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Dishing up the Local

At The Abbey we know the importance of community. We work with farmers and businesses to bring local produce and products to your tables. Spending our money locally not only helps enrich the local economy, we believe that the fresh, local food delivers enhanced nutrition to you and your children.

Meet some of our local connections:

Featured Farm

Green Heron Farm

For Dean and Kate Stockman, life is all about the greens—lettuce, cabbage, kale, and various other fruits and veggies.

The couple owns and operates Green Heron Farm in Richford, VT, where they grow organic produce. Like many farmers, the Stockmans’ livelihood depends on the harvest. Something as uncontrollable as the weather could make or break them, so they’re sure to get as much as they can out of a good harvest.

This year, The Abbey Group is committed to purchasing at least 300 cases—approximately 20,000 one-cup servings—of fresh lettuce for its nearly 100 school accounts in Vermont and New Hampshire, plus the Miner Institute in Upstate New York.

Knowing their lettuce will make it to the children of Vermont feels great, Stockman said. “The majority of what we grow here leaves Vermont and serves a very high end consumer in urban areas,” she said. “People lower on the income scale never come close to eating our organic produce, which is wrong. It feels great to reverse that trend a bit.”

Dean and Kate Stockman | 802-848-3178 |

Harvest of the Month:

The Abbey Group has partnered with Georgia Mountain Maples to bring 100% Vermont maple syrup to our students since its founding in 2011. The Harrisons have been strong partners in our mission to keep Dishing Up Local.

For even more information about Harlow Farm visit them online at