Frosty Morning Farm officially started in 1995. It grew out of fifteen prior years of organic gardening and homesteading experience. We moved to Central NY from NJ in 1993, to live and build a homestead within Common Place Land Coop, an intentional community, in Truxton, NY. We quickly outgrew our garden, and started selling extra produce, first through Finger Lakes Organic Growers Coop, and to small restaurants and food coops, and later to a small CSA. We have been vendors at the Cazenovia Farmers Market since 2000. We became certified organic by NOFA-NY in 1998, now known as NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.
Many different things are raised and produced here and we try to let nothing go to waste. Our farm is also our homestead, where we produce most of our own food. Our lives are lived seasonally, focused on whatever is needed at any given time. Many harvests have a short window of opportunity, so we have to do lots of prioritizing.
We make our own compost and all our own natural potting mixes. We practice crop rotation, use cover crops and use compost to maintain soil fertility. We encourage beneficial insects by inter-planting flowers and herbs and by leaving wild places around the farm. We save seeds on many crops and sell some at the farmers market. Growing cut flowers and raising perennials are a passion as well as raising and processing all kinds of herbs.
We grow all our own seedlings for the farm and sell many different kinds of plants. In 2015 we built a 16 x 24 foot, sunken, solar greenhouse. It's five feet below ground, with radiant floor heat generated from a wood stove. This space allowed for many more tropical house plants, and more unusual varieties. We use it to start all our seedlings too, and we often have to fight each other for space in the spring!
We host volunteers throughout the season to share culture and knowledge. We are Wwoof and Workaway hosts. We feel it's important to nourish the next generation of farmers and homesteaders.
Our lives are full, with hard, but rewarding work. We feel privileged to share the bounty.