SANGERVILLE- Pizza at Stutzman Farm may look typical, but the history behind it definitely isn’t.
“We’re the third generation in this farm, my grandfather came here from Lithuania,” said Sid Stutzman, owner of the farm.
Sid tells us his grandmother was a mail order bride, moving from Louisiana to Maine to marry his grandfather.
“And my father was born and we all took the Stutzman name,” said Sid.
That was more than 100 years ago, and today the farm features everything it did then, plus some.
“It’s evolution I guess,” said Sid.
Well this generation of Stutzman decided it was time to spice things up a little bit, taking many of the veggies grown right outside their door, and bringing them inside to their cafe where they make pizzas and other treats to sell to members of the community.
“I love coming here for lunch. The pizzas are fresh. The crust is out of this world,” said Alan Bray, a Sangerville resident.
But aside from the great food, what adds real flavor to this not-so-typical farm stand is the true sense of family it offers to those related by blood and by community.
“I have fallen in love with this farm because I’ve seen what it means to the community. I love working here because when people come in, everybody is happy. The vegetables taste so good. In the cafe, everything is made from scratch and with love and people can feel that,” said Tracy Michaud Stutzman, a family member who works at the farm.
And with the sixth generation of Stutzman now old enough to work the kitchen…
“It’s a fun job because if you’re doing a job and you don’t like it, you shouldn’t do it. But if you like doing the job, you should just move on and keep on doing it. We enjoy it,” said Iris and Seiya Stutzman.
There’s hope that it will continue for generations to come.