Sampson Farm in Westport, MA
Some of what we grow is available year-round.
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Westport, MA - Tucked on a country road in Westport just outside of Fall River, you will find Sampson Farms. Just behind the old white farmhouse, stands the barn overlooking over 75 acres of potatoes and other seasonal vegetables. Founded in 1850, Sampson Farms is run by Jerome Sampson.
Jerome’s great grandfather was a local teamster who used his workhorses to haul granite blocks in New Bedford to help build the mills. Jerome’s grandmother eventually took over the family business and turned it into a dairy farm with 4 or 5 acres devoted to potatoes. During World War I, the two workers she had helping her around the farm, signed up to go fight in the war. She couldn’t get help milking the cows, so potatoes became the farm’s primary crop.
Over the years the family has added other seasonal vegetables to grow and sell such as, corn, pumpkins and winter squash.
Fall is potato harvest time. At Sampson Farms, the potatoes come off the fields and the wagon heads right into the barn, which is dark and cool and smells of dirt. The various varieties of potatoes (primarily white fleshed) get washed, sorted and bagged into 5 lb and 50 lb to be sold at farmer’s markets in Dartmouth and New Bedford. They also sell wholesale to schools and grocery stores throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
The potatoes that are not bagged right away get stored for the winter in a large insulated “Potato Bunker” nestled about 6 feet underground. The bunker is the ideal home for the potatoes, as it is dark and slightly damp.
It isn’t always easy to farm in New England. There are so many variables to deal with, pests, developers and the ever-changing weather. Jerome, however, cannot imagine doing anything else. “I love farming,” he says, “It is so rewarding to have customers tell you how much they love your potatoes and that they buy them year after year!”