Joseph and Rebecca Evans established Evans Farms in 1943. In the beginning the farm produced many different fruit and vegetable crops including pumpkins, peaches and asparagus. There was a packing facility and a gift shop on the farm.
In 1944, Joseph and Rebecca Evans gave birth to a son, Joseph Harold Evans (Joe). Joe married Beverly Lucks and they gave birth to two children, Kim and Kevin.
In 1980, Joe and Beverly took over the farm operation. At this time the farm was mainly just a grain operation producing corn, soybeans and wheat. Joe and Beverly sold watermelons on a roadside wagon with an honor system that brought in lunch money for Kevin and Kim.
In 2000, Kevin became a partner in the family business with his father and brought the farm back to its roots as a vegetable-based operation. Kevin helped diversify Evans Farms with processing products that included spinach, peas, lima beans, sweet corn, string beans and pickling cucumbers.
In 2003, Kevin transitioned the roadside wagon to an on-farm produce market, Evans Farms Produce, which is open seasonally, seven days a week. Today, Evans Farms Produce sells local canary melons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, peaches, string beans, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, and of course–watermelons–among many other local produce items.
In 2005, Kevin became the sole owner and operator of his family farm at the young age of 27 after his father, Joe died in the line of duty as a Bridgeville Fire Company volunteer fire fighter in 2005. Kevin continues forward with his wife, Katey along with several other full time employees to help in the daily operations of the farm.
Today, Evans Farms tills nearly 2,000 acres in Delaware. Evans Farms wholesales their local produce direct to nearly a dozen different restaurants in Delaware and nearly 40 grocers throughout Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Their produce is sold at nearly a half a dozen off-site seasonal produce market locations in Sussex County and Kent County. Evans Farms’ newest venture is starting up the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to bring local communities fresh produce weekly to the throughout the farming season.
The farm and produce market are located at 9843 Seashore Highway, Bridgeville, Del.