Ploughgate Creamery owner Marisa Mauro has been selected by the Vermont Land Trust to purchase and run Fayston’s Bragg Farm, where she plans to relocate her company and produce artisan butter from pastured cows.
Mauro calls the choice “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream” in an announcement on her website. Last year, her Albany creamery building was destroyed in a fire; for the past few months, Mauro has managed Waterbury’s Cork Wine Bar & Market. At her new creamery, she expects to produce 5000 pounds of butter per year, and several local restaurants have already signed up to serve it.
The VLT purchased the 48-acre farm in August, put a portion in easement and sought to sell the rest to a farmer. The land trust still needs to raise roughly $200,000 toward the farm’s conservation; those wishing to donate can do so at vlt.org.
After three years in business, Northfield’s Square Biscuit Restaurant has closed. A notice on its Facebook page attributes the closure to “health reasons.” The owners are still taking orders for holiday pies and catering. We wish them the best.