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Orwell farm gets corn harvest to pop: Stonewood expands popcorn production

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Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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PAUL STONE, LEFT, and son Peter Stone stand in Stonewood Farm’s popcorn field in late July. Paul Stone has been experimenting with growing popcorn commercially for the past few years. He won a $13,750 grant this past May from the Working Lands Enterprise Funds to expand the popcorn business. Stonewood is best known for its turkeys; it raises some 30,000 turkeys a year. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

ORWELL — Best known for its holiday turkeys and year-round frozen turkey sausage, Stonewood Farm is experimenting with something new.

Popcorn.

“We’ve been fooling around with it off and on for 10 years on a small scale, just for home use,” said Paul Stone. “Two, three years ago we got serious about it and grew an acre and started selling it at the (Middlebury Natural Foods) Co-op. So now we’re up to 3.5 acres this year.”

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