Found: A Vintage Nordic Farm in Vermont
I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus this summer. I moved from Northern California to Northern Vermont. Now that I’m finally coming out from under the giant pile of boxes that threatened to smother me, I’m starting to explore. You’re not going to believe the amazing places I’ve discovered! I’ll be posting a lot more often in order to share them all with you.
Today my aunt and I decided to go driving. We found a beautiful farm that felt like it was straight out of Nordic design history. Thickly cut beams hand carved with intricate designs reminded my daughter of the buildings in Disney’s Frozen. I spotted birds carved in all over; on the top of beams and topping window frames. The overall attention to detail was outstanding quality.
The displays of fruits, veggies, home canned goods and honey were also done very artfully. Vintage crates, trugs, baskets and tables displayed all the bounty. The worn woods contrasted well with the richly colored beans, scallions and apples. It all looked so delicious!
High above my head was a jaw dropping display of garlic. Thousands of heads of garlic were braided and hanging to dry in an artful display. I’ve never seen such a clever, practical and simply stunning way to incorporate the garden into design. I’m going to start looking at garlic and onions in a totally different way. Where can I hang some?
The floors had the appearance of antique brick. In the center of the space was a giant sunflower that most people just stepped over without noticing. I admire spaces that have close attention to detail. Well thought out details really convey a sense of quality and caring, both concepts which any business would want to communicate.
While deciding about some cheeses that caught my attention, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Chickens were peering through the side screen door! I immediately lost all focus and went outside to admire them. They were happily munching on the weeds that grew next to the back door. They weren’t the least concerned with me.
I spotted a trio of vegetable washers nearby and asked them to smile for my camera. They seemed so happy to be outside on the idyllic Vermont afternoon doing chores. Seemed like a great job to me!
Off to the side of the main sales barn is the Cider Mill barn. All I can say is, wow, wow, wow. I don’t think a structure could be more charming! I would love to sit a spell and sketch that building. The patina of the wood, the rich red of the flowers and the faded old sign made for appealing composition.
In between the two buildings is a large flower garden, complete with an incredible outdoor oven. Imagine spending an evening eating wood fired pizzas out among the pumpkins and blooms! I’d like to sign up for that.
Wandering around out front led me to another eye catching structure. An appealing greenhouse was lined with pumpkins! Be still my beating heart. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons and this combo of a dream greenhouse with orange fruits just caused me to laugh out loud. I didn’t stop smiling for a long while. Such a simple concept, and yet so memorable.
So with all this exploring and admiring, I was convinced the farm was quite old. Boy was I ever wrong! Although the family has farmed on the land since the 1950’s, the incredible carved barns and structures were build in the early 1990s. It thrills me to see modern day handcrafts of this magnitude. It’s so rare and so valued. Bravo!
Hudak Farms has a total of 150 acres. 60 of those are tillable, with the rest being forest and pasture. Although they are not certified, they practice organic methods. The produce we purchased has been of excellent quality and taste. I’m now going to be a regular customer. The farm is located 3 miles north of downtown St Albans, Vermont, very near the shores of Lake Champlain.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this farm as much as I have. It warms my heart to see such beauty being created and cared for in our ever disposable modern world. It’s places like Hudak Farm that will help turn the tide back to caring about buying quality goods and making high quality products. Thank you farmers!