The Collins family have been farming the rich soil of the Connecticut river valley in Rocky Hill and Wethersfield for 4 generations and over 100 years. Beginning as a dairy farm and moving away from animals and into vegetables through the last 60 years.
In 1988, third generation farmer Chris Collins, his wife, Mary, and their, son Billy started Fair Weather Acres. Fair Weather Acres began as a wholesale vegetable grower selling about 30 acres of peppers to local markets. After a few years of success, the three decided to grow their passion, green beans. Chris, Mary, and Billy built the business from the ground up selling at farmers’ markets and grocery stores throughout New England. The Collins family as Fair Weather Acres continued the tradition of largest green bean grower in New England.
In 1997, Fair Weather Acres moved back to the original Collins Farm location on Cromwell Avenue in Rocky Hill. The new property provided the Collins family with opportunities to expand. Chris and Billy headed the wholesale end of business, while Mary managed their new farm market.
A major loss from storm Irene in 2011 forced the Collins Family to diversify into other areas of agriculture. Fair Weather Acres now grows over 200 different varieties of vegetables, herbs, and annual fruits you can find at the farm market and at local supermarkets including Whole Foods, Big Y, and many local IGA’s throughout New England. Flowers have become an integral part of the market in the spring and early summer, you will find over 300 varieties of flowers, hanging baskets, herbs, and vegetable plants available for purchase. The farm now provides a CSA program where more than 500 families from the area participate in the weekly box program. A large fall festival is hosted in September and October and is a great way to spend a fall day with your Family.
The Farm continues to inspire and excite the next generation. Fifth generation farmers Andrew and Shaun Collins work the farm on weekends and during the summer, hoping to carry on the family tradition for the next 100 years!