Letter: In Monroe, the smells change with the season
I was surprised to read Craig Webb’s comments about Monroe and the smell that he alleges came from the chicken farm (“Neighbors cry foul over chicken coop plan,” Monitor front page, May 31).
I live a quarter of a mile from the farm and have not experienced the odor described. Monroe is an idyllic, rural village in northwest Grafton County. As with any farming community, the smells change with the season. Early spring is heralded by the sweet smell of maple sap being boiled into syrup. In May, the scent of lilac blossoms and wild apple trees fills the air. Sometime in between, farmers fertilize the hay fields and the arid aroma of manure can be detected until it wafts away on the breeze. But later in the year, we are rewarded by the heady perfume of new mown hay.
Webb probably visited Monroe on one of the few days when the farmers were fertilizing their fields and the smell came not from the chicken farm but from the fields. Pete & Gerry’s farm is well run and gives to the community by creating jobs and setting a good example for the village young people. Dunbarton would be well served by a clean, organic farm that produced local organic eggs. I urge you to consider the alternative. Do you really want to buy eggs of unknown origin that have traveled half way round the globe before arriving on your plate?