WALLINGFORD — Construction has begun on a new barn at the Cooke Farm after one barn was destroyed and a second was severely damaged in May’s microburst.
Wooden beams were erected into a frame for the new barn on Tuesday. The farm is located at 175 Northford Road.
Work to replace the two barns was delayed while insurance adjusters assessed the damage to determine whether the second barn could be salvaged.
Kirsten Marra and Chris Wellington lease space on the farm to run their own farming operation, Muddy Roots Farm, which sells chicken, turkey, and pig meat, along with crop vegetables. The pair were working on the farm when the severe storm hit on May 15. They rushed to pick up equipment before running to take cover in a small bathroom with concrete walls inside a barn that was damaged, but not destroyed.
“I looked over my shoulder as this barn was being blown away, so I saw all the rubble just blow by me,” Wellington said in May. “We just waited it out and crossed our fingers.”
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