Open Farm Day brings local produce, expertise to Dartmouth

May 9, 2016

Farmer Ashley Brister was right at home at Round the Bend farm on their Open Farm Day last Saturday, May 7. Despite the cool weather, residents visited the farm for locally sourced produce, meat, and other products, like Ashley's Produce—a staple at Round the Bend Farm.

Now in her third season, Brister not only sold broccoli, kale, and bok choy—a product of the 20-percent extra crops she planted at the beginning of the season to ensure a wide selection of vegetables— but also offered her expertise. By early summer, Brister hopes to have a good supply of spinach, broccoli raab, lettuce, and beets to add to the market.

Fresh grown veggies and budding plants weren't all that shoppers could browse at Open Farm Day. Local honey and maple syrup were also for sale.

The maple syrup travels the furthest; it's harvested in Western Massachusetts, said education and projects manager Liz Wiley.

All proceeds from the products sold at the farm go right to local farmers, she added.

Round the Bend Farm’s next Open Farm Day will be held on Saturday, June 11.