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Lauren Merriman
July 31, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Do you have any use for egg cartons? I seem to have accumulated a lot!

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJuly 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Today is the grand opening of the farm stand. Thanks to Jody, the Buffalo distribution manager for setting us up with the signs. The Zoar Losers will be playing their tunes. Dug from the band did all the carpentry. Check it out.

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Cheryl Eddy Griffin For anyone or just share holders?

July 31, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Sharon Hammond The sign looks great!!!

July 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconJuly 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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The share for July 28 to the 31st.

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It is hot! Time to dust off the irrigation gun. I was worried that we would never experience "Summer". The melons, tomatoes and other warn climate plants are loving it. This weeks vegetable share includes lettuce, greens, scallions, cucumbers, zucchini and the beginning of the summer squash planting…

Tony Mordino
July 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Will you be at the farmers market on Robinson road tomorrow?

Beth Pollner Steinberg
July 22, 2015 at 10:18 am

Looking forward to today's haul!

Native Offerings Farm
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This weeks share: July 21 to 24.

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This Friday our farm stand opens. The hours are from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. We will be selling our certified organic vegetables and fruit from our fruit share suppliers. We will also have cuts of our grass fed beef for sale. There will be a limited amount of our Berkshire pork. If you are in the…

Lilian Dirito That is awesome!! We are coming to shop!

July 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Libby DuBois Praying for a very successful endeavor for
Native Offerings Farm....
Love all you guys.. Libby

July 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Holly Hudson Bonnie Fry Doberstein :-)

July 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

IMG_1224Native Offerings Farm isn’t only a business; it is a place. When we moved here in 2002, this farm was a dairy farm that had been in the Clark family for five generations. The farm is situated in a long valley in Cattaraugus County that was once full of dairy farms, now there are only a few and we are the only large scale producer of vegetables here. We are 9 miles to the northwest of the town of Ellicottville and the majority of our farm lies in the town of Otto. We have 180 acres of slightly rolling land. Some of it is good pasture and hay land but the reason we bought it was because it has about 15 acres of soil that is sandy loam; great for vegetable production. It also has a year round flowing, class 1 trout fishing stream running through it from which we are allowed to irrigate. The barns and house were in relatively good shape and we could move in and farm right away. That was important because our CSA was up and running at that point.

We started Buffalo Organics CSA in East Aurora on the Roelofs’ Arden Farm after vegetable farming with a friend in Trumansburg. That was in 1997, the year we were married. The house on this farm was built in the 1800’s and we used the cool, stone basement for storing vegetables our first year here. The farm wasn’t on the market in 2002 and actually could have been used as a site for a school but was voted down by the area residents. It wasn’t long after we bought the place that neighbors came up to us and explained that they were so happy that the land remained in farming. That was a good sign! We knew we had made the right choice in moving here! We originally thought we’d settle in Erie county but when we were searching all of Erie county for tillable, fertile farm land we came up against hurdles that most aspiring farmers will run into. The most pressing was that good farmland is also good for development. Which meant that we were priced out of buying that land.

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Moving to this land presented some concerns, one of which is that we are in zone 5, even some areas here are zone 4. We have a two-week variance in temperature as compared to Buffalo and Eden, which is zone 6. Meaning, we can get a frost two weeks earlier than Buffalo in the fall and two weeks later in the spring.

So why farm here? Our first visit to the farm was telling. Stewart took his shovel to the cornfield behind the house and dug. It was then that a light went on for him; he had carefully and diligently found a place that could make the business of farming work. It had good tillable ground, fresh water and barns. I fell in love with the house, barns and surrounding hills. We thought it might be hard to truck our products so far into the city, which was our main market outlet. But the CSA keeps us intimately connected with our customers and many of them adjusted to the move to this beautiful place with us. Now, we focus on improving the land that we farm on and keeping or customers happy. We’ve planted over 4000 trees, fixed water drainage, and limed the soils and continually work with a soil lab to remineralize the ground that we work. We are slowly restoring the gamble roofed dairy barn that if neglected anymore would become like so many other barns, a casualty of modern life. We have become part of the rural fabric of this little piece of countryside and are happy to live and farm here.

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