More Than Apple Picking at Abbott Farm More Than Apple Picking at Abbott Farm

Windsor Abbott picking the right apples, just like his wife.

By Faith Cain Baldwinsville, N.Y. (N.C.C. NEWS) One of the only farms still standing in Baldwinsville, New York is a fifth generation farm home to none other than the Abbott Family. Windsor Abbott is the fourth generation who works on the farm. He works over 10 hours a day, six days a week, and is 85 years old.

The family purchased the farm a year after the Civil War. Generations after generations, the Abbott family has studied agriculture and run the family business. The farm eventually evolved into a full-season U-pick and entertainment destination for Central New Yorkers.

New Yorkers can grab bags and search through dozens of rows of apples and pick them right off the tree. They can also enjoy apple cider and many other sights at the farm.

Windsor works 60 hours a week, but his wife Nancy Abbott works in the kitchen. Their love story is part of the reason their farm has stayed growing. They have been married for over 60 years ago and met in third grade.

“The teacher in third grade plumped me in front of him and he was the typical boy. Monkeying around taking erasers off the end of pencils and things like that,” Nancy said.

Over the next couple of years things never changed. At the time, Windsor was never interested in women because he loved woodworking and anything to do with agriculture, but Nancy never stopped falling for him. In the fifth grade she already knew who she wanted to marry.

“She started praying for me,” Windsor said.

“I said I want to marry Windsor,” Nancy said.

They spent most of their time in a 4-H club getting to know each other. Every weekend they would meet up with some friends to go square dancing. Windsor wanted someone who could cook for him every meal, while she wanted a farmer, and eventually they married.

New Yorkers can go to Abbott Farm Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm. Friday and Saturday 10 am to 9 pm and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm.


Faith: Five generations on a farm – Abbott Farms to be exact. The Abbott family has turned their small white farmhouse into a full season u-pick and entertainment destination.
People can come and pick their own apples, search for a pumpkin, and taste some apple cider. It all comes down to one man who upholds this Abbott tradition.

Windsor: “I’ve been here all my life and my dad before me and my grandfather before me. My father came here when he was 3 years old”

Faith: The small farm is located in Baldwinsville where more and more people are venturing out that way.

Windsor: “In this area 15 to 20 different farmers and now were actually the only ones left that is really a farm”

Faith: Hundreds of people flock to Abbott Farms every single day whether it is to pick some apples or some family fun, but what they don’t know is what is behind the scene and that is a romance that started in 3rd grade

Nancy: “The teacher in 3rd grade plumped me in front of him and he was the typical boy. Monkeying around taking erasers off the end of pencils and things like that”

Faith: In 5th grade most kids are hoping for the next new video game but for Nancy she knew what she wanted but instead of talking to her mom or dad she talked to her father.

Windsor: “She started praying for me” “Praying to the lord”
Nancy: “I said I want to marry Windsor”

Faith: Her prayers were answers and she wasn’t the only one who knew it

Nancy: “In 5th grade our geometry teacher told us we should get married because he could do the figuring-hes good at that in his head and I could do the spelling and so we did it”

Faith: Nancy cooks, cleans, and does most of the housework while Windsor works most of his day on the farm. The two have been married for more than 60 years and never plan to stop the Abbot farming business. This is Faith Cain for NCC News

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