Yellow House Farm is owned by the Scott-Danner family and is located in Middletown, CT. We started the farm here in 2014, in a (possibly naive) attempt to convert a small section of hay field with well entrenched perennial weeds into a productive, organic vegetable farm.

2013

2013

The idea was to grow high quality produce for our local community, using organic and sustainable farming methods. With Norman working full time at his day job, and the twins, Desta and Alex, full time at school, Jennifer (once anthropologist gorilla observer) had to turn farmer to make our idea a reality. Three years and many mistakes and success stories later, things are looking pretty good. We have many happy customers, and we are feeling pretty happy with the results so far.

Sept 2017

Sept 2017

Aug 2017

Aug 2017

We sell our produce at Ivoryton Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings (June to Oct), and Garden of Light Natural Food Market in Avon. We also run a CSA for about 15-20 weeks in the summer months, and have coolers at the end of our driveway Sunday-Tuesday in season. 

In June 2015, Jennifer started keeping bees for honey. She managed to keep a bee blog running for the whole of 2016, documenting all the ups and downs, from swarms to possible bear attacks, and wasp invasions, to our first experience extracting honey! She was planning on continuing this into 2017, along with a possible farm blog, but eventually decided that there were just no more extra minutes in the day to squeeze it in. Maybe 2018?

Bees thriving in one of the hives after a long winter - 2016

Bees thriving in one of the hives after a long winter - 2016

If you have questions, please contact us at the e-mail address above.

Some pictures of the farm coming together are below.

The family, Norman and twins, Desta and Alex, building raised frames for the smaller garden. Jennifer is the photographer. [2017: that mound of dirt in the background is finally gone!]

The family, Norman and twins, Desta and Alex, building raised frames for the smaller garden. Jennifer is the photographer. [2017: that mound of dirt in the background is finally gone!]

Desta in the smaller garden, next to a completed raised bed frame. (June 2015)

Desta in the smaller garden, next to a completed raised bed frame. (June 2015)

July 2015. Companion planting: broccoli and lettuce. I recommend you do not try this - didn't work too well for the lettuce.

July 2015. Companion planting: broccoli and lettuce. I recommend you do not try this - didn't work too well for the lettuce.

Feb 5th 2016 after heavy snow. Garden fences pulled down.

Feb 5th 2016 after heavy snow. Garden fences pulled down.

June 12 2016. Weeds weeds weeds, and still damaged garden fence!

June 12 2016. Weeds weeds weeds, and still damaged garden fence!

June 2016. Dug a second garden next to the garden of raised beds. Trying plastic mulch to handle the weed problem.

June 2016. Dug a second garden next to the garden of raised beds. Trying plastic mulch to handle the weed problem.

July 2016. One bed done, but ugh! Look at the weeds in the other bed!!

July 2016. One bed done, but ugh! Look at the weeds in the other bed!!

July 2016 Ivoryton Farmers' Market

July 2016 Ivoryton Farmers' Market

June 2016. Alex the beekeeper (in her pajamas as it is actually bedtime). She's "helping" Mummy install two new packages of bees into their new hives.

June 2016. Alex the beekeeper (in her pajamas as it is actually bedtime). She's "helping" Mummy install two new packages of bees into their new hives.

July 11 2016 Summer squash and tomatoes.

July 11 2016 Summer squash and tomatoes.

My memory of summer 2016 is weeds, weeds, weeds, many taller than Desta and Alex. I notice I don't have many pictures after early July - I was spending all my time fighting weeds! Although, here's one (below):

July 14 2016. No, this is not the wildflower meadow outside the fence, it's actually part of the vegetable garden. Yikes!

July 14 2016. No, this is not the wildflower meadow outside the fence, it's actually part of the vegetable garden. Yikes!

Beets, July 19th 2016. The plastic did keep some of the weeds at bay at least!

Beets, July 19th 2016. The plastic did keep some of the weeds at bay at least!

Aug 27th 2016. Desta helping Daddy.

Aug 27th 2016. Desta helping Daddy.

June 2017. Jennifer trying out the new flail mower. Finally some control over the weed situation!

June 2017. Jennifer trying out the new flail mower. Finally some control over the weed situation!

June 2016. Jennifer using the new BCS walk-behind tractor to plow the field. Took one week vs. 6 weeks when we were doing it all by hand!

June 2016. Jennifer using the new BCS walk-behind tractor to plow the field. Took one week vs. 6 weeks when we were doing it all by hand!

Aug 20th 2017. This year, no plastic mulch! I switched to straw mulch. Liked it much better!!! And thanks to all that weeding by our two VoAg high school student farm helpers, this year the weed situation was much much better!

Aug 20th 2017. This year, no plastic mulch! I switched to straw mulch. Liked it much better!!! And thanks to all that weeding by our two VoAg high school student farm helpers, this year the weed situation was much much better!

Aug 2017. Bales of rye straw for mulch.

Aug 2017. Bales of rye straw for mulch.

Sept 2017. Lettuces and tomatoes.

Sept 2017. Lettuces and tomatoes.

Sept 2017. Our delicious red butterhead lettuce!

Sept 2017. Our delicious red butterhead lettuce!

Sept 2017. Desta (in Frozen pyjamas) helping harvesting cherry tomatoes.

Sept 2017. Desta (in Frozen pyjamas) helping harvesting cherry tomatoes.