East Branch Farms
East Branch Farm uses organic and biodynamic farming practices to grow vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants for you AND promote vibrant ecosystems for the soil, microbes, birds and beneficial insects. You will not find any pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and, of course, no chemical fertilizers in our food. Delivered straight out of the ground to your neighborhood, we are so happy to grow, harvest, cook and share this food with you and your families.
Farmer Madalyn Warren has been fermenting kimchee with her family since her first job peeling garlic as a child. A fundamental part of Korean food, culture and heritage, kimchee has played a vital role in the Warren family as long as she can remember. Since moving to Roxbury to farm in 2003, Madalyn has been making what she refers to as "farmstead kimchee" in large batches, sharing her love of the fermented Korean staple with friends and family.
After moving down Route 30 and starting East Branch Farms in 2013, Madalyn and her mother Ji Kim continued to develop their family technique and recipes together. Always using freshest specialty vegetables which contain the highest amounts of beneficial microbes, perfect for a lacto-fermented product, Kimchee Harvest was born in 2016.
The vegetables, herbs and fruit at East Branch Farms are grown in the East Branch River valley, Northwest Catskills, approx 1600'. Over 360 million years ago the Catskills region was an inland sea and site of a devonian forest. The ancient soils were first cultivated by the Lenni Lenape women, growing corn, beans and squash.
Today the landscape is a diverse patchwork of small farms, fields and forests where a delicious variety of food is produced. Diversity is high on the value chain here with multiple enterprises including The Straight Out of the Ground CSA, Kimchee Harvest LLC, produce grown for farmers markets, produce grown for local restaurants and our little farmstand.
October view of the farm from the D+U Train along the East Branch River, photo by Christine.
Isadora, Guernsey, Ivan, son of Isadora, and Blink, Jersey heifer, East Branch Farms
Brother Arthur at Tovey Halleck Roxbury, NY Farm
Sister Jennifer, at Kingston Farmers Market, posing for large scale velvet painting, Jenny is a velvet painter.
Mother, Ji Young, cleaning scallions.
Catskills delicacy, Ramps ready for kimchee.