FOURTH GENERATION FAMILY FARM
Stanley Higgins bought the farm in 1935 in Charleston, Maine.
In 1941 he sold it to Charles "Shine" and Margaret Higgins. The farm began as a potato, dairy, and hay operation.
Barry Higgins, their son, helped on the farm growing up, but didn't officially work with his father until the 1960's when the farm became Charles C Higgins & Son.
They began growing their hay and dairy business and started a small herd of natural beef, so that they could supply their customers with beef raised on their farm.
THROUGH THE YEARS
In the early 1970's Charles and Barry opened a farm store to sell meat and milk as well as wholesale.
Changing regulations caused them to close the farm store in 1988.
In the 1990's they began doing small scale hay and silage at the farm.
The fourth generation of Higgins began in 1995 when Barry's son BJ joined as a partner.
Barry and Mary purchased the farm from Charles in 1999 and dissolved Charles C Higgins & Son and continued on as Maple Lane Farms. Charles was a mentor at the farm until his death in 2006.
Through the years of acquiring new equipment and growing their business,
Maple Lane Farms is now one of the largest hay dealers in the Northeastern United States.
They expanded the farm in 2005 to form a brand new processing facility.
In 2011 they expanded the new processing facility further to include more refrigeration and an automated smoke house.
They continue to increase the number of naturally raised beef cows on the farm and typically have 500 cows at all times.
MAPLE LANE FARMS TODAY
Barry and Mary Higgins run the farm with their son BJ and his wife Randa. Barry and Mary's other children, and soon their grandchildren, help out around the farm.
In 2017 Barry Higgins was given the Conservation Award by Penobscot County Natural Resources Conservation Service. That same year he was given a Distinguished Service Award by the Commissioner of Agriculture.
In 2018 Barry Higgins was the recipient for the James Worthley service award.