The Berry Farm
The Berry Farm is a local, family-owned and operated farm and farm store located in Chatham New York. Founded in 1982 by Joseph Gilbert, the Berry Farm consists of fifteen acres of berry production crops, including strawberries, blueberries, three different types of currants, blackberries and four different types of raspberries. Outdoor vegetable production occupies several acres, while the rest of the vegetables are grown within four of the year-round greenhouses. Ornamental crops and flower fields for cut flower production are grown on roughly two acres. The rest of the farm is comprised of cover crops and rotational compost fields. The Berry Farm has been providing Columbia County and the surrounding areas with local, healthy and wholesome food for 33 years. Starting out as a tractor-pulled fruit stand, the Berry Farm has evolved over the years into a fully-functional, year-round vegetable and fruit farm (including greenhouses) and store. All of the vegetables and fruit grown at the Berry Farm are pesticide-free. Though The Berry Farm is not certified organic, all of our farming practices are organic and environmentally conscious. We do small things things on the farm that make a big difference for us & the environment, like installing photovoltaic solar collectors to offset our electricity costs in the farm store, and solar hot water radiant collectors that assist in the heating of our greenhouse. We create our own organically rich soil on the farm by composting materials from our farm store and farm bakery. Specializing in local, all-natural and organic products, the store carries produce and products from over 100 local vendors. Open all year round, the Berry Farm is “Your Every day Farmers Market!"
Products: We're more than just berries. Specializing in natural, organic and local produce and products as well as no spray, pesticide-free berries and vegetables, along with our fresh leafy greens which are available from our greenhouses throughout the winter! We offer fresh picked non-sprayed berries along with seasonal u-pick berries from our fields. Our farm store has produce & products from over 100 LOCAL vendors, we also carry hormone & antibiotic- free meat, poultry & pork (fresh, frozen & grass-fed too), fresh fish. We have greens from our greenhouses all winter long. Beautiful fresh-cut flower bouquets from our cut-flower fields seasonally. Fresh raw Berry Farm honey, along with honey from local NY apiaries, local maple syrup, locally made artisan chocolates, gift baskets, gift certificates make excellent gifts! We do educational tours featuring our farm store, three sale greenhouses (seasonal), five production greenhouses (year-round) and solar displays to the general public, K-12 grades, 4-H groups, college student groups, garden clubs, church groups, etc. Joseph Gilbert's oldest son, Jonathan Gilbert runs his own hydroponic greenhouse business, Bel Fiore, at The Berry Farm. Here he produces lettuce, pea shoots, arugula, Asian greens and basil for the farm store local restaurants and caterers.
Visiting Hours: 8am-6pm
Where to Find our Products: Farm Stand: The Berry Farm farm store is located on Route 203 between Chatham and Valatie. Open every day, 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM. We are closed Christmas Day. Extended business hours during the summer season. We accept cash, credit/debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express) and personal checks.