At the Winter Farmer's Market in Burlington, Beth Whiting is selling what's left of her produce after a devastating fire claimed her farm.
"The Andrew's Barn, it's an old family dairy farm that we purchased through the Vermont Land Trust just last June, burned to the ground." says Beth Whiting, who owns the Maple Wind Farm.
Whiting and her husband received a phone call Monday morning from a neighbor, who said she was looking out of her bedroom window at a wall of flames. By the time Whiting arrived at the scene, the damage was already done.
"They had already extinguished the fire. There was some smoke, and the barn was completely gone. It was shocking," says Whiting.
Luckily no one was hurt in the fire. Investigators are looking into it, but Whiting believes the fire was electrical - starting from an overloaded sump pump due to all the rain and melting snow.
"Everything we owned from both the vegetable and the poultry operation pretty much perished in the fire, but no animals were there and no people," says Whiting.
With really only rubble remaining of their farm, friends and the community are doing what they can to help Whiting and her husband rebuild.
"We have a fundraiser planned, thanks to Dave Zuckerman and his wife Rachel, at a restaurant in Hinesburg in a couple weeks," says Whiting.
Many have offered to help clean up and start hammering nails for the new barn. Whiting says some food was saved from the fire (she kept an off-site storage freezer) so she is able to keep business going at the Winter Farmer's Market.
"When we do rebuild it's going to be just what we need, and efficient. So we're looking forward to that," says Whiting.
Whiting says she will continue to see the silver lining, and says her farm will survive.
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