With the 100 mile diet and local restaurants choosing to have seasonal menus with local ingredients it’s no secret that eating local fare has gained popularity over the years. But even as we head to farmer’s markets for fresh produce we’re not always aware of exactly where the produce comes from or know about the local, hardworking farmers who put their time and effort into harvesting it.

One such local farm we think you should know about (if you don’t already) is Floralane Flowers and Produce in Elmira who we love getting our fresh tomatoes from. In fact, tomatoes are what they’re best known for, offering ‘Elmira’s own’ from March until December.

Owners and green thumb gurus Stuart and Esther are the faces behind the 20 acre farm that offers much more fresh produce and flowers as well – both at their quaint retail market and local specialty grocer’s and wholesale clients.

Pesticide chemicals and sprays are minimized and biological solutions are incorporated for healthy and safe production.

Half an acre of Floralane’s land is full of tomato greenhouses where Stuart and Esther have grown almost 5,000 tomato plants – grape and beefsteak – that were grown from heritage seeds, making these varieties the plumpest and juiciest tomatoes we’ve ever come across.

You can stop by Floralane’s retail market Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – bring the kids and show them where the food they’re eating comes from. You may even run into Stuart or Esther while you’re there.

We love using Floralane’s tomatoes in our catering menu, which you can find on our website.

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