Morgan’s Half Acre Produce is owned by two farm families that decided to go into business together in 2005 and use this terrific location in the heart of the Finger lakes to retail the fruits and vegetables they grow on their individual farms. Prior to Morgan’s Half Acre Produce, the building originally was the creamery for Auburn Guernsey Farms in the early and mid 1900s and was known as “The Stage Stop”-a country store with home made ice cream in the 1980’s and a restaurant under various owners in the 1990s. Kelli began selling sweet corn in a small temporary stand in the corner of the parking lot in 1992., occasionally with some fresh juicy peaches to go along with it from her college friend, Ned Morgan’s farm in Marion, NY. From there the seeds of success were planted!
Kelli Morgan grows 90% of the vegetables sold in the market and manages the store while her husband Bill keeps very busy with running a dairy farm in Union Springs, NY and overseeing the start of Cayuga Milk Ingredients plant near Half Acre. Kelli grew up selling sweet corn and pumpkins at her parents farm and is the third generation to combine produce sales with the dairy industry. She enjoys the close connections with customers and the opportunity to work outdoors growing and harvesting crops as well as marketing them directly to the consumer. The Morgan children also get involved in the family business especially in the summer, Jacob picking, trucking and sales, Rachel baking and making fruit shakes, and Jessica as a sales assistant and sampling the products of course!
Ned Morgan his wife Shelley, and 5 children, own Morgan Farms in Marion, NY where they grow hundreds of acres of strawberries and tree fruit including sweet and tart cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines and over 15 varieties of apples. Ned’s farm has been in his family for 3 generations and he is proud of the quality fruit they produce and market both at the wholesale level and at their own roadside farm market. If you are looking for U-pick and are in the Wayne County area you should stop by their farm or give them a call at 315-926-0910 to check availability!
Farmers first, both families are glad to be involved in agriculture and feeding people in both our local communities and around the world. Taking care of the land we make our living from is a joy for us and we love what we do and that we get to share it with you at Morgan’s Half Acre Produce!