451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT
Silverman’s Farm offers fall and pumpkin displays, farmers market, farm animals, apple orchards and beautiful views.
Silverman’s Farm was founded by Ben Silverman in the early 1920’s. Born in New York City in 1898, Ben grew up loving plants and enjoyed gardening. At the age of 18, he moved to Connecticut and began working on cow farms for $1.00 per day. When WWI broke out, Ben worked at a munitions factory in Bridgeport. He was able to save enough to purchase his first parcel of land on Sport Hill Road in Easton.
His first venture was building a cider mill. Families from surrounding towns would bring their apples to be pressed into both sweet and hard cider. Ben lived in a single room located in the mill. Soon he moved his mother from New York City to Easton where they shared another part of the same building. At age 30, Ben married Rose Hartz and built the farm homestead next to what is now Silverman’s Farm Market. Rose canned preserves and baked bread for the road-side stand while Ben cleared wooded fields as his farm grew.
Ben pressed apple cider for over 60 years, and had the only operating mill in the area which allowed customers to actually watch the cider being pressed. Many school children would visit the farm to watch the cider being made and sample the fresh juice. In 2004 the vintage mill was retired due to new processing standards, but the mill is permanently on display at the farm market. Currently, Silverman’s sweet apple cider is pressed off site and sold at the farm market.