Certified Organic Fruits & Vegetables Grown Locally
All of our produce is certified organic under standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. What does this mean for you? In short, a high level of transparency and accountability in regard to how we grow our food and a commitment to protecting and restoring our environment.
Our focus here is to grow the best tasting, healthiest and highest quality food possible. We have been working on minimizing or eliminating entirely the use of plastics, and sprayed fertilizers, pesticides,and fungicides in our growing fields. You can find detailed information on this site about our agricultural and conservation practices. We emphasize diversity in our product mix, not only because of our desire to offer a wide array of food to our consumers but also because diversity promotes a healthy environment by keeping soil chemistry in balance, regulating insect pests and promoting mutually beneficial relationships between species. Where we can, we select varieties that emphasize flavor — our heirloom tomatoes being a prime example.
None of this is static, of course. Each year we try to learn new lessons and continue on our journey toward being a more sustainable operation. Currently we produce an assortment of fruit, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and honey.
The Farm At Sunnyside maintains an organic orchard in which we grow multiple varieties of apples and Asian pears as well as pawpaws, a fruit native to the woodlands of the eastern United States, and figs.
Vegetables and Herbs
We grow a wide assortment of vegetables throughout the year. A partial list includes: arugula; Asian greens; beans; beets; broccoli; cabbage; carrots; cauliflower; chard; collards; cucumbers; chicories, eggplant; ginger; kale; kohlrabi; lettuce; melons; okra; onions; peas; potatoes; pumpkins; radishes; sweet potatoes, summer and winter squash; spinach; tomatoes; turmeric; and turnips. We offer a wide selection of annual and perennial herbs including basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, chives and thyme. We have also started offering dried herbs for sale.
The Farm at Sunnyside is an ideal place to raise honeybees because our diversity of habitats provides abundant, high quality food throughout the season. In return, the honeybees transform the flowers from our forests and meadows into a delicacy and supplement the work of our native bees to help pollinate our crops. We maintain wild areas in and around our fields which provide the necessary habitat for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This mix of agriculture crops, meadows and wooded hedgerows ensures a season-long feast of flowers. We amend areas around vegetable fields with patches of showy native plants that act as beacons to pollinators and direct their attention to our fields.
We currently have 25 Pearl Oyster mushroom logs in production and plan on adding new varieties in the future.
Native Plant Nursery
We have started growing native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses that we will have available for sale throughout the year, and will also be used for mass plantings on the farm in unused production fields and conservation areas.