Eden Valley Growers, which was founded as a cooperative in 1956, has continued to adapt to the changing environment and continues to be owned by the same fourth, fifth and sixth generation farm families growing crops on 1,000 + acres in Eden, New York. The cooperative was one of the early pioneers in New York State to take advantage of the cost efficiencies of consolidation of commodities while maintaining the separate identity and ownership of family farms.
Our growers include:
Profile: The Agle family has been farming in Eden for nearly 185 years. Currently, they are farming on about 95 acres of land and are GAPs* certified, with produce including sweet peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, cabbage, and sweet corn. They also use innovative practices such as IPM* to monitor their produce.
History: The Agle’s farm was founded in the 1830s and incorporated in the 1970s. Today, the farm is currently a fifth-generation farm run by siblings Karyn, Dave, and Matt, along with their cousin Jonathan, as well as Bill (Karyn, Dave, and Matt’s father) and Jim (Jonathan’s father) – who are retired but are still very active in the administration of the farm. In addition, the Agle family is also hopeful for a sixth generation in the near future.
Profile: Ronald Draudt & Sons farm is a family farm based in Hamburg, New York. Today, the Draudt family farms on nearly 80 acres of land, and grows quite a diverse range of produce, including green and yellow squash, cabbage, broccoli, and lettuce. Similar to other member farms of Eden Valley Growers, the Draudt family uses IPM* practices to manage their crops.
History: The Draudt family has been farming in the area for close to one hundred years, as the farm was founded in Hamburg in 1923. They are currently on their fourth generation, and the farm is run by Lester Draudt, his brother Craig, and Lester’s son, Bradley.
Profile: MCR Farm is a diverse family farm located in Brant. They grow a wide variety of produce, including broccoli, cauliflower, specialty peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, and various fruits – cherries, watermelon, concord grapes, apples, and rhubarb to name a few. Some of these crops are completely organic, and those that are not use IPM* practices.
History: MCR Farm is a first-generation farm that has been independently farming for close to twenty years, and is currently run by husband and wife Martin and Carolyn Rosiek, who have been married for over thirty years. This farm, though it specializes in growing fresh and high quality produce, also places a strong focus on family, as Marty and Carolyn knew that a farm would be the perfect place to raise their three children.
Profile: The Zittel farm has been in operation in Eden for over 120 years. Today, the farm is GAPs* certified, and the family is farming on approximately four hundred acres of land, with products including lettuce, peppers, cabbage, sweet corn, tomatoes, and squash (maintained using IPM*), and various organic products such as Brussels sprouts, kale, and cucumbers.
History: The Zittel family has been growing in Eden since 1897, and the farm was incorporated in 1976. Currently, the farm is run by brothers Bill and Dave, their cousin Kevin, and Dave’s son, Evan, making it a fifth-generation farm. Additionally – though retired – Bill and Dave’s father, George, and Kevin’s father, Paul, are still very active in the day-to-day activity of the farm.
Profile: Henry’s Gardens is a farm and greenhouse that is located on Sisson Highway in Eden. On nearly twenty acres of land, the Henrys grow a variety of vegetables and flowers, including broccoli, leeks, and canning tomatoes, as well as hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, and beautiful cut flowers – all monitored using IPM* practices.
History: Henry’s Gardens is currently run by husband and wife Martin and Barbara Henry and is a first generation farm and greenhouse operation that was founded in 2012, though Martin has been farming his entire life and has utilized these skills to develop the new business. Also, the Henry family expects that there will be a second generation running this operation in the future.
*GAPs, or Good Agricultural Practices, is a voluntary program that verifies the safe growing, handling, packing, and holding of produce.
*IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, is a program that allows growers to detect diseases and pests early and use acceptable thresholds to minimize the use of agricultural pesticides while maximizing the quantity and quality of their produce.