured part of the spring greenhouse plants and produce bountifully throughout the season in both our annual and perennial gardens. Some fresh herbs are available at the Norwich Farm Market and all of them can be cut from the garden. Herb drying begins in spring and continues through late fall to provide a wide range of culinary herbs all year. Herb seeds are a new crop for the farm.
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