Kraemer Farms is a diversified family farm operation founded by Harold & Ann Kraemer in 1964. The original operation consisted of eighty acres of caneberries grown for local processing companies. During the mid 60’s and early 70’s, the business grew as various row crops were introduced. After several years of rapid growth, Harold and Ann recognized the need for additional partners to oversee the growing operation and success of the farm. Over a span of 10 years, their sons, Dan, Tom and Ken Kraemer, along with their nephew Ray Stafford, joined the farm team and formed a family business. Collectively, the team manages the day-to-day activity of the farm operation. Each member provides input into the planning and execution of planting, harvest, land management, pest management and sustainable farming practices.
The farm currently produces over twenty different products that include fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, Christmas trees, seed crops and wine grapes. Generally the planting season for the crops begins in late April and continues until the middle of September. The harvest season starts in early June with strawberry picking and continues until the middle of December when the last of the Christmas trees are harvested.
The team is always looking for new production methods and business practices to increase the sustainability of the operation. The farm has a strong commitment to utilizing sound, sustainable farming techniques to ensure the health and vitality of the land, promote biological diversity, and provide a safe and profitable environment for our labor force. The farm incorporates Integrated Pest Management practices, a crop rotation system, a farm-wide compost system and follows organic guidelines when possible. The use of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers are used only when absolutely necessary. We are Food Alliance certified on our broccoli, zucchini and green beans, and all of our berries are Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified.
The farm is currently making an effort to diversify our markets and sell more of our produce and berries locally and direct to local food service operations, restaurants and schools.