From left to right: Karen Guile (Peaslee’s Potatoes), James Marsh (Johnson State College Dining Team), Tom Fondakowski (General Manager at Johnson State College), Annie Rowell (Sodexo’s Vermont First), Janice Peaslee (Peaslee’s Potatoes), and Corey Kelley (Johnson State College Dining Team) Photo Credit: Nicole Chicoine
In 1928, on the eve of the Great Depression, Fred and Gertrude Peaslee set out to find land along the Connecticut River to start a farm. Settling in Guildhall, Vermont, little did they know they were building a business that would be the livelihood of their family for multi-generations. Eighty-five years later, Janice Peaslee, Fred and Gertrude’s daughter-in-law, together with Karen Guile, their granddaughter, own and operate the 250-acre potato farm.
This year, through Vermont First, we identified an opportunity to increase our local potato purchasing in partnership with Peaslee’s Potatoes and our distributor partner Black River Produce. In our excitement, we made the trek to Guildhall to see the potato crop in full bloom and meet Karen’s family and team.