Tamarack Hollow Farm Barre, VT
Tamarack Hollow is a rag-tag group of activist, artists, tinkerers, and thinkers. They are constantly reinventing the wheel, building a better mouse trap, and generally seeking to occupy the space between rocks and hard places. As a whole, they enjoy making good food, building beautiful things, taking long walks in the woods, big and small dogs, audio adventures through our earbuds, family and friendships. This ship is steered by Amanda Andrews and crewed by farm veterans Cody Fosbrook, Kay Ensley, Andrea Brito-Nuñez, Ben Ensley and Will Bennington. Tamarack Hollow Farm grows organic vegetables on rich upland soils in Plainfield, Vermont. They choose varieties that shine in Vermont’s cooler growing season, specializing in root crops and leafy greens. Amanda seeks out varieties noted for their shape, texture, color and taste profiles. They irrigate their vegetables moderately to distill the richest flavors possible and harvest their vegetables by hand, selecting only the best and handling them with care. They do not use preventative sprays such as fungicides and pesticides and have only used organic sprays a handful of times over the years in order to prevent a complete loss of a major crop. they manage fertility with cover crops that build organic matter to feed soil bacteria and provide nitrogen and through selective soil amendments to build a rich pallet of nutrients for growing plants. All of their vegetables are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers using USDA guidelines. Their turkeys and eggs are not organic, but they are raised free ranging on pasture: this means they are outdoors with complete freedom of movement, not inside a barn or coop with “access to pasture.” They are fed grain and vegetable scraps, and they produce a bright orange yolk that stands up off the plate!