Heartfelt Thanks!

Did you miss us? Wondering what we’ve been up to? This past winter into spring we had the good fortune to receive a grant from a combination of sources: 1) The Intervale Center’s Beginning Farmer Coaching and Business Planning where I had the amazing support and guidance from Maggie Donin, Beginning Farmer Specialist. The work involved identifying strengths and weaknesses, setting goals and creating a vision, financial analysis, and more. Maggie worked me hard with many homework assignments and meetings and it was amazing! We learned so much and have been working on many changes to our farm as a result of it. 2) The Canaday Family Charitable Trust grant provided to Shelburne Farms and the USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program, secured through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Vera Simon-Nobes, the Farm-Based Education Network Coordinator and VT Farms Agritourism Project Coordinator with Shelburne Farms provided us with assistance in agritourism planning. Objectives here are to increase the number of Vermonters and tourists who value local, sustainable agriculture, cultivate relationships with Vermont farmers, and make a positive impact on Vermont’s food and farm economy. Vera provided several on-site farm visits to assess agritourism options, including farm dinners and kayak rentals. It also included expert reviews of our trees and berries. Our heartfelt thanks go out to them for all their hard work and assistance! We have learned so much through this experience! Our first goal as a result of this grant is offer our first farm to table dinner. Details coming soon!

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Spring has Sprung!!

Awww, finally!! Hope you enjoyed the last few days and are anxiously awaiting when we’ll get more like them. Saw this amazing sunrise site a week ago and just had to capture it and share. Checked in with Sharon Meyer and she confirmed that it is called a “Sun Dog”. What a great way to start the day!

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Cheers,
Sally & Bruce :)

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Christmas Photos – Happy New Year!

Thanks again to everyone who visited us during our Christmas sales season. The busier we get, the harder it is to take these wonderful photos that make such great memories. If you didn’t make it in this year’s album, maybe next year! If you see someone you know, pass it along.  Best wishes for a wonderful New Year – safe travels to all.

Cheers,
Sally & Bruce :)

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Thanks For Your Support!

Collopy Christmas tree sales is officially closed for the season! Thank you so much for all your support!! What an amazing 3+ weeks it’s been. It was great to see so many returning faces and meet so many new neighbors. Don’t forget to keep that tree watered! Look for photos soon.

Cheers! :)
Sally & Bruce

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Christmas Tree Sales

Fabulous few weekends at Collopy Family Farm. Thanks for all your support!! We’ll be open this weekend with a limited selection of trees, about 30+, from 6-9 feet. Hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes will make your visit warm and yummy!

Cheers,
Sally & Bruce :)

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Little Elves at Work

Grand central, or should I say “green central” Yup, that’s a glass of wine. I know what you’re thinking – but hey – I’m working hard and can’t keep stopping to refill. 

Cheers, Sally & Bruce :)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope the weather won’t affect your plans too drastically. For Christmas tree farms, we’re lucking out with a good opening weekend. We’ll open the Friday after Thanksgiving and every weekend thereafter until sold out, 9 a.m. until dusk. You can pick out your tree, grab a beautiful wreath or kissing ball, maybe an organically raised chicken, some jam for yourself or a friend. Trees are $40 and include shaking, and, if you choose, wrapping. Complimentary cookies and cocoa!   We look forward to seeing you soon!
Cheers :)
Sally & Bruce

 

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