Laughing Child Farm - Vermont Sweet Potatoes

Welcome to Laughing Child Farm

We Grow Sweet Potatoes.

  • Sweet Potato Fields

  • Harvesting Sweet Potatoes

  • The Hughes-Muse Family

  • Weed control

  • Inspecting the plastic

  • Haystack Mountain,Sweet Potatoes, and the Mettawee Valley

  • Just a big ol' bin of sweets

  • Field prep 2015

  • Buckets and buckets

  • Barn buildin'

  • 2015 season underway

  • Sunrise at LCF

  • Long rows

  • Summa-time

  • Granddaddy's tractor

  • Sweet potato love

  • Farmall

A Sweet Spot

Laughing Child Farm is a small farm in the Mettowee River Valley, one of Vermont’s warmest places. Our part of the valley, called “Butternut Bend” has the right climate, the right soils, and has the right community that help us grow the best sweet potatoes.

Our sweet potatoes are certified organic, meaning we feed the soil and not the crop and our sweet potatoes are free of preservatives (which most sweet potatoes are dipped in) and are grown in clean, healthy soils. We rely on cover crops to build soil health and fertility and as an additional benefit our cover crops do the weeding and pest control for us. Our farm is off the market to developers – permanently. It can only be sold or leased to farmers and then, only at fair agricultural value. Farms like ours keep Vermont’s landscape open and affordable to future generations of farmers. We hope you enjoy eating our sweet potatoes. We know they are good for you, but damn, they taste good, too.

Laughing Child Farm is owned and operated by Timothy and Brooke Hughes-Muse and our four giggling girls. Timothy manages the field operations for Laughing Child Farm and teaches college-level agriculture courses on occasion. Brooke manages the packing house and sales for Laughing Child Farm, keeps Timothy on his toes, and supports families through Tree Song Doula.


More about the kinds of sweet potatoes we grow:


Its firm texture makes it ideal for soups and stews. Cook slowly for superb sweetness. It is a mainstay of the northern sweet potato growers because it produces reliably in a variety of soils and weather conditions.

Carolina Ruby:

Easily the favorite of our children, but only because of the bright sunny inside and purple outside. A touch sweeter than Beauregard and a pleasure to eat because of the color. Rubies have rough skin and are prone to splitting and cracking, leading to more culls in the field during harvest; they are worth it, though.


Like orange silk. When slow cooked (by this we mean cooking in an oven or stove-top rather than microwave) this is as sweet as sugar and makes the smoothest puree. If you smash your sweet potatoes, get Covingtons. Smooth skin make it a good looking tuber.


Japanese variety, with purple skin and white flesh. This variety is less sweet than the others, but our kiddos don’t complain.



Where To Buy

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Hunger Mountain Co-op
Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, VT

Brattleboro Food Co-op
2 Main St, Brattleboro, VT

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op
9 Washington St, Middlebury, VT

Honest Weight Food Co-Op
100 Watervliet Ave, Albany, NY

Rutland Area Food Co-op
77 Wales St, Rutland, VT

Stone Valley Community Market
Main St, Poultney, VT

Monadnock Food Co-Op
4 Cypress St, Keene, NH

The Wells Country Store
 150 VT-30, Wells, VT

Healthy Living Market
222 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT

City Market/Onion River Co-Op
82 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT

Putney Co-Op
8 Carol Brown Way, Putney, VT

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store
327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY

Berkshire Co-Op Market
42 Bridge St, Great Barrington, MA

Franklin Community Cooperative/Green Fields Market
144 Main St, Greenfield, MA

Niskayuna Community Co-Op
2227 Nott Street, Niskayuna, NY

Wild Oats Market
320 Main St, Williamstown, MA

Cambridge Food Co-Op
1 West Main St, Cambridge, NY

Schools and Colleges

Green Mountain College
Poultney, VT

Northshire Day School
Manchester Center, VT

Burr & Burton Academy
Manchester, VT

Restaurants and Catering

The Good Table
2 Manhattanville Road, Purchase, NY

The Reluctant Panther
39 W Rd, Manchester, VT


Black River Produce
North Springfield, VT

Hudson Valley Harvest
Kingston, NY

Brooklyn, NY

Myers Produce
Hardwick, VT

Say hello before you leave

Call us at 802-325-2054 or email us at Visit our farm at VT Route 30, Pawlet, Vermont.
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