about the farm

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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, celtuce                                     cherry tomatoes, basil, Italian dandelion, onions, sweet corn, peppers                                          watermelon, tomatoes, kohl rabi, broccoli, leeks, amaranth greens                                               eggplant, winter squashes, fennel, melons, dill, tomatoes, cilantro                                                 kale, pumpkins, tatsoi, turnips, celeriac and tomatillos.

We offer our produce through our CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture; small farms with direct links between farmers and customers. CSA members help support small, local agriculture by paying for their share of the season’s harvest up front, which benefits farmers as most of our expenses occur before the harvest begins. Members then receive 20 weeks of exceedingly fresh, sustainably grown produce.

I do my best to make each week’s offerings varied and well-balanced. A typical week in the early summer might include old favorites like zucchini, peas, spring onions, lettuce, potatoes and radishes then some things that might be new, like garlic scapes (the tender tops of a garlic plant) and komatsuna (an Asian cooking green).

A week’s share in the fall might include eggplant, tomatoes, fennel, pumpkins, kale, peppers, carrots, beets, garlic & onions, and probably some herbs, and maybe a watermelon. There’s so much good food in the fall!

We also vend at the Storrs Farmers’ Market and sell our delicious chickens at the Willimantic Food Co-op. We like to keep it local!

 

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