Meet our farm family!
Green Acre & West Wind Farms are owned and operated by 4th & 5th generation farmers.
Bookkeeper, U-Pick Manager, & Director of 1st impressions
If you've been to the farm for pick-you-own, you've probably recognized Kathy as the cheerful voice from our information line! Kathy is a 4th generation farmer who pioneered our U-pick operation back in 1972 when the farm suffered a rough Spring, and a Summer laden with hail. Kathy and her father knew they couldn't sell the hail-marked fruits to any markets, so they decided to open to the public for the first time. Sold at a discounted price, these "kissed by nature" fruits were an instant success, and Green Acre Farm has been open for pick-your-own ever since.
Originally known as Pearson Bros., Green Acre Farm was renamed when we acquired our farm on Latta Road in 1965. Pick your own began in 1972 and at that time, only apples were available. Since then, we have continued to add new fruits and now offer over 12 different fruits for picking. Additionally, we have expanded to include our second location, West Wind Farm on Manitou Road.
Green Acre U-Pick at both locations is now managed by Kathy Pearson (4th generation farmer), her daughter, Jill, and son-in-law, Jeremy. Pick your own is open mid-July through October, and West Wind Farm also offers a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the Fall.
If there’s one thing we are passionate about, it’s growing. And not just fruits, we’re growing our business too! Coming Spring 2017 – Blue Barn Cider! We are confident that our apples make delicious hard cider, and we’re ready to share it with our customers. Visit the Blue Barn Cider tab to see updates on how our construction is coming along for our production space, tasting room, and special events barn!
*Green Acre Nursery is a separate business under the ownership and management of the Edmond family. If you are looking for lawn and garden supplies, or nursery stock, please contact them directly.
Farmer/fruit grower & Manager of 12-hour Workdays
After six years in the U.S. Navy, Jeremy joined the family business when he married Jill - the farmer's daughter. While Jeremy grew up working on a farm in Ballston Lake, NY, he didn't always know he wanted to be a farmer, but knew he loved the outdoors and working hard. Today, he strives to grow fruit that not only tastes good, but looks good, and can be enjoyed by everyone. Jeremy is passionate about the outdoors and when he's not out farming, he can usually be found hiking, fishing, skiing, or snowshoeing with friends.
Doctor, Cidermaster, & Dreamer of big dreams
Born and raised at Green Acre Farm, Jill is a 5th generation farmer with a lover for all things living - including her dog, cat, 3 mini-goats, 20 hens, and 4 turkeys. After growing up working on the farm, Jill sought out new challenges, which led her to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. But, her love for farm life led her back to the family business. Still chasing dreams and seeking new challenges, Jill now splits her time between caring for patients, caring for crops, and (coming soon!) crafting artisanal small-batch hard ciders.
In Loving Memory of Craig Michaloski
Farmer, Jokester, & Baseball fanatic
If you visited our farm any day from 1987 through 2012, you probably met Craig. He could usually be found out in the orchards caring for his crops, or talking to customers, all with a big smile and a hearty laugh. When he wasn't farming, he could be found coaching Greece Little League, golfing, skiing, or fishing with family and friends. Craig passed away in 2012 after a courageous battle with ALS; a battle he fought with spirit and dignity, without ever losing his incredible sense of humor. Craig dedicated 25 years of his life to his love of farming and the outdoors. We continue to remember Craig by collecting donations for the ALS Association at our checkout counters, in hopes that someday science will find a cure for this devastating disease.
Spoiled rotten farm dog & Lover of attention
This big red dog joined our family in 2011 and has been an endless source of smiles, laughter, eye rolls, and wet kisses ever since. If you see him around the farm, feel free to pet him, and know that you'll have a new friend for life.
Green Acre Farms - 3460 Latta Road, Rochester, NY 14612. (585) 234-0252
West Wind Farms - 928 Manitou Rd, Hilton, NY 14468. (585) 234-0252
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