How it all started
Dr. Enold Dahlquist and his new bride, nurse Ann Moran, purchased rural property in Chepachet in 1958. As they fixed up a 1700's farm house, they started their family of 7 children (which also included an extended family of farm animals and pets (if you see Chris – ask her about her love of chickens)). Doc cultivated bountiful gardens to help supplement the family food needs, and, according to the children, (but Ann disagrees!) to torture them with the process of freezing and preserving.
How long have you been farming?
In 2000, Doc & Ann’s youngest son, Mike, started to build Long Entry Farm on a 22-acre piece of land carved out of the family homestead, right across the road from his parents. Mike took Doc’s love of farming a step beyond rational and started growing vegetables on such a scale that he has been able to participate in Farmer’s Markets since 2004.
Allison was raised – GASP! – outside of Rhode Island. Her parents, Joe & Jan Hamel, raised their family of 3 children in Auburn, Massachusetts. Although Jan baked pies out of the freezer (and still does... she has always loved Mrs. Smith), Allison learned a love of cooking (and butter) in her kitchen. From her father, Allison learned to be a young entrepreneur – by sitting on the beer coolers & charging for beverages at the WBZ-TV family outings. Allison is an avid cook & gardener – though she frequently feels like she’s in a Green Acres episode.
In 2009, Mike & Allison started their own farm family with the addition of Michael Jr. Michael loves to help on the farm – he works side-by-side with Papa taking care of the new baby cows (REDelman and Night Sky), pulling weeds, and throwing hay.
In 2013, Samuel joined the farm family. Samuel may look like a little clone of his brother, but he certainly has his own little personality, and joins in the harvesting and taking care of the Coop-a-cabana Chickens.
Giving credit where credit is due
Although Long Entry Farm was established in 2000, the land has been farmed since (at least) the 1730’s, and our hay field shall forever be known as “Mr. Carpenter’s field”. Fred Carpenter was a quiet, humble man, but so like a grandfather to the Dahlquist children. He taught them by showing, not talking, the tricks & trade of agriculture. He showed them how to handle potato bugs (squish), how to hoe a row, and took them for tractor rides down the (literately) one-lane, grass-in-the-middle, dirt road that ran by the family farm house to the field.
Today, Michael and Samuel have their own “Mr. Carpenter” - Glen Nelson – nicknamed “G3” for the important role he has for all of us - as third grandfather. Glen is more than a neighbor, he is truly a grandfather to each of us, and helps Long Entry Farm in more ways than words can adequately describe (which perhaps might be best, in some colorful circumstances) - he grows vegetables ‘just to help us out’, he loves us loudly and passionately, and of course, he is the endless supplier of treats for the dogs and tractors for the boys. But most importantly, he teaches us – from when to plant what... to what to plant when... how to raise chickens and how birth cows (and what to name them (among the best... Arafat, Putin, Erastus, Angelina, Jack & Jill, Rosie....)), he shares more knowledge than any text book or internet page, but only if you tighten up those listening ears.
And yes, little Samuel Glen is named after G3. Both he and Michael have a great inspiration to live up to.