One afternoon, Claire Watts, looked out her window into the little backyard of her Sandwich, MA home, and there were a couple of pigs! And that began the saga of farming for her, her husband (Peter) and their two sons, Ajay and Andrew. The year was around 1982. At the time, Peter was a builder/developer working long, hard hours. They had no idea that farming was in their future. Soon, Peter started searching and found a beautiful piece of property in Forestdale, MA that had all the potential he was looking for. Yes, it was next to the base, but at the same time – in between the planes taking off and landing – it was peaceful, secluded enough for the Farm and a perfect place to raise their two active sons. The Watts’ built their home, and then added two barns several years later.
The Farm was first named “Twin Hawk Farm” after Peter noticed several red tailed hawks circling overhead. Then it became “Cape Poultry Farm” when he decided to raise chickens for a short period of time, then switching to the turkeys that became so popular. Claire finally stepped in and suggested switching the name to Watts Family Farms in the mid 1990’s and the name stuck. In the meantime, the family raised sheep and grazed a few cows along with the pigs. The company became incorporated in 2008.
It of course became evident that one can’t make a living on raising Farm animals, so Peter came up with the idea of composting. That led to what is now a very busy family venture. Watts Family Farms, Inc. currently has three routes that are extremely busy in the summer months, so Peter continues working full time in the spring and summer, while Ajay and Andrew keep the operation running smoothly year round.
The routes consist of three trucks picking up the food organics from supermarkets on the South Shore and Cape Cod, then composting that with manures, cranberries, leaves, grass and wood waste. Between collecting food waste and composting, the family stays busy year round. In the fall, there is another flurry of activity the week before Thanksgiving when the fresh turkeys are processed and then sold the Monday prior to the holiday. The turkeys became famous world wide when one of our “Toms” appeared in the April 1997 edition of Life Magazine. As a result of that picture, a couple from Pennsylvania drove up to the Farm, loaded “that turkey” and another into crates and brought them home to their Farm to save them from the Thanksgiving table.