For over a centry the Scott family has owned and operated Scott’s Yankee Farmer. Farming on over 100 acres of land we are currently located on Boston Post road in Eact Lyme, CT. While visiting our farm can meet the owners Tom and Karen Scott along with their younget son and daughter Colin Scott and Allison Schmidt.
In the late 1940s what began as just a table by the road turned in to a slightly more perminant road side farm stand. The joint venture between brothers Wainwright Tom’s father and Woodrow otherwise known as “Woody” Tom’s uncle only lasted a few decades. The brothers soon realized that working with family can be difficult. Their partnership dissolved in 1963 with the farm land being split. Wainwright then opened his own stand just across the street from the original. With Tom’s second cousin Wilfrid owning and operating another stand just down the street this made for three Scott stands run by all different famlies located on Boston Post Rd.
Tom and Karen met in fall of 1973 while Karen was working for Tom’s Uncle Woody. Both graduated high school and married in December of 1975. Tom earned a degree in agiculture from Uconn and Karen recieved her degree as an Executive Assistant from New London School of Business. The couple worked for Wainwright and Audry Tom’s Parents, untill Wainwright suffered a heart attack in September 1973. Tom and Karen took over the day to day opperations of the farm and soon had their first child.
In the summer of 1979 when their eldest daugter was six months old they took over Wilfrid Scott’s stand and ran it for 25 years. This Ended when Bruce Scott, Wilfrid’s son sold the property including the stand and orchards. At this time Tom and Karen moved their Pick-Your-Own apples to their home farm on North Bridebrook Road where it contines today. In 1995 they were given the oppertunity to buy the original Scott stand from Woody and they jumped at the chance.
Tom and Karen have four children and six grandchildren. The family has made many improvements over the years! A greenhouse has been added to sell plants in the spring and pumpkins in the fall. A cider mill has also been intalled, complete with glass windows so the public can watch the cider be pressed from apples grown in our orchard. We can’t forget about the donut room! If you visit our farm from June through December this is where our apple cinnamon donuts are made. People from all over come for our donuts, but thats not all there is! Tom and Karen have put many years in to growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for both Pick-Your-Own and the store.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family and farm! We hope to see you at our store and in our orchards this 2021 season!