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Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

The Vizcarra family, owners of Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, embraces Mother Nature and they want everyone else to embrace it with the same passion as they do. Their fruit and vegetable farm and vineyard is a big place — 340 acres to be exact. And they’ve been around a long time — a century. We made a stop at the farm to learn more about what they offer. We learned that they like to strengthen roots, and not just those on their plants. Their philosophy is that a farm fresh meal is the foundation for maintaining a strong bond with families and friends — and further, it strengthens communities and enriches lives. The farm grows about every local fruit you can imagine. On our visit we could see that the strawberries were nearly ready for harvest. After strawberries,...

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The Kernel

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

We spent a beautiful August afternoon at The Kernel farm with patriarch Bruce Muck. He raises popcorn, garlic, soybeans, field corn, and alfalfa hay for the herd of beef cattle. Bruce has been at this location since 1970. The present farm is 325 acres. Bruce showed us his chickens (which were entertaining to say the least). He currently has 36 chickens that produce brown eggs. We enjoyed listening to the increase of the chickens’ murmurs as we approached. Bruce said they have a lot of personality. We took a ride along the lane viewing cornfields. You could hear the pride in Bruce’s voice as he talked about his daily walk on that lane. The corn was tall and healthy, and truly a sight to see. The farm grows popcorn, field corn, and corn for ethanol. You can tell the difference in...

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Summertime Blooms

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

When you visit the Williamsville Farmers Market, the kaleidoscope of colors you see from produce to flowers to artisan wares, will surely leave an impression with you. The Summertime Blooms stand at the Market is a like a life-size flower arrangement, full of brilliant color and beauty. But visiting the Summertime Blooms farm, with its row upon row of brilliant flowers, planted in sections of color was a site to behold. On our mid-summer visit to the farm, we saw fields of flowers planted both outdoors and inside the hot houses. And they were truly spectacular. Typically we are attracted to a bloom’s shape or color. Names like dahlia, lithianthus, snapdragon, delphinium and beebalm are strange and complex names that may or may not equate to a flower or color for us. But Linda O’Connor, who owns Summertime Blooms...

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Seabert Farms

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

It’s hard to miss Seabert Farms at the Market. They have an expansive table, manned by the owner himself, Ken Seabert. Seabert Farms is a 4th generation farm located in the town of Cambria, NY. For over 100 years, the Seabert family has been farming their land to bring fresh produce to your table. You can tell when you talk to the easy going Seabert patriarch, that he knows a bit about farming because he can tell you things like “when the dog eats grass, it’s a sign that we might be getting some rain.” We took a few trips out to Seabert Farms from the first plantings through the fall harvest. This particular season bore the challenge of early, abundant rains followed by high heat and extended dryness. But these are among the challenges farmers endure on any...

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Stymus Farm

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

We took a drive out to Stymus Farms on a cloudy day in late June to talk with Ed Stymus and his grandsons Trevor and Cody. The Stymus’ have been farming their land since the 1920’s and are now in their 4th generation of farming. The rain was falling on and off as we took a walk around the farm, which is 500 acres; they farm 250 of those acres. We passed row after row of lettuce, Swiss chard, and kale greens, and seemingly endless varieties of vegetables including snap beans, sweet peas, kohlrabi, and beets, before ducking into some ‘cold frame’ tunnels. The tunnels housed strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, gherkins for pickles, zucchini, and several varieties of herbs, and greens. The cold frame tunnels we learned intensified the heat. Each one also was equipped with a small furnace. The...

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Child’s Blueberries

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

A natural entrepreneur, Dan Childs began selling wild blueberries he picked from the family farm in Humphrey, NY and sold them door-to-door in South Buffalo at the tender age of six. Still as a youngster, Dan then developed a bicycle route in East Aurora selling summer squash he grew and also sold the surplus in front of Loblaw’s or the old East Aurora railroad station. Dan’s family had begun planting blueberries in the 1970’s at their farm, and in 1985, led by his father Bob Childs, Child’s Blueberries was born! Dan made the decision to leave corporate America behind to learn farming through a formal education, reading every “blueberry document” he could get his hands on, and the real-world farmer’s “school of hard knocks.” Dan’s wife Carrie, along with several other family members, help run the family farm. They...

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