Quality. Diversity. Sustainability. That’s Balsam Farms.
Founded in 2003 by Alex Balsam, Balsam Farms is located on the South Fork of the beautiful East End of Long Island. We started farming with ten rented acres, one tractor, and a small roadside Farm Stand. We’ve learned and grown a lot since then, and today we farm several fields between the villages of Amagansett and Sagaponack.
Our roots go back to a young boy and his love of tractors. Alex Balsam got behind the wheel of his first tractor, our 1939 Farmall A, on his thirteenth birthday, and shortly after began farming a small one acre plot in Amagansett. Several years later, on his first day of freshman year at Cornell University, he met philosophy major Ian Calder-Piedmonte, and the two became good friends. A few years after graduation, when the farm was beginning its second season, Alex persuaded Ian to spend the summer farming with him back in his hometown of East Hampton, promising beautiful beaches, a few beers, and plenty of time to enjoy the East End summer. The reality of it was very little time at the beach, a lot of hard work, and a passion found.
Years later we still have that first tractor, and the old farm wagon that was our first Farm Stand, and we remain passionate. Today we farm approximately 90 acres with two greenhouses, a new barn, over 20 tractors, and an impressive Farm Stand, all operated by our outstanding and skilled farm and field crews. We’re happy to be your farmers, friends, and neighbors, and we thank you for making our work worthwhile.
We strive to provide our community with a diverse selection of the freshest, highest quality produce grown in a responsible, sustainable manner.
While we are not a certified organic farm, we are committed to growing in accordance with organic principles. That means taking care of our soils and using inputs and amendments that have been approved for organic production by the Organic Materials Review Institute.
Sweet corn and basil are the only conventionally grown crops we grow, in fields separate from the rest of our crops. We do not grow any genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GMO) crops at all, including our corn varieties.
As farmers, we are stewards of the land we work and depend on. Maintaining healthy soils is at the foundation of sustainable farming and growing quality, healthy foods. We take care of our soils through crop rotation and by growing cover crops to help build soil structure. We encourage a strong and diverse soil biology and ecology, and implement innovative pest and disease management methods. We also test our soils annually to continually assess how we can improve growing conditions and fertility.
Our commitment to good food also means a commitment to safe food, and that includes the ways we plant, grow, harvest, wash, pack, and deliver our produce to you. During harvest it means washing hands, harvest tools, and harvest bins, and maintaining clean washing and packing areas. After harvest we immediately clean, hydrate, and cool crops with fresh water, pack them in clean bins, and quickly store them at proper temperatures in our coolers to ensure that we provide our customers and CSA members with the freshest and safest produce possible. Our commitment also extends to all our jarred goods and prepared foods, which are always made fresh in certified kitchens by skilled chefs trained in the most current food safety standards.
We believe knowing and being able to talk to the people that grow your food is one of the best parts about local agriculture. If you have any questions, please ask us, we’re happy to share our knowledge with you.
We grow many different varieties of vegetables, including old time favorites, and some you might not be so familiar with.
Our famous sweet corn has been a local delicacy since we began farming. We carefully select varieties that excel in our growing climate and hand pick daily to bring you the freshest corn available, with the perfect balance of sweet flavor and tender texture. In season we offer it fresh-picked as well as fire roasted every day at our Farm Stand in Amagansett. Locals and visitors agree, no summer weekend or vacation is complete without Balsam Farms sweet corn.
Other seasonal crops we grow include:
Strawberries ~ Raspberries ~ Blackberries ~ Asparagus ~ Radishes ~ Beets ~ Carrots ~ Many salad and cooking greens ~ Kale ~ Over 20 kinds of fresh herbs ~ Sugar snap and shelling peas ~ String beans ~ Fava beans ~ Cucumbers ~ Zucchini and summer squash ~ Leeks ~ Scallions ~ Garlic ~ Shallots ~ Onions ~ Cantaloupe ~ Watermelons ~ Over 75 different kinds of tomatoes ~ Sweet and hot peppers ~ Eggplant ~ 7 varieties of potatoes ~ 3 kinds of sweet potatoes ~ Broccoli ~ Cauliflower ~ Brussels sprouts ~ Cabbages ~ 8 varieties of winter squash ~ Dozens of varieties of pumpkins in every shape, size, and color ~ Fresh cut flowers …And much more!
In addition to the crops we grow, we are proud to partner with other quality local growers like Briermere Farms in Riverhead and The Milk Pail in Watermill to offer you a wide selection of the East End’s finest seasonal fruits including berries, peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, and more.
We also have an extensive selection of our own delicious jarred goods and prepared foods like Bloody Mary mix, tomato sauces, many kinds of pickles, salsas, hot sauce, jams and jellies, zucchini bread, fresh pestos, and much more! All our products are made in small batches using fresh produce from our farm in certified kitchens by trained local chefs.
Balsam Farms fresh produce is available in season at our Farm Stand in Amagansett and through our, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program as well as at Farmers Markets in Montauk, East Hampton, and Springs, local food pantries, and many fine East End restaurants and markets. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We post often with the freshest seasonal news!