Old farm family offers new farm model

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Old farm family offers new farm model

Sat, 08/15/2020 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Isham Family Farm is a 5th generation farm owned by Michael Isham and Helen Weston who are a combined 19 generational Vermonters. Mike converted the Williston farm from a dairy operation to now include PYO berries, pumpkins, corn maze, Christmas trees and in 2010 restored a late 1700’s barn into an event space.

In 2020 Mike and Helen made the decision to put the farm back into the Farmers Market by hosting a Farmers Market behind their renovated late 1700’s antique barn.

So far they have approximately 20 vendors every Tuesday evening including 3 produce vendors, a cheese and gelato vendor, Alaskan fish, local distilleries and a brewery among other small agricultural businesses. They weekly have a flatbread, wood fired pizza trailer as well as a local ice-cream truck selling cones and pints.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic this year we have been strictly following Governor Scott’s restrictions and requiring face mask to be worn, hand sanitizer upon entering the market, one way flow and social distancing.

Due to the market being held on a farm, we have lots of open space behind the food vendors where customers can pick a picnic table and safely eat and socialize with family.

During an extended hot spell or heavy rain day they have the option to move the market inside the large old renovated dairy barn where everyone can stay dry and cooler.

On weekends the farm hosts weddings and other special events including campaign rallies during election years.

During the campaign rallies you can usually find Ben and Jerry scooping Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream to the delight of visitors young and old.