Daffodil Hill Growers represents the third generation of farming for the Blersch family. At a time when milk and eggs were delivered to homes each week my grandfather and great grandfather were chicken farmers. My grandfather moved the farm to our current location in Southbury in 1949 from Stratford. The farm in Southbury became known as Woodside Farm. The land was farmed until the early 90’s when my grandfather passed away.
In 2004 we put up our first greenhouse, and slowly began restoring the property to be a working farm. Now with 5 greenhouses, for 12 years we grew outstanding high quality plant material for wholesale and retail. Beginning in 2016 we will no longer be growing plant material, choosing to focus exclusively on field vegetable production.
Daffodil Hill Growers branched out into field grown vegetables in 2007 when it was realized that we needed something to take up the season in between annuals and mums. Vegetable production now is our entire business. We specialize in heirloom tomatoes, speciality eggplant, hydroponic lettuce, cut flowers, winter salad greens. We are one of the only farms in the area growing vegetables year round using an unheated greenhouse known as a high tunnel. We pick salad mix and greens from November until May. Our produce can be found at two local winter farmers' markets and four summer farmers' markets. Visit our farmers' market page for more details ! We began offering a CSA in 2014 and are happy to offer pickup in two locations either on farm Tuesdays or in Bethel on Saturdays.
The farm is a family affair, everyone pitches in including Dan and Sara's daughter Maggie. Sara oversees crop planning, quality control in the wash/pack area, scheduling and overseeing the farm crew. Dan handles all aspects of field vegetable production from IPM, to tractor cultivation to deciding which crops to plant where. Dave, Sara's Dad is responsible for keepin their tractor fleet running smoothly. While Kathy, Sara's Mom helps in the greenhouse and hangs out with Maggie Sara's sister Laura takes care of preorders for the week and helps at weekend markets. Maggie has earned the title of CFO or chief fun officer. She helps load trucks, helps out at markets and plans weekly water balloon mischeif.