We have been growing produce for retail and wholesale markets since 2000 and in 2015 we began to transition the farm to growing strawberries and raspberries. Our first crop of both will be available in the summer of 2016. We’ve sold to stores, local institutions, wholesale produce distributors and other farm stands but our favorite outlet is direct to the consumer at our farm stand located at 4884 East Bethel Road in Randolph Center, Vermont.
We offer high quality products, outstanding service and a chance for you to interact with the farm and farmers who produce your food. Ask questions, look around, and try us out.
Lincoln Farm definition of local – In the retail food marketplace the word “local” is being diluted to the point where it will eventually mean “food produced in North America”. Some grocery chains even define local food as “being produced within a 7 hour drive”. At Lincoln Farm we define local as “within the community” or “in our neighborhood”. 88%, yes you read that right, eighty eight percent, of the operational expenditures of Lincoln Farm are spent at businesses principally owned within 60 miles of the farm stand. When others say “it’s local”, ask to see their farm.
Conservation on the farm – Even with all of our focused, positive energy on the farm, the enduring forces here are the natural resources: soil and water. Conservation of these resources for future generations is far more important to us than any recognition we’ve received for doing so.
Lincoln Farm’s A to Z glossary outlines some of the sustainable practices and tools we utilize to enhance the environment:
Annual crop rotation – a technique used to confuse weeds, bugs, fungi and farmers as to where to go next.
Biennial soil testing – helps us precisely apply fertilizer and compost and makes plants happy.
Biodegradable mulch – a protective weed barrier that does not create waste, which means no extra time, energy or resources are used to haul it to the landfill and it heats up the soil for earlier growth.
Cover crops – grown after the main crop is harvested to reduce erosion potential.
Gravity supplied irrigation water – sure beats burning fuel to pump it uphill.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – scouting for and monitoring pest (bugs, weeds, disease) levels to minimize or eliminate any unnecessary pesticide application.
Recycling – we reuse anything we possibly can. It’s in a Vermonter’s DNA, seriously.
Row cover – heats up the soil, protects from frost and keeps bugs out.
Subsoiling – a process where the soil is tilled deeply, leaving the surface relatively undisturbed, breaking up man made compaction that keeps roots and water from moving up or down like nature intended.
Subsurface drip irrigation – puts water only where it needs to when it needs to.
Zone tiller – a gadget that tills only a small zone where the plant will grow thereby eliminating multiple tractor and field processes which greatly reduces the use of diesel fuel (sorry Exxon Mobil!)
If you have questions about any of our practices, we’re always glad to discuss how we make our choices and manage our farm. We believe in transparency and the educated consumer.