Hopkins Farm in North Scituate, RI
Some of what we grow is available year-round.
North Scituate, RI
Fax (401) 647-0576
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North Scituate, RI - The Hopkins Farm is a lovely, 57 acre piece of land (40 acres of which are used and fenced, the rest are woods) that situates the Hopkins family: Bob and Mary, married for 56 years and their son Don and his wife Deborah. Bob began selling veggies 11 years ago and has a greenhouse on his property where he grows lettuces, spinach, cucumbers, swiss chard, beet greens, and arugula. He uses fenced-in plots for spring and summer growing, as well as renting 18 acres in Foster. From their vegetables and fruits they make their own preserves, ranging from jams, to relishes, to pickled Brussels sprouts.
Deborah and Don manage the sheep business (Hopkins Southdowns), of which there are several breeds (and half breeds, including the "broccoli" type), most notably, the Southdown and Dorset breeds. The American Southdowns are used for their meat (which is larger than other breeds) and wool. The Dorsets are popular in the mid-west because of their smaller size and fine hair, which sheds. Yews typically are pregnant for 5 months and give birth to 1-3 lambs. The Hopkins have a "guard" llama named "Buster" who protects the sheep from predators, such as coyotes.