1010 Rt 17M (Museum Village)
Monroe, New York
Last market of the season! Sunday March 26 noon-4pm
Sun Sprout Farm is located on New York’s famous black dirt in Chester, NY. The land is being leased from the Chester Agricultural Center as one of several other projects managed by Northeast Farm Access (NEFA).
During the time of early settlement farmers generally avoided the black dirt areas for agricultural use because even though the soils were fertile, they frequently flooded during storms and drained poorly afterward.
The black dirt valley in Orange County is the bottom of an ancient glacial lake and consists of mostly decayed organic plant matter. It was not until the early 19th century that early German, Polish, and Dutch settlers saw similarities between these then-called “drowned lands” and some of the most fertile soils they knew from back home. They started draining the land by digging strategic ditches and canals all over the area and around every individual field. Today the area is home to hundreds of farms and, due to its close proximity to New York City, is an important food-shed for thousands of people.