One Of The Most Incredible Small Businesses In Rhode Island, Jaswell’s Farm Has Been Family-Owned For More Than A Century
By Melissa Mahoney|Published August 04, 2021
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If you grew up in Rhode Island, then you may know about Smithfield’s Apple Valley, which was named for the growth of the apple economy around the turn of the 20th century. Around that time, in 1899, a man by the name of Nicholas Jaswell (nee Nicola Gesualdi) started his own farm several years after he emigrated from Italy.
The farm survived both a flu pandemic as well as the Great Depression. In the 1930s, Nicholas’s son Joe (a.k.a. “Papa Joe”) took over the farming operations, harvesting crops that were then brought to and sold at the farmer’s market in Providence. Joe’s son Richard had helped on the farm and he eventually took it over with his wife Pat in 1967 as third-generation farm owners. And this is where we begin.
For more information on days and hours of operation, picking schedule, farm events, online store, and more, visit the Jaswell’s Farm website or give them a call at (401) 231-9043. You can also follow Jaswell’s on Facebook and Instagram.