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:

Beauregard:

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.

Covington:

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.

Murasaki:

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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Stores

Hunger Mountain Co-op
Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, VT
www.hungermountain.coop

Brattleboro Food Co-op
2 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
www.brattleborofoodcoop.com

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op
9 Washington St, Middlebury, VT
www.middleburycoop.com

Honest Weight Food Co-Op
100 Watervliet Ave, Albany, NY
www.honestweight.coop

Rutland Area Food Co-op
77 Wales St, Rutland, VT
www.rutlandcoop.com

Natures Market
303 Center Hill Rd, Manchester Center, VT
www.naturesmarket247.com

Stone Valley Community Market
Main St, Poultney, VT
www.stonevalleymarket.com

Monadnock Food Co-Op
4 Cypress St, Keene, NH
monadnockfood.coop

The Wells Country Store
 150 VT-30, Wells, VT 
https://www.facebook.com/TheWellsCountryStore/

Round Bale Farm Co-Op
196 Main St, Salem, NY
www.facebook.com/ROUND-BALE-FARM-CO-OP

Healthy Living Market
222 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT
www.healthylivingmarket.com

City Market/Onion River Co-Op
82 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT
www.citymarket.coop

Putney Co-Op
8 Carol Brown Way, Putney, VT
http://www.putneyfood.coop

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store
327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY
http://hvfstore.org

Berkshire Co-Op Market
42 Bridge St, Great Barrington, MA
http://www.berkshire.coop

Franklin Community Cooperative/Green Fields Market
144 Main St, Greenfield, MA
http://www.franklincommunity.coop

Niskayuna Community Co-Op
2227 Nott Street, Niskayuna, NY 
http://www.niskayunaco-op.com

Wild Oats Market
320 Main St, Williamstown, MA
http://wildoats.coop

Cambridge Food Co-Op
1 West Main St, Cambridge, NY
www.CambridgeFoodCoop.com

Schools and Colleges

Green Mountain College
Poultney, VT
www.greenmtn.edu

Northshire Day School
Manchester Center, VT
www.northshiredayschool.org

Restaurants and Catering

The Good Table
2 Manhattanville Road, Purchase, NY
www.thegoodtable.com

The Reluctant Panther
39 W Rd, Manchester, VT
www.reluctantpanther.com

Distributors

Black River Produce
449 River St, North Springfield, VT
www.blackriverproduce.com

Hudson Valley Harvest
Kingston, NY
hv-harvest.com

Say hello before you leave

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