The History of River Crest Farm
Today you can find vegetables, flower and vegetable plants, Christmas trees, and more at River Crest Farm, but did you know we've been a working, family-run farm for over sixty years?
In 1942, Ralph Perry, originally from Vermont, and Irene Takacs Perry, originally from Hungary, came to River Crest Farm with their daughter, Irene "Bobby" Perry. Over the years, they cleared the land, raised vegetables and livestock, and built barns and greenhouses. Ralph Perry was well known in Devon and Stratford where he sold eggs and vegetables from the back of his truck. Irene Perry grew flowers of all kinds and sold them from the farm greenhouse. The farm gradually became more modern and eventually tractors replaced their draft horse.
Some of the farm's fruits and vegetables were sold to N. C. Capozziello & Sons Wholesale Fruit & Produce Co. in Bridgeport. Nick Capozziello introduced his son Leonard to the Perrys' daughter, Bobby, and they married in 1956. They built a house on the farm in 1963 and raised three children there. The small dairy herd that grazed the northwest hill was no longer economical and was replaced with a Christmas tree plantation. In the 70s, grain prices increased and Ralph Perry sold off all but a handful of the laying hens. By the time Ralph died in 1981, Mrs. Perry's flowers had become the farm's major crop. She and Bobby continued working the farm. Irene Perry died in 1991 and left the farm to her daughter, Bobby Capozziello, who had a passion for growing flowers and expanded the greenhouse business to include many unusual perennial and annual plants. When Bobby died in 2008 the farm passed to her daughter Maria Macri, who runs River Crest Farm with her husband, Andy, and their kids.