LIAPA FIELD DAY AT FOSTER FARMS
On Saturday, September 19th, Ellen and I headed out east to Sagaponack for the 2nd annual Foster Farms Field Day. The weather was beautiful as we drove down Sagg Main to the farm. As we were pulling in to park we saw the field full of planes, automobiles, engines, tractors, trucks, steam engines, motorcycles, lawn tractors, shingle mill, saw mill, blacksmith shop and many people. The men were busy with the lawn tractor pull. Later on came the big tractors. Cliff’s half size steam engine was busy pulling the hay ride. Cliff’s and Dean’s friends were flying in and out with their antique planes.
I sat down with Cliff to get an idea of how this all came about. He let me share his story with you. Cliff was born and raised in Saggaponack. Here on the farm, he remembers picking potatoes at four or five years old. Cliff and Dean plant two hundred-fifty acres of potatoes and one hundred-fifty acres of corn, plus other crops. Cliff built an air strip on his farm some thirty years ago and started flying his own planes. Later he bought his son Dean his own plane. His wife, Lee is the bookkeeper and helps run the town (unofficial mayor). His daughter, Mary Lee, has a small vegetable and flower stand. His daughter, Robin is also involved in the family farm. Cliff has many tractors, trucks and steam engines. He is very proud of his 1918 fifty horsepower, Geiser Steam tractor. He built a half-scale model, Case steam tractor. This was the one pulling the hay ride. He is now building a three-quarter scale steam tractor. Other activities Cliff has been involved in include, fire commissioner of the Town of Southampton, member of the Southampton Rifle and Pistol club, member of the Rough and Tumble Club in Pennsylvania and The Long Island Antique Power Association. Again to top the Saturday show, a wonderful chicken dinner was held in the Foster Barn. Again this year we were treated to Jimmy and Maryann’s delicious homemade ice-cream. Everyone had a wonderful time. Good food and good company, what else could you ask for.
The Foster family is looking forward to hosting the 3rd annual Foster Field Day in 2010.
Thanks to the Fosters for a wonderful weekend. As we were driving home after Sunday’s activities, I was inspired to write the following poem. I hope you all enjoy it.
FOSTER’S FARM FIELD DAY
Driving east to a place on Sagg Main
Past maples and elms, what a beautiful lane
I see trains and planes and automobiles
Tractors and trucks and engines in the fields
Cliff and Dean and their friends flew some old piles
Lee and Robin and MaryLee greeted all with smiles
Bicycles, tricycles, a lawn mower or two
A shingle mill, wood saw and blacksmithing for you
Burgers and chips and ice-cream homemade
A country chicken dinner on a plate
Friends and neighbors and clubbers combined
Made this weekend a very good time
By Nes Kramer, Editor