The Very First Sale

We finally did it!

Today Acre of Independence Farm sold our organic produce at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market. This was the first time we ever sold anything, and it was great!

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SOMEONE has to feed these guys before we head to Litchfield! 

It was also a LOT of work. We woke up at 5 a.m., and picked and washed most of our produce this morning. Hand-washing 100 pounds of beets takes a long time. Then we packed everything up and loaded our truck. But we weren’t ready to leave just yet. We still had all of our everyday farm chores to do. We had to water the garden, feed the poultry, and take care of the new baby chicks making a racket in my office. Once all that was done, we hit the road for Litchfield.

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Putting up the tent was a team effort! 

The Litchfield Hills Farmers Market is great! There are wonderful vendors there, many of whom have worked there for years. And any nervousness and first day jitters on our part melted away after we met many of the friendly, helpful, and experienced people to our left and right. What a great group of people! And those vendors had some unique offerings, too. If you want coffee-infused maple syrup, grass-fed Connecticut beef from Laurel Ridge Farm, hard-to-find gourmet mushrooms, or custom-made herbal teas,  you need to check out this market.

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These carrots didn’t last long today!

Anyway, we set up our stand according to plan in a nice spot, and before long, we made or first sale!  By mid-morning, we’d sold out of carrots, and customers bought out all of our Chioggia beets shortly after that. When the market ended at 1 PM, we didn’t have much to pack up, most of our produce was GONE!

We have a lot to learn, and will probably made a bunch of mistakes today between waking up and shutting down our stand; we’ll probably make a bunch more between now and next week, when we set up our stand again at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market.

But hey, we’re farming. We are doing what we always wanted to do. We are working hard and having fun together. We are growing great organic produce, and we are going to keep getting better at it. Every day we’ll think about how we can make this farm better, and deliver hard-to-find, high quality items to our customers. We hope you’ll stick around with us along the way.

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Our T-shirts were a hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you in Litchfield next week!

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The Acre Goes LIVE!!!!

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COme get some of our Chioggia beets this weekend!

Hey everyone!

After DECADES of dreaming about starting a farm, we finally did it!  Our farm is up and running in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. And this weekend,  we will be GOING LIVE!

Acre of Independence Farm will have a stand at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market starting Saturday, July 14th, from 10 a.m. to 1 PM.

We will be offering high quality, organic, heirloom produce that you won’t be able to find in any grocery store. Cosmic purple carrots. Japanese daikon radishes. Tuscan Kale. And of course, our signature candy cane Chioggia beets. We’ll have tons of yellow and zucchini squash, pickling cucumbers, and other fresh greens too.

Please come see us at the Litchfield Hills Farmers Market from 10 to 1 this weekend, at the Center School Parking Lot, Woodruff Lane, Litchfield Connecticut. See you all soon!

Welcome!

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Natalie and Bob installing honeybees in their new home!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Acre of Independence! We are a family-owned farm in Woodbury Connecticut. And while we’re small, we have BIG aspirations. We are a military family starting our second act, and are determined to transform our small homestead into a farm that delivers high quality, hard -to-find produce and other items to market.

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Humble beginnings: our vegetables, June 2018.

We are starting small this season. We  planted our fields with rare and heirloom varieties of tomatoes, greens, beets, squash, and cucumbers, and plan to hit the local farmers markets this summer. We’ll have fresh organic produce, as well as preserved foods, such as pickles and jams. We also established an apple orchard and planted several types of berry bushes this year as well.

In seasons to come we plan to expand the farm, and have more to offer our customers. Next spring we’ll establish a herd of dairy goats (watch for cheese and soap!) and our beehives should “bee” mature, so we’ll have fresh honey and beeswax  available, too. And our produce offerings will only get better.

Our vision is to provide our customers high quality, hard-to-find farm fresh items at the most competitive prices around. And we are determined to enjoy ourselves as we do it!

But why come to this website? After all, company websites are a dime a dozen, right? Well, stay tuned. We spent nearly 25 years as a military family moving every two years or so. We loved, it, but all the while we dreamed about starting our own farm. And now we are working our fields and living the life we’ve always talked about as we moved from post to post. For us, that is really exciting! If you check in every once in awhile, we will share our experiences and our knowledge, so that you can put it to practice in your own little homesteads. Maybe we can help you avoid some of our beginner’s mistakes, too.

Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you around!