For over 30 years, Pleasant Valley Farm has provided you with the freshest, highest quality and tastiest vegetables, herbs and fruits grown with organic methods. A small, family run farm, we sell over 90% of our produce directly to you at local farmers’ markets and the rest to local outlets and renowned farm-to-table restaurants.
Since 2007 we have supplied a full array of vegetables and herbs year-round using unheated, large high tunnels and carefully controlled root storage.
At Pleasant Valley Farm, we run everything like a business by focusing on efficiency, lean principles, customer driven marketing practices, constant improvements, crop research, and use of cutting edge technology.
We also focus on giving back to the industry by mentoring farmers of all stages, speaking at conferences across North America yearly, providing annual farm tours and connecting with our customers directly every week at the markets.
Our efficiencies and use of technology have increased due to the efforts of our son, Robert, who graduated from RIT in 2017 and has started his own technical consulting business, Smart Farm Innovations, that focuses on developing and supporting technology on small farms.
A Little History…
After growing up in suburbia, Paul worked at a nursery/greenhouse operation in his early 20’s. At the age of 27, he traveled across the United States, became enamored with farming as he saw the many acres of fields being plowed. After visiting a farmer’s market in Michigan with a friend, he knew he wanted to be a farmer and sell at farmers’ markets. Paul came home, worked for a summer with a local farmer, then started farming on an acre in his parents’ back yard in South Glens Falls, NY in 1987. Realizing that this was his real passion in life, Paul purchased 60 acres of land in Argyle in 1988. The 60 acres of land, which overlooked a scenic valley and was just cornfields at the time, became Pleasant Valley Farm.
Sandy Olmsted grew up in many parts of the country, mostly in Maine and New York, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Botany. Sandy has always had a passion for traveling, and has been in every U.S. state as well as more than 20 countries around the world. She worked in management at garden centers and development businesses prior to marrying Paul in 1991 in Argyle, NY.
While Sandy and Paul established Pleasant Valley Farm, they lived in a pop-up camper for two summers before building their house on their land. The farm buildings began as historic barns with slate roofs which they took down at a nearby farm and put back up at Pleasant Valley Farm. All infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewer, propane, and other farm buildings came over time, with the work done by Paul, Sandy and Paul’s Dad, Bion.
In 1992, Robert was born in November, and three years later, on Christmas Day in 1995, Kim was born. For many years, Sandy and Paul juggled being full-time farmers, parents, and they home-schooled their children until both children went off to college. Kim and Robert from a very early age, worked many hours each week, helping to make Pleasant Valley Farm a very successful family farm, with Paul’s parents being key partners as well since they lived 20 minutes away.
Since 1992, Pleasant Valley Farm has given the Arnold’s their sole source of income through selling at local farmers’ markets and a few wholesale accounts (restaurants, caterers, and stores). In 2006, they began winter production in high tunnels, which has had a huge impact in the northeast for marketing year-round and increasing profits for farmers.
In 2017, the family was thrilled to have Kim announce that she and her soon to be husband, Peyton Atkins, would like to take over Pleasant Valley Farm, with a 10-year transition period. Paul and Sandy are hopeful their family farm will continue for many generations to come providing fresh, organic produce to thousands of folks in the local communities.