We grow our products with care on our eastern Connecticut farm fields, supporting the local economy and the sustainability of local farming.
Since 1978, this 175-acre farm, located in Preston, Connecticut and once a pasture for dairy cows, has evolved from 2 acres of cut-your-own Christmas trees into a farm ripe with pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, and blackcurrants. We strive to give our customers the very best quality and service.
As Allyn Brown III sat on the porch of his house, high on a hill overlooking his Christmas tree farm and myriad pick-your-own crops, he had every reason to feel satisfied. “I’m very lucky that my chosen work is actually my hobby,” said Brown as customer cars streamed down the sugar maple-lined country road toward Maple Lane Farm. The families drawn to his stunning Preston, Connecticut farm experience the fruits of nearly 40 years of love, labor and care that have created this idyllic spot for people to revel in the thrill of the harvest.
Back in the early ’80s, Brown was a landscaper looking for a more enjoyable way to make a living in the plant world. This was a time when pick your own places were just taking off and an old dairy farm seemed like just the spot to make the switch from landscaping to growing. Before long, he planted strawberries and people across southeastern Connecticut were finding their way to his berry fields.
Sensing the need to have numerous crops to keep people coming back for more, Brown added a virtual fruit salad of pick your own choices to tempt his customers. At one time, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pumpkins and, of course, Christmas trees adorned the sweeping, hilly, 175-acre farm. His formula for success kept Maple Lane Farms abuzz with customers from April 1 through Christmas.
With the need to change crops with the seasons, there has been a need to change crops with the time, as well. After experimenting with growing black and red currants and with the lifting of the U.S. ban on commercially grown currants, Brown saw an opportunity to take this deep purple fruit, with four times the vitamin C of oranges, more antioxidants than blueberries, and rich in iron, potassium, and organic acids, to a commercial market. He saw his niche and embarked on a new journey. In 1998, he began growing the fruit on his farm and today is the largest black currant grower in North America. His fruits are processed into various blends of black currant juice drinks and are available at supermarkets in the northeast and beyond.
As well, with the decision to stop growing oyster mushrooms on the farm, Brown transformed his mushroom greenhouse into a greenhouse for the purpose of growing high-quality hydroponic Bibb lettuce. This is done in a controlled environment utilizing the most recent technology in hydroponic growing systems. This process ensures a chemical free, higher quality product that is locally grown and distributed throughout the northeast.