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 along with 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 was built 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 with just  two 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 along the road. It was self-service. The first day's sales brought in a little more than $11.00. How it's grown since then!

Today, we now own all of our own equipment and grow more than 50 varieties of fruit and veggies, including figs and our newest crop Rice-16 varieties! We have approximately 60 acres under cultivation and employ 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, peony flower fields, forest and flood plain.

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