A History Of Scotts’ Farms
On May 13, 1884 John Smith sold a tract of land located in Deep River, Connecticut to the Connecticut Valley Orchard Company. The CVO Co. was comprised of two orchards, one in Berlin and one in Deep River. In the 1890’s the CVO Co. was the largest fruit farm in New England with 400 acres of fruit and 50,000 trees in production. George Spicer, one of the principals, leased the farm for a number of years. In 1926 the CVO Company sold the orchard to Rosalia Kotlenski. After her husband died, she married the farm manager, Joseph Pytko.The Pytkos raised sheep and cows as well as fruit. Their farm included the land where Valley
Regional High School now sits. “Peach Farm Joe” is fondly remembered for loading up his truck with produce and selling it door to door and roadside. In 1980 Winston and Diane Scott purchased the farm from the Pytko estate, Joe having passed in 1977.
The Scotts, along with their 2 year old daughter Jane, moved into the old farmhouse and began the arduous task of reclaiming a then overgrown and deteriorating orchard. They planted by hand 30 acres of fruit trees, 2.5 acres of strawberries, and 2 acres of blueberries, along with acres of vegetables.
Mr. Scott’s family history begins with his great grandfather Michael Scott coming over from England in 1883. In 1894 Michael Scott bought 50 apple trees. Around 1902, his sons Walter and Wilfred Scott began to farm part time in East Lyme, while working in the woolen mills. Eventually, Walter and his wife Lillian, along with their sons R. Woodrow and Wainwright, established their orchards and farm stands on the Boston Post Road in East Lyme, CT. Woodrow Scott married Jane Meadnis and they had seven sons and two daughters. At one time, all seven sons were employed on the family farm. Eventually the sons began to marry and venture out on their own.
Woodrow Scott continued to work with his sons well into his golden years and was actively cultivating the strawberry fields until he was 91 years old. Sadly, in 2009 he passed away at the ripe old age of 93 with family by his side. Presently, all five living sons continue to be involved in farming in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
As the years went on, Winston and Diane began to expand their business by raising vegetables on land in the neighboring town of Essex. They opened a farm stand in 1997 and within a few short years had built the first of four large greenhouses to create what is now Scotts’ Farm and Greenhouses. The Scotts currently maintain both farms.
Winston and Diane have three daughters, Jane, Emma and Hannah. Jane holds a degree from Paier College of Art, Emma from UCONN, and Hannah from Savannah College of Art and Design (all are graduates from Valley Regional High School). The sisters, along with Jane’s husband Scott Lavezzoli and their three children, Violet, Otto, and Clementine, the 5th and 6th generations of Scotts’ working the land, all remain actively involved in the farm and family business.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
“In loving memory of R.Woodrow Scott, patriarch of the family. Your legacy lives on in us.” (1916-2009)