The Oldest Farm in New York Offers Farm-to-Table and Earth-to-Décor Shops
Saunderskill Farms on Route 209 in Accord is run by the 12th generation of Schoonmakers who have pride and passion for all they do for sustainable living and for the community. Originally a wholesale business selling to roadside markets in Bergen County, New Jersey, Cathy Schoonmaker said, “We wanted to offer our produce and flowers to local residents. We built the market and greenhouse for that purpose as well as providing a place where our family members could work together.”
She said that each additional service was inspired by the customers themselves. “We listen to what they want and try to accommodate them as best we can.” The retail farm market and greenhouses—which offer all floral, greenery, and yardery needs for in and outside visual enhancements—was started in 1997. And, the most recent updates have been an expansion for additional indoor seating with a warm and cozy gas fireplace, public restrooms, and extra space for product presentation—which is naturally colorful and visually beautiful. Not to mention their display of mouth-watering baked goods! Plus—fun, family events throughout the year—such as the Fall Harvest, Crafts Fair and Antique Tractor Pull.
Speaking for all the Schoonmakers who have a role in the farm and retail shops, Cathy said, “We enjoy what we do and we like to share it with everybody. With the support of our community and customers, we have been able to continue and sustain our business as well as keep agriculture alive in our community.”
–photo and text by Rochelle Riservato
The farm-to-table market, eatery, and greenhouses are open Tuesday through Sunday from 7am-6pm. 845-626-2676; saunderskillfarms.net