Thoughts from some CSA members –
“There are many reasons to love Cobblestone Farm. Fresh and delicious vegetables, eggs, and chicken grown locally and sustainably is the obvious first reason. Farmers being able to use their passion and skills to provide not only for their family but for a whole community is also high up on my list. But for me the greatest part of belonging to my CSA is being able to be a part of the farming process without having to quit my job. With work and home responsibilities, there is little time left to grow food. I love to garden, to be in the fields and to have my hands in the dirt. At the farm I am able to still do this by picking my own veggies and herbs–I may even pick a few weeds along the way. The variety and quality at Cobblestone is outstanding. With my tight time constraints it would be impossible for me to achieve this on my own so instead I leave it to professionals!” – Karen J., Storrs
“Diane’s farm gives our entire family the opportunity to participate in harvesting some of the food we eat as well as to see first hand how it grows. We all appreciate the sweet cherry tomatoes and beans that much more when they are picked with our own hands!!” – Amy L., Windham
“I love Cobblestone Farm because knowing my food is grown and harvested with love fills my soul. The vegetables, eggs and poultry are fabulous—fresh and super tasty with a wide selection of veggies. To me the farm is so much more than the food. It is the passion of a family I love, a chance to get my hands in the dirt, and a constant reminder of the hard work that goes into each and every vegetable, regardless of where it comes from.” – Cindi J., Mansfield Center
Cobblestone Farm is run by Diane Dorfer, with the invaluable help of my husband Bryan Connolly and our kids. I started growing in Mansfield for friends and family in 2000 while attending UConn and earning a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. We sold at the Storrs Market for a year before our first child was born, after which I began a home day care in town. As my own children and day care children have grown, there has been a progression toward full time farming. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to grow for the community I care about deeply.
While the farm is not certified, we follow organic growing practices and have signed the CT NOFA Farmer’s Pledge. We grow include a wide diversity of crops, many heirloom, and a few bred on the farm. Veggies we grow include
peas, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, radishes, komatsuna, parsley, cabbage, Swiss chard, turnips, spinach, lettuce, bok choi, garlic, green beans, summer squash, arugula, beets, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, basil, Italian dandelion, onions, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, kohl rabi, broccoli, leeks, amaranth greens, eggplant, winter squashes, fennel, melons, dill, cilantro, kale, pumpkins, tatsoi, daikon, celeriac and cauliflower.