The Farmer Network at Lewis Waite Farm
High in the hills of southern Washington County, Alan and Nancy Brown have been raising beef and pigs on their 450 acre farm for 55 years. In the 1970s, Alan discovered an old farmhouse and barn on 140 acres in Washington County and decided to purchase it. Little did he know at the time that his dream farming would bring him to the NYC area selling local products to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) customers. The CSA concept has been around for over 30 years and provides an opportunity for consumers to support local farms by agreeing to support the costs of growing food on the farm in exchange for a share of the harvest.
About the same time that Alan was expanding his farm, the locally grown movement started to take off and the demand for locally raised beef was increasing at farmers’ markets and farm stands throughout the nation. Alan recognized an opportunity to sell cuts of beef and pork direct to the consumer, so started selling from his farm and at farmers’ markets.
While talking to a fellow farmer, Thomas Christenfeld of The Alleged Farm, who had started CSA programs in Brooklyn, Alan was convinced that he should start selling his cuts of meat to CSA members. After purchasing a walk-in freezer, the Browns started deliveries to NYC. At the local farmer’s market, they realized they could help other farmers find new markets, too. Now, the farm has its own meat, and also aggregates other farmers and foodmaker’s foods for delivery locally, to the NYC area, and serve customers further afield through UPS. Alan’s wife Nancy created a website to manage their orders and provide a digital storefront to sell their products.
With over 60 producers providing products in the Lewis-Waite Farmer Network, Alan and Nancy have developed a digital Farmer’s Market where consumers can purchase local products online. Items are stocked year round depending on availability and customers can order cuts of meat from Lewis Waite Farm as well as a variety of local food items. “We believe you are what you eat, and our goal is to make it easy for you to get delicious natural foods that also strengthen our local agricultural community, said Alan. Products are delivered to the NYC CSAs and to the Saratoga/Malta area and Bennington/Dorset, as well as shipped UPS.
To learn how you can join in the fight to preserve small farms and ensure the diversity of your food supply, visit https://lewiswaitefarm.localfoodmarketplace.com/. or email email@example.com.