Our 15 acres of farmland in Hinesburg, Vermont and the miles of forest and trails surrounding it have all been conserved through the efforts of the Hinesburg Land Trust. In 2011 Matt and Amy Sayre purchased this land and started our organic, specialty fruit farm we call “The Sayre Fields” (a fitting name since Amy’s maiden name is “Fields”)  Shortly afterward we built our on-farm bakery, Sweet Tooth Farm Gluten Free Bakery.

We currently have 500 Aronia and 75 Black Currant bushes planted, and expect to cultivate 10 acres of land.  We are committed to serving as stewards of this treasured farm and forest and producing high-quality Aronia berries, other fruit, and related products.

We started the bakery when our three-year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease which requires a gluten-free diet. People regularly tell us that they choose to eat Amy’s gluten-free cookies, brownies, muffins, and granola instead of “regular” baked goods simply because they taste better.  Now we can’t keep up with the demand, but don’t worry, we’re working hard to figure out how to grow the bakery so more people can get them!

Growing More Than Food

Our fields are used for more than just growing food.  Depending on the day, in these fields you might see kids sledding down the big hill, people of all ages walking and running through them, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails that disappear into the woods, tents setup occasionally for camp-outs, remnants of kids’ forts and fairy houses along the edge of the woods, and people just taking in the Vermont air and the simple goodness of this place.

Our family is growing here too.  You’ll see our house in the back of the fields. Some days we’ll hang a sign and invite you in to enjoy some baked goods and a drink served right at the baking table.

Aronia Berries

Aronia berries have truly outstanding nutritional benefits and are ideal for processing into value-added products.

The antioxidant properties of black chokeberry fruits have led to research into their use as functional foods to contribute to prevention of diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic inflammations.

ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is a widely used test that measures antioxidant strength of foods. Black chokeberry produces one of the highest ORAC values recorded, 16,062 micromoles of Trolox Eq. per 100 g fresh fruit, compared to values of 7960 for black currant, 3387 for red currant, 3277 for gooseberry and 14,697 for elderberry (Wu et al., 2004).

Soon we will announce a new product that we are making from our berries! In the future we also expect to be able to supply Aronia berries to other specialty-food producers in Vermont who we hope will use our locally grown super fruit to differentiate their products.

Learn More About Aronia for Food and Nutraceutical Use