Some people are happiest with their hands in dirt, coaxing forth fruits and vegetables from the Earth.
Such a man is Tony Annutto, whose family tree grew up through their gardens.
Annutto, the owner of Annutto’s Farm Stand, at 584 Main St. in Oneonta, was raised by a farming family. In the 1950s, the Annutto family farmed 250 acres and sold their produce to the retail grocery store chain A&P Supermarkets. When he went out on his own, Annutto began a farm market and greenhouse business in Herkimer.
In 1984, Annutto purchased the present location in Oneonta, which he runs with his wife, Judy Annutto, and his daughter, Debbie Annutto.
“We open April 1 every year,” Tony said. “Right now most of our produce is out of state.
“But as it gets closer to summer we will start having all local produce,” he said. “I’ll bring in some of my stuff and a lot of other local farmers will bring me their stuff. We can grow about anything here. We get tomatoes, corn, peppers, potatoes, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe… it is wonderful.”
Annutt’os Farm Stand also sells a variety of food, farming supplies and garden décor. Every morning, Judy bakes trays upon trays of fresh scones, muffins, doughnuts and cookies. There is fresh-pressed apple cider and coffee, and local cheese in large wheels.
In late April, flats of perennials and pallets of soil were daily coming into the store in anticipation of planting time. The greenhouses out back were filling up with colorful flowers.
“Usually we say Memorial Day weekend is the time to plant — maybe a week or two after that,” Tony said. “Sometimes in the higher elevations you can get frost up into June. Last year we got spoiled. This year is more typical of the weather around here.”