“There was a lot of excitement and anticipation,” said the elder Brown.
“People were coming from across the country to visit the farm.”
Pepperidge Farm’s former owners, Peppers, Inc., have been in the business for more than 70 years.
(CBC)The farm was purchased in 2016 by the Peppers family.
Its current owners, the Peeters, Inc. (PIL) company, operate the farm, including the Pepperidge Farms’ annual Pepperridge Festival and the Pepperman Farm, a family farm and park in the Pepps Lake area.
The farm has been named in honour of the farm’s first owner, John Brown.
He died in 1997.
The Peppers are still active, said Peppers spokesperson Jana Zellner.
“Pepperridge Farm is an annual event and they do an amazing job of hosting it and providing a lot to the community,” she said.
“I know that they’re not always able to fill up on all of the food, but they do a great job and have a really great community presence.”
The Peppers say they’ve always enjoyed their farm.
“It’s a beautiful, wonderful, organic farm,” said Zellners.
“When we opened it, we had a very limited space and we never thought it would grow to the size that it does now.”
We wanted to create a family-friendly farm that would be accessible to everybody,” she added.
The history of Pepperidge Farm goes back to 1878, when the family moved to the Pequots from nearby St. John’s.
John Brown built a cabin in the middle of the land and began harvesting his crops.
He also built a water trough on the back of the property, which was a major source of income for the family.
In the early 1900s, the farm began to grow, thanks to a new irrigation system.
In 1925, the family sold the land to a landowner.
In 1926, the land was sold to the family of the late Joseph E. Dickson, a farmer who owned the farm until his death in 1968.
The Dickson family had been involved in the family business for decades.
The Dicksons and their family sold their remaining farm to the Canadian Agricultural Insurance Corporation in 1976, which sold the property to the United States Department of Agriculture in 1985.
The Peppers purchased the farm in 2008 and have been working to bring it back to life ever since.”
The Pequot farm has had an amazing, beautiful, organic history,” said Brown.”
We wanted to keep that tradition alive.””
We’ve always had a love of family, and we’ve always been able to maintain a sense of community and a sense that we are part of this community.
We wanted to keep that tradition alive.”
The farm’s current owners have also been in business for many years.
“The Pepperidges have been a wonderful family and they have done an amazing service for the community of the Peips Lake area,” said Cawleys co-owner, Bob Cawry.
“Pepperidges is a family tradition and we’re very proud of our family and we know that this family will continue to do so for many more years,” he added.