Peterson Farm has a long, rich history that began in 1900 with nothing more than a few pigs. They eventually added cattle and became a fledgling dairy farm. Manager Kaitlyn Bentley- Whalen mentioned her great-grandfather “peddling milk” in Jamestown. That being over a century ago, so much has changed yet the farming tradition continues and the shop expands its offerings on a yearly basis.
Throughout the year patrons stop in for prepared food favorites like ham salad and even ranch dressing. Along the back wall of the shop are rows of brightly packaged Scandinavian products. Red bottles of glogg, jars of lingonberry jam, and crispy Wasa crackers line the shelves. Around the corner features a Scandinavian gift shop which was a new addition in 2016. Here you can purchase Swedish toys, mugs, puzzles, t-shirts, calendars and more, including many decorative items featuring the iconic orange- painted Dala horse.
“Our best-selling items are homemade korv, Cuba cheese, and our own sweet corn.” Kaitlyn Bentley-Whalen said that in November and December alone of last year they sold over 4,000 lbs of their traditional Swedish sausage. “Something new this year is that we will be selling our own ham, pork, and beef” she said. If you follow Peterson Farm on facebook, you can get updates on these new offerings (local bacon!) and behind the scenes pictures of life on the farm.
A relatively new, year round product is Dalahast Roasting Co. craft coffee. It’s all Fair-Trade certified and roasted in small batches on the premises by Kaitlyn and family member Kristen Kovatch- Bentley. They sell both whole bean and ground coffee in retail bags. Be sure to check out the variety of roasts and blends, seasonal flavors and an excellent decaf. You can purchase bags at the store, through their website, or locally at Labyrinth Press Co., Reverie Creamery, and the Hatch Patch in Warren, PA.
Spring starts the busy season for Peterson Farm. The baby goats are already being born and to the farmers that’s more a sign of spring than the groundhog seeing it’s shadow. As soon as the ground thaws they will begin planting field corn, sweet corn, winter squash and pumpkins, and the first seasonal produce we can look forward to is strawberries.
Winter hours are 10am- 5pm Wednesday through Saturday. May 1 st through October they are open every day 10am-6pm. Contact the store by calling 716-483-2202. Connect on facebook under Peterson Farm, visit their website at www.petersonfarmswede.com, and check out their harlig kaffe (delightful coffee) at www.squareup.com/store/dalahast-roasters.com