July Farm of the Month: Rosaly’s Garden & Farmstand

Rosaly’s Garden and Farmstand
P. O. Box 210, Peterborough, NH 03458-0210
By Jan Sevene

Local vegetables and fruits are fresh and nutritious. To assure they are grown in a healthy and sustainable environment, we’re often reminded:  “get to know the farmer.” Rosaly Bass, master gardener and owner of Rosaly’s Garden and Farmstand, is one farmer you will want to know.  In business for over thirty years, her 16-acre Rosaly’s Garden is the oldest and second largest Certified Organic Farm in New Hampshire. And because every vegetable, fruit, herb and flower sold at the farmstand is grown right on the farm, each is guaranteed organic.

“People just love the farmstand. It’s convenient right on Rte. 123. It’s organic food. And, Rosaly puts her heart and soul into it,” says Donna White,” the farm’s bookkeeper, herself a first-year gardener who uses Bass’s book on successful organic gardening as her guide.

Every day from mid-May to Columbus Day, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with numerous locally-made foods and crafts, Rosaly’s Farmstand offers mounds of tasty, farm-fresh, colorful and seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs, plus fresh flowers. These encompass 90% of the farm’s produce. The additional 10% continues to provide for the community, sold to local markets, health food stores, restaurants and schools.

Scissors, baskets, or containers of water are provided for Rosaly’s Garden customers, to harvest the vegetables, herbs, berries or flowers of their choice.  The adventure of a scavenger hunt delights children searching for small plaster animals hiding among the culinary and medicinal herbs.

Get to know Rosaly Bass (see NOFA NH Organic Garden & Farm Tour). For more information on the many ways to get farm-fresh food from Rosaly’s Garden and Farmstand, and learn about the informative book and video series on organic gardening by Master Gardener Rosaly Bass, visit http://www.rosalysgarden.com.

Other farm-direct vegetables:

Keene Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays and Saturdays
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Gilbo Ave.
Keene, NH

Green Wagon Farm
Bill Jarrell
Upper Court St.
Keene, NH

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