Mountain Sweet Berry Farm
Rick Bishop, Kelly Quarton Roscoe, NY
Rick is a stalwart friend of Chef Jackson. He studied agronomy and farming from a young age and attended Cornell to study soil science. He helped to develop the Tristar strawberry. He is known as a grower of Tristar strawberries, heirloom potatoes, specialty herbs and greens. He is well-known for working with chefs, a renounced Catskill forager and the largest supplier of ramps to the Greenmarket. He also forages fiddleheads and wild blueberries.
Alex and Linda Paffenroth, Dee Anne Paffenroth Warwick, NY
Alex is a fifth-generation German-American onion farmer. His farm is in the black-dirt region of New York State. His farm was nearly destroyed by a hail storm some years ago. His major crop at the time, onions, take a long time to grow and are particularly susceptible to hail. Other root crops like carrots and radishes grow quickly and well in the black dirt. He diversified into other root crops; his neighbors told him he could sell them in New York City. Alex found that he loved farming different vegetables, and his business took off. He currently plants several hundred different varieties each year. Alex’s stand is a fixture at the Union Square Farmer’s Market.
Eckerton Hill Farms
Tim Stark Lenhartsville, PA
Tim worked as a technocrat for the City of New York and rediscovered his love of farming by growing tomatoes on his rooftop in Brooklyn. He returned to where he grew up in Pennsylvania and started farming. He is famous for his heirloom tomatoes, heirloom peppers, and heirloom cucumbers. Tim’s wrote about his experiences in his book, Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
Cherry Lane Farms
Sue Dare, Lew Dare Bridgeton, NJ
Lew is the third generation of farmers to have grown for the Union Square Greenmarket from their Southern New Jersey farm. They are famous for their asparagus, and in the summer, great squash, eggplants, okra, and melons. They also grow beautiful low-acid New Jersey tomatoes.