Chickadee Creek Farm is a certified organic and certified transitional organic* vegetable, flower and herb farm. We began in 2010 with the goal diversifying our three-generation family farm and making the move to organic. Chickadee Creek Farm, run by Jess Niederer, is part of the larger Niederer Farm. Jess is in the thirteenth generation of her family involved in farming; four generations in Hopewell Valley, NJ, and the rest in Switzerland.
The 80-acre family farm is on Titus Mill Road in Pennington, NJ. Jess and her crew grow on 17 of those acres, with 8 of them devoted to vegetables. The goal of Chickadee Creek is three-pronged; make a sustainable living off of the family farm, supply our community with healthy and flavorful food, and do all of this as efficiently as possible to keep costs down and to keep life enjoyable for farmers and for our customers.
We grow a number of vegetable varieties chosen for flavor and suitability to our climate, running the range from zucchini, striped heirloom tomatoes, amazing potatoes, and ridiculously sweet winter carrots to lettuces, delicious ginger, and the prettiest flowers.
*“Transitional organic” means that some of our farmland is in the midst of the three-year process of becoming certified organic. This land is transitioning from low input timothy hay grown by Jess’s Father to organic vegetables and cover crops. All of our practices and farmland are inspected by and follow the rules of the National Organic Program. July of 2012 marked organic certification for Jess’s first five acres. As she takes over the family land bit by bit, the new ground is called “transitional organic” until the mandatory three year waiting period is over
We have now added work-shares to our Farm Membership options!