Supporting small farms and small businesses is an incredible thing. As small-scale farmers, we know that when you choose to buy veggies from us it is a conscious choice since it is simpler to just go to a grocery store to get everything you need. We understand that with your purchase comes the gift of a subtle encouragement, something like: “we like what you’re doing and we want you to keep doing it”. We understand this because we do it too! We’ve found so much to love about small local businesses, from discovering completely new-to-us foods like fermented veggies from Seven Acres Farm or finding how absolutely delicious something very familiar like apple cider can be when it's from Suprima Farm. There’s something so special about people taking the leap to devote their time and energy on something they are so passionate about, and sharing it with others, you can taste it, see it and feel it.
So what has your support meant to us? In a word, everything… We have been able to follow our passion of working with nature and grow tasty, nutritious, and beautiful food in a sustainable ecologically-conscious way for many years. We’ve been able to share this food with so many people over the years, it’s pretty amazing just to think of how many people we’ve fed cultivating our small farm plots. We’ve been able to grow and expand, from beginning with just a weekly veggie CSA to attending farmers markets, working with other farmers, adding fruits, herbs and sprouts, transplants, seeds and herbal teas to our offerings as well as many unique and unusual veggie varieties that inspire the imagination. Your support shows us that we are not the only ones that care about growing food in a natural way with respect for mother nature. You give us the motivation and the means to continue doing what we’re doing. And you give us the opportunity to support other small businesses and farms too! In this way the conscious choice you make invigorates a whole community of small family businesses working in reciprocal ways. It also helps the wild community on our farm so we can make conscious choices as well, such as leaving this dead tree for the woodpeckers, or letting those milkweeds grow for the butterflies, or not planting in this spot because there’s some salamanders burrowed there. By empowering us we can help protect these little patches of wonder and magic, and even though these actions seem small they are so significant in a world that is in a vulnerable state. In return we can provide you with the best food we can grow, just what nature intended with no sprays or other funny stuff added, and it just tastes better!
Your support has given us meaning and purpose in a world where young people are hungry for it, we are not quite as young anymore but when we started farming we were in our early 20s and it gave us a direction and stability we really needed. We hope to return the favour in the coming years by helping more young people learn about all the amazingness of sustainable farming and food, because we understand that this is the only way forward to the future. In farming we’ve learned so many new things from other people and through our own experience. We’ve learned about under-utilized crops like sunchokes and burdock root that can feed more people with less inputs, and that growing clover in a field for a year will increase nitrogen in the soil. We’ve learned apples and potatoes can still be grown without pesticides, contrary to what many say. We’ve learned peas don’t like our soil as much as beans do, pheasants like tomatoes and deer like carrot tops and radicchio. We’ve learned that you can add kale into almost any dish one can think of, we’ve learned about kale chips and borenkool. And that butternut squash is a great substitute for tomato sauce on pizza. And that sunchokes can last 2 years in the fridge!
So much has grown out of the support we’ve received over the years, from a small seed of possibility we started farming in 2011 with only a vague sense of what we were doing, and from there it has grown into a tree bearing more fruits than we ever imagined. And there’s so much more to come!
So thank you so much to everyone who’s helped us in small or big ways or ways you didn’t even know, we are eternally grateful and filled with hope for the future because no matter what happens we feel your support and we know that we’re all in this together, people, nature and the world.