Alec Ciesluk emigrated from Poland to Massachusetts with no money in his pockets. In 1920, he had enough money to buy the 12 acres of land in Deerfield, MA, where Ciesluk Farm was born, after working for local farmers to raise capital.
Alec grew tobacco and built a barn for the family's two horses on these precious 12 acres. As the farm expanded they grew "anything they could make a dollar on," as Frank Ciesluk puts it. Frank, Alec's son, started working on the farm at the age of five and started farming full time when he turned 21. The third generation farmers in the field today are Frank III and Mike Antonellis.
Today Ciesluk Farm boasts 120 acres of sweet corn and several other crops such as pumpkins, squash, straw, and hay. Frank was inspired to create the Ciesluk Farm Stand in 2000 from memories of when his daughter would set a bushel of corn under an umbrella on the side of the road. Today the farm stand is run by Nichole and Cassidy Ciesluk, who sell local vegetables along with flowers and nursery plants.
Vegetables - Assorted