Organic Farm In New York
This certified organic vegetable and small fruits farm has been farmed in a sustainable way since 1987. The farm is located in the renowned Finger Lakes Region of New York State, the second largest grape growing and wine making region in the country and lies on the eastern side of Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes. The lake itself is just minutes away. This farm is currently operated as a certified organic vegetable and small fruits operation and has the potential to be a turn-key sale. The land has been certified organic for twenty-nine years, all systems are in place for the farm to continue to operate in its current use.
Over 40 varieties of vegetables, as well as strawberries and raspberries, are grown on 15 acres using a permanent bed system with strips of native vegetation between each bed. The main crops are garlic, cabbage, squash, potatoes, root crops and various greens. Ornamental and vegetable transplants as well as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and a wide variety of salad and cooking greens are grown in two heated greenhouses and 4 high tunnel hoop houses.
The owners have been selling their produce at the Ithaca Farmer's Market since 1987, their stall at the market has always been an inviting display of an array of vegetables, fruits and plants and has become a mainstay of this market and enjoys an excellent reputation. The farm's produce has become synonymous with high quality. The produce is also sold through two food co-ops, at several area restaurants and through a winter CSA share program. The owners are highly respected growers in the region, completely committed to sustaining the earth's soil and always willing to share all that they know to other aspiring organic growers.
The farm consists of 160 acres approximately 62 are tillable, 15 of which are utilized with the permanent bed system. There are approximately 83 acres of woodlands and the balance is residual. There are two ponds on the farm used for irrigation. The crops are irrigated with a buried system to provide water during critical growth periods if rain has not been sufficient. All the crop fields are surrounded by 8 ft. high, high strength plastic fencing (Tenax) to help control deer and wildlife damage. The bottom edge of the fence has an added vinyl coated poultry netting for controlling woodchucks and rabbits. The two together have been extremely effective at minimizing crop damage.
The structures on the farm include a 2,128 sq. ft. two story home, detached garage with a two bedroom apartment on the second floor, a gambrel roofed barn, pole barn, two three-sided storage sheds, indoor and outdoor production and wash area, four walk-in coolers, solar panels and pump house.
This agricultural business has been a labor of love for the owners yet has been a very profitable venture that allows them to fulfill their commitment to sustainability and nourishes their love of the outdoors.
With the farm located in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region, the property could be developed into a vineyard. With the surge in the craft hard cider and craft beer market the farm could also be utilized to develop an apple orchard or used to grow hops. Or utilize the property as a general purpose farm for livestock and hay making or fulfill your dream of homesteading.
This certified organic farm available in New York State in the renowned grape growing and wine making Finger Lakes region is surrounded by vineyards and wineries on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. This organic farm currently operates as a vegetable and small fruits business with the potential of a turn-key sale. This property is also well suited for a winery, craft hard cider, craft beer, general purpose farm or other agricultural businesses.