MANOFF MARKET GARDENS
Gary and Amy began farming on Comfort Road in 1984. Heritage Conservancy (formerly Bucks County Conservancy) preserved the land for farming. The orchard that had belonged to the Roberts’ had been let go for 25 yrs, so there was a lot of land clearing to start the project. We followed a Soil Conservation Plan to preserve the soil. We erected waterways and terraces to control rain water runoff. Then we installed a well and connected drip irrigation lines to use the most efficient and environmentally sound method available for keeping crops growing.
in our first Peach Orchard block we planted White Hale peach trees as well as some other varieties to test. White Hale peaches were made famous in the neighborhood years before when the Johnson family farmed there. We planted our second block of peaches 9 years later in the upper part of the farm and we continue our tradition of old fashioned varieties in each new planting.
We plant many varieties of fruit: White and yellow peaches , white and yellow nectarines and 25 different apples. Our strawberry field has 6 varieties of berries with our favorite being Earliglow. In 2006, Michael harvested his first Blackberry crop. It was so well received, he’s planting many more. In 2016, we harvested our first Blueberry Crop. It looks like a winner and offers another pick your own opportunity during the summer.
Each of our children has found areas of farming in which they enjoy participating. Chelsea selects the flowers to plant each year, tends and harvests them. She sells her beautiful bouquets at the farm stand all season. She also can put together arrangements for special occasions. Give her a call at the farm.
Michael loves to plant the pumpkins. October brings the harvest of the “great pumpkins” and you can even pick your own.
We enjoy the opportunity to connect people with great tasting food and help them remember why buying local really does make a difference.