Maple Lane Farms is a fourth-generation family farm and has been at the same location since 1935 when Stanley Higgins bought the farm.
Stanley sold the farm to Charles “Shine” and Margaret Higgins in 1941, Parents of Barry Higgins. Together they ran the farm as a potato, dairy and hay operation. I joined my dad in the 60’s and we were primarily a dairy farm. In the early 70”s we built a farm store at the location and sold meat and natural milk from the farm, as well as ran a wholesale truck.
Because a change of inspection regulations, we decided to close the farm store in 1988, but we did continue to do custom meat cutting of domestic and game animals at the farm store site. We also continued to sell and process sides and quarters of beef and pork raised on our own farm.
In the early 90’s we started a small-scale commercial hay and silage business. In 1995, our son BJ decided to join our farm operation. He continues today becoming the fourth generation. BJ is a major partner in the business along with his wife, Randa and their girls, McKenna and Kylie. At that time, we were growing our hay and dairy business and also doing a custom meat business and started a small herd of natural beef, so that we could supply our customers with beef raised on our farm.
In 1999, Mary and I purchased the farm from my dad and we dissolved the partnership of Charles C Higgins & Son and continued on as Maple Lane Farms. My dad continued to serve as our consultant and mentor until his death in Nov. of 2006.
Since 1999, we have grown our hay and silage businesses, added a large line of trucks and equipment, and are now one of the largest hay dealers in the Northeastern United States. We deal mostly in the small square bales of hay, primarily for horses, goats and sheep. We also handle round bales and raise extra corn and hay ledge. We supply our own forage and several other dairy and livestock producers’ forage.
In 2005, we constructed a brand new slaughter/processing facility on our farm, one mile east of Charleston Village on Rt 11A. We have incorporated years of experience with state of the art refrigeration, precise, cutting, wrapping and vacuum packaging.
We also continue to increase the number of beef animals at the farm. We currently have approximately 250 beef on feed at all times.
Again in 2009-2010 we have added 2400 sq ft to the processing facility that includes more refrigeration and process area as well as a fully automated smoke house.
We continue to farm nearly 1600 acres in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties with 500 acres in Corn, 60 acres in barley and the rest being in hay production and we keep about 400 head of dairy and beef cattle.
We have incorporated our whole family in the business. Our Daughter any has two sons Brandon and Barrett, that are getting old enough to help out on the farm and Amy and Mike help in the fall when it gets busy with game animals. Stop in and see us any time.