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!