Green Karma Farm in Orange offers smorgasbord

  • Green Karma Farm has opened on Wheeler Avenue in Orange, the former Johnson’s Farm Restaurant. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Emily Jillson and Brandy Lefsyk with local crafts at Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Brandy Lefsyk and Emily Jillson in the yoga barn at the Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Local crafts and clothing for sale at Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • An old truck that was dragged out of the woods now resides in front of Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/8/2021 3:30:27 PM

ORANGE — If you’ve hoped to find a spot with free-range eggs, CBD products, local handmade jewelry, yoga sessions and goats named Tom and Brady … your ship has come in.

Emily Jillson and Brandy Lefsyk have opened Green Karma Farm at 210 Wheeler Ave., starting yoga classes in September and opening the location’s store shortly before Thanksgiving.

“I just always wanted to own my own business and just give to the people,” Jillson said this week.

Jillson and Lefsyk met in August through a mutual friend, and soon realized they had similar visions and their ambitions could be combined on one property. They are leasing, with an option to buy.

The downstairs store carries artisan crafts — from jewelry to photography — made by local vendors. Lefsyk, 38, has been a yoga instructor for 15 years and offers a variety of classes for all ability levels every day except Friday. She said yoga was held outside in the fall.

“It was beautiful, all the foliage of the trees around you,” she said.

Green Karma Farm operates out of the former Johnson’s Farm Restaurant, which closed two years ago. Jillson and Lefsyk said they intend to get the kitchen up to code and make it “like a shared community kitchen.” They also want to hire a baker and a juice barista.

Jillson, 27, worked as a waitress at Johnson’s Farm Restaurant for seven years.

“I always knew the potential that … this building had,” she said.

Jillson, of New Salem, and Lefsyk, of Athol, said the property also has a trails system and they are working to create “story trails,” placing books along the trails so families can read stories while hiking and walking. They said the roughly 1½ miles of trails should be finished by the end of the week. There will be no charge for use of the trails. Jillson and Lefsyk also plan to build a stage-like platform in the field so they can host outdoor entertainment in the spring, summer and fall.

The two entrepreneurs have also fixed up an old red barn, which once housed cows. It is now home to chickens and those two goats, Tom and Brady. The goats — brothers that like to headbutt one another — are on the property merely for laughs, while the chickens produce eggs for sale.

Jillson and Lefsyk also said they would like to eventually rent out the upstairs level, which could be used for business space or small events.

Lefsyk and Jillson said the name Green Karma Farm is a reference to the property’s natural beauty and the idea of putting good out into the world in order to receive good in return.

More information is available on Green Karma Farm’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The business is open on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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