Where you come from says something important about who you are.
Something special happens on family farms: You grow up with no clear line between work and home. That’s the way it was when Clara Blake started the farm here in 1929, and that’s the way it is today with our daughters, Blake and Lucy. At home — when Amy and I see them off to school, when relatives come over, around the dinner table — they hear us talking about our business; they hear us working out problems; they hear us making decisions for the right reasons.
They visit their dad at work and see him working with their grandparents, in an office converted from an old family room in the 1700s farmhouse that has anchored this farm property for 75 years. They’re learning about food, of course, and maybe to worry about the weather, but also something deeper. Something about values and the importance of family.
Some food companies are started by chefs, and some food companies are started by investors. Our roots are closer to working people, perhaps a little deeper in the soil. And though farming is no longer a central part of our business, that farmer’s sense of humility and common sense guide us still. There’s a straight line through.
— CHRIS LICATA