About Us

Halsey Farm & Nursery, Inc.

Halsey Farm & Nursery, Inc.

Our Farm

Farming Since 1747

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 Englishmen to travel and settle on 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.

​Meanwhile, a prosperous whaling industry developed in the 1700’s. Nearby Sag Harbor was a vital hub for the whaling industry and created a substantial demand for the 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 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. 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, and a wide variety of other vegetables.

 

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

The Farmer

Adam Halsey

Adam is the twelfth generation of Halsey farmers in the town of Southampton. He graduated from Delaware Valley University in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Science in Agronomy. He returned home to work with his parents, eventually taking over as head of operations in 2004. 

He has worked diligently to maintain a successful business, adopting new techniques and practices to keep up with the ever-growing demand while preserving family practices maintained for generations.

He is married to his wife Beth Halsey, and together they have three children, Elijah, Lauren and Evan, and own two corgis, Peri and Ollie. Adam's parents, Tom and Dot Halsey, are still active on the farm and play an integral role in assisting the operation. They also have a corgi, named Lizzie.

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