Dudley Farms- Connecting Local People to Local Food
Dudley Farms, nestled into fire tower hill, on Farwells’ west side is home to 1 dog, 1 cat, 70 hens, lots of fresh vegetables, and 4 humans. Beginning in 2013, Alyson retired from her position as an organic fertilizer sales woman, and began her dream job as mother and home maker. She thought she may be lonely raising a 5yr old boy, and a 4 year old girl, so she ordered chicks. A lot of chicks. Eventually those chicks grew big, and began laying little brown things that needed to be sold. So Alyson packed up her children Micah and Sophia, gathered her eggs, and headed to Farwell’s Art, Craft, and Farm Market. What a summer!!
“As I was sitting there waiting to sell my eggs, I began to think of potential sales items that weren’t being marketed there. My wheels started turning, and ideas kept coming,” says Alyson. She picked a few good ones to implement this year, and keep her children involved. “My children need to know not only the importance of good food, but also basic economics, and a sense that hard work really does pay off.” If that concept gets through, Alyson feels she will have made a difference in their lives, and succeed as a mother.
Sophia, who is now 5, will be setting up her own table, and selling handmade soap. The bar soap is derived from different natural oils, and scented with essential oil. “The neat thing is you can read everything on the label!” Dudley says.
Micah, now 7, will be selling maple syrup that he helped his grandpa make this spring. The countless number of trips out of the woods with buckets of sap to be boiled into a tasty treat will soon be paying off.
In addition to the soap and syrup, Dudley Farms will also have some fresh vegetables, angel food cakes from scratch, and if the weather co operates some fresh raspberries.
The eggs from the farm come from Isa Brown, and Rhode Island Red chickens. The chickens are fed a genetically modified organism free (GMO free) feed. Although it is not quite organic, its the next best thing, and comes from sustainable farming systems. The eggs can be found at the farm market, or at their farm in Farwell. A pink roadside fridge is open 24/7 for your convenience.
The Dudley family hopes that you will take the time to stop in at the Farwell Art, Craft, and Farm Market, or any farm market that is close to you, and show your support of fine, fresh, LOCAL food. “The farms are the backbone of America, and we need to have support from people that understand the farms are here for their benefit.”