MILTON, NEW YORK
Hepworth Farms is an ultra innovative and diverse 550-acre family-run organic farm in Milton, NY. Operated by Amy Hepworth, Gail Hepworth, and Gerry Greco, the farm currently grows over 400 varieties of vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, eggplants, peppers, and summer squash. They are New York State Grown and Certified, GAP Certified, Certified Organic, and earned the "Best" rating in the Whole Foods "Responsibly Grown" sustainability program.
On over 160 acres of fertile soil, Satur Farms is owned by Chef Eberhard Müller and his wife, Paulette. Located on Long Island, the farm grows specialty salads, leafy vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, root vegetables, and herbs. They're committed to sustainable farming, not only with respect to the fields and safe production of their vegetables but also in ensuring continuing and livable wages for their employees. When possible, they strive to use only organically approved sprays and 100% recyclable packaging materials with a concern for the environment.
HIGHLAND, NEW YORK
Pavero Apple Farms
Pavero Apples was founded in 1941 in the great Hudson Valley of New York State. The business has continued to be family-owned and operated for over 75 years, having achieved success as one of the leading growers, Safe Quality Food (SQF) packers, and distributors of apples in the entire Northeast. All apples are hand-picked and grown on all-natural soil packed with the best nutrients to ensure their end product's highest nutrition and best taste.
MILTON, NEW YORK
Hudson River Fruit Distributors
Hudson River Fruit Distributors is a 4th generation family-owned and operated company established on July 12, 1963, by Isadore “Izzy” Albinder and his son Harold Albinder. By 1972, with the purchase of their eighth orchard, they owned and operated over 1000 acres of cultivated land. Danny Albinder (Izzy’s grandson and Harold’s son) joined the business full-time in 1980 and learned the trade from the ground up. In the early 1990s, Lia Diamond (Harold’s daughter) moved to one of the family farms in Bennington, VT. She currently owns and runs the Apple Barn (http://theapplebarn.com/).
Eckerton Hill Farm
Eckerton Hill Farm has its origins in Brooklyn, where owner Tim Stark started his first tomato seedlings nineteen years ago. Today, the farm sits on 58 hillside acres overlooking the fertile Oley Valley of Berks County, Pennsylvania. They grow over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables and are best known for more than 100 varieties of juicy heirloom tomatoes and fiery peppers of every shape and hue. New Yorkers might have a hard time getting hold of some of these famous tomatoes, so make sure to call ahead and order to get the best pick of heirloom tomatoes alongside many renowned New York chefs like Jean-George and Daniel Boulud.
ROSCOE, NEW YORK
Mountain Sweet Berry Farm
Rick Bishop runs Mountain Sweet Berry Farm in the Catskill Mountains and grows delicious fruit, vegetables, and various tasty potatoes. Mountain Sweet Berry Farm has been a fixture at the NYC Union Square Greenmarket since the mid-1980s. Rick’s commitment to fostering the healthiest, richest soil possible and to finding the highest quality seeds is the chief reason why his loyal customers include many of New York City’s finest chefs.
Barsuglia Farms is a 300-acre vegetable farm founded in 1949 by Walter Barsuglia. Located in the heart of Vineland, the family-owned business started with a few steady crops of green beans, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes. Gradually, they began growing many other produce varieties (like cabbage, lettuce, leek, tomatoes, pepper, squash), incorporated greenhouse production, and embraced a wide array of innovative farming techniques. Driven by the highest quality and sanitation standards, Walter’s passionate grandson currently runs day-to-day farming operations and continues to seize state-of-the-art farming technologies.
Robert and Clara Hensel arrived in Milmay, N.J., having left the German city of Dresden in 1903. By 1908, they purchased a few acres of land and started their own truck farm. Now a fifth-generation farm with over a century’s worth of experience purveying quality produce, Hensel Farms specializes in crops like lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, parsley, eggplant, spinach, peppers, and tomatoes. The business now spreads across 250 acres of nourishing soil and continues to supply fresh, high-quality greens and vegetables to N.J. and nearby areas.
RJ Ferrari Farms
RJ Ferrari Farms is a wholesaler purveyor of quality greens and vegetables from Vineland, NJ. They grow various great crops including, but not limited to, arugula, beans, cabbage, dandelion, eggplant, endive, escarole, kohlrabi, lettuce, peppers, pumpkins, spinach, and squash. On top of their vegetable varieties, Ferrari Farms also cultivate fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, dill, fenugreek, mint, and parsley.
Umberto Bifulco, Jr. (Bert) worked on the family farm founded by his parents in 1929 after they moved from Naples, Italy, to Staten Island, N.Y. Bert later branched out, moved to New Jersey with his wife, and continued working in the farming industry: an honored tradition passed down for four generations. Bifulco Farms purvey fresh foods to the northeast U.S. regions and parts of Canada. They grow a great crop variety of fruits and vegetables, including cucumber, parsnip, parsley, eggplant, kale, tomato, swiss chard, melon, endive, peas, and yams. Being part of the Vineland Produce Auction allows them to keep their price competitive without sacrificing the quality of their produce.