Westlands Farm South Royalton, VT
Westlands Farm goes back to 1867 and David is a fifth-generation farmer who grew up on the farm he and his wife, Peggy, now run with the help of their son, Luther. The farm was originally two different, neighboring farms purchased by the two West brothers. The farms eventually merged, and the farm came into the family after a West daughter married an Ainsworth, but Westlands it remains.
Dairy farming is a full–time occupation, but the Ainsworth's also maintain three large greenhouses and a small vegetable business. They grow tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers, squash, sweet corn and more to sell at farmers’ markets and at their own roadside stand. It has become a local tradition for families to come by the honor system stand and get some vine-ripened tomatoes or the freshest sweet corn.
Peggy was an elementary school teacher for 30 years and regularly brought classes to the farm to learn about where their food comes from. She was also a firefighter in the town for six years and serves on the town select board. David serves in the Vermont State House as a representative and has also been the town moderator. Contributing in these ways comes naturally to the Ainsworth's. “We love dairy farming, and we love Vermont,