Watch Hill Farms is situated on land that has been farmed since 1648, when the first settlers of European descent in Westerly, R.I., John and Mary Babcock, built their homestead here. The land remained in the Babcock family until 1927; from that time until the present it has belonged to the Anderson family, which has maintained the integrity of the property and preserved its natural state ever since.Proven by the extensiven sightings of wildlife As detailed in our egg stories. Fox, deer, turkeys, birds are the highloght in our early spring when the back meadow is in full bloom/growth.
Eric Fiske and Marsha Anderson Fiske seek to preserve that way of life on the farm, growing Christmas trees and naturally chemical-free garden crops, raising bees for honey. By enrolling in the state of Rhode Island’s Farm, Forest, and Open Space Program in 2003-2004, we are able to preserve our farm as open, working land. We are “Farming for Preservation”.
We give educational talks on honey bees. We also offer volunteer time for high school and college students in chemical herbacide and pesticide free gardening/farming.
Where to find our products
We sell our honey offsite throughout the year, (Please see our Locations tab above) in Westerly at Agway, Herbwise, and; in Avondale at HEART of AVONDALE yoganita, Maize and Mana, Sandys and , Mills Creek at Cross Mills, Charlestown, The Wakefield Co-op, Mcquades Marketplace, Dunns Corners Market, Stock in Providence…… Hope and Sundries in Watch Hill and we bottle for the Ocean House.
We have serviced the following local restraunts: THE SEASONS, OCEAN HOUSE, ELLAS, THE TWISTED VINE, THE MYSTIC OYSTER CLUB, MISQUAMICUT SANDWICH SHOP,
We sell our produce from June to October at the Westerly Farmers’ Market, hosted every Thursday by the Westerly Land Trust, from 10-1 , Fridays,The Weekapaug Market, 8:30-11:30, and the farm stand called the “GREEN HOUSE” on the Watch Hill Road farm site on.WED. 2-6 , FRI 2-6, SAT 12-6, SUN 2-6. We have HONEY,EGGS and farm produce.
We are also recognized by The Ocean House as a local food provider. We thank, Pam Stone, the former, and Jan Dane, and currently JANICE MCKEACHAN and now …….Chef Paul the current Food Forager, for working to make local, healthy food like ours a part of the Ocean House vision. The Ocean House’s farm-to-table dinners regularly feature Watch Hill Farms honey and honey comb in their desserts, prepared by Pastry Chef Adam Young.
In November 2010, we donated our honey for use as an ingredient in Ocean House Chef de Cuisine Eric Haugen’s entry in the prestigious James Beard House Dinner, held in New York City. Chef Eric used our honey in the preparation of a “celery root panna cotta with Watch Hill honey glaze, castelvetrano olives, Meyer lemon, and coriander.”We donated to Chef Paul Pearson and Ed Dollinger OH chefs demo presentation in NYC at gus
Sarah Schumann created this website profile and has worked dilligently with us over several months to initially get it up and going.
We have donated honey to the Green School Farm dinner For the past several years. Donations to The Westerly Land Trust, Westerly Rotary, ….etc
We will be participating and donating our honey and herbs/ produce in the Westerly Land Trust Farm to Table Dinner each year from the beginning each fall. We feel strongly fresh and local are critical not only to the RI economic outlook but also to all of our personal health and welfare.We have participated in the Stonington Vineyards Festival. Watch Hill Farms has participated in programs with THE BABCOCK SMITH HOUSE and festival of trees we did a Bee hive tree complete with custom hand made wooden bees from Eric
Watch Hill Farms has participated in the Westerly Land Trust “SPRINGS GREEN” in downtown Westerly. We joined in the scheduled program, speaking about bees for successive years.
We have done talks for the Weekapaug Green and the Master Gardeners of Southern RI.