farm began as a hobby to instill a sense of responsibility for their
children, when Michael and Diane Karabin moved to Southington in 1972.
long they had over twenty head of cattle, ponies and sundry other
animals. The family, along
with retired Plainville High School Principal, Ivan Wood, was producing
hay for the herd at the Zebrowski farm
on Cooke Street at Tinty’s
old Plainville Stadium, the Edman farm on Ledge Road and the Pavano
property on Pavano Drive. After
a day of ‘haying’, Mike
and Diane would go home exhausted, while Mr. Wood would go to a high
school reunion, and dance the night away!
to their current location in 1984, meant finding creative ways to keep
the kids busy as well as making their newly acquired 50 acres
‘pay-back’. Again, farming was the answer, and it became the family’s focus.
D’Antonio, Diane’s Father, helped Michael build the barn and fences.
Gradually the kids and their Dad planted nearly 2000 fruit trees
and over 10,000 Christmas trees. Through the years, Josh and Luke had a vegetable stand the way
other kids sell lemonade. Rebecca
and Stormie raised replacement Holstein heifers for dairy farms. When they were seven years old, Priya and Tessa asked Santa for
baby cows for Christmas. All
have been involved in the growth of
the farm. As they graduated
from college, the Karabin kids brought home marketing and management
skills as well as a horticultural degree. The current nutrition major credits a lifetime of fresh, healthy
food to her choice of major.
in addition to the orchard, there are four greenhouses, 10 acres of
Christmas trees, and a new store
area. Besides fresh fruit and vegetables, we offer local honey,
maple syrup, jams, pickles, soup mixes, and gourmet treats such as
Crowley Cheese, the oldest cheese-maker in America! We have
numerous country furniture items by hand-made artisans in Pennsylvania
offer an extensive selection of specialty candles and soaps. Home
baked pies are available August through December. Flowers are
available from early April with custom designed planters available to
meet the needs of your yard. In addition to Mums for fall color,
we offer an extensive selection of Poinsettia's for Christmas, wagon
rides to Pick-Your-Own apples, peaches, and pumpkins beginning Labor Day
weekend. Karabin Farms provides special programs for school groups
during the fall harvest.
weekend begins the Christmas season when the store is transformed into a
Christmas Wonderland! Choose and cut as well as pre-cut
Connecticut trees are available.
The store is open daily 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
early September until late October Open Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hayrides to PYO apples and pumpkins Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to
June 17, 2008 Mom brings in her first load of concrete for her new