Our History

The world was a very different place a century ago. But since its opening in Haverhill in 1917, Srybny Farms on Hilldale Avenue has kept farming simple, although some modern technology has crept into the way the family farm cultivates its crops.

"We're still old school, but we now use plastic drip irrigation for our plants," said Kathy Srybny, the farm's third-generation owner who operates the business with her brother Ed. "It works kind of like a greenhouse effect."

Boasting 100 acres that grow a wide array of crops ranging from tomatoes, beans, peppers, to several varieties of corn, Srybny Farms is constantly expanding its offerings to provide to customers at its farm stand at 712 Hilldale Ave., not far from the city's border with Atkinson.

"There's pretty much nothing we don't grow. Warmer weather would be nice right now," Kathy Srybny said on a recent cooler-than-usual spring day.

While the farm has been in operation for a century, the farm stand did not open until 1986. It currently grows and sells perennial and annual flowers, and will soon be selling its famous butter-and-sugar corn and tomatoes.

Srybny says the tomatoes are her favorite crop at the farm.

By the end of summer, the farm will begin switching up its focus toward fall staples such as mums, corn stalks, and of course, pumpkins sold by the pound at the farm stand, Srybny said.

She is optimistic that, with more sunlight coming in the summer months, the farm will be able to increase its volume of grown crops.

Srybny's earliest memory on the farm was around the age of 4 when she and her brother would pick cucumbers. From there, they would be taken to Andover to be pickled and eventually transported to be sold in Boston.

Srybny's parents, Edward and Kathleen, handed the farm over to Kathy and her brother in 2012. And while high school-age kids provide much of the summer labor, Kathy Srybny is optimistic at least one of the 10 Srybny grandchildren will take over the farm when their time comes.

"My father has passed away, but my mother still oversees things," said Srybny. "We're hopeful the farm will be handed down to a fourth generation."

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