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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

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Farmstand, Veggie & Flower Business Transfer Opportunity


This is a great opportunity for a farmer out there interested in taking over a well established farmstand business in Castleton Vermont.  Great retail location with high visibility and loyal customer base. Description of Opportunity This involves the transfer of a FARMSTAND AND GREENHOUSE BUSINESS.  The business has been built over 32 years.  This business has a loyal and motivated customer base that will buy everything you can produce.  Owner Gary Miller is seeking a farmer to take over the business, with a potential transition period where the new owner would work under Gary to learn  about the business.

More about the opportunity - Interview with farmer Gary Miller:

What type of farming would you like to see on the land? Are there any types or methods of farming that you will not allow? This business is for local agriculture only.

What type of lease will you offer (Multi-year, year-to-year, etc?) This would be determined based on the new farmers’ interest in taking over the business.  A transition plan will be set up between Gary and the new farmer.

What is the cost of taking over the farm business? To be determined based on the transition plan agreed to.  This is an affordable opportunity for the right farmer.

How is the land currently being used? Describe past farming uses. This a major operating Farm Stand. Gardens are located in back. the land has been in vegetables for over 25 Years.

Property Description.  What is the layout of the available fields? There are seven acres of fairly flat land with some wet areas.  Gary describes the soil as Hadley silt loam.  The Web Soil Survey identifies the soils as Teel Silt Loam - Map Unit 109 (these similar soil types, and the discrepancy is probably due to reclassification of soils).  The soil data sheet for "109" is available here.  (Editors note:  A soils description by the grower is always more reliable than the soil survey data!  Pick Gary's brain about growing conditions, soil drainage and wetness issues, soil structure, fertility etc)

What infrastructure is available with this farm? There is a 24x32 Farm Stand and three greenhouses totaling 3316 sq ft.  No housing available on-site.

Describe irrigation options: Steady watertable is less than seven feet down - does not dry up.

Describe property access (are there driveways to rental fields, parking areas, etc?) On Major highway.  Adequate parking for farmstand.

Are you interested in this opportunity?  Call or email Gary directly, or you can email RAFFL to set up a meeting.

Landowner Name: Gary Miller Email: grmley2@myfairpoint.net Phone Number: 802 468-3205 Location of Rental Property: Castleton, VT