Baylee markets produce under her LLC name, Upper Pond Farm. The name Upper Pond Farm was already associated with the land on Sill Lane in 2014, when she incorporated. Now produce comes from both the land in Old Lyme (Upper Pond Farm) and in Lyme (New Mercies).
The original Upper Pond Farm is located on Sill Lane in Old Lyme. We grow vegetables and fruits on 6 acres of land bordering Mill Brook and Upper Mill Pond. Our land has been farmed for well over 165 years and, in addition to farming, was once the site of several water-powered mills, part of the early industry in Lyme/Old Lyme.
In the 1600’s a gristmill was in operation here and later a paper mill, iron mill, sawmill, and other small mills were added. Oliver Lay, for whom the Laysville area is named, operated a woolen mill in the large granite building just across from our farm. The picturesque mill and dam, believed to be built in 1702, can be seen from Sill Lane just near the entrance to our farm.
Most recently, our small acreage was part of a 120 acre dairy farm owned by John and Jessie Roberts, whose farm included the land now owned by High Hopes, the Senior Center and Town Woods Park.
Baylee moved to Old Lyme in the winter of 2013/2014, and began growing produce with the intention of marketing it to the fantastic vegan restaurant in Chester, Six Main. She found a strong demand for a CSA project shortly after starting her business, and now markets produce to CSA members, farmers markets, restaurants and grocery stores.
We are proud to continue the long tradition of farming this rich land and hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy our fresh, local produce we supply to our community.
A history of our growing area at New Mercies:
New Mercies is a hub of all sorts of farm endeavors. Baylee and Quinn have lived at this farm since 2015.
Rod and Debby Hornbake purchased the land and developed it into a vegetable farm in 2013, with the help of Michael Melillo. For two seasons Farmer Mike ran New Mercies with the help of Rod and Debby, certifying the land as organic, creating a CSA and developing the infrastructure we still use today. In 2015 they took a break and cover cropped the farm.
In Fall of 2015 Baylee and Quinn moved into New Mercies and started farming in both Lyme and Old Lyme. They love the farming neighborhood and were married on the property in the fall of 2016. In 2017 the rights to split and develop the land into housing lots was donated to the Connecticut Farmland Trust, and in the spring of 2018 we anticipate the farm being transferred from the ownership of Rod and Debby to Baylee and Quinn. We market our produce from both properties under our LLC's name, Upper Pond Farm.
We (Quinn and Baylee) appreciate all of the help and support that we have recieved. Thank you!!!