About Besley Country Market

Besley Country Market is a cash crop and market garden farm located on the southwest edge of Shelburne. The farm is owned and operated by Brian and Debbie Besley along with their son Evan Besley, who is the 4th generation of the family to run the business. The farm was originally established in 1939 as a dairy operation, and in 2009 (70 years later) it evolved into a market garden where the Besley’s began growing and selling fresh, local produce to the community, directly from their farm gate.

Today, Besley Country Market is most famous for its tomatoes, which are grown in a 6,500 square foot hydroponic greenhouse that holds over 1,800 tomato plants. In a given year each tomato plant grows up to 30 feet in height which allows the farm to produce over 25,000 lbs of tomatoes per season (from May to November).

 

In addition to these tomatoes, Besley Country Market produces field crops such as asparagus, sweet corn, pumpkins and squash, which they sell to the public and supply to local restaurants and community events. The Besley family is passionate about supporting a healthy and vibrant community through fresh, local food.

The Besley’s also farm 1,800 acres of land for their cash cropping operation, which includes hay, soya beans, corn, canola, oats, and barley. They have a grain drier and 90-foot grain elevator on site, which are used to maximize their ability to move grain and dry it for off-season storage. The grain elevator can transport up to 3,900 bushels/hour from one storage bin to another. In total, the bins can hold over 60,000 bushels of grain.

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Besley Country Market is a cash crop and market garden farm located on the southwest edge of Shelburne. The farm is owned and operated by Brian and Debbie Besley along with their son Evan Besley, who is the 4th generation of family to operate the business. The farm was originally established in 1939 as a dairy operation, and in 2009 (70 years later) it evolved into a market garden where the Besley’s began growing and selling fresh, local produce to the community, directly from their farm gate.

 

Today, Besley Country Market is most famous for their tomatoes, which are grown in a 6,500 square foot hydroponic greenhouse that holds over 1,800 tomato plants. In a given year each tomato plant grows up to 30 feet in height which allows the farm to produce over 25,000 lbs of tomatoes per season (from May to November). In addition to these tomatoes, Besley Country Market produces field crops such as asparagus, sweet corn, pumpkins and squash, which they sell to the public and supply to local restaurants and community events. The Besley family is passionate about supporting a healthy and vibrant community through fresh, local food.

 

The Besley’s also farm 1,800 acres of land for their cash cropping operation, which includes hay, soya beans, corn, canola, oats, and barley. They have a grain drier and 90 foot grain elevator on site, which are used to maximize their ability to move grain and dry it for off-season storage. The grain elevator can transport up to 3,900 bushels/hour from one storage bin to another. In total, the bins can hold over 60,000 bushels of grain.