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Veggie farmer produces desired results in Conway

Recorder Staff

CONWAY — At this week’s Conway Farmers Market, a new farmer began selling fruits, vegetables and eggs.

Samantha Lydiard came from Buckland to sell her surplus produce on Main Street at the Wednesday market.

Lydiard started a new small farm this year, called Lone Tree Farm on the former Avery oxen farm in Buckland.

After earning her master’s degree in science from the University of Massachusetts, Lydiard sought to turn her Buckland property back into a farm, a business she loves.

So far, the young farm has had a good season producing green beans, carrots, apples and maple syrup.

After her first Wednesday, Lydiard said she’d return.

The vegetable vendor was good news to the seven-year-old market.

“It’s a definite plus to have someone selling vegetables on a regular basis,” said Peter Freisem, who sells homemade Cricket Hill Jams at the market. “I hope it will attract more people to the market once people realize they can get locally grown vegetables in Conway.”

Freisem said the vegetables helped to attract new customers.

The market has featured maple syrup, pickles, jam and beefalo, but has struggled to keep a vegetable vendor.

The lack of veggies made it difficult for the market to attract customers and vendors off Route 116.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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