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We're trying to keep up with our weeding of that large brassica planting and had a couple of dry days to do so! We are harvesting our storage onions, pulling them out of the ground and laying them on the plastic mulch to cure before storing them away for the winter. We also started harvesting…

Vinessa Nola What are mango peaches?

August 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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The last of the transplants went in this week before the rain. Lettuce and spinach was planted. The direct seeded fall crops are emerging and look great. The tomatoes are ripening and hopefully the blight will stay away. We do plant resistant varieties which helps. This is likely the last week for c…

Deb Harms Sedinger We (especially my MIL) really like the purple carrots too. We haven't noticed a big difference from last year. I am thrilled that the apricots have been so wonderful this season. Thank you for posting earlier this week. Makes it much easier to plan and use everything.

August 18, 2015 at 11:58 am

Meegan Michalek Becker I liked the purple carrots, even though it did turn a few dishes a strange color. I thought they were pretty tasty!

August 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

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We will be starting a farm stand in Ellicottville today at The Groove on 219 number 6696. Farmer Deb will be selling our vegetables and Niagara county fruit starting at 8am until gone.

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Where did the day go? It was dry and now it is wet. I hear there is a storm coming our way. We could use the water. Most of the fall transplants are in. One more day of planting and we can put the transplanter away for the season. Just two more direct seedings remain.…

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The irrigation gun has been working overtime. It is dry on the farm. Lucky for us we have water.

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Sonia Efron Wow, a few weeks ago it was raining too much for delicate little seeds.

August 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm

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August 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

Their have been questions about the sweet corn. Yes, it is GMO free. All certified organic products are GMO free.

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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