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Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconDecember 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

We took advantage of the amazing day of Tuesday to pick the last of the kale and parsley.

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Raul Ruzzene Kale!!!!!!

December 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Quinn Caya Hell yeah! That's our awesome Deb Ritchie. Lets have a big round of applause for one of the most incredible people we know!.... yeah.

December 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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Quinn Caya Thats right.

December 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Kathleen Bachman Sharon - is that Debbie and her farm?

December 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Potter Dee What are you guys picking today ;-)

December 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Native Offerings Farm Ice out of my beard.

December 11, 2014 at 5:52 pm

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Raul Ruzzene Me too, Stew!

December 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Noreen McAllister We are really enjoying the late season greens. Native Offerings is the best!

December 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconNovember 28, 2014 at 11:17 am

It is holiday time. We will not be at the Horsefeathers winter market this Saturday. We will be back on the 6th.

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Raul Ruzzene Great pic!

November 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

Sonia Efron You have no snow?

November 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Native Offerings Farm The picture was taken this Tuesday. We have snow now, but not a lot.

November 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Sonia Efron Same in Buffalo.

November 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconNovember 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

The cattle get very excited when they see the tractor approaching with a bucket full of greens. With the pigs gone they get all the trimmings.

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Native Offerings Farm
November 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

The Thanksgiving distributions will be this coming week. We will be in Buffalo on Monday 11/24 and in Orchard Park and Amherst on Tuesday 11/25. Please let us know if you would like to switch sites for this week. This will be an extra large share.

Susan Daniels I really, really, really wish I had gotten this in e-mail. Nothing on the blog, nothing in e-mail.

November 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

Native Offerings Farm
Facebook IconNovember 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

The highway is clear, it is a beautiful day and we are at the Horsefeathers winter market until one pm.

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Native Offerings Farm
November 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

The Buffalo distribution is cancelled today. This is the first time we have had to cancel an entire week of deliveries and it is not even winter yet!

Mine Dosluoglu Stay warm. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2014 at 7:59 am

Meegan Michalek Becker Happy Thanksgiving, thank you for the update!

November 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

Native Offerings Farm I hope everyone is safe, warm and well fed. We have had only a couple of inches of snow here. I had no idea how bad the storm was until I looked at the pictures.

November 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

Amy Melton Prentiss Very little here on the west side as well. Will there be an alternate delivery before Thanksgiving?

November 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

Native Offerings Farm We are waiting on the weather. We would like to have a distribution before Thanksgiving.

November 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

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Deb Meier Thanks for the heads-up!

November 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Lauren Bee So Williamsville is moved to Monday?

November 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Rita Binns awe it's winter, get over it! :)

November 20, 2014 at 4:35 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.

wine grape trails

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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