Valley Food & Farm Guide

The Valley Food & Farm Guide is free marketing for local farms and farm-based businesses in the Upper Valley. With over 60,000 unique visitors annually, the Guide is where customers will find you- as they search for nearby places to pick, eat, learn, shop, and more.

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Criteria

View our service area

If your farm is within the towns covered by our service area, you are welcome to a free listing in the Valley Food & Farm Guide.

You are also welcome to a free listing if your restaurant, grocery, cafe/deli, catering service, processing business, farmers’ market, distributorship or specialty food business:

  • is within the towns covered by our service area
  • AND regularly offers local farm products for sale
  • OR is a processing service that’s located outside our service area but regularly uses agricultural products from farmers within our service area.

Sign up or update your free listing any time during the year

Please be patient as our new website is slowly unveiled.
Very soon you will be able to add and update your free  listing online. Until this is ready, please contact Nancy@VitalCommunities.org and she will be able to assist you with any additions or changes to the Guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my business qualify for a free listing?

If your farm is within the towns covered by our map you are welcome to a free listing here.

If your restaurant, grocery, cafe/deli,catering,processing, farmers’ market, distributorship or specialty food production:

  • is within the towns covered by our map AND regularly offers local farm products for sale
  • OR is a processor located outside the map area, but regularly use agricultural products from farmers within our map area. 
    (for example, many farmers in our area ship milk to Agri-Mark for use in Cabot products, so Cabot may have a listing, even though Cabot’s offices are outside the area).

Then you are welcome to a free listing here.

What is the Valley Food & Farm Service Area?

The greater upper valley region. See map for towns.

I’m confused and just can’t figure something out. What should I do?

First read the FAQ and see if your question is here. If not, call Nancy with questions at 802-291-9100 ext. 106, or email at Nancy@VitalCommunities.org

What do I do if I have more than one business?

Only fill out more than one listing if you file taxes for more than one business. Two listings would mean you have two business names.

How do I list my Winter Farmers Market?

Do two separate business listings if you have both a summertime farmers market and a winter farmers market. Be sure to check Winter when asked about the season.

What do I do if my product is not in this list?

If your product fits into one of the categories listed, mark “other” for that category (for example, Other Poultry) and in the description field tell us what other poultry you have available. If the product does not fit into any of the categories, simply type the product name into the provided box near the bottom of the page.

When will my updated listing appear in the Guide?

Your listing will appear in the online Valley Food & Farm Guide within days of when you entered it. Our staff will activate these changes as soon as feasible and will notify you by email/mail once the changes are available to view on this website. You will be listed year round on our website and you may update your listing at any time.

Am I a processing facility?

Check Processing Facility if you are an established facility that processes ingredients, grown or raised in VT or NH, in large quantities. (e.g. cheese maker, commercial kitchen, cider press, wine maker)

Can I use the word "organic" to describe my farm?

You can only use “organic” to describe your farm if you have been certified as an organic farm or if you make less than $5000 in gross sales. See http://www.nofavt.org/orgcert.php for a description of VT organic certification and http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexIE.htm for NH organic certification.

What is an "Food Systems Group"?

This is an organization that does not fall into the categories of farm, farmer’s market, grocer, or restaurant, whose activities are related to agriculture, local foods, or sustainability in the region.  Examples would be organizations that  run community gardens, provide resources for farmers, participate in food relief activities, deal with political and legal issues related to agriculture and land preservation, and so forth.

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Calendar

July  2015
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608, United States
    Description: Interested in learning more about Pollinators? Join us to learn about pollinator ecology and how to identify the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in your garden. This will be an introductory level course.
    When: July 1st, 11am-2:30pm
    Where: Distant Hill Gardens
    507March Hill Rd.
    Walpole, NH 03608
    Suggested Donation: $10
    To Register: 603-756-2988 ext. 116 or email: amanda@cheshireconservation.org

    Space is limited to 25 so please REGISTER EARLY!
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  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: July 11, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Description: The 3rd Annual Grafton Food Festival celebrates local food and farms in Vermont. July 11, 2015.
    A fantastic lineup of nationally recognized chefs. Demonstrations all day Saturday, included in your entry fee. Thank you to Mary Ann Esposito, of PBS' Ciao Italia, for helping make our 2014 event such a success.

    http://graftonfoodfestival.com/
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  • Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: July 14, 2015 - 10:30 pm
    Location: VT Food Venture Center, Hardwick & Pete's Green's, Craftsbury
    Description: Value-added processing for farm operators is an exciting arena; but depends heavily onvolumes, food safety and good systems. This workshop will review the big picture of regulatory compliance and food safety considerations, and provide a tour of the Vermont Food Venture Center, led by Sarah Waring and Connor Gorham, with industrial kitchens set up with equipment, tech assistance and trainings. It will also tour Pete’s Greens on farm operation in Craftsbury, where their farm kitchen provides the cooking and processing for value-added products direct to consumers.

    More information and registration at http://www.nofavt.org/ows (Registration opens June 15th.)
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  • Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford, VT 05043, United States
    Description: Get the most out of your CSA! Our dedicated chefs will guide you through a lively experience of preparing both recipe-based and improvised dishes from the items in an upcoming share. We will also demonstrate techniques for preserving what you don’t want to eat right away.

    Sign up with friends and bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with our creations. You’ll go home with new recipes and a better appreciation for seasonal flavor affinities.
    https://cedarcirclefarm.org/events/
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  • Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: July 25, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Bradford, VT 05033, USA
    Description: Birch Ridge Farm in Bradford, VT will be holding a Goat's milk soap making class on Saturday, July 25 from 9am to Noon. Space is limited. For more information and fee please visit our Workshop link on our website http://www.birchridgefarm.com.
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Staff

Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

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— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm Coordinator


Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and Upper Valley farms. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, VT that focuses on heritage breed animals. It's a great day when she can hang with the pigs in pasture, watch the lambs frolic at dusk, or enjoy an amazingly delicious, completely locally grown meal al fresco.

Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, a member of the Vermont Swine Advisory Group and the Norwich Planning Commission, and a retired Norwich volunteer fire fighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.



Beth Roy

Farm to School Program Coordinator

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— Beth Roy, Farm to School Program Coordinator

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and currently lives in Hartland, Vermont, with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Manager

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— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vermont, with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm -fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, VT with her family.