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Silverman's Farm Offers Trip in Time

Benjamin Silverman's cider mill began as a couple acre investmentpurchased through saved up farming money. Almost a centurylater, Silverman's Farm in Easton is something much larger"As supermarkets evolved, people would buy more for their daily needsand less for their seasonal needs," said Irv Silverman, Benjamin'sson. "During the '50s and '60s, we switched over to a form ofagritourism."

It was about this time that Irv Silverman took over the family business."I grew up picking strawberries, hoeing in the fields, picking upstones," said Irv Silverman."I was getting out of college and myfather was in his 60s."

"We did not have a set plan it just kind of evolved that way," he said.The farm now grows a range of seasonal fruits, and also allows familiesto pick their own fruit, take tractor rides, visit an animal farm, andwatch live entertainment. The busiest months are from July to October. Vistors can pick nclude peaches in July, apples in August and pumpkins in fall.

"Kids don't grow up seeing farms in their back yards any more," saidIrv Silverman. "Families can buy a bag and pick till it is full.""With the downturn of the economy, parents can spend half a day withtheir kids and spend under $50."

The animal farm is open year round. The list of Silverman's animals includes buffalo, llamas,sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, long-horn cattle, and exotic birds."It started out with just a few animals ducks and sheep," said IrvSilverman. "Kids can walk around and actually pet the animals."

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