SUMNER-The sign for Sumner Valley Farm store has been out for three weeks on Greenwood Road, announcing a new organic food store run by Daniel and Holly Perron.
The Perrons bought the Civil War-era farmhouse and are filling the large front room with native foods and art.
Surrounding the walls are framed photographs by local nature photographer Bob Runes as well as some of his wood carvings.
Shelves on one wall are filled with honey and maple syrup from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm in Sumner as well as skeins of yarn locally spun from the farm’s sheep.
There are also some knitted items.
Upon entering the store, the atmopshere is inviting. In one corner sits a rocker across the wide-planked floor from a decorative potbellied stove. Fresh coffee is for sale along with bags of homemade doughnuts, breads and apple pies. Lace tablecloths cover a dining room table.
A freezer sits on another wall filled with fresh-ground pork, chops, shoulder steaks, spare ribs, country ribs, sausage, pork tenderloin and roast. A cooler has fresh eggs. All meat and eggs come from the Morrill Organic farm which is run by Danny and his father, Larry Perron.
Later in the season, Danny hopes to have beef and vegetables as they come in. Poultry will be added in July from chickens raised in open-bottom cages which are moved about over the grass so they can feed naturally from the ground.
Right now the store is only open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Perrons also do a Farmers Market in Portland on Wednesday and Bethel on Saturday morning from the end of May until October.