By Analiese Paik
A new farm has sprouted in Chester, NY to meet the growing demand for fresh, organically-grown food in the tri-state area. Simon Ziegler is likely a farmer you know if you frequent the Westport or New Canaan Farmers’ Markets and shop from Riverbank Farm. Let’s all congratulate Simon on starting his own farm, Sun Sprout Farm, and thank him for transitioning 40 acres of farmland to organic production!
Simon informed me that spring crop preparations are going well. Seed orders have arrived, and come March 1, they will start growing early spring transplants in their two 30×96’ greenhouses including kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, lettuce, culinary herbs, celeriac, kohlrabi, fennel, spinach and more. Warmer season crops that produce fruit such as peppers, eggplants and tomatoes will be planted in the second half of March. Come April, they’ll will start propagating flowers, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, watermelon, cucumbers and corn.
Sun Sprout Farm’s 2016 Summer CSA program runs for 20 weeks, from the beginning of June until the beginning of November, and is open to new subscribers. This season there is one drop off location in CT serving Stamford and New Canaan markets: 56 Broad Brook Lane Stamford, CT. Pick ups are on Wednesdays between 4 pm and 6:30 pm.
The average weekly share contains 7-10 different vegetables each week and will provide members with 30-35 servings of fresh and seasonal produce from the farm. The vegetable selection will change throughout the season based on what is ready to harvest each week.
If you are interested in joining the CSA, please download, complete, and sign the CSA member agreement which can also be found on their homepage. A full summer share is $600, payable by check to the farm when you mail in the CSA member agreement.
Please visit sunsproutfarm.com to learn more about the farm, including the Circle Garden, and apprenticeship program, and like Sun Sprout Farm on Facebook to stay current on farm happenings.