Chickadee Creek Farm is a certified organic vegetable, flower and herb farm. The farm was started by Jess Niederer in 2010 on her family farm. Four generations of our family have farmed in Hopewell Valley, NJ, and Jess’s Grandmother preserved the land so that it can never be developed.
The 80 acre farm is on Titus Mill Road in Pennington, NJ. Our crew of 10 farmers grow on 17 of those acres, with 15 of them devoted to vegetables and 2 to small fruits. The goal of Chickadee Creek is three-pronged; make a sustainable living off of the farm, supply our community with healthy and flavorful food, and do all of this as efficiently as possible to keep costs down and to keep life enjoyable for farmers and for our customers.
We grow over 50 types of vegetables chosen for flavor and suitability to our climate, with old favorites and new specialties alike. Zucchini, striped heirloom tomatoes, amazing potatoes, ridiculously sweet winter carrots, lettuces, delicious young ginger, sweet corn, and the prettiest flowers are on our market tables with the seasons.
Jess’s family grew wheat, soybeans, and hay on this farm. In 2010, when Jess began her separate business growing vegetables, she immediately began using organic practices. All of our practices and farmland are inspected by and follow the rules of the National Organic Program. In July of 2012 organic certification began for the first five acres. As Chickadee Creek takes over the family land bit by bit, the new ground is called “transitional organic” until the mandatory three year waiting period is over. As of June 1st of 2017, 20 acres are fully certified organic!
What’s in a name?
Chickadees are tenacious, cheerful, hardy, and act like they don’t know how small they are. When Jess was doing some mist netting and banding birds in college, their pluck struck her as something worth imitating. When it was time to name the farm, a nod to the chickadees and to the creek that runs through the farm (the Stony Brook) felt like it would set us on the right path.