About

The Farm’s History 

The Beckett family started farming in Glastonbury, Connecticut, in 1973, when Chip’s father bought the Old Cider Mill to keep it from being developed into condominiums. Chip worked during off times in college and vet school until 1982, and returned to Glastonbury in 1983 to start his own practice and help out with the family farm. In 1985, he bought the farm next door to build the veterinary clinic, Beckett and Associates, and add the acreage to the Cider Mill property. Originally, we sold most things to the Cider Mill, along with wholesalers in Hartford. We have gradually sold to more stands, farmers’ markets, and now are happy to host Glastonbury’s longest continually operating CSA program.

Our farm practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This means that we occasionally spray, but only in defensive situations and not as our first reaction.  The main chemicals we use are  herbicides to control weed growth in the crops, and fungicides to control the mold of our high humidity that causes the crops to rot even before harvesting. Fruit has many more problems than the vegetables do. Greens are not typically sprayed, however fruit typically is. The sprays we do use are safe, some being organic certified, meaning most  are less toxic than table salt in our house.

In keeping with organic practices and evolving scientific information, our farm uses many sustainable farming practices:

  • We keep bee hives on the farm,
  • We have a no-till policy as of 2017,
  • We have pollinator gardens near the brooks to help build biodiversity (more good bugs!) to help watch over the farm,
  • We extensively mulch with wood chips and leaves between the rows to keep down weeds and preserve soil moisture. This adds organic matter, sequesters carbon, and provides nutrients to the soil,
  • We use cover crops (rye for 2019-2020) to prevent erosion, improve soil quality, and increase biodiversity.

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) / Farmshare Program

Beckett Farms is pleased to provide the greater Hartford area with our CSA. We now have two options for you to choose from:

  • The Traditional CSA – pre-packed weekly box of produce with a Wednesday pick up at the farm, or for delivery at your office
  • CSA Cash – a flexible, prepaid option that allows you to pay for your produce while still allowing you to pick what produce you want, when you want it

The CSA model is important for farms to provide invaluable early year money to pay for things in the off season, like seeds and starts, labor, and improvements.

We designed our Traditional CSA and CSA cash programs to be as flexible as possible for you.

The Traditional CSA is designed where you prepay for a box of produce and pick that up each Wednesday on our farm. Our CSA boxes are repacked for you, but due to increasingly stringent food safety laws, we are no longer able to pack your food in a bag to grab and go. You will remove the produce from your bin each week and pack it in one of our reusable bags or use one of your own. Pick ups will be 3 – 6 each Wednesday doing the season:

  • Early Season Share (June 17 – August 26), $400
  • Late Season Share (September 2 – October 28), $350
  • Bundled Share (June 17 – October 28), $700

CSA Cash is our more flexible option. This will allow you to prepay for produce which you can later purchase at our farm stand or at farmers’ markets. In purchasing this option, you will receive a bonus that varies depending on the level:

  • Gallon, $300 with a 5% bonus
  • Peck, $500 with a 10% bonus
  • Bushel, $1,000 with a 15% bonus

The CSA is non-refundable.

What we’re growingWhen to expect it
Apples – Cortland, Macoun, McIntosh,
Mutsu, Zestar
Fall
ArugulaSpring and Fall
AsparagusSpring, Early Summer
BasilSummer
Beans – Green and WaxSummer
BlackberriesSummer
BroccoliSpring and Fall
Butternut SquashFall
CabbageFall
CauliflowerFall
CilantroSummer
CornSummer
Cucumbers – English and Pickling Summer
Delicata SquashFall
Eggplant – Japanese and ItalianLate Summer and Fall
GarlicSummer
GrapesSummer
Kabocha SquashFall
KaleAll Season
LettuceSpring and Fall
OnionsFall
Peaches – Freestone and ClingLate Summer
Peppers – Bell, Cubanelle, JalapeñosLate Summer and Fall
PlumsSummer
Potatoes – VarietyFall
RaspberriesEarly Summer and Fall
SpinachSpring and Fall
Sugar Snap PeasEarly Summer
Summer SquashSummer
Tomatoes – Beefsteak, Heirloom, Plum,
Cherry Tomatos
Summer, Fall