|In addition to the popular favorites, Rexcroft Farm grows unique crops – ask them about their Caraflex Cabbage or Tuscan Orange Indian Eggplant (pictured above) |
Seven generations ago, a schoolteacher and a farmer came from Europe to settle along the banks of the Hudson River. Together with their families, they were from England and Holland, and as they staked the land, they named it Rexcroft, meaning “King Farm” in Dutch.
Today, Dan and Nate King, descendants of these pioneers, continue to farm the land, as their family has done without interruption since the late 1700s. The name lives on, too, and now Rexcroft Farm thrives on nearly 400 acres near Athens, NY. They grow a vast range of produce, as well as raise cows, pigs, and chickens on the pasture. To hear Dan explain it, “I’ve been farming since I’ve been able to walk.”
For years, Dan’s father ran Rexcroft as a dairy farm. Yet as his six children grew up, none of them, including Dan, wanted to take it on. “With a dairy farm, you have to milk the cows twice a day, 365 days a year. There’s never a break. With vegetables, they can get overgrown by a day, but nobody’s going to die, unlike with the cows,” Dan says. So, the current generation transitioned away from dairy and into the bountiful harvests and livestock they cultivate today.
The Kings grow with long-term ecological health in mind. They employ integrated pest management, a technique that suppresses unwanted insects without relying on pesticides. They also run the farm with a wide open door policy, inviting people to visit the farm and learn how their food is grown. “We have people visit the farm, and we get to take them on a tour and say, ‘This is your food growing here. Here’s what we’re picking this week.’ People love it,” Dan says.
Come enjoy Rexcroft Farm and several other great vendors every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm at Croton’s Down to Earth Farmers Market.