Iron Kettle Farm
707 Owego Road / Route 96
Candor, NY 13743
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Flowers in Spring, produce in Summer, and gifts, local treats, and farm animals all season. Fall brings the Spooktacular Pumpkin Display, hay rides, corn maze, children’s’ rides, fall produce, homemade donuts, candy apples and hot chocolate.
About Iron Kettle Farm
In 1969 Skip and Jeanne Jackson purchased the original farm on route 96 in Candor. Skip and Jeanne both grew up in Tioga County NY. Being raised on farms themselves and wanting to do the same with their kids they decided to start farming. At this time Brian was 2. Bonnie was born in 1970 and Jennifer in 1973.
When the farm was purchased in 1969 the previous owner left behind a huge kettle out behind the barn. With that in mind they decided to name their roadside market “Iron Kettle Farm”.The farms on each side of the property were also purchased to add more tillable ground. Over the years approximately acquired and used as planters around the farm.
Their First market was an abandoned corn crib with a lean-to off the front and sides. The first crops were strawberries, sweet corn, summer veggies, tomatoes and fall produce, including pumpkins. The First pumpkin display was the fall of 1969, it only had 10 to 12 characters.
In 1973 the first permanent market was built. In 1979 the house was moved to make room for the expanding business. The business continued to grow very fast and many additions were built onto the original building. The 1980’s began the greenhouse segment of the business. Iron Kettle farm began growing and selling vegetable plants, flowers, hanging baskets and perennials.
All three childern were very active in the business while growing up. Now all three are in a partnership with Jeanne & skip, thus it is a true family farm.
If you’ve been here in the fall you really should see Iron Kettle Farm in the spring. Their greenhouses are bursting with annuals, perennieals and hanging baskets. With their “home grown” plants you can be assured that they are healthy and ready to go into your gardens.
They have over an acre of greenhouse space that is used to grow all of their plants. They also grow a wide variety of tomatoes and peppers as well as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and more.
Bright vivid geraniums also adorn their benches. They come in a variety of sizes to meet everyone’s budget and needs.
Bring the kids along to see the new baby farm animals and let them play on their playground. Grandma’s Barn gift shop is also open and has a variety of Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts.
In the fall Iron Kettle Farm transforms with Spooktacular Pumpkin Displays, hay rides, corn maze, children’s’ rides, fall produce, homemade donuts, candy apples and hot chocolate. Many families have made it a tradition to come to Iron Kettle each fall to make memories, have fun, pick out pumpkins, and eat some delicious treats. There is a fee for the rides and corn maze but the pumpkin display is free.