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Fisher Hill Farm

6440 Fisher Hill Road
Canandaigua, New York 14424

Farmers

Phillip and Sandi Munson

Products

Fisher Hill Farm is owned and operated by Phillip and Sandi Munson. The farm started out as just a hobby and now has grown to the business that supports our family. We grown many kinds of vegetables and strawberries that we sell at local farmers markets, in addition to the chicken and turkeys we provide to The Good Food Collective.

Farmland

25 acres in Canandaigua, NY

History

We started farming vegetables in 2001 with just an oversized garden and attending one or two farmers markets. In 2011 we ventured in to the poultry business with a small flock of turkeys for Thanksgiving. The following year we started raising chickens in the spring/summer and turkeys in the fall. Today we farm about 25 acres, raise poultry, attend five summer markets, two year round markets, and run a small CSA.

Philosophy

Our goal is to provide the best quality food at an affordable price. Our main focus is on growing vegetables that can be marketed all year round.

Soil

Our farm has heavy clay soils with a great amount of organic matter.

Weed Control

We use black plastic mulch to control weeds and give warm weather crops a boost.

Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) guide lines from Cornell University are used in the control practices for pests and diseases.

Water Use

We provide organically raised poultry to the Good Food Collective.

Organic Certification

We provide organically raised poultry to the Good Food Collective.

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Lagoner Farms

6895 Lake Avenue Williamson, NY 14589

Farmer

Jake Lagoner

Products

We grow a diverse line of fruits and vegetables with over 100 varieties of fruit and over 100 varieties of Vegetables. We are able to grow tree fruit well at our farm because we are near the Lake Ontario shore line.

Farmland

We currently farm 200 acres. The proximity of the farm to Lake Ontario is the key to fruit farming success in this region. The water temperatures in this large fresh water lake influence the land close to the shores which creates a moderation of the otherwise normal climatic conditions. The summers are somewhat cooler and the winters are less harsh. Average rainfall of around 32 inches a year is perfect for fruit production. The combination of these elements provides an ideal climate for growing fruit trees.

History

We are recognized by the state of New York as a Century Farm that started business in 1909. Jake Lagoner is the 5th generation to farm the same land.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is to be good stewards of the land and to our customers. We strive to provide clean, safe food to our customers by following the USDA GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification process in our fields and our packing house. We also strive to provide affordable food to our customers.

Soil

Sandy loam

Weed Control

We are a split operation that uses IPM and Organic methods. We control weeds by mulching, crop rotation, mowing, and mechanical and manual cultivation.

Pest Management

We control pests by frequently scouting. We control these pests by utilizing row covers, crop rotations, and by building healthy soils that grow strong plants that are more resistant to these pests. Our IPM acreage practices a low spray program.

Water Use

We currently are transitioning 5 acres following USDA organic standards. On this ground we grow a wide variety of intense vegetable crops.  We are looking to expand to another 4 acre parcel in the near future. We also have close to 3000 square feet of high tunnel space in which crops are also grown using USDA Organic guidelines. Our other acreage and fruit crop are grown using IPM.

Organic Certification

We currently are transitioning 5 acres following USDA organic standards. On this ground we grow a wide variety of intense vegetable crops.  We are looking to expand to another 4 acre parcel in the near future. We also have close to 3000 square feet of high tunnel space in which crops are also grown using USDA Organic guidelines. Our other acreage and fruit crop are grown using IPM.

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Fraser Garlic Farm

1379 Johnson Rd
Churchville, NY 14428

Farmer

Ed Fraser

Products

Our farm is noted primarily for different varieties of high quality certified organic garlic sold for both planting and eating. During the last three years we have expanded to include potatoes, leafy vegetables, root crops, edible pumpkins and certified organic eggs from free-range chickens.

Farmland

Our farm is located 20 miles southwest of Downtown Rochester. We organically manage 22 tillable acres. Located in Churchville, NY.

History

This land has been farmed since the mid 1800′s and probably before. It was used for field crops such as corn, hay, other grains and grazing cattle. We bought it in 1993 and began raising garlic conventionally for the first two years and switched to sustainable management in 1995.

Philosophy

We strive to develop and maintain as much of a natural environment on our farm as possible in order to increase the sustainability of our farming operation. Our goal is to provide safe, healthy, nutrient dense food to our customers and their families.We also feel that it is important to teach people about the food that they eat and how to grow their own.

Soil

Our clay loam soils were very depleted from decades of conventional farming practices when we first came here. Over the years we have been using cover crops, compost, and minimal tillage techniques to increase the natural biological activities of the soil and return it to a healthy state.

Weed Control

An understanding of weed biology is important in order to control them on an organic farm.We use a wide variety of weed suppressing techniques such as: cover cropping, propane flaming, stale seed bed preparation, mulching, mechanical cultivation and some hand weeding.

Pest Management

Providing good soil to grow strong plants is always our first defense. We also rotate crops, isolate crops from pests by covering them with row covers, and develop farm-scaped areas. These are intentional plantings to create natural mini-environments which attract beneficial insects, birds, and other animals.

Water Use

This is our 10th year of certification with NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.

Organic Certification

This is our 10th year of certification with NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.

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Growing Family Farms

602 Peck Road
Spencerport, NY 14559

Farmers

Paul Loomis & Chris Flagg

Products

Growing Family Farms specializes in permaculture, natural farming, greenhouse and field production. Our specialties are forest grown mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, micro greens and shoots, and free-range eggs.

Farmland

The farmland of Growing Family Farm is composed of forest flood plains, field, and sandy loam north of the ridge.

History

Growing Family Farms began on forest plains with low input permaculture homesteading in 2002. Since then, we have expanded, adding additional farmland and greenhouses to our operations in 2012.

Philosophy

Growing Family Farms is on a perpetual quest towards long-term sustainability. We partake in the cultivation of micro- organism through natural farming and biodynamic techniques.  We utilize animal integration in an attempt to lower our inputs. Overall, the philosophy at Growing Family Farms is a fusion of primitive and modern techniques and ideologies.

Soil

We use permanent planting beds, crop rotation, and the addition of soil amendments to ensure healthy, biodynamic soil.

Weed Control

We use manual weed removal methods, mulching, flame weeding, and animal integration.

Pest Management

Animal integration

Water Use

Organic practices, roots farming &  farm transparency

Organic Certification

Organic practices, roots farming &  farm transparency

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Old Ridge Farms

3135 Ridge Road Williamson, <br/ >New York 14589

Farmer

Douglas P Mason, Owner

Products

Apples, peaches, plums, prunes, pears, nectarines, apricots, cherries, sweet corn, potatoes, onions, leek, fennel , celery, celeriac, lettuce, Swiss chard, beets, herbs, peppers, eggplant, summer squash, winter squash, beans, peas, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, kale, carrots, radishes, turnips, cucumbers, cauliflower, melons and more. Fruit is grown under IPM practices.

Farmland

Around 700 acres

History

Mason Farms was established in 1810 by Joseph Mason and his son, John. Today the farm is owned and operated by Paul Mason (6th generation) and his son, Doug (7th generation) – over 200 years of family farming in Wayne County. Recently, Mason Farms has begun transitioning many of the acres to certified organic farmland. This organic farm is Old Ridge Farms.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is to educate people about their food source. Many people no longer have contact with a working farm and the result is little understanding of the role of farmers in the community and their importance in providing local food. Farmers, especially now, need to take on the task of educator and expose the technology and science that is required to run a farm today.

Soil

Muck land, sand, upland, clay, silt loam, gravel.

Weed Control

Cultivation, Plastic strips, Crop rotation, and Stale seedbeds.

Pest Management

IPM, Predators, releases of Beneficial’s and Bats.

Water Use

NOFA-NY Certified Organics LLC

Organic Certification

NOFA-NY Certified Organics LLC

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Clearview Farm

243 Faas Road
Palmyra, NY14522

Farmer

Kurt Forman

Products

We grow a variety of items, including field crops (grain and hay) and veggies, such as sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, melons, ground cherries, carrots, broccoli, turnips, broccoli rabe, Asian greens, peas, beans, various herbs, and more.

Farmland

130 Acres and 2000 sq. ft. naturally-ventilated hoop house in Palmyra, NY – 30 miles from the South Wedge Farmers’ Market in northeastern Ontario County.

History

Kurt is a first generation farmer who grew up on a small hobby farm and started farming for a living in 1981. He raised beef cattle in the 1980′s. Since then, he has focused on field crops, fresh-market vegetables, and egg production.

Philosophy

We prefer to farm with a minimum of man-made inputs (except when they allow me to conserve soil and water) and in synch with nature by using methods like crop rotations and companion planting. We first began farming using conventional, chemical farming methods. As Kurt learned more about that and alternative farming methods, he discovered that organic farming was more in line with our philosophies about healthy eating and living. In 2004, Clearview Farm began transitioning over to a certified organic farm. We are as much interested in the long-term well-being of our farm as being able to make a living from it.

Soil

Clearview Farm has sand, gravel, loam, clay and muck soils on the farm. We use cover crops, composted (for vegetables) and raw (for field crops) animal manures, and crop rotation strategies to build and maintain our varied soils.

Weed Control

We utilize cover crop weed suppression, appropriate mulching, mechanical weeding, and crop rotation to minimize weed pressure.

Pest Management

We use pest management strategies in line with organic standards such as companion planting, row cover, crop rotation, and healthy soils to help desirable plants flourish. We prefer to use pest controls that encourage the proliferation of beneficial insects.

Water Use

NOFA-NY Certified Organic

Organic Certification

NOFA-NY Certified Organic

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Hurd Orchards

17260 Ridge Road
Holley, New York 14470

“Hurd Orchards is a family owned fruit and flower farm nestled in the fertile lake plains of Western New York between the banks of the Erie Canal and the shores of Lake Ontario. Almost two hundred years ago our ancestors came to these lands and began to till the soil and build communities.”

Farmers

Sue and Amy Machamer

Products

We are tree fruit and berry growers.  Our season begins with June’s luscious strawberries and moves quickly into abundant July when we harvest sweet cherries – one of our hallmarks.  July also ripens our 10 acres of blueberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, tart cherries, and currants.  August heralds the sunny fruits – golden peaches, candy-sweet donut peaches, apricots and nectarines.  In mild years blackberries abound by the end of the summer. September bounty is amazing – apples (both historic and traditional), pears, peaches, autumn red raspberries often golden raspberries, nectarines, plums, and so much more.

Farmland

We own and steward 1,000 acres.  We produce our fruits on about a third of our acres, we rent another third to a vegetable farmer – same family for over 40 years – and we manage the balance in woodland.  Our fruit soils are the top soils – richly fertile sandy loams.

We enjoy each inch of our farm – from historic buildings, herons on the stream sides, winter woodland walks, and straight orchard alleys.

History

Our farms have been in our family since the early 1800’s when our family arrived as pioneers and settled in the wilds of Western New York.   Since 1985, Sue and Amy Machamer, a mother and daughter team, have been in partnership together with the outstanding help of our families and farm helpers.  We enjoy history and work hard to maintain our historic landscape and buildings and historic plantings, while using history as a guiding principle for our future.

Philosophy

All of what we do on our farm rests upon our farm values and philosophy.  We treasure our land – it’s fertility, it’s beauty, it’s stories.  We love living with the seasons, enjoying taste, color, and the character of each season.  We feel that eating with the seasons is nutritious and fun! We value history and how the history of our farm and the farming traditions of our area shape our path to the future.  We love historic varieties of fruits.  We work hard to preserve the physical remnants of our history, conserving buildings, stone walls, pottery shards and the landscape. We are deeply committed to our farm community working each day to contribute to the health of our area and the well being of our farm helpers.

Soil

Richly fertile sandy loam

Pest Management

Though we are traditional growers – in order to maintain healthy plantings in our humid east coast setting – we do practice IPM and work hard to reduce our spray program and keep it as safe as possible for us, for our land, and for the end quality of our fruit.  We employ many tools and practices which help us to be conservative in our program including: pheromone traps for specific insects; low spray apple plantings; scouting for existing problems rather than presuming that they exist; pruning practices for increased airflow etc.

Water Use

IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

Organic Certification

IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

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Thorpe's Organic Farm

12866 Route 78,
East Aurora, NY 14052

Farmers

Mike and Gayle Thorpe

Products

Thorpe’s farm is a 2,000 + acre certified organic farm located outside of East Aurora, NY, near the city of Buffalo. The farm is owned and managed by Mike and Gayle Thorpe, along with their six children. We are blessed with many faithful farm employees.

Farmland

2,000 + acres outside of East Aurora, NY

Soil

We carefully rotate our crops to ensure proper soil nutrient levels. In addition to crop rotation, we use a combination of organic fertilizers such as composts and organic minerals. In doing so, we are able to ensure healthier, more nutritionally dense products for you!

Pest Management

We do not use any pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or genetically modified seeds.

Water Use

Because Thorpe’s Farm is certified organic through NOFA-NY, our farm encompasses 2,300 acres, with each and every acre being certified organic. The livestock including the pigs, chickens, and beef cattle are all fed organically as well, with access to the outdoors year round.

Organic Certification

Because Thorpe’s Farm is certified organic through NOFA-NY, ofarm encompasses 2,300 acres, with each and every acre being certified organic. The livestock including the pigs, chickens, and beef cattle are all fed organically as well, with access to the outdoors year round.

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Interbrook Farm

3971 County Road 141B
Interlaken, NY 14847

Sweet Grass Meats

290 Basset Road
Naples, NY 14512

Farmer

Leith MacKenzie

Sweet Grass Meats is a family farm located in Naples, New York that prides itself in pasture-raised, 100% grass-fed beef and lamb.

Farm

275 acres of permanent pasture and 20 acres for hay

History

Sweet Grass Meats was founded in 2005.  After working on farms around the country, I moved back to Western New York to start my own business. 50 acres of family owned land is the core of our farm.  As we have grown our business over the years we have rented additional land from our neighbors.

Philosophy

I love to grow grass and graze it with cows and sheep. I try to keep the grass, sheep, and cows well fed and happy. There is nothing better than releasing the herds into some fresh, lush grass and watching them happily have their fill.

Soil

All of our soil is kept covered by a permanent sod. There is no erosion from our fields even though many are quite steep.  The fertility and organic matter levels are improving every year as a result of our carefully managed rotation grazing. We fertilize with cow, sheep, and chicken manure. Legume and grass seeds are spread in the very early spring to improve our pastures.

Weed Control

We control the few weeds that the animals don’t like to eat with a rotary mower.

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The Piggery

423 Franklin Place Ithaca,
NY 14850

Farmers

The Piggery is a collective of local, family farms who pasture raise heritage breed hogs on sustainably managed fields. The Piggery is also a regionally recognized butcher that handcrafts a line of nitrate free, tasty deli meats in their Ithaca, NY shop. These yummy deli meats are made from well-raised animals using only meat & spices, no chemicals or preservatives. 

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Muranda Cheese Company

3075 State Route 96
Waterloo, NY 13165

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First Light Creamery

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Crosswinds Farm and Creamery

6762 Log City Road
Ovid, NY 14521

We look forward to sharing our cheese & our farm with you! Please follow us on Facebook for regular farm updates & opportunities to visit us.

Farmer

Sarah Van Orden

Products

Cheese: Morning Glory, and Butternut Made from conventionally raised dairy cows. However, we only use antibiotics if legitimately needed. Our cows’ diet is primarily forage.

Farmland

20 acres of pasture

History

Sarah is the ninth generation of family to farm. She began her own dairy farm in 2003 and has literally built it from the ground up.  All of Crosswinds Farm & Creamery cows have been born & raised on the farm.

Philosophy

Our Brown Swiss cows are the heart of our farm – our days revolve around their needs!  We strive to feed them a balanced diet, keep them comfortable, happy, and healthy.  By handcrafting cheese from their milk, we are able to feed our community directly, and give you a personal connection to your food!  By supporting our farm, you are also supporting the 100+ local businesses with which we regularly do business.  Much of our farm has been built from re-used or recycled materials & equipment, and we have a solar thermal hot water system to reduce our fossil fuel use.  We try to balance economic & environmental sustainability to ensure that our farm will be feeding our community for years to come.

Weed Control

Mowing

Water Use

Conventionally raised dairy cows. However, we only use antibiotics if legitimately needed.

Organic Certification 

Conventionally raised dairy cows. However, we only use antibiotics if legitimately needed.

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Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

1344 University Avenue
Rochester, NY
14607

“We are incredibly excited and proud to be a part of the Rochester’s growing community of artisan producers. Coffee is truly our passion but so is community—being able to bring that all together is an honor and the thing we love most. ” 

Producers

Ben Turiano, Kathy Turiano, Dena Jones, Dave Howig – Owners

Products

Freshly roasted, highly rated, shade grown, organically processed coffees that are directly traded or fairly traded through a cooperative.

Highly rated, directly sourced coffees – roasted fresh weekly in our roastery. Joe Bean is very proud that one of their coffees from Nicaragua won the Good Food Award in 2013 – a prestigious national award given to exceptional coffees that are sustainably produced and traded. We have been the only Good Food Award winner in the Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo region.

History

Joe Bean Coffee began in 2005 with a vision and passion to create a vibrant community gathering place. Over the years, we realized that a strong focus on creating exceptional coffee would best establish our company and therefore help us realize our original vision. In 2010, a move to the city of Rochester coincided with the emergence of a new Joe Bean as a small batch artisan roaster and brewer of directly traded, high quality coffee. In that year, we built the first coffee bar and roastery in Rochester, launched a number of community focused activities to help connect people to our farmers and worked to create a professional barista community locally. Joe Bean continues to be a strong coffee advocate in Rochester by promoting directly traded coffees, strong farmer relationships, small batch roasting and artisan brewing techniques. We are very proud to be a part of such an incredible industry and love serving our local community.

Philosophy

Community has always been our focus and passion. We believe that the coffee bar model helps create a place for people to interact with each other and be immersed in a creative coffee experience. In addition, creating a strong, passionate professional community of baristas is one of our company goals as well as creating strong ties to our coffee growing communities.

Water Use

All coffee is organically grown and processed. Either by direct trade or through our cooperative, our pricing model greatly exceeds fair trade standards.  We work with a number of social enterprises at origin that have created programs to benefit the greater coffee growing community such as computer classes, micro-loan programs, and strong support for educational resources. Joe Bean has been directly involved with fundraising efforts for a number of projects in Nicaragua that have brought computers, books, running water, solar panels and resources to small farmers.

Organic Certification

All coffee is organically grown and processed. Either by direct trade or through our cooperative, our pricing model greatly exceeds fair trade standards.  We work with a number of social enterprises at origin that have created programs to benefit the greater coffee growing community such as computer classes, micro-loan programs, and strong support for educational resources. Joe Bean has been directly involved with fundraising efforts for a number of projects in Nicaragua that have brought computers, books, running water, solar panels and resources to small farmers.

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Small World Food

90 Canal Street
Rochester, NY 14608

Producers

Ken Sato, Allie Push, Ruth Blackwell, Luke Stodola, Nathan Carter

Products

We use natural fermentation techniques to transform raw fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. from local organic farms into a wide variety of traditional foods.  Everything is hand-crafted in our shop in downtown Rochester, using a whole-foods approach. Many of our products are raw & unpasteurized, providing your body with healthy probiotic food. We never use any artificial ingredients. Some of our products include kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, pickles, bread, and granola.

History

Small World Food is a worker-owned, cooperatively-run business started in 2007 with the goal of providing delicious & nourishing food to the Rochester community while supporting local organic farmers and producers. We distribute our food throughout the Rochester region as well as into New York City.

Philosophy

We believe in the importance of good food and strong local communities. By supporting local farmers, we aim to help rebuild a resilient food system and strengthen the local farm economy. We pass on our knowledge of traditional foods through workshops, volunteer days, and an internship program.

Water Use

Small World signs the NOFA Farmers Pledge.

Organic Certification

Small World signs the NOFA Farmers Pledge.

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