Hi, we are Matt, Stefanie, Grayson and Jacob Barfield and we are Chesterfield Heirlooms! Chesterfield Heirlooms was born from a love of food, gardening, and history. For nearly five years, we operated out of a small kitchen garden at our home in Pittsville, MD before expanding to a 12-acre market garden located within town limits. We have always been interested in cultivating and eating unique varieties of vegetables.
During the blizzards that crippled the mid-Atlantic region in 2009, we went to work researching many heirloom varieties and scouring the internet and seed catalogs for seeds of these culinary delights. After the thaw, our flower beds and turf grass were soon replaced with drip irrigation lines and tomato cages. We began our journey at the Berlin Farmers Market where we were extremely fortunate to meet friends that we still have today, as well as Chefs that we love to grow for!
We specialize in old-time, open-pollinated heirloom and gourmet vegetable varieties. We seek to find the most interesting and best tasting vegetables of yesteryear to bring to our friends, family, chefs and Vegetable Club members on Delmarva. Most of what we grow is pre-1940 varieties including, but certainly not limited to: Bull Nose Peppers, which originated in India and were grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson; Lazy Wife Pole Beans, which were introduced around 1810, and is one of our oldest documented beans; Ozette Fingerling Potatoes, believed to be brought directly from South America to Neah Bay, Washington by Spanish explorers in 1791. They planted them in a garden that was later abandoned when the Spanish left. Discovered by the Makah people, they began to grow them in their own gardens and named them after one of their villages.
Every seed that we select holds a story that we aim to share with you as our veggies grow! The history behind heirloom vegetables is essential for the future of our food supply. Heirloom varieties are so much more than just seeds that have been handed down from generation to generation. These seeds hold the truth to what vegetables used to be and, and more importantly, what they should be for our future generation.
We are currently growing in our 12-acre market garden and this year our harvest includes some of our family’s favorites: Tomatoes, Squash, Peppers, Cucumbers, Beets, Radish, Carrots, Leeks, Garlic, Onions, Turnips, Kohlrabi, Kale, Cabbage, Eggplant, Herbs, Fingerling Potatoes, Beans, Baby Greens and more! Each year we listen to our Vegetable Club members, partnering chefs, friends and family for feedback on vegetable varieties to ensure that we produce the right crop of heirloom vegetables for the Delmarva region.
Currently, we sell our heirloom vegetables to some of the finest restaurants on Delmarva. If you wish to enjoy Chesterfield Heirlooms in your own home, you can do so by purchasing the Vegetable Club Card, which can be redeemed at Camden Avenue Farmers Market each Tuesday from 2:30 – 6:00 PM and the Berlin Farmers Market each Sunday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Please click here for more information.
Thank you so much for your support! We hope to grow for you soon!