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Laurel Vista Farms
Address: 1665 Coxes Creek Rd Somerset, PA, 15501
Email Address: farmstand@pennscorner.com
About Us
Somerset, PA

Laurel Vista farm is Ken & Rick’s place: family-owned and operated for over 100 years. Originally owned by Harvey and Margaret Friedline, they sold it to their son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Carrie Friedline in 1921. They in turn sold it to their son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Thelma Friedline in 1954. The main barn and farmhouse were built at the turn of last century in 1900 and 1901, respectively. Ken Soldano and Rick Stafford purchased the property and took over operations in 1988.

Laurel Vista started as a cooperative contract farm for Snyder of Berlin potato chips! Since then, increased demand for local produce at the retail level has grown dramatically. Many consumers now know that food travels on average 1500-2500 miles from farm to table and as a result, local produce is fresher, safer and more nutritious. And, they know that buying local produce helps strengthen the region’s economy, saves local farms from development and protects the environment. Laurel Vista adapted to the changing times to meet these demands from discriminating, conscientious consumers. And so, green beans first became available in 2002 and onions and table potatoes in 2004.
Practices
Our mission is to grow vegetables using methods that, in order of increasing importance, maximize flavor, sustain our farm and the environment, and promote human health. We at Laurel Vista Farms celebrate responsible farming in all its forms – conventional, organic, and sustainable. Laurel Vista is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (www.pasafarming.org).

We follow these methods in carrying out our mission:
– Rotate crops to avoid depleting the soil of nutrients and to provide barriers to pests and diseases.
– Grow only vegetables. We raise no animals on our farm so that we minimize the risk of bacterial contamination of our products.
– Regularly test our soil to ensure its health, and our water to ensure its purity.
– Use only those materials approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
– Follow material handling regulations and procedures and maintain updated certification.
– Grow crops that improve soil; e.g., we grow hay that is not sold but instead incorporated into the soil to increase biomass.
– Adopt conservation practices for our farmland that use USDA registered and approved programs to provide wildlife habitats in the form of forestland, grass areas, and water resources; and to control soil erosion with waterways, grass strips, and field contours.
– Sell our products within 100 miles of our farm so as to minimize our use of fossil fuel.