History

In 1919 Ralph A. Adams and his wife Mary Rogers Adams bought a farm on Dutchess Turnpike in Poughkeepsie, New York. They worked the land, selling fresh produce to area retailers. By 1933 they had four children—Diana, Dorothy, Ralph, Jr. and Donald—and a successful farmstand. Adams Fairacre Farms was born.

At first they were just selling fruits and vegetables, but soon people were asking for more. “Once you sell the produce, they want cheese, then meats, then a deli. It was a slow, natural progression,” says Donald. “And as we had supplies for the farm, people wanted fertilizer or plants from us, so we added the garden center.”

Eventually, Ralph Jr. and Donald took over the business and continued the family tradition of providing customers with quality products and first rate service. Today they are still at the helm, along with Donald’s sons Patrick and Steven.


See our history and how we’ve grown…

1919
Ralph A. Adams purchases 50 acres of farmland in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The Adams family begins growing and selling produce.

1920s – 1950s
The Adams family farmstand opens and thrives.

Eventually the small roadside stand is replaced by a barn.

c1960
A small retail store is established and Garden Center added.

Late 1960s – Early 1970s
Adams Landscaping and Adams Fences are founded.

1977
Adams Country Foods Department opens, including a deli, imported and domestic cheeses, gourmet foods and groceries.

1981
Adams Fairacre Farms opens a second store on Route 9W in Kingston, N.Y.

1986
Adams Power Equipment opens just behind the Poughkeepsie store.

1991 – 1992
Renovation and expansion of the Kingston store, adding Meat, Seafood and Bakery departments.

1998
Adams Fairacre Farms opens third store in Newburgh, N.Y. featuring a Salad Bar, Prepared Foods Department, Sweet Shop, Gift Shop and expanded gourmet foods area.

2001 – 2002
Poughkeepsie location expands again, adding Prepared Foods Department and Sweet Shop.

2003 – 2005
Kingston store undergoes major renovation and expansion, adding Sweet Shop, Salad Bar and Prepared Foods Department.

2009
Newburgh store undergoes renovations, expanding Cheese and Grocery departments.

2010
Ground is broken on Adams’ fourth store on Route 9 in the Town of Wappinger, N.Y. The 70,000 sq ft store is slated to open in fall/winter of 2011.

2011
Wappinger store opens its doors on November 1.