I may live in rural New England, but I’m not a farmer. That life has always interested me though, especially as I’ve grown up and become more aware of the source of my meat. I especially like supporting small farms (when I can afford it…which isn’t all the time), but that’s usually through buying produce or meat through a coop or a farmer’s market. Visiting a farm for their annual tour is even better!
Saturday was Mayfair Farm‘s tour and luckily I was Southwestern New Hampshire for it. It was a gorgeous day with a bright sun and the farm looked lovely. We started in front of the farm store, sampling some gluten-free almond cake (they do catering events and sell food in their farm store as well) while Craig and Sarah introduced themselves.
We walked through the professional kitchen, then out the back and up to the hill where blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, and peaches were growing. A late frost and voles had hurt some of the trees and plants this year, but they still looked lush.
We tried to look down the hill into the woods where there were sows living outside, but they were all in hiding, so we headed back down to the barn that the sows and piglets have temporarily taken over.
Finally, it was back up to the farm store where Sarah had made mini phyllo dough triangles with local asparagus and local spinach. We also got to taste a number of the sausages that they make from their own meat.
It was such a great outing, and really interesting to hear Craig talk about being part of the Non-GMO Project (and therefore having to source non-GMO grains), and how each farm has to figure out what works for them. There’ s no one size fits all solution in farming, since the seasons and terrains are so different everywhere.
Now I feel inspired to have my own little farm someday, though I know it’s tons of work and not all adorable piglets.