Meet the Farm
Welcome to Half Pint Farm!
Half Pint Farm is operated by us, husband and wife team, Mara and Spencer Welton. Between the two of us, we have 35 years experience growing and selling produce. Our two miniature dachshunds, Mr. Smeems and Bullet are trusty companions who help to keep the farm free of mice, rats, woodchucks, rabbits, and deer. They are indispensable members of our team and provide plenty of comic relief as well!
Our farm is located in Burlington’s Intervale, which provides us with the necessary infrastructure and low-risk to begin our venture and evolve our dream. The unique micro-climate of the Intervale allows us to get into the ground early in the season and escape the earlier frosts of fall. The Intervale resides in the lovely Winooski watershed, making it prone to spring and sometimes fall floods, creating our incredibly beautiful soil – a sandy silt loam.
Our farm is conceived through a desire to craft phenomenal produce, display it stunningly and offer all of our customers excellent customer service. Half Pint Farm, as the name suggests, is small; we are a 2.5 acre farm. This size is not accidental. In researching farms around the world in the ancient world through the present day, the most abundantly productive size is around this size. We have found this to be a manageable and inspirational size for 2 people.
We specialize in small, baby and specialty varieties of crops; often exceeding 400 varieties at a time! We pride ourselves on having produce that is of excellent quality, picked at the peak of freshness, washed and packaged with an eye towards the aesthetic, as food should not only be nutritious, but beautiful as well!
On our 2.5 acres, we are able to produce enough to provide food for ourselves, weekly farmers markets, one grocer, 70+ senior citizens through the Senior Farm Share Program, 24 families in our Half Pint Farm Food Club program, run a prepared food business at Burlington’s Winter Farmers’ Market and up to 20 area caterers and restaurants each farm season! When we have excess, we happily donate everything to our local Food Shelf.
We are proud to provide half and full-time wages to two employees, as well as offering continuing educational opportunities in the UVM Farmer Training Program
Come visit us at the Intervale, find us at a local famers’ market or join our farm share program – the Half Pint Farm Food Club – and see what abundance can come from a small idea.