The Brighton Farmers Market will be open this year, however it will be under a different set of rules. We are continuing our partnership with Flour City Bread and have partnered with K&S Bischoping Farms to bring you a one stop shopping Brighton Market experience.
Here are the 2020 rules:
-Pre-order only (SNAP and FMNP included)
-First hour (9am to 10am) is Seniors ONLY
-The it moves to alphabetical (A through H — 10-11; I through P — 11-12; Q through Z — 12-1)
-One person per family, please.
-Social distance rules apply
The Brighton Market officially opens THIS SUNDAY May 24th and the link through the online grocery store for Flour City Bread is open starting NOW!
If you would like more info about the Brighton Farmers Market and the other vendors that will be there please use this link: https://brightonfarmersmarket.org/
Don’t know K&S Bischoping farms? They are the tent that has been to our left the last few years at the Brighton Market. They sell apples, berries, and lots more. You can check out more info here.
Back in 2011 I decided that I wanted to try growing turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Over the years customers had been asking where to get them and I thought it would be a great sideline to the vegetable business. Little did I know that this would be the catalyst to our poultry business. 2012 we raised the first meat chickens and 2014 was the beginning of the egg layers.
But if you’re going to sell poultry you’re going to need to get them processed.
I was eager to raise them but wasn’t ready to start processing them. After talking around I was recommended to a Mennonite family in the Penn Yan area. That fall of 2011 was the beginning of a long friendship with the Hoover family. We had been no strangers to Mennonites and had done business with different families before that. Since the beginning we had built a strong friendship and began to watch our families grow. His kids where starting to get married and ours were just starting. Even though we came from different up brings we still had many common interests including Kubota Tractors!
Unfortunately the Hoover family was dealt a devastating blow Wednesday afternoon January 30, 2019. A small fire started in their woodworking shop and quickly spread to the rest of the barn, including the horse stalls, buggie garage, and poultry processing area. All the horses, buggies, and small animals made it out safely. No one was hurt and their house was unaffected (thank goodness).
It’s truly amazing how fast the community comes together to help someone else out.
But the truly amazing part is how the Mennonite Community comes together to help out a family in a time of need. The fire was Wednesday and next day a whole crew was clearing the debris away, making the plans, and had already started to rebuild. By Friday afternoon they were ready to set trusses and by Saturday night the building may be closed in already. Mennonites don’t believe in insurance but rather they pay into a community fund that is managed by the church. Then when a crisis happens the church steps in and helps the family out.
It’s truly amazing how fast the community comes together to help someone else out. I hope that everyone can take a step back and take a macro perspective.
Too often we are so concerned about the little things in our own life and we too easily forget about everything around us.
I’m very sad that The Hoovers will not be able to process our poultry for a little while but they recommended an Amish family that can get the job done.
Photo for this post by Walter Adam
We wouldn’t grow and sell anything that we wouldn’t give the three little girls in this picture. We take great pride in everything we grow and bring to you. For those of you who don’t know us or our farm very well, it’s nice to meet you!
Our farm is located atop a rolling, stretching hill in Bristol, New York. It’s a quiet and breezy hill top with some other neighboring farms and families just like ours. The sunsets and sunrises are incredible as our the stars on warm summer evenings.
You can find us at public and farmers markets around the Rochester, New York area. For the complete list of when and where we are, click here.
We currently have our CSA available. We give our customers lots of choice with the CSA that they choose. It runs from summer to fall and can include chicken and eggs as well. If you’d like to learn more about our CSA, click here.
We also have partnered with some local stores and restaurants. The Farm to Table movement is strong and growing in the Rochester area and many chefs and store owners have turned to us to get the freshest ingredients for their guests. If you have a store or a restaurant and would like to learn more about what we offer and when, don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can check out some of our partners here.
Or you can fill out a contact form here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
If you are at the Brighton Farmers Market or the Rochester Public Market stop by our stand, we’d love to meet you. But if you can’t make it out to those and still have questions please don’t hesitate to call us. We’d love to hear from you.
Fresh from the farm produce, poultry, and eggs for a fraction of the price at a grocery store. CSA’s are one of the best ways to not only fill your cupboards and refrigerator but also connect with your community and local farmers, like us!
We want you to get the most out of our CSA and so every month when you come to pick it up, we allow you to pick what you and your family are most likely to eat. Plus, every month a new crop comes in so it changes all the time and the variety is the absolute best part.
For a list of our crop availability every month so you know what to expect, visit our our CSA page here.
If you want to check out our online store you can do that here.
We want you to get the most out of your CSA and we don’t want to see you get something that you don’t like or won’t eat. Getting your CSA is a commitment and we always think that’s why people shy away from it. “How am I going to know what I want three months from now!” is a common response. We understand and that’s why we want to give you choice.
CSA’s are relatively new to the world. They were invented in Japan in 1965 and were called “teikei” or translated to “food with a farmer’s face”. The phenomenon didn’t reach the US until 1984 but wasn’t made popular until 1991 when Roxbury Farm started distributing at the Union Square Greenmarket. They are now common throughout the US and all of North America.
If you would like to learn more about the history of CSA’s please click here.
Questions or concerns? Do not hesitate to let us know. We are here to help!
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