Karen and Stan Bischoping

Williamson, NY

The Farm

According to Karen, “We have been growing for farmers markets for over 20 years in the Rochester area.   We started with vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.  Over the years we have put in over a thousand apple trees, including over 50 varieties of heirloom apples as well as 25 better known varieties.  We also grow raspberries (red, black and purple), black berries, gooseberries, currants (red, white and black), blueberries, apricots, peaches and pears.  Recently we have planted sweet cherry trees.”

Products

A variety of vegetables and fruits, including heirloom apple varieties, berries, currants, quince, peaches, plums, and apricots

Growing Practices

The farm is a conventional fruit and vegetable farm that utilizes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) methods to minimize pesticide and fungicide use.  Mulching, drip irrigation, use of cover crops, and crop rotation are used.  Disease resistant varieties are grown when possible.