In the early 1930's, Kenneth Jr. and Milton Williams started farming with their father and grandfather along the fertile banks of the Connecticut River in Sunderland, Massachusetts. They made their living growing potatoes, cucumbers and asparagus. As the town of Sunderland began to grow and the need for increased civil utilities rose, the family's farmland was taken by eminent domain for the site of a wastewater treatment plant.
Kenneth Jr. and Milton's maternal grandfather had a farm in the nearby town of Deerfield where they had spent a good portion of their childhood. Knowing that farming was the way they wanted to make their living, they moved to Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1945. They began working along side their grandfather Henry Wells raising asparagus, potatoes, tobacco, cucumbers and sweet corn.
Over sixty years have passed, and the farm has grown to become Williams Farm, Inc. Today the farming tradition is carried on by Kenneth "Sandy" Williams III and Kenneth "Chip" Williams IV who grow crops on 300 acres in the Deerfield River Valley. Pam, Kelly and Casey Williams lend a hand whenever they are needed.
The Williams Farm, Inc. crew grows 250 acres of sweet corn, 15 acres of pickling cucumbers, 10 acres of winter squash, 20 acres of pumpkins, and 5 acres of asparagus (back after a fifty-year break). We use IPM practices and have a crop rotation agreement with neighboring farms such as Savage Farms and Patterson Farm.
Over the years, we have built a reputation of supplying the highest quality sweet corn. We work closely with breeders and seed companies to stay on the cutting edge of the newest varieties. Each year hundreds of varieties are planted in seed trials on our farm. Our recently upgraded packing facility allows us to pack large quantities of corn more efficiently. We also have the ability to vacuum cool our sweet corn in order to maintain quality, sweetness, and extend shelf life.
Our produce can be found locally in Franklin County at Savages Market, Foster's Supermarket, Big Y, and Food City as well as many roadside farm stands. Our sweet corn can also be found regionally throughout New England in stores such as Stop and Shop.
We grow many of the same crops we did sixty years ago and improved technology and farming practices have allowed us to continue to offer exceptional produce. Although our acreage has slowly increased over the years, we strive to pay strict attention to every detail during the course of the growing season, from land preparation through harvest. We take pride in quality.