White Oak Farm in North Scituate, RI GAP certified
North Scituate, RI
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North Scituate, RI - The Phillips family has run White Oak Farm for five generations. The farm itself dates back to the early 1900’s, but Henry and Laura Phillips purchased the property in 1937 and began a small dairy farm. When Henry and Laura’s son Newell and his wife Myra took over the farm, they chose to turn it into an apple orchard. Since northern Rhode Island provides an excellent growing climate for apples, the farm was highly successful and the Phillips family have been in the fruit business ever since.
In the 1980’s, the Phillips family began to offer pick-your-own apples on the farm. Farm visits still make up a good portion of their business. Throughout the fall, they’re busy giving tours to school and church groups. Lots of families visit on the weekends to pick apples or pumpkins and meet the sheep in the petting zoo. The Phillips family also has three adorable dogs and several beautiful turkeys that you’ll meet on the farm.
In 2004, Roger and Pat Phillips, along with their son Paul and his wife Jessica, purchased the farm from the previous generation. Today, all four balance working on the farm with their busy lives—Roger and Pat are now retired, but both Jessica and Paul have full time jobs off the farm. Jessica and Paul’s children, Shelby, Jackson, and Lily, help out with tasks like picking blueberries and watering the crops and are learning all about agriculture through their chores.
Recently, the Phillips have diversified the farm by adding more vegetables, such as corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, and green beans, which they sell at local farmers’ markets in season. They also offer seven different types of apples—Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Cortland, Macintosh, Empire—and pride themselves on growing the sweetest varieties of white and yellow peaches in New England. It’s well worth taking a trip out to North Scituate to visit White Oak Farm—just driving down the long dirt road that leads to the farm will put you in the mood for fall apple picking!