In the Produce Department at Hunger Mountain Coop, you may have noticed the large, framed pictures of growers and farms adorning the space above the lettuce and broccoli coolers. One of them is a picture of Bruce Kaufman and Judy Jarvis, along with their crew at Riverside Farm in East Hardwick, Vermont.


Judy and Bruce grow all their crops organically, and are certified by Vermont Organic Farmers. They purchased Riverside Farm in 1989 with the help of the Vermont Land Trust and cultivate about 25 acres of vegetables and grains. This year, Riverside Farm will be The Coop's primary supplier of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, lettuce, squash, onions, potatoes, and turnips as well as a variety of culinary herbs.

The growing season in Vermont is a short one, but the folks at Riverside Farm use the time well. Long, busy days certainly include packing up vegetables for distribution to wholesalers, but Bruce and Judy much prefer providing organic produce for the local community – “real food for real people” as they like to say.

 

They have a roadside stand at the farm for people driving on Route 16, and maintain a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for neighbors who want to commit to a steady supply of fresh produce all season long.

 

Supplying local co-ops is also an important part of the farm's mission. As one of Hunger Mountain Coop's primary growers, Riverside Farm has built a strong relationship with The Coop over the last 25 years. During the local season and into the last fall, you can always find something to enjoy from Riverside Farm.