“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison
family purchased 30 acres of the 1923 vintage dairy farm property
enveloped in Maple trees that is now known as Maple Ridge Farm in
December of 2007. For years we had driven by admiring the beautiful
scenery, and when it came up for sale, we knew it was meant to be ours.
As you can see from the pictures, starting a business here was not a
“turn key” operation. Greg loves projects and it's a good thing because
he was he in for a grand one!
We completely remodeled the late
1800’s farmhouse while working hard to maintain its integrity. Many of
the materials used in the remodel were very similar in nature to the
originals that we found when peeling back the many layers of time found
on the walls and floors. After a year of working nights (after working
at our other jobs) and weekends we were finished with the remodel. Now
Upon deciding to make the house into a crafter’s retreat,
we put on an addition that serves as the craft room and also houses one
of the bedrooms and a bath room in its lower level.
house was complete we tackled the barn and grounds. My vote was to burn
the barn down. It’s a good thing nobody listens to me! With insight
and perseverance the barn was cleaned, straightened and repaired and now
represents a very important era of all of our history. Next, we did a
lot of leveling, building retaining walls, and landscaping to make the
yard and surrounding grounds friendlier. Getting grass to grow in rocks
and clay was yet another challenge.
The authentically restored
barn provides shelter and unparalleled atmosphere for your wedding
event. Whether you hold your ceremony outside under the shade of the
maples or in the loft of the barn, your guests will be enthralled by the
Since then, we have added perennial gardens, an herb garden, and a large fenced in vegetable garden.
Who knows where else our farm will take us, as ideas are abundant…more abundant than our time…