Thursday, September 8, 2011

Vendor Profile: Contented Butterfly Farm

Tim and Jen Cary own Contented Butterfly Farm in Windsor, VT, a farm that specializes in fine Shetland fleeces, rovings, and registered breeding stock. Tim and Jen started raising sheep in 2004 and now have 34 Shetland sheep in a variety of colors. Three years ago, they added chickens and now sell eggs at the Hartland Farmers' Market. Stop in early if you're looking for eggs as supplies are limited.

If you spin or felt, you will be happy to know that you can pick up fleeces and rovings from Tim and Jen. Eventually, they are hoping to sell their own mill-spun yarn. You can also find little gifts from cedar sachets and catnip toys to nesting helpers and wine cozies.

Each week, the Carys bring an assortment of vegetables from their garden. Last week, they had green peppers, broccoli, green beans and cukes. It's fun to stop by their booth each week to see what they've decided to bring.

Jen enjoys the Hartland Farmers' Market and thinks it's a great place to build a relationship from farm to customer and to learn how your food was grown. Contented Butterfly Farm has plans to be at the Winter Market (Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 16) so do keep them in mind for holiday gifts.

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