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|About||LI family vegetable farm (1947-1996). Cabbage, lettuce, spinach, parsnips, squash, Jewish crops, root crops, parsley. Sold our produce in NYC wholesale produce markets.|
The AJ Schmitt & Sons family farm can trace its origination to Rosedale,NY Albert & Margaret Kapplemeir Schmitt operated a vegetable farm on Merrick Blvd, they were both of German Heritage. Anthony Schmitt was one of their sons (all became farmers in adulthood) and the last to operate the farm before it was sold in 1947. Anthony & his wife Cecilia moved their family; Joseph, Jean, Anthony Jr., & Roger to Farmingdale NY. They purchased a farm in Melville located on Ruland Rd. AJ Schmitt & Sons Farm was established.
They sold their produce consisting of a variety of green leafy & root vegetables. The produce was trucked into various NYC wholesale produce markets and directly to some supermarkets with warehouses located in the NYC metro area,
The original 25 acre plot was supplemented with rental acreage in the nearby Melville area. The farm ceased operations in 1996 when the children of Anthony & Cecelia sold the property for development purposes.