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Confreda Greenhouse and Farms
Founded by John and Anna Confreda, the Confreda Family Farm was established in 1922. Following in their parents’ footsteps were John and Anna’s sons, Vincent P. Confreda and the late John V. Confreda. Vincent is still actively working side-by-side with his son, third-generation farmer, Vincent J. Confreda, who oversees and manages the business. The fourth generation is beginning to enter the business with Vincent J. Confreda, Jr., Corey Confreda, and Jonathan Confreda. The farm continues to grow as the family expands.
The Confredas’ farm has just over 400 acres of land, most of which is in Cranston, Rhode Island; the remainder in Scituate and Warwick, Rhode Island. The primary crops grown at Confreda Farms & Produce are zucchini, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and pumpkins. The biggest Confreda crop is corn, which delivered within hours of harvesting. They also grow field corn, which is cut for cornstalks, and Indian corn, which is used for decorations.
We house a 300,000 square foot storage facility with eight different temperature zones that are monitored and adjusted constantly throughout the day.
Food safety is considered a high priority at the farm. Confreda Farms & Produce is G.A.P. Certified and follows the Integrated Pest Management system, known as the IPM method.
The Confredas have worked to make their farm a part of the community by hosting educational programs for pre-school and elementary school students, so that children can gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from. Confreda’s role in initiating and supporting the Farm-to-School Program in Rhode Island has been essential to ensuring that local kids have access to local produce and healthy foods in their school lunches. The program has expanded into local universities, institutions and restaurants that promote fresh, farm-to-table produce.
Swazlowski Potato Farms
In 1910, polish immigrant John R. Szawlowski started Szawlowski Potato Farms, Inc. Today the company grows potatoes on 2,500 acres of land in Hatfield, Northampton and Whately, Massachusetts. Since branching out in 1989, the farm has been packaging potatoes for other growers. The farm has sustained itself through the years on a foundation of deep devotion to farming, quality of goods and reliability. They employ a full-time Environmental Health Supervisor to ensure that their packing facility is certified and in compliance with the latest food safety regulations. They grow, pack, and ship 2,500 acres of Round White, Red, Russet, and Yukon Gold potatoes.
It all began in 1927, when Manuel and his wife Rita opened M. Araujo & Sons Dairy and Produce. In 1949, his sons Manuel and Caesar took over as Araujo Bros. Produce. Having to support two families, the brothers concentrated on growing produce and bedding plants. Manuel Jr. retired in 1978, while Caesar and his son Ken continued raising plants and vegetables. In 1981, Caesar retired and Ken chose to continue the family legacy.
In 1984, Ken and his wife, Darlene, opened up the retail stand called Araujo’s Cabbage Patch where they sold fresh vegetables, fruits, and plants. Customers came from miles away for such high quality produce. In 1990, Ken and Darlene relocated to the current site to expand the garden center. Customers still come from miles away to experience the dedication Araujo Farms has made to growing and selling exceptional products. In 2001, Ken and Darlene’s daughter, LeeAnne, joined the business and has become the fourth generation to continue the legacy. Gardening has become a generational hobby for them and they hope for their customers as well.
The Araujos are growers of quality summer squash, zucchini, peppers, and corn. In the fall, they pride themselves on their mums, pumpkins, and butternut squashes. They are always growing and changing to meet the needs of their customers and to keep gardening a part of life every day.
Backyard Farms is focused on growing really, really good tomatoes. It’s their goal to provide the Northeast with the freshest, best-tasting tomatoes possible—year-round.
That’s why they leave their tomatoes on the vine as long as possible. Backyard Farms is passionate about their produce. They’re also focused on providing agricultural jobs for people in the community. They wouldn’t have the tastiest tomatoes in the region without their people. They show their appreciation by giving back to the community and continuing to invest in their business. Backyard Farms believes people should know where their food comes from and who’s growing it. They built their business on this belief and never compromise. They believe in supporting local produce.
Today, Backyard Farms delivers a better, fresher tomato to the Northeast all year long. Even during the long New England winters. They’ve introduced many innovative methods to the tomato industry. It’s a way of doing business where freshness and quality come first.
Backyard Farms tomatoes spend their days ripening, not traveling, which makes for some tasty tomatoes.
The Pioneer Valley Growers Association
The Pioneer Valley Growers Association is a co-operative of farmers located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The PVGA sells produce grown by local farmers within Massachusetts and throughout New England.
The mission of the PVGA is to provide consumers with the freshest, highest quality locally grown produce. The rich soil of the Pioneer Valley combined with state-of-the-art cooling technology, allows their farmers to produce the finest looking and best tasting vegetables around. Throughout the year, the PVGA offers a wide variety of produce including apples, cabbages, squash, kale, berries and much more!
Jonathan’s Sprouts, Inc. is New England’s pioneer sprout company. Owned and operated by Barbara and Bob Sanderson, this family business has an unsurpassed reputation for quality, service, and dependability. Since March 17, 1976 they have built their reputation through continued personal contact with their customers, standing steadfastly behind their quality products, and offering support and education.
Whenever possible, they cultivate their sprouts from organically grown seeds. When the supply of organic seeds is inadequate for their needs, they offer customers a choice of organic or conventional sprouts. At Jonathan’s, all of their sprouts are grown in pure drinking water from their four deep wells.
Founded by Irish immigrants, Wilson Farm has been in operation at its present location since 1884. James Alexander Wilson, W.M. Wilson, and brother-in-law George Reynolds came to Lexington from Enniskillen, Ireland. Here they were able to buy 16 acres of land and rent some of the surrounding fields for farming. James A. Wilson was the salesman, while the other partners worked the farm, growing vegetable crops and plants. Included among products grown were cabbage, white turnip, celery, carrots, and beets.
In 2000, the barn was joined by a state-of-the-art 37,000 square foot greenhouse; now a favorite touring site for local and national growing associations.
Today the farm has expanded from 16 to 33 acres in Lexington; and an additional 500 acres in Litchfield, New Hampshire. They grow a wide variety of produce including beets, carrots, celery, cucumbers, endive, French beans, horseradish root, tomatoes, and more!
Three centuries before Steve and Joan Belkin of Weston, Massachusetts purchased Lookout Farm, Natick was just a small settlement west of Boston. In 1650, Minister John Eliot and a group of settlers paddled down the Charles River in canoes and made their home by the fertile shores of the river. This group established Lookout Farm, which was later purchased by Steve and Joan in 2005.
Lookout Farm has become one of the oldest working farms in the country, as well as an important part of the history of South Natick. Originally, the land yielded beans, turnips, strawberries, and grapes. Eliot and his community were friendly with the Native Americans who inhabited the area, which was known to them as “the place of the hills.” Today, this “place” is Lookout Farm.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm is dedicated to being the number-one destination for healthy, outdoor, family fun in the Boston and Metrowest Area. They embrace a philosophy surrounding healthy nutrition and respect for the environment. Belkin Family Lookout Farm is committed to the preservation of their exquisite farmland and looks to share the merits of their products through solid corporate sponsorships, community education, and philanthropy. Lookout Farm grows strawberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, Asian pears, pumpkins, and a wide variety of apples.
Ward’s Berry Farm
Ward’s Berry Farm manages 175 acres of vegetables and small fruit with a keen eye towards land stewardship. They select their varieties for flavor and pride themselves in supplying the great restaurants in the area with freshly picked corn and delicious field-ripened tomatoes, including their famous heirlooms! Strawberry season lasts just a few weeks, but the incredibly sweet and juicy fruits are memorable all year long.
Their philosophy is simple: keep the chain of distribution short and fast. As they work on production, they also work towards building the health of the soil and increasing its organic matter. Diversity and sustainability are of prime importance. They grow 18 acres of certified organic crops, while their other 160 acres are farmed using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The goal of IPM is to manage pest damage economically while protecting people, property, and the environment.
They are proud to be a genuine, productive farm, sustainably feeding the people of their area with real food, while nurturing the soil and making Ward’s Berry Farm a healthy place for their family and yours.
Steere Orchard is a fourth generation family orchard that was started around 1930 by Arthur W. Steere and his son, Henry J. Steere. Today Jim Steere, grandson of the orchard’s founder, continues the tradition with his son. Steere Orchard is Rhode Island’s largest orchard.
They offer about a dozen varieties of apples including Macoun, Cortland, Red and Golden Delicious, Macintosh, and Rhode Island Greening. In early September they harvest and sell peaches, pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian corn, jams, apple butter, apple cider, and locally produced honey.
Around the premises of her 22-acre farm, Lauri Roberts is known as Chief Turtle – a title that reflects the sense of fun she brings to her work at Farming Turtles in Exeter, Rhode Island. Farming Turtles, a top grower of micro greens and baby greens in the northeast, is much loved by restaurant chefs who prize the flavor and freshness of her tiny produce. What sets Lauri apart? Her commitment to quality and the fact that she offers her micros and baby greens still growing in soil, so chefs can literally harvest and serve them immediately.
Raised in Scarsdale, New York, Lauri graduated from Brown University with a degree in environmental studies. She got her start in the produce business growing sprouts, wheatgrass, and baby greens at Chicago’s Indoor Garden, an urban farm in the middle of the city. She quickly built her reputation for quality organic greens, and starting selling to top restaurants as well as high-end supermarkets such as Whole Foods.
While in college, Lauri had fallen in love with Rhode Island. She returned to the area to start her dream business servicing the east coast, where she knew there would be a niche for her products. In 2006, she started Farming Turtles inside a warehouse in an industrial park in Warwick. “When micros first hit the scene in the mid 90’s, I immediately knew they were going to be a big thing,” she recalls. “They’re gorgeous, they’re full of flavor, and they grow quickly.”
She moved the rapidly growing business to Exeter, Rhode Island in 2008, where she purchased her farm and put up a state-of-the-art greenhouse. The business has continued to expand and Lauri has developed new products, including mushrooms and baby lettuces. But Lauri reserves a special enthusiasm for the micro greens. “I was always crazy about plants. I’ve made a business out of what I love.” For her, expressing her passion in business is what it’s all about and Farming Turtles is a dream come true.
Young Family Farm
Farming over 200 acres since 1997, Young Family Farm grows the freshest fruits, flowers and veggies in picturesque Little Compton, Rhode Island.
Tyler and Karla Young started with a strawberry crop sold on a picnic table on their front lawn. Locals and summer visitors soon discovered their farm fresh berries, and Tyler began growing a variety of vegetables for their customers as well. With the help of their three daughters, what started as a small wholesale potato business soon grew into a diversified wholesale and retail business. The lawn became too small to display all of their fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, so they opened a retail farm stand in the fall of 2006, just in time for their first apple crop. Now their products can be found at grocery stores throughout New England.
From planting to picking, Young Family Farm is in operation from March through November. The retail stand is open from the beginning of May until Thanksgiving. During these months, customers enjoy farm fresh annuals, perennials, fruits, and vegetables.
Maple Lane Farm
What was once a pasture only for dairy cows, Maple Lane Farms has been cultivated into a farm for all seasons and all ages. Since 1978, this 120-acre farm has evolved from 2 acres of Cut-Your-Own Christmas trees into a farm ripe with Pick-Your-Own blueberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and apples. They strive to give their customers the very best quality and service.
As Allyn Brown III sat on the porch of his house, high on a hill overlooking his Christmas tree farm and myriad of pick-your-own crops, he had every reason to feel satisfied. “I’m very lucky that my chosen work is actually my hobby,” said Brown as customer cars streamed down the sugar maple-lined country road toward Maple Lane Farm. The families drawn to his stunning Preston, Connecticut farm experience the fruits of nearly 20 years of love, labor, and care that have created this idyllic spot for people to revel in the thrill of the harvest.
Sensing the need to have numerous crops to keep people coming back for more, Brown added a fruit salad of pick-your-own choices to tempt his customers. Now, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pumpkins, and, of course, Christmas trees adorn this sweeping, hilly, 120-acre farm
that’s fresh out of a Currier & Ives scene. His formula for success keeps Maple Lane Farm abuzz with customers from the first of April through Christmas. To supplement the pick-your-own trade, Brown raises and sells oyster mushrooms to local restaurants and black currants to juice manufacturers.
Maple Lane Farms also supplies Living Lettuce. Grown in hydroponic greenhouses, Maple Lane Farms’ Living Lettuce comes in its own mini-greenhouse. Plus, it’s grown without herbicides or fungicides and boasts less processing, less handling, and less waste. It’s “ripe for the picking” so put some in your produce section today!
4 Town Farm
4 Town Farms grows a variety of small fruits and vegetables that are well-acclimated to this climate. They are especially known for their asparagus, strawberries, sweet corn, melons, and fall crops. They also offer “pick your own” which includes strawberries, fava beans, English peas, raspberries, pumpkins, and cut flowers. They welcome you to visit and enjoy a genuine farm experience with your family.
Deep Root Organic Co-Op
Founded in 1986, Deep Root Organic is one of the oldest co-ops of organic vegetable growers in the United States. The co-op exists to promote local, sustainable, and organic agriculture through its small, family-owned farms. Due to its size and the variety of its member farms, they offer a wide range of products available throughout the year. They thank you for your support with the purchase of their products.
Deep Root Organic Co-Op connects the farmer and the customer, delivering the best local organic produce and value-added products to co-ops, institutions, restaurants, and retail establishments.
Established in 1930 by Joseph Wysocki, Wysocki Farms consist of 60 acres of land in Amherst, Massachusetts, with an additional 55 acres that are rented from nearby land owners. It is currently owned by Paul and Patrick Wysocki, who are the 3rd and 4th generations on the farm. Crops consist of yellow and green squash, bell peppers, napa cabbage, green cabbage, beets, and cauliflower during the summer months. Fall crops include beets, cauliflower, cabbage, parsnips, and turnips.