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Orange to Have New Farm Stand

Orange will have a new variety of farm stand in town as the Town Plan and Zoning Commission approved a plan to sell farm-raised meat on the Bespuda property.  Stephen and Rachel Bespuda, operators of Cedar Hill Farm at 831 Derby Milford Road, submitted a proposal for a permit to sell the meat from cattle, pigs and poultry raised at the farm and to construct a 14’ x 22’ enclosed farm stand.  Stephen, the third generation of Bespudas to operate a farm in Orange, expects to also sell items from nearby relatives’ farms at his store.  “There will not be any outside products for sale,” Bespuda said.

The plan met with unanimous support from the Town’s Plan & Zoning Commission at a public hearing earlier this month.  “I love the fact that the farm is expanding to include a small business,” Commissioner Paul Kaplan said.  There were no comments from the community at the hearing.

The application has received preliminary approval from the Health Department, but Bespuda has no immediate plans to begin construction.

By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent

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