Applefield farm is a highly innovative retail operation. Our eight greenhouses enable us to grow a large variety of interesting and new plants, and reduce our dependency on local wholesale markets. We have our own favorites, and like to try some new things every year. We sell these directly to you at our farm stand. In our flower production, concern for the environment is a priority. We use beneficial insects, biological controls, and monitoring techniques that minimize spraying pesticides or fungicides. Also, we are now using Solar Energy!
Right down the street our newest greenhouses use a flood floor irrigation system. This reduces water usage and the need for fungicides by keeping foliage dry. Self watering helps us to keep our labor costs down and produces a high quality product. It is set up in 14 separate watering zones, and uses radiant floor heat. This new system was developed in Europe to protect ground water.
We are a farm with about 25 acres under cultivation each year. We have chosen not to become "certified" organic mainly because of the need for additional record keeping and the added expenses involved with certification. We will continue to follow and use all of the generally accepted organic production standards. We often buy in conventionally grown local fruits and vegetables (peaches, apples, and early corn for example) and always clearly label them as such.
"We were driving home from Hudson in our empty pickup truck, and we drove past a man bailing hay.
Bailing it just as casually as he would if the sky wasn’t a threatening black and about to downpour
any minute. Now this wouldn’t be such a big deal if hay didn’t get ruined when wet, but this isn’t the case.
So we turned that truck around, and we helped him bring all his hay to the barn before it was wrecked.
And that’s how we met Pete Ferguson.
Pete gave us a VW Rabbit, a vitamix, several cases of tupperware, a tractor, bailer, and rake along with
lessons on how to use them.
People around town then started asking us to cut and bail their hay, and we recently came into possession of
a large sum of apples due to the knowledge of knowing how to prune and care for the trees. Now we had all
this fruit to sell.
We tried selling the apples wholesale, but it didn’t go so well. So we built a shed with two shelves and a roof. I put a bouquet of flowers out for decoration and somebody wanted to buy it. So i put out more. Origionally it was self serve, but people then told us they were too nervous to buy anything for fear people would think they were stealing, or they needed change. So we started hanging around our little stand.
Pretty soon we decided that we wanted to move to a better location - a busier street. We moved down the street to where an old farm stand used to be. We had apples, hay, cut flowers and excess vegetables from our garden at home. pretty soon we learned what people wanted, and what they would buy.
We grew more vegetables, bought a greenhouse, and rented fields. It was one little thing at a time."