Scribner Sisters Revive Settlement Farm Stand in Middlesex

Olivia and Samantha Scribner. Photo by Michael Jermyn

Lit Pumpkin Display Planned for Oct. 27 and 28

by Nat Frothingham

Middlesex — Samantha and Olivia Scribner have re-opened the Scribner family farm stand at the 1782 Settlement Farm in Middlesex — about five miles from Montpelier on U.S. Route 2.

“So glad they are open again,” was a thrilled message on the Settlement Farm Facebook page from Elizabeth Sykas, who added: “Missed them!! Corn, blueberries, peaches, glads, squash.”

The Scribner sisters, Samantha is 24 and Olivia is 21, are daughters of Stephen and Kristen Scribner and have revived the farm stand after it was closed for two years.

Tomatoes available at the farmstand. Photo by Michael Jermyn

During the school year, Samantha is a school-based mental health counselor. Olivia is a student at Northern Vermont University in Johnson.

The family farm stand evokes happy memories for both women. Said Olivia, “When we were little, we would get off the school bus here. We were sad when it was shut down.”

But now it’s back open — and this summer it was open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The plan for next summer is more ambitious — to open as early as May and to be open for more days during each week.

Bright orange pumpkins and mums of various colors are currently spread out in front of the farm stand building, which is situated alongside the 9-acre vegetable farm.

The farm stand will continue to be open this season until the end of October with a big display of lit jack-o-lanterns set for Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 27 and 28.

“We will be lighting hundreds of pumpkins,” said Olivia Scribner enthusiastically.

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