Friday, 18 October 2013 11:30

Four Generations at Butternut Ridge Farm

By Staff Report | Families Today

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shea Squires, age seven, has his own table to sell little pumpkins at Saratoga Farmers’ Market

as part of Butternut Ridge Farm’s extensive display of vegetables, fruit and fall decorative favorites. Shea and his sister, 11-year-old Kiana, are the fourth generation to farm the family’s land in Argyle in Washington County. 

The children’s grandparents, Debbie and Glenn Stevens, are the farm’s current owners. Glenn grew up on the farm, which was started by his parents, Helen and Bill Stevens. 

“Bill was an agricultural instructor at BOCES for many years and the farm grew from there,” says Debbie Stevens. “We’ve expanded a lot since Glenn and I took it over in the early 1990s.”

Butternut Ridge has always been a vegetable farm and sells primarily through farmers’ markets, including all three outdoor locations run by the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association in Malta, Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs. The farm also has a roadside stand on Route 40 in South Argyle.

“We farm about 50 acres and Bill still helps around the farm with various activities, even at age 86. He’s been busy recently bundling decorative corn for sale at the market,” says Debbie.

Three large greenhouses on the farm give a strong start to vegetable plants, herbs and garden plants in the spring. Butternut Ridge is known for its bedding plants, perennials and hanging baskets, which give local gardeners an early advantage that yields beautiful blooming plants in their gardens. Vegetables come on strong at the farm in the summer and fall, with colorful mums, pumpkins and gourds also in season at that time of year.

“This 35th anniversary year of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market is a milestone for our family as well, since Glenn’s parents were among the founders of this market,” says Debbie. 

Miranda Squires, a daughter of Debbie and Glenn Stevens, likes to bring her children to the market when she is working and have them help in setting up the farm’s display. Judging from young Shea’s pumpkin table and the hard work he does with his sister, the youngest generation in this family of farmers is already off to a strong start. 

Saratoga Farmers’ Market remains open outside through the end of October at High Rock Park: Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

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