Lakeside Farm

Michael Crotta of Lakeside Farm in Morris, CT.
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"As a veteran I feel it is essential that we protect and preserve the land that we have in this country so that we can provide for future generations so they might also enjoy the benefits of open space and the fruits of their labor."  — MICHAEL CROTTA

Michael Crotta and Jean Bonzani cut their farm out of a wooded wilderness over the last three years and currently coexist with a neighboring wetland in Morris, CT. On farming, Jean commented that, “You work hard and the earth rewards you in so many ways, and the soundtrack is pretty good: birds, frogs and owls 24/7.”

While Michael does much of the hard labor (tilling, planting, building) and tending to the fruits and vegetables, Jean focuses on the flowers, herbs, jams, and jellies. And there’s Remy, their poodle, who does a good boy’s job of keeping bears, deer and raccoons out of the fields!

Michael Crotta of Lakeside Farm rides a tractorMichael, U.S. Army Veteran, served both stateside and abroad with tours in Europe and assignments in the Middle East and Africa. He said, “As a veteran I feel it is essential that we protect and preserve the land that we have in this country so that we can provide for future generations so they might also enjoy the benefits of open space and the fruits of their labor.”

Jean also added that, “Farming keeps us productive, grounded and flexible. Nature is in charge and we have to adjust to what is everyday. In nature things constantly fall apart and then they come back together transformed, you begin to trust this is the pattern of life for us as well. Basically the earth teaches you to stop reacting and start responding to life.”

Lakeside Farm produces a variety of vegetables such as asparagus, greens, tomatoes, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, squash, peppers, garlic, onions, and more. Fruits include raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, figs, rhubarb with recently planted pear, peach and apple trees on the way! The harvest can be bought as fresh produce or as jams, jellies, salsas, and relishes. And you can pick up herbs and flowers from the farm stand, too!

You can support Michael and Jean and Lakeside Farm by visiting their farm stand on Rt. 109 in Lakeside 7 days a week. Or, visit them at the Bantam Farmers' Market on Fridays 3-6 or the Litchfield Farmers' Market, Saturdays 10-1:00, June through October.

Where to Buy Lakeside Farm's Products

  • Lakeside Farm Farmstand, Rt. 109 in Lakeside, 7 days a week
  • Bantam Farmers' Market, Fridays 3:00-6:00 PM
  • Litchfield Farmers' Market, Saturdays, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, June through October

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