Meet Our Local Farmers
Shundahai Farm in Mansfield, CT
Shundahai is a small, 5 acre family farm near the University of Connecticut owned and run by Raluca Mocanu and Ed Wazer. Shundahai means "Peace and harmony with all creation" in Shoshone, to embody this the farm is never sprayed with pesticides, herbicides or chemicals of any kind, helping build healthy soil and grow healthy produce for us to enjoy.
Provider Farm in Salem, CT
Provider Farm is owned and operated in Salem by Hannah Tripp. After working on Provider Farm since she was 19, Hannah took over the farm in the fall of 2020. Sustainability is always Provider Farm's top priority. The farm utilizes crop rotations, cover crops, and low-impact tillage whenever possible to promote soil health and fertility for years to come. While Provider Farms is not certified organic, they follow the OMRI regulations and guidelines for organic growers. This means they never use synthetic chemicals and pesticides in the production of their crops.
Cato Corner Farm in Colchester, CT (Cheese)
Cato Corner Farm is home to a herd of 45 Jersey cows whose milk is used to create award winning raw milk cheeses. Cheesemaker Elizabeth McAlister started the cheese making operation in 1997 and was joined by her son, Mark Gilman in 1999. Cato Corner makes cheese in small batches and we're proud to carry a few of them at Fiddleheads including their Womanchego which was honored by the American Cheese Society in the Best American Raw Cows Milk Cheese category in 2018.
Tiny Acre Farm in Woodstock, CT
Tiny Acre Farm is a small but thriving 3/4 acre plot of land located in Woodstock, CT. Farmed by partners Matt Skobrak and Callah Racine, Tiny Acre specializes in micro greens, salad greens, decorative and edible blooms. Though the farm primarily serves chefs and their eateries, Fiddleheads is proud to be one of the few grocers in Southern New England that carries Tiny Acres produce. Look for their delectable greens and stunning cut flowers at the co-op.
Baldwin Brook Farm in Canterbury, CT (Milk)
Baldwin Brook Farm sits on roughly 80 acres and is home to a happy herd of Jersey cows whose raw, antibiotic and artificial growth hormone free milk is bottled fresh every other day. Find this rich, nutritious milk packaged in sustainable glass bottles in our dairy section.
Sweet Grass Creamery in Preston, CT
In 2012 Ed Mattern purchased 10 Jersey calves and together with his partner Carol Wojtkun embarked on their creamery journey with a mission to produce the highest quality, best tasting Jersey dairy products possible for the local community and beyond. In 2018 they opened their farm market where their all-natural dairy products - made right on the farm in their small farmstead creamery - were introduced to the local community.
Brush Hill Dairy in Bozrah, CT (Milk)
Brush Hill Dairy’s history stems back to 1887 but today the family operated farm currently boasts a modern, diversified array of offerings. In addition to raw milk from their herd of nearly three dozen cows the dairy also produces beef, pork, veal and vegetables. Since 2003 the farm became protected by the Connecticut Farmland Preservation Program ensuring all of its 160 acres will be preserved as farmland far into the future.
Hidden Brook Gardens in Ledyard, CT
After working formally as chemists Bill Sokol and Anita Kopchinski started Hidden Brook Gardens in Ledyard, CT in 2006 with a focus heirloom varieties, biodiversity, and maintaining nutrient and mineral rich soil. In 2017 Bill and Anita sold Hidden Brook Gardens to Audrey and John McVeigh who have vowed to carry on the farm’s rich legacy and responsible farming methods. The McVeigh’s, both Ledyard natives, grow a bounty of fruits and vegetables including beets, tomatoes, onions, scallions, shallots, kale, leeks, celeriac, Swiss chard, cabbage, peppers, carrots, winter squash, asparagus, cherries, and rhubarb.
Sterling Organic Flower Farm in Sterling, CT
In May of 2019 Zoe Madden founded Sterling Organic Farm on the former site of Wayne's Organic Garden. There she grows stunning flowers May through October as well as vegetables all year round including lettuce, arugula, carrots, spinach and radishes.