Our Story

The story of our farm begins nearly 300 years ago, in 1718. Warner Farm is one of the oldest and longest running family farms in New England. Since that time, ten generations of Warners have farmed in Sunderland.

The Warner’s, originally from England, migrated to America in the 1620s and settled in Sunderland (then called Swampfield) in the late 1710s.

Eleaser Warner1694-1776
Seth Warner1729-1769
Gideon Warner1757-1837
Chester Warner1791-1875
Levi Warner1818-1896
Chester Warner1854-1940
Raymond Warner1893-1974
Charles Warner1922-2003
Kim Warner & Mike Wissemann1955-Present
David Wissemann1987-Present


We have gathered some of the photos and stories that are a part of the timeline of our history. Scroll through the timeline, and click on the newspaper articles and images to enlarge them. We hope you will enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

  • U-Pick strawberry fields open for the first time

    In 1961, Charles Warner opened his strawberries fields to the public to offer U-Pick berries. The business enterprise, believed to be the first farm to open for U-pick in the area, was a success. For a six-week season beginning in June, cars would line up early to pick the wonderfully sweet strawberries by the pound.

  • U-Pick strawberries celebrates 20 years

    “A good June day will see as many as 50 to 75 cars parked near Warner’s fields, a situation that makes him comment, ‘That’s a yard full!'”. Charles Warner has continued U-Pick strawberries for 20 years.

  • Next Generation joins the U-Pick business

    Charles Warner’s daughter Kim, who could be found in the u-pick fields directing traffic and helping customers find the best rows for picking during her teenage years, married Mike Wissemann. Mike has become a partner in the Warner Farm business. In 1983, the strawberries were a little late in arriving, but when they did, they were as sweet and delicious as ever. Customers that year paid 63 cents a pound for the berries.

  • Certified Organic Production

    Warner Farm earns a certification of organic production in compliance with the USDA’s Nation Organic Program. The farm produces 100% organic asparagus, beans, corn, cucumbers, raspberries, rhubarb, spaghetti squash and strawberries.

  • 1st Annual Strawberry Fest at Warner Farm

    A strawberry festival was held in 2012 to add a day of fun to the u-pick fields. The festival offered games and activities for kids, a farm tour, wagon rides, live music and strawberry shortcake along with the pick your own strawberries.

  • Strawberry Fest features a Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast

    The annual Strawberry Fest continues. In 2016, a pancake breakfast (featuring Warner Farm strawberries of course!) was added and the date moved to Father’s Day. The tradition of offering fun activities for the kids and great live music remains the same to be a sweet summer celebration for people of all ages.


Current Story

Now, Mike Wissemann and his son, David continue that tradition by growing a wide range of crops, while following strict guidelines to maintain the land.  The farm now consists of 150 acres of fertile river valley soil. This allows the Warner Farm family to offer CSA shares, wholesale and fresh retail produce throughout Massachusetts.


Warner Farm story

David in 1995 celebrating 275 years of farming in Sunderland.

Our Legacy

As a 10th generation family farm, we understand the importance of growing practices that nourish the soil and that promote the health and biodiversity of the land we farm. We have been feeding our community the freshest, healthiest, and purest produce for over 250 years.

We believe in preserving that legacy for future generations.  Seventy acres of the farm are preserved through the Massachusetts Agricutural Preservation Restriction Program.

Learn about our farming philosophy.


Have a Question?

email Lacey@warnerfarm.com
or call 413-665-8331

Warner Farm
23 S. Main Street
Sunderland, MA 01375

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