The Harvest Is IN Published on November 4, 2013

Heirloom Apples Volante FarmsFrom “After Apple Picking,” by Robert Frost-

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now…

Outside of treat farm

In New England, frost is on the pumpkins, and at the three Hardwick Post & Beam farm stands featured here, the locals are stopping by to order Thanksgiving turkeys or pick up some pie apples.

The farmer-shopkeepers understand that people come to their stands not only to partake of the harvest, but also to appreciate other elemental things, like the change of the seasons, and the strength and beauty of handcrafted wood.

All three operations are family farms, and in each case the older generation came to us when they recognized that their bursting farm stands needed to expand to accommodate an increasing flow of customers if their retail businesses were to be viable for the generations following.

Ceiling of Morning Glory FarmNow Volante Farms (in the photo at the top with the heirloom apples) boasts a timber frame of hemlock sourced from New England. The Robert Treat Farm frame is of red oak (now clad in barn-red siding), as is the frame of the Morning Glory Farm store (with the lofty row of windows) in Martha’s Vineyard.

The Island’s children enjoyed this year’s pumpkin festival.


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