The Farmer's Daughter
Our blog is written by Jennifer Shea, Dan and Cathy's oldest daughter. Jennifer is part of the 13th generation of Schoonmakers to work on Saunderskill Farm.

Happy Easter
April 20, 2014

OPEN Today- Easter Sunday- 7am-6pm


We have been open at Saunderskill Farm for 3 weeks now. THANK YOU! A big thank you to all of our customers who have continued to show us such incredible support. What a great feeling to open after a long cold winter and have so many wonderful people coming through the door welcoming us back. You are what keep Saunderskill growing and we thank you for that. Please help us make your experience the best we can by offering us feedback. We love to receive emails from our customers via, Face Book (, Instagram (Saunderskill) and also our suggestion box located in the entrance way.

Enjoy a few photos taken at our home farm yesterday of the Hot House Tomatoes and Strawberries. This year they are being pollinated with honey bees! If you remember last year the berries were small and funny shaped, this year they look nicely shaped and are growing nicely.

A beautiful photo sent to us by Eric Bean. Thank you Eric, you are able to capture such beautiful images.

This is where the bees live with their Queen.

April 1st at Saunderskill Farm
April 1, 2014

Today is the day! It is April 1st! The stand opens today after a long winter, we are open 7am-6pm. Closed on Monday. Here is a look at what is happening at our home farm-


Oops! Baby Lia is not something you will find in the greenhouse, but isn't she cute?! Lia is my sister Jessica and Brother-In-Law Peter's daughter. They  just moved to Virginia Beach, must have been thinking of them because Peter starts his new job today.

Blossoms on the Hot House Tomatoes!

Stawberries standing tall and green

Dad Built a new grill to cook the chicken on! He's pretty clever!


Mixed Lettuce





Mid-March in the Farm Greenhouses
March 15, 2014

Claudia checking out the sprouted lettuce mix and various 4 1/2 in pots



Hanging Combination Baskets


Double Impatien

Combination Hanging Baskets (more)

Flats of Begonias

Hot House Tomato Plants

Tomatoes on the bottom, Lettuce Mix in the middle and Strawberries up top

Strawberries green and growing!




Hot House Strawberries 2014
March 4, 2014


This morning our thermometer read -10! The greenhouses are warm and filling up fast!

The growing starts now!
February 24, 2014

The planting has begun! Here is Claudia (18 months) enjoying her first time in the dirt bench! 



February 2014
February 14, 2014

Hi Folks! Saunderskill has been closed for about 9 weeks now and I have to admit I am starting to miss you all! We are in mid-February now, approaching March which is kind of a marker for us. One month to opening day. This year we open on April 1st for those of you who are wondering! Approximately 6 weeks away! We have been busy at Saunderskill cleaning, painting, staining and believe it or not still trying to clean away Irene. Here we are almost 3 years later and still finding signs of that crazy storm that swept through our town. My Dad has said countless times 'We should mark where the water level was' and I think yeah that sounds like a good idea, but I am not going to be the one to draw on your wall with a permanent marker! For those of you who know my Dad and or frequent the Market you know that everything is clean and has it's place! Well this year I did it. Not on the wall though NO WAY!


Irene August 2011.