Niagara Gazette — YOUNGSTOWN — Family owned farms are sometimes incorrectly described as a dying breed but there’s not a shred of that evidence on the 61-acre site off the Youngstown-Lockport Road in Porter. The market itself has undergone major renovations in the past five months.
“We plan on eventually hiring,” said Sandra Tuck, “Right now, however, all five of our kids have something to bring to the table, so any recruiting is geared to family and friends.”
Last October, Sandra and her husband, Michael, acquired the Sanger Farms LLC that her father, Glenn Sanger, 84, bought in 1974. In earlier years, the elder Sanger, a Ransomville native, operated a farm near Dickersonville Road and the Youngstown-Lockport Road (Route 93).
As for the younger set in the family, Lisa, 31, is an obvious choice for an important role in the family enterprise having recently graduated with a master’s degree in nutrition. Others on the team: twins Shari and Carly, 30, Rogan, 20, and Claitan, 18.
Inside and out, the main building on the complex has an inviting new look including brighter lighting, attractive display counters, and more space to check out a wide array of items, running from chocolate-chip cookies, cakes and homemade pies to assorted jams, pickles, fruit and cider. In season, shoppers will find all sorts of apples, peaches, and locally grown vegetables.
A hidden treasure seldom seen now by the average visitor is a nice two-acre pond, a perfect centerpiece to the long-range plans for walking and hiking trails. Mike Tuck also is looking into the possibility of building a maze or two where children could enjoy the challenge of finding their way out. Hay rides also might add to family fun, he notes.
“What we plan to do is emphasize the idea of bringing the entire family out here to share in the experience ... of picking their own fruits and vegetables, for instance,” Sandra Tuck said. “And we’d like to promote this (as a destination) even to people, for example, who are coming from Old Fort Niagara and other places during their visit to the area.”