Welcoming our new Food & Farm Director

Francine Stephens with her husband Andrew and their two kids Prue and Marco

Francine Stephens with her husband Andrew and their two kids Prue and Marco

We’re thrilled to welcome Francine Stephens as our new Food & Farm Director! Francine recently moved to Vermont from Brooklyn, New York, where she’s been living and working with her husband Andrew and their two children, Prue and Marco. But after city living for the last 20 years, Francine and her family decided to head north and felt a pull to Vermont due to its agricultural landscape and rich food culture.

Francine is no stranger to the Vermont landscape, she studied at UVM for her undergraduate degree and lived in Brattleboro while she got her Masters at Antioch in New Hampshire.

When asked what she looks forward to most about working at Philo Ridge Farm, Francine quickly responded “Everything! I love being around animals and feel that being on a farm cultivates my mind and soul. I’m looking forward to gaining an understanding of this working landscape and, without question, getting to work with and eat the bounty that this land will produce. To be a part of a project like Philo Ridge Farm is a lifelong dream.”

Her husband Andrew is a chef and at home transforms Francine’s favorite vegetables into her favorite dishes, like locally-grown artichokes into Andrew's famous fried artichokes. What are some of her other favorites? She enjoys classics like steak Diane, snacking on fresh cucumbers and sea salt, and digging into grilled chicken with salsa verde. She’s thrilled to be able to incorporate all of the produce and meat we grow here at Philo Ridge Farm into some new recipes for her friends and family.

Francine’s role as Food & Farm Director is to oversee the market we’re building on the farm. When she’s not working on the new market, you’ll find her petting the barn cats, helping herd the sheep, and reading books. She’s an avid reader and currently is reading The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. Francine explains, “I’ve never had a dog and now that we are living outside the city, my family is super eager and excited about adding one to the family— so I’m preparing!”

Come meet her this Saturday at our “Everything but the Turkey” Sale from 10am-2pm at the farmstand. The sale will feature our grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, chicken and lamb as well as a bounty of our vegetables. Learn more here!

Everything But The Turkey SALE!

We are excited to announce our EVERYTHING BUT THE TURKEY SALE on NOVEMBER 18 from 10am-2pm at our farmstand.

The sale will feature our grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, chicken and lamb as well as a bounty of our vegetables. We will have all the produce you need for your Thanksgiving feast including the following:

  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Pie Pumpkins
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash – Acorn, Butternut, Delicata, Honeynut

We’re also offering beautiful Autumn Harvest Boxes. These seasonal veggies are packed to order and come in a wooden wine box. Preorder on our website and pick-up during our sale on November 18th.

If you would like to place an advance order to pick up at the sale, please contact Jane at jengelman@philoridgefarm.com.

November 18 will be the final day our farmstand will be open for the season so we hope to see you there!

August Events on the Farm

VT Open Farm Week

We're excited to join over 40 farms around the Green Mountain State during Vermont Open Farm Week! This weeklong event gives farmers a chance to welcome visitors onto our farms for special events, workshops, tastings, and more. It encourages consumers to visit their local farms, or plan trips to regions farther afield. There are delicious, inspiring, fun events in communities across the state. View all event listings. 

At our farm, we'll have two events this year.  A Grazing Research Field Day and Pasture Walk on August 15 and Morning Music for Little Farmers on Saturday, August 19!

Field Day and Pasture Walk ($30-$40)

August 15

Join staff from the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture and Farming & Climate Change programs to spend a day on a diversified, grass-based farm in Charlotte in northwestern Vermont.  The day will feature:

(1) Grazing research (cover crops for soil health and animal performance; forage production and quality of semi-shaded forages, heat stress and animal behavior and comfort with Juan Alvez, and a discussion Joshua Faulkner on the woodchip heavy-use area in place on the farm).

(2) Soil health demonstration (Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Fay Benson will bring a “soil health trailer” and other tools to demonstrate soil health, water infiltration and runoff of different crops, included well-managed pastures and Joshua Faulkner will talk about his CIG Compaction project). 

(3) A pasture walk with noted grazing expert and consultant Jim Gerrish.

Morning Music for Little Farmers ($5)

August 19 

Explore farm animals, vegetables, soil and more through song and play. Bring your little farmers to the Livestock Barn at Philo Ridge Farm for a fun morning of exploration, featuring music with Julia Wayne and Katie Trautz of Mayfly! This event is part ofVermont Open Farm Week - a statewide event that provides a behind-the- scenes look into Vermont's vibrant working agricultural landscape.  Rain or shine.