Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hemlock Hill Farm

Set upon 120 acres of gently sloping hills and increasingly rare open space, Hemlock Hill Farm in Cortlandt Manor is many locals' go-to place to pick up fresh and organic produce, meat, dairy and honey. The DeMaria family that owns
the farm is now working to expand their operations after receiving a Farmland Protection Grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture this summer.

Adhering to the values they grew up with, owner John DeMaria, 78, and his daughter Laura, 30, plan to expand their operations to reach a broader customer base. Having been in the organic food business for decades, the DeMarias see the public’s growing dedication to healthy organic and local foods as a cultural trend to take advantage of.

John learned to farm from his parents who founded Hemlock in 1939. He and his wife Rita have four daughters, Christina, Katie, Lisa and Laura; Laura now helps John run the farm and, in the family tradition, will eventually take over the entire operation.

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