Make Our Food Safe

"Food-safety bill worries some small farms"

The Day | Judy Benson

"All 65 of the free-range turkeys raised at White Gate Farm this year had their destinies decided weeks ago by the local families who reserved them for their main course this Thanksgiving.

But as feast day approaches, other customers will still be making their way by White Gate's gently sloping fields and pastures to its wooden farm stand for sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, winter squash and Cornish hens raised organically on 100 acres off Upper Pattagansett Road in East Lyme.

'It's pretty busy,' Pauline Lord, who runs the farm with her husband, David Harlow, said last week after leading a visitor through the greenhouses where spinach, carrots and an assortment of Asian greens are grown and harvested after the weather turns too cold for the outdoor plots.

Despite the demands of running White Gate and supplying her customers, which include local restaurants and farmers markets as well as those who come directly to the farm stand, Lord has found time this fall for some political action..."

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