Stearns Farm in Jamestown, RI organic certified
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Jamestown, RI - Stearns Farms has been in Jennifer Stearns Talancy’s family for close to 120 years. The property was once called a “gentleman’s farm,” where Talancy’s great grandparents maintained cattle, horses, chickens, orchards, and gardens. Now vegetables are farmed there.
Talancy raises a “market garden” on ¾ acre that includes standard vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, summer and winter squashes, as well as some lesser known vegetables such as kohlrabi, ground cherry, mustard greens, and tatsoi. She started farming the ¾ acre in 2004 and that year gained organic status by the USDA.
Talancy says the benefits of organic growing far outweigh any of the difficulties associated with it. One benefit is feeding her family the foods that she grows and knowing exactly where they came from. Another benefit is sharing produce with residents and visitors to Conanicut Island. She holds a peddler’s license in the Town of Jamestown and sets up shop at East Ferry twice a week, Wednesdays 3-6 and Saturdays 9-1 from late-June through late-October.
“Some people ask me why I don’t join a ‘real’ farmers’ market off-island, to which my reply is that I grow on the island and I figure people who live here need to eat, so why take it elsewhere? Besides, I think that staying local and growing organic go hand-in-hand, so when you have local AND organic, it doesn’t get much better than that.”