Halsey Farm History

 In 1630 an English Puritan named Thomas Halsey sailed to the new world and was an original settler of the Massachusetts Bay Colonies (now greater Boston). In 1640 he was one of six Englishman to travel and settle the eastern end of Long Island. Their agricultural skills, along with the help of the local Native Americans allowed them to survive and eventually build a cohesive colony by the 1700’s.

A prosperous whaling industry developed in the 1700’s. Nearby Sag Harbor was a vital hub for the whaling industry and provided a wonderful market for farm produce grown by Thomas Halsey’s descendants.

As whaling eventually fell out of favor, a new opportunity opened up when the Long Island railroad was extended to Montauk in the late 1800’s. The railroad provided access to markets further west, as well as bringing a new influx of tourists and second homeowners who appreciated local produce.

In the early 1900’s, a 10th generation Halsey took over the farm and concentrated on potato production. The railroad made it possible to easily obtain seed and fertilizer. The farms thrived and tractors replaced horse-drawn machinery. The eastern end of Long Island is especially suited to potato farming, with our remarkable Bridgehampton loam soil and cool ocean breezes.

By the 1950’s, the east end was dominated by potato farms. Since then, the beauty of our ocean beaches has continued to draw tourists and second homeowners.  In the late 60’s and early 70’s, we built our first greenhouses to meet the demand for ornamental flowers, and began transitioning from a potato farm to one that also grew corn, tomatoes, melons, etc. In the late 90’s, we also added California Privet hedge to our crops.

Today there are three generations working on Halsey Farm. Our greenhouse operation offers a huge selection of annuals, perennials and vegetable seedlings. Our vegetable farm and farm stand offers over 100 varieties of vegetables, all picked fresh daily.

Halsey Farm & Nursery, Inc.

513 Deerfield Road

Water Mill, NY 11976