Paul Minor who ran the farm which opened more than 150 years ago by his great, great, great grandfather finally stepped away from the family business.
Minor’s Farm announced on Facebook Thursday they closed their doors permanently to the public. It was well known the family planned to close the farm but when was an uncertainty.
Minor’s Farm has for decades been a staple of the community, offering fall festivals each year replete with hayrides, pumpkin patches, inflatable obstacle courses and small trikes and tractors for visiting children to peddle around.
Minor told Andrew Soergel with U.S. News & World Report “I run into people all across the country who have ties back to Connecticut who would bring their kids to pick apples,” Minor says, though he notes that he and his father, who passed away in late 2017 at the age of 93, have at times both been forced to funnel Social Security checks and retirement incomes into the operation to keep it afloat.”
U.S. News went on to say “Back in the 1960s, Minor’s Farm grew apples and peaches, had its own cider mill and ran a small dairy operation with several cows. But years of unpredictable prices and weather – coupled with competition from larger agriculture operations and relatively high taxes in the state of Connecticut – have worn on the family business. Minor’s Farm is now open just a month and a half out of the year, and, at 69 years old, Minor says the money and time required to keep the operation afloat just doesn’t make sense for him.”
Back in 2013, Paul J. Minor who is now deceased told The Roundup “Nothing lasts forever, most likely the next generation will sell off the land. They don’t like hard work when they can make money using their brains.”
Adam Bunnell publically posted on the Farm’s Facebook page what many in the community felt.
“Been coming to minors for 20+ years and have yet to find somewhere better. Great produce, great baked items (both freshly baked and frozen) and awesome spot to do your fall activities like pumpkin picking and hayrides. Prices are very reasonable and the family the owns and operates the farm are some of the nicest folks in Bristol. If I could give 6 stars I would. Don’t miss a chance to stop by.”
It was a tradition for many Bristol area families to get their Halloween pumpkin while on a hayride in the patch.
The family is now seeking to sell the property for a possible subdivision.
“For those who are wondering what’s next: the farm and its acreage are for sale. If you know someone looking for a parcel of land on Chippens Hill with one of the best views of our city, please ask them to contact us through the information on our about tab. Paul Minor would be happy to give you more information.”
The family in part posted the following statement about the end of a great Bristol staple:
“Although it has been a pleasure to serve you and welcome your families to our family’s farm and store, it is time to announce Minor’s Farm is officially and permanently closed for business.
It is only because so many of you loved us for so long that we were able to keep operations going for these many decades, and we thank each and every one of you who stopped by to grab apples, pies, cider, Pop Shoppe soda, candy bars, or jars of local honey.
Many of you visited us over the years for hayrides to our pick-your-own apple orchards, and others may remember horse-drawn sleigh rides in the snow and visits with Santa from Christmases past! Whether you look back on us and recall our beginnings as a dairy farm, or our transition to an apple farm, and later a part of Bristol’s fall festivities, we hope you remember us with a smile.”
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