With the new year comes change, and for us here at Grindstone Farm we will be making enhancements to our operations. We have been blessed to be leaders in the organic movement for decades, with many young folks working on the farm, several of whom have gone on to start their own farms. Some are choosing to stay with us at Grindstone, helping us to serve you through direct growing and sales.
Over the decades Grindstone Farm has become highly diverse in its offerings and services. Due to some new rules, regulations and timing, we need to modify our business. Our focus will still be producing organic foods on the farm and distributing goods from local providers as well as Wholeshare. The most significant change we are excited to share with you is that partners Travis Pistello and Beth Wells, who have been working at Grindstone Farm for five years, will be leveraging their skills and experience to start their own business, Freedom Rains Farm (FRF), through leasing land from Grindstone and growing for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
What does this mean to you?
- The change to you, our customer, should be seamless unless you become a CSA member, in which case you will sign up and receive produce through FRF.
- GSF will be growing a smaller variety of produce, focusing on direct sales to you through our website and farmers markets at Oswego, Watertown and the Syracuse Regional Market and wholesale accounts. GSF will continue to offer products grown by us as well as from other local and organic farms, including FRF.
Having operated Grindstone Farm for 30+ years, owners Dick & Vic are looking forward to transitioning toward retirement and allowing family and long-time, valued staff to step into roles of greater leadership and business management. Grindstone Farm’s goal to provide our customers with healthy, certified organic and locally raised natural products remains the same. We will also continue to offer opportunities for others to learn about food production and farming. We hope you will stay with us and support our young farmers as they begin their own farm business, bringing more great organic food to the CNY region. Wishing you health, abundance and healthy green blessings in 2014.
To join Freedom Rains Farms CSA go to their website at freedomrainsfarm.com and follow the prompts.