The History of SIW Vegetables

Once upon a time there was a farm owned by the Pyle family. Around 1910 H. G. Haskell Sr. was working in Wilmington and he bought the Pyle farm and several other small farms around it. He named this new farm Hill Girt Farm.

The big barn where we host the Field to Fork dinners was built in the 1600’s and the NEWER part of the main house in 1816. The older part....? All the stone barns and stone walls were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Hill Girt Farm was primarily a Guernsey dairy farm until 1972 when the last of the cattle were sold by Harry G. Haskell Jr. The tillable land was leased to several crop farmers for the next 14 years.

In 1986 H. G. Haskell III borrowed equipment and planted his first crops on 6 acres two additional employees. Sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, raspberries and asparagus were planted the first year. On July 6th 1986 SIW Vegetables opened for business with a picnic table in the shade of a large Sycamore tree. It was self-service. Our first day brought in a little more than $11 in sales. How we've grown since then! We are doing more than 10 times that now!!

We now own all of our own equipment and grow over 50 different kinds of fruit and veggies ,including figs and our newest crop, Rice-16 varieties in 2018.We have about 60 acres under cultivation and employ over 40 workers in the height of the growing season. All 60 acres have drip irrigation. Deer fencing is used to keep the deer out with varying degrees of success. The remaining land is pasture, hay fields, forest and flood plain.

Over 98% of Hill Girt Farm has had conservation easements placed on it preserving its natural beauty forever.