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Silverman's Touts the Pick of the Crop

About 90 years after the Silverman family started their farm on Sport Hill Road, it is still one of the most popular farms for pick-your-own produce in the area.

Owner Irv Silverman vividly remembers coming home off the school bus and getting to work helping his father with chores. He continued working on the farm as he made his way through the University of Bridgeport. And in the 1960s, he built a house on the property for his family and began to take over the business. For Silverman, making the choice to keep working at Silverman's Farm was not a difficult one.

"There was never really a decision, it just worked out that way," said Silverman, who works seven days a week, 12 hours each day. "We were close; we fought like father and sons do, modern versus the old ways of doing things."

In recent years, the farm has become more pick-your-own oriented because Silverman said he wants families to get the opportunity to pick the fruit and vegetables they eat, right from the earth.

"[It takes] the kids back to the old days a little bit. So many of the kids we have here, especially the little ones, never saw a peach grow on a tree or an apple. They think everything grows in Super Stop & Shop, right on the shelves," Silverman said. "It's a good experience for them, plus they get the good, fresh produce."

Weather is his biggest concern, Silverman said, with worries about late frosts or destructive hailstorms. But he is always hoping for good weather so bees can pollinate.

And as for living and working in town, Silverman wouldn't have it any other way.

"I'm a product of Easton, it's always been my home. I couldn't think of living anywhere else."

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