Sept. 11, 2012
-- DEERFIELD, Mass. – When John Ardziewicz came to Deerfield in 1910, it’s safe to say he never dreamed of his small, 25-acre farm one day becoming a producer of potatoes for some of the nation’s leading snack companies.
And yet, that’s what exactly happened.
The legacy of Ardziewicz (who later took the surname Savage) lives on 102 years later. Savage Farms, Inc. is still family-owned and operated, based in Deerfield and has grown to over 400 acres of potatoes, 200 acres of sod and another 200 acres of rotational crops.
“It’s quite an amazing history and legacy to oversee,” said farm owner John “Jay” Savage. “To have our family run the same farm for over 100 years … it’s incredible to think about.”
The Savage surname came about in the 1930s. Shortly after the change in name, more land was purchased and over the years, the farm has raised tobacco, onions, carrots and corn, among others.
The farm was passed down to John G. Savage Jr., and in 1963, sod was added to the farm’s crops. Jay was born in 1969, and is the farm’s current owner.
“Through the past 102 years, our family and farm have managed to stay successful and weather any bad times in our nation’s history,” Jay Savage said. “I’m proud of where we’ve come from, and where we’re going.”
For more information on Savage Farms, readers can visit http://www.savagefarms.com