WESTFIELD - Perhaps one of the best parts about summertime in Chautauqua County is enjoying fresh, locally grown produce. McCutchen’s Forsythe Farm, located at 9087 Old Route 20 in Westfield, offers a wide selection of homegrown fruits and vegetables at low prices, as well as canned preserves, herbs, and annual and perennial plants.
Richard and Brenda McCutchen began running their family’s produce stand in 1989. The business was actually started about fifteen years earlier by Richard’s parents. In addition to the produce stand, the family also owns and operates a 60-acre grape farm. Unfortunately, Richard’s father became sick with diabetes and was unable to keep the family business going without help. Richard, who was working in California at the time, decided to return to his hometown and take the reigns.
Running a produce market and grape farm simultaneously turned out to be no small task. The McCutchens grow everything that they sell and are responsible for every step of the process, from planting the seeds, to weeding, harvesting, and sorting the produce, pricing and selling it.
“We do everything from the seed up, which not many people do,” Richard said.
The McCutchens sort their produce by hand in order to ensure that the Grade A and secondary produce is separated and priced accordingly.
“We don’t have the middle man, so we can set our own prices,” Richard said.
The McCutchens make an effort to keep their prices lower than those of their competitors. Because of their secluded location, they want to make it worthwhile for their customers. For example, their peaches sold by the bushel are $10-15 cheaper than those of their competitors. Customers who are interested in picking their own produce can also save money.
The McCutchen’s stand has a variety of choices, including peaches, plums, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, corn, beans, squash, onions, okra, and pickling cucumbers. Their greenhouse also offers annual and perennial plants and herbs. They like to provide their customers with unique choices for produce.
“If it’s different and we can get it, we will,” Brenda said.
In addition to the more traditional fruits and vegetables, they sell purple beans, chocolate-colored peppers, striped and white eggplants, okra, black-eyed peas and many more items.
The McCutchen’s stand is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. On Saturdays they sell their produce at the Westfield Farmers Market in Moore Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They also deliver to Lighthouse Grocery, the Ripley Market, and the Amish Auction in Clymer. They are open to other deliveries as well. They can be reached at (716) 581-1542. Their produce business runs from May through the month of October.
The McCutchen’s grape farm also sends supplies to Welch’s and to customers who like to make their own wine.
Though it requires a great deal of hard work, the McCutchens have enjoyed running their produce stand over the years.
“I like that I can stay home with the kids,” Brenda said. “And, of course, we don’t have to go to the grocery store.”
Located at 9087 Old Route 20 in Westfield, the McCutchen’s stand is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. On Saturdays they sell their produce at the Westfield Farmers Market in Moore Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictured above are the stand’s owners, Richard and Brenda McCutchen