In 1799, Ephriam Weston moved from Massachusetts to the Province of Maine and purchased a 46 acre parcel of land along the Saco River. Seven generations later his descendants still work those same fertile soils.
Like many area farms during the 1930’s and 40’s the Weston’s grew several crops to supply the three canning factories in town. Corn, beans & squash were the primary vegetables canned at the factories.
Throughout the years the Westons dealt in many commodities but were known mostly for dealing in livestock; cattle, sheep, pigs and horses. These animals were bought and sold from the many farms in the rich agricultural community of the Saco River Valley. Animals were transported by open drives across the countryside and eventually by rail from the Fryeburg station.
As the number of farms began to dwindle so did the need for replacement livestock. The Westons began a dairy, milking registered Holsteins to supplement the fading livestock business. Soon the days of small dairy farms would begin to end as well, which caused the family farm to adapt yet again.
In 1985 a modest few acres were planted to vegetables and the first produce stand appeared at the end of the driveway. In 1986 a second stand was opened on the West Side Road in Conway NH.
Currently over one thousand acres are under management in diversified vegetable crops, maple sugar orchard, Christmas trees, forage hay, timber, nordic skiing & two farm markets.
After more than 200 years the farm continues to evolve and change.
John H. Weston ~c1905
John S. & George C. Weston c1999
Homestead prior to current bridge location
Early Farm Stand & 'Roy' ~c1987
Driving cattle across bridge ~c1978
The 'West Side Stand' & Roger Burnell
DownEast Magazine, October 1995.
Article on Weston's Farm and Fryeburg Fair.
Yankee Magazine, Fall, 2016.
Article on Town of Fryeburg. Featuring Weston's Farm.
DownEast Magazine, February 2005.
Feature on the Town of Fryeburg.
L.L. Bean Catalog, Fall 2003.
Photography shoot at Weston's Farm.