Lareau Farm is one of the Mad River Valley’s first farms, established in 1794 by Simeon and Abiah Stoddard (Waitsfield’s first physician). An addition was built in 1832 which now houses the American Flatbread Restaurant but was originally built for carriages, horses, pigs, and meat processing. In 1895, the big red barn was constructed to house Pliny Lockwood’s dairy operation. The barn was recently renovated by a historic preservation team and is home to the annual Art in the Big Red Barn. We are proud that Lareau Farm is again a working farm, providing organic produce and sustainably-raised meats for our table.
Adjacent to the Inn, the Lareau Farm is also proud to be the home of American Flatbread Company and 1.5 acres of organic vegetable gardens. We are partners with the Vermont Fresh Network, a partnership between farmers and chefs bringing sustainable agriculture from farm to plate.
While you’re settled in here, you may take a peaceful walk along the winding river through the meadows and jump in the Mad River for a refreshing dip, if you get hot enough! Explore some of Vermont history at the old family cemetary on the knoll. Play croquet on our expansive lawn or settle on the porch with a juicy novel. If your timing is right, you may see deer, wild turkeys, river otters, and possibly a coyote! See how the staff’s gardens are growing or hike up the hill into the woods to the clay deposit that provides clay for American Flatbread’s earthen ovens.