Open Farm Day brings local produce, expertise to Dartmouth

By Lauren Zaknoun | May 09, 2016
Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun Ashley Brister of Ashlay's Produce chats with attendees about her produce on Saturday, May 7.

Farmer Ashley Brister was right at home at Round the Bend farm on their Open Farm Day last Saturday, May 7. Despite the cool weather, residents visited the farm for locally sourced produce, meat, and other products, like Ashley's Produce—a staple at Round the Bend Farm.

Now in her third season, Brister not only sold broccoli, kale, and bok choy—a product of the 20-percent extra crops she planted at the beginning of the season to ensure a wide selection of vegetables— but also offered her expertise. By early summer, Brister hopes to have a good supply of spinach, broccoli raab, lettuce, and beets to add to the market.

Fresh grown veggies and budding plants weren't all that shoppers could browse at Open Farm Day. Local honey and maple syrup were also for sale.

The maple syrup travels the furthest; it's harvested in Western Massachusetts, said education and projects manager Liz Wiley.

All proceeds from the products sold at the farm go right to local farmers, she added.

Round the Bend Farm’s next Open Farm Day will be held on Saturday, June 11.

Ashley Brister of Ashley's Produce. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
The farms pigs keeping cool in the mud. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
Scratchy inspects some of the goods for sale. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
Maple syrup on sale from Apponagansett Farms. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
Local honey from Hana's Honey. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
A baby becomes acquainted with Scratchy. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
Jack, one of Round the Bend Farm's faithful Great Pyrenees, lounges in the cool weather on May 7. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
A father and son walk through the fields. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
Brie the Great Pyrenees makes friends with some locals. (Photo by: Lauren Zaknoun)
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