Formerly known as Norris Berry Farm, the Norris family purchased the farm in 1973 and operated it as a dairy for many years before transitioning to berries and produce. It was Norma's idea to plant strawberries, and over time she grew from the corner of her garden to several acres of strawberries and mixed vegetables in cultivation. She also opened the farm for Pick Your Own berries, and the farm remains a well loved summer destination for the community.
In 2016, Norma sold the farm to the Vermont Land Trust, an organization dedicated to the conservation of land in Vermont. In January 2017 the land trust chose Stephen and Sarah Park to take over management of the farm through their Farmland Access Program, which allows farmers to purchase property at agricultural value, conserving the land and ensuring the land stays in agricultural production in the process. The transition was quick, and the Parks were able to take over operations and fully run the farm by March 2017. The Parks leased the farm from the land trust for one year and were finally able to purchase it in summer 2018, conserving the land in the process.
Since then, the farm has gone through many changes, including the construction of nine greenhouses, countless infrastructure improvements and a new farm stand building. In 2023 they opened a second farm stand on Rte 7 at Lester Farm, enabling a shift to almost 100% retail sales. They also have two little boys who can now share in the delight of eating sun warmed berries and exploring the farm.
The farm wouldn't be able to continue without the hardworking and extremely skilled employees that work behind the scenes to grow our crops. Two of our crew members come to work via H2A visa from Jamaica; Denzil has been working on the farm for 24 years, and Calvin for 3 years. Our production manager Addison has been with us for 4 years, and we hire other local help to staff the farm stand and help out in the fields.