The farm consists of woods to its South which used to be filled with Hemlocks, Hunterbrook to our east and we are just over the hill from the Croton reservoir. Our fields are used to grow hay and allow the animals to graze. We also grow fresh healthy vegetables in the spring, summer and fall.
They named the farm Hemlock Hill because of all the countless Hemlock trees. They continued as a dairy farm, with an apple orchard, just as the last owners did. With the help of a few farm hands, they would bring the milk to the Van Cortlandt Dairy on Constant Avenue in Peekskill, and sell the apples to the cider mill on Maple Avenue. During that same time they would plow, bale hay, and plant corn for the surrounding neighbors.
By the late 1950’s most of the neighbors began to sell to developers. My grandfather was determined to continue farming until he became fatally ill. In 1957 my father, John received an honorable discharge from the US Army in order to return home to operate the family farm. With his skills as a farm boy and his knowledge from Cornell University he was ready to take charge. He began raising hogs and selling them to the market. By 1975 he decided to build a butcher shop on the farm and sell his products direct. My parents, Rita and John, had 4 girls (lucky them) Christina, Katie, Lisa and Laura.