City kids build city farm: Half Pint right fit for Intervale/Vermont farmers
Spencer and Mara Welton run Half Pint Farm, a two-acre vegetable farm in the Intervale. They sell their produce at the Burlington Farmers Market; early in the season, they have greenhouse-grown starter plants. Photo by Sally Pollak.
“We wanted to prove that two people could have a small farm that would provide a lot of other people with food, and a livelihood for us.”
By Sally Pollak
Burlington Free Press
May 19, 2011
The Weltons own and operate Half Pint Farm, a two-acre Intervale farm they started in 2003. Forty percent of their business is through the Burlington Farmers Market, Welton said. They have a CSA (community supported agriculture), and sell produce to area restaurants.
At the farmers market, the Weltons run a well-attended stand on a diagonal crosswalk in City Hall Park, near the fountain. These early weeks of the market, Half Pint sells plant and herb starts: peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and tomatillos. On a summer Saturday in the height of the season, some 300 to 500 customers visit their stand, Welton said.
The Weltons are city kids who met in high school in Denver. They fell in love and decided they were done with dating.
“We were both like, Thank God, dating is over,” Welton said. “We’re birds of a feather. It was quite wonderful.”