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Ryder Farm Cottage Industries

(Brewster,NY)

In the Ryder Family since 1795. We are certified organic growers of assorted vegetables, herbs and flowers. We market at Union Sq NYC on Saturdays, Brewster Farmers' Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, local wholesale delivery, CSA, on farm sales and custom orders. We enjoy arranging flowers for special events. Interns welcome. Excerpted from The Old Farmhouse, by Carolyn Bean: "Did you ever come upon an old farmhouse, looking as if it might have a history, peaceful and secure, as if it had grown into, and become a part of, Mother Earth? Such a one has seen a heap of living, loving, and dying. To it came a new family to take possession in 1795 - a man and his wife and their three children. They would build and cultivate, beautify, and labor cheerfully, for it would be their own, their very own home... To this place, high on a ridge and sloping down to Peach Lake, came; Great, Great, Grandfather Eleazer, Mary, his wife, and three little ones...With nothing on their mind but their own affairs, he loaded an oxcart, piled the family into the lumber wagon, and plodded along on foot by horse and cattle. They carried bags of geese, ducks, and squawking chickens... The olden days were not all work, neither are the present days all play... Yes, this old house has seen a great deal of living. It has brought the blessings of happiness and contentment with it. Everything there seems to speak of years of peaceful living, as if they will be the same forever and a day." Established in the old garden of the Ryder Family Homestead, Great, Great, Great Grandchildren Betsey and John, continue in the tradition of working the land.

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