for over 100 years
Land grants were given and the American Dream became a reality for many families from the east. The beginning of our farm was the dream of one of those men. In the early 1900ís Great Grandpa Henry Sherman and his son, 12 year old William, came to Seattle in search of work. Henry had 10 cents to his name and was in a desperate state. The captain of one of the Mosquito Fleets was shipping goods to the islands in the Puget Sound and told Henry of a job on Whidbey island digging potatoes. When Henry and William stepped on the dock in the little town of Coupeville, there was no thought of going elsewhere; Central Whidbey farming became the family destiny.
Shermanís pioneer Farm has been a working farm for over 100 years. Squash has been our main crop for over 70 years. In the early 1950ís, Edwin Sherman (one of Henryís 9 children) a few other local farmers and WSU, teamed up and crossed a sweet meat hubbard and a blue hubbard to get our sweet sugar hubbard squash that we still grow today. We harvest in the fall , store in our barns in winter and usually are planting in May when we take out the last of the previous years crop.
We are forever reinventing ourselves to meet the needs of the consumer; from selling whole squash to our cubed squash
Free Land in the West,
The Dream of Many.
for the fast paced families of today, and soon we will have a sugar hubbard squash puree for the soup, ravioli, pie and deli chefs. Our product is full of vitamins and nutrients and very versitile; it can be used in a variety of ways, from salads to soups, main dishes to dinner sides and of course breads and desserts.
The small working farm is where itís at. The small farms are the backbone of community. Families know where their food comes from and who grew it. They know that we donít have any genetically modified product. We are able to support our community food banks and others that need our help.
Farming is hard work. The labor is intensive but our lives are rich and full with family and community. The legacy left to us by our father, Edwin and our grandfathers gives us a feeling of belonging to an idea much bigger than just us. A friend asked once why we continued to do this job if it is so hard. Our answer is our roots are deep. Our dream is huge. It isnít about money riches. Our dream is about handing this legacy to our next generation so they can have the same richness of life that we have experienced.
- Liz Sherman
Last Updated on December 30, 2013
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