Martin’s Farmstand is owned by the Daniel & Mendy Martin. We have a 20 acre farm and market located at 11 Needham Rd in Potsdam, NY. We also own a 120 acre farm at Southville corners in the Town of Stockholm that gives us almost unlimited space to grow produce.
In addition to produce from our own fields we also assist other local growers that use the same chemical free growing standards as we do. Our produce is chemical-free.
We started in 1998 with U-pick strawberries and a small self-service stand at Southville corners. From the humble beginnings of our little stand last year we sold between 60-70 tons of produce at our stand from a handful of little farms in the Potsdam area. Much of this was produced by the extended Martin family.
We do not use any herbicides, chemical fertilizer, etc. on are farm. How do we farm? I grow as much of my own fertilizer as I can by using green manures, legumes etc. I also use lime and trace minerals along with compost as needed. A large part of soil fertility has to do with capturing the energy that God sends us as sunshine. The plants make sugar, which if properly managed, feeds all sorts of life in the soil. This aids the protein-nitrogen cycle. And so it goes; the plants grow big and strong; and we have good things to eat or sell.
Now are you wondering about the bad bugs? What do I do about them? The answer is, “not much.". I want weeds, wildflowers etc in all stages of growth so that there is food and cover for the beneficial insects. I plant many plantings of many crops. Sometimes one area or planting gets hit bad with bugs and another does not. I usually sacrifice problem spots and just leave them alone. The high population of pests causes the beneficial to multiply and I have seen in many cases that things come to a balance after a few years. Even certified organic pest control products can mess the balance of nature up. (Strong chemical pesticides will mess this balance up more than any of the organic pesticides.) Because of this I rarely even use organic sprays and I never use chemical pesticides.As the old saying goes..."we are what we eat." A traditional tomato, cucumber without chemicals is the healthiest fruits and vegetables that we can have.
We intend to continue doing our little part in helping provide quality local food for the greater Potsdam area.