A new farm with a juicy farmer's market
You wouldn’t expect to find a farm in the middle of this residential neighborhood between Bulls Head and downtown — prime development land. And it’s even more surprising that Hubbard Heights Farm is new. The 3 ½ acre farm was started in 2012 by Bruce Sclafani (of Sclafani Foods, the over 100-year-old Stamford food importing company). Inspired by a trip to Italy, where towns and agriculture are intrinsically tied, Sclafani turned back the clock. Instead of building houses, he invited New Canaan farmer Randy “Uncle Buck” Brown to farm the land.
Sclafani and Brown share concerns about industrial agriculture, its effects on the environment and the quality of food. Brown, a 40-year-veteran farmer, schooled in the Ag School thinking, witnessed the biology of his soil degraded by chemicals and pesticides. “I realized it was a false promise and a deadly shortcut,” he says. Today, at Hubbard Heights Farm, he doesn’t use chemical pesticides, fertilizers, growth regulators, “or anything else that does not pass muster as being bio friendly.”
The farm specializes in tomatoes, growing 10 heirloom and hybrid varieties. In fall, pumpkins and winter squash are big crops. The farm market is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community supported agriculture (CSA) runs from June through October.
202 Hubbard Ave.