Monthly Archives: June 2013

Strawberries Come to Essex County, Finally!

Maidstone Strawberries for sale at the Lancaster Farmers' Market, today.

Maidstone Strawberries for sale at the Lancaster Farmers’ Market, today.

For years, I’ve been lamenting the lack of strawberries for sale in our corner of Vermont. We’ve got farms and farmers galore, but no one grows strawberries for sale. Four or five years ago, someone in South Lunenburg tended a large pick-your-own strawberry field for two years, then disappeared, sadly. Other than that, we’ve always had to drive over an hour south, to Bradford, Vermont for them.

Tim Cahill, selling strawberries grown by himself, Peggy Cahill and Mike Cahill in Maidstone, VT

Tim Cahill, selling strawberries grown by himself, Peggy Cahill and Mike Cahill in Maidstone, VT

But now I and my fellow strawberry-lovers have reason to celebrate. This year, Mike, Tim and Peggy Cahill are offering strawberries for sale at the Lancaster Farmers’ Market and at a farm stand at their home on Rt 2 near the Lunenburg-Guildhall line.

The strawberries are big, luscious, tasty, and organic. No pesticides. The Cahills’ strawberry field is located on leased land just north of us on Route 102 in Maidstone, Vermont. The crop was started last year and this is the first yield. When I talked with Tim Cahill at today’s Farmers’ Market in Lancaster, he confessed that raising strawberries for sale is hard work, but worth it in the end. Although part of this year’s crop suffered some blight due to the heavy rains, 70% of the strawberry field has thrived.

I’m so excited!

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A Bicycle Ride in my Neighborhood

This is the garden/yard of Opal Potter. Mrs. Potter passed away recently. She was a talented gardener, both of vegetables and flowers. I’ve always admired her garden. The house and grounds are uninhabited now, and wild lupine has taken over the yard.IMG_20130616_112537_940

Here is the area known as the Guildhall Town Forest. Conserved for posterity, by the Nature Conservancy.IMG_20130616_112759_256

Baby corn plants in the field heading up the North Rd.IMG_20130616_113122_416

At the Town line. IMG_20130616_115240_340

The beautiful, idyllic pond at the end of Tamarack Lane. The mosquitoes attacked us so badly I only had time to snap one photo! IMG_20130616_114645_540

Entering the Bog of Maidstone. IMG_20130616_122129_022

The incredibly appealing babbling brook on the North Rd. IMG_20130616_123436_358

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