OUR STORY A LOVE OF FARMING
Founded in 2003 by Alex Balsam, Balsam Farms is located on the South Fork of the East End of Long Island. We started farming with ten rented acres, one tractor, and a small roadside farm stand. We’ve learned and grown a lot since then, and today we farm several fields between the villages of Amagansett and Sagaponack.
Our roots go back to a young boy and his love of tractors. Alex Balsam got behind the wheel of his first tractor, our 1939 Farmall A, on his thirteenth birthday. Shortly after, he began farming a small one acre plot in Amagansett. Several years after that, on his first day of freshman year at Cornell University, he met philosophy major Ian Calder-Piedmonte, and the two became good friends.
A lot of hard work, and a passion found
A few years after graduation, when the farm was beginning its second season, Alex persuaded Ian to spend the summer farming with him back in his hometown of East Hampton – promising beautiful beaches, a few beers, and plenty of time to enjoy the summer. In reality it was very little time at the beach, a lot of hard work, and a passion found.
Years later, we still have that first tractor and the old farm wagon that held our first produce by the side of the road – and we remain passionate. With the help of many dedicated and skilled team members who share our passion for farming and local food, we’ve improved our production practices and expanded our offerings. Today, we farm approximately 200 acres of mixed vegetables, fruits, herbs, cut flowers, and grains. With our four-season greenhouses, improved storage facilities, and generally temperate Long Island weather, we’re now able to grow fresh produce year-round. Additionally, we have a wide range of jarred and preserved items made from our own produce, as well as whole grains, milled flours, dry beans and popcorn available.
As much as we love farming, none of it would be possible without the East End community we love so much. We’re happy and grateful to be your farmers, friends, and neighbors, and we thank you for making our work worthwhile.