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Follow organic dairy farmer Jonathan Gates as he reports weekly from his Vermont family farm. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm. Check out some of the happenings on his farm and post your comments. Jonathan loves to get feedback from readers.

Now those are carrots! A plentful fall harvest at Howmars Farm

Noah was having a hankering for beef stew, so Karen had taken a package of our stew beef out to thaw last night. This morning she told Noah he needed to pull a few carrots out of the garden to put in the stew. The carrots are so big this year we probably only needed one to go into the stew. Along with the beef and the carrots, potatoes and green beans from our garden also went into the crock pot. When we sit down to supper and a meal like this we call it a "Howmars Farm" supper because everything we are having at the meal came right from our farm. We are so fortunate to be able to do this.

The garden is almost done producing for the season. The cucumbers are still going, and there is some corn and carrots still to be harvested. And the pumpkins and squash, of course. The potatoes are in the potato bin in the cool, stone-walled cellar, pickled cucumbers and beets are in jars lining the storage cupboard shelves, and bags of green (string) beans are frozen in the freezer waiting to be used. The garden produced very well for us despite the very wet conditions and cool temperatures early on in the growing season. It is very gratifying to eat and enjoy all the good things we produce here at the farm.

--Jonathan, Howmars Farm
Franklin, Vermont


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