Employees Keep Coming Back To Work On Third Generation Sangerville Farm
For three generations, a Sangerville farm has been providing folks in the area with first and last jobs.”It’s a third generation farm. My father had it before us, and my grandfather before that. We raise 40 acres of vegetables and fresh fruit here, and we market it all through this roadside stand,” said owner, Sid Stutzman.The Sid and Rainey Stutzman’s have been a fixture in the community for many years, providing produce, baked goods, and jobs for people in the area.They say it’s the perfect spot for students to work in the summe,r and retirees to keep busy with their new-found free time.They’ve had many work summer after summer, like Annie Anew.She started helping out when she was 11 and her mom came to work here.She’s 22 now, and says this may be her last year, now that she’ll be teaching in Skowhegan.”This is where I grew up every summer, and they’re like family to me. I love it here, and that’s part of the reason that every summer, I’m like, ‘This is my last summer, I’m growing up!’ And, it’s easy, they’re so flexible, and they care, so that’s why I love it,” said Anew.For many it’s a first job, but also a last job, serving as a place for retirees.”I’ve offered to help out when the other kids go back to school,” said John Curran.”For me, I enjoy cooking, but I’ve always done it on a family basis, and I’ve been able to improve a lot of my skills,” said Diane Curran.Sonny Stutzman grew up here, and is proud to bring his kids back to where he learned, and lived, the farm life his family created.”There’s been a lot of changes in the fundamental way of looking at farming, but I think it would be interesting for some of the part generations to look at,” said Stutzman.In May they opened their cafe, where they serve wood fire pizza.They say anyone can drop by, tour the farm, and see all that they have to offer.You can also join them from brunch and live music on Sundays.