NORTH HAVEN — A local family has been working to provide the community with fresh produce.
The DiPalmas of North Haven have operated Ravello Farm, located at 81 Half Mile Road, since 2021. The property is about six and a half acres. Available items include zucchini, yellow squash, escarole, romaine lettuce, radishes, bok choy, eggs, kale, beets, garlic, potatoes, cucumbers and string beans. The farmstand, inside a large barn, is open Saturday mornings.
A total of 27 families are enrolled in the farm’s Community-supported agriculture program. Members purchase a share of the season’s crops in the off-season and receive a regular share of produce throughout the growing season.
Before the farm came together, the land was a blank slate.
“From the road, it looked like not much of anything, and you don’t know how far back it goes,” Rich DiPalma said.
As his passion for gardening grew, along with additions like hens and incubators. DiPalma knew he was going to have a larger farm. Eventually, roosters and a chicken coop were added.
“It just became a farm,” DiPalma said.
Sometimes, DiPalma’s three children, Ava, 11, Petey, 9, and Donato, 6, help out with the chores
Rich DiPalma, 41, described working on the farm as a place where he can just think.
“While I am still a teacher, this is mainly what I will do,” DiPalma said. “...I definitely see other livestock and additional items like fruit and Christmas trees. Maybe honey, maple syrup, who knows.”
DiPalma’s wife Ali said that while it feels far away from everything, the property is about 10 minutes away from a local grocery store.
When the previous owners, the Adinolfi family – who DiPalma says are close friends — approached him with an opportunity to buy the property, DiPalma and his family knew they couldn’t turn the offer down.
The mother of the Adinolfi family came from from Ravello, Italy, and that is how the farm got its name.
Ravello Farm is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. until October.
For more information, contact Rich DiPalma on Facebook page at Ravello Farm or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.