Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Olde Silo Farm, Free Shell Bean and Corn Stalk Give Away--One Of My Favorite Local Businesses!

I stopped in at The Olde Silo Farm based on word of mouth from some of the locals living in the Conesus and Livonia area.  I love local produce.  You can't beat the taste or the freshness. It isn't driven over 1000 miles in the back of a truck, and you have the opportunity to ask about how your food is actually grown. 

 The Olde Silo is more than just a produce stand.  Its a place to come for a conversation about gardening, its a place to find out who can help you in our local area with just about any problem you can think of.  Keith and Debbie Tucker have invested in our community, giving healthy affordable options to all of us.  They take pride in their work and they offer an amazing opportunity for us all to live a healthier lifestyle by offering us fresh produce free of questionable chemicals that our grocery stores have imported in from other states and countries.  To my surprise, this is what I saw when I drove up.  I was expecting a regular produce stand with a box to leave your money and take your produce home.

  Keith and Debbie Tucker, the owners of The Olde Silo.  They are always more than happy to have conversations with me each time I have stopped by for some produce.  Whether it's how to handle a particular critter problem without chemicals, a good way to start plants early, or even how to make a cob house,  I have found them both to be a wealth of information.  

The Olde Silo has started a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture for our area.  So far it has been a great success.  There are varying levels of membership which involve either working or not working on the farm for some of your produce.  Debbie explained that some people work for the social aspect, while others do it for family activities, and not to mention, the benefits of being able to put that work toward your CSA membership.  Debbie has created a rather unique way of keeping track of the status of your membership.  Food vouchers that you can use at any time between June and November. You can call them (585) 752-9047 for more information.  

In addition to all of this, you can also cut the cost of your produce by picking it yourself!  Raspberries seem to be a favorite at just 4.00 a quart to pick them yourself.  The U-Pick lasts until the produce is gone.  Right now Debbie and Keith are having a couple of freebies that they are offering.  Shell beans, 9 different varieties and corn stalks.  You can come and pick the beans and cut the corn stalks and take them for free!  Visit their Facebook page  to see what is being offered!  I encourage you to like their page and take the short trip out to see them.  They are located at 5488 South Livonia Road (Route 15), they are good people who have really invested in our community.  

Here are some more pictures of the Olde Silo Farm:

What Debbie calls "The Aviary"

A Dove's Nest

I had to add these two pics!  Debbie says that this has turned into an aviary with many birds living here.  She points to a small nest that anyone else would have walked by and told me about the family of birds that lived there.  Its this kind of attention to detail and pride in what you do that deserves our local support.