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Ralph Adams, Jr., Of Adams Fairacre Farms, Dies

Courtesy of Adams Fairacre Farms

One of the Adams's who helped grow Adams Fairacre Farms from a Poughkeepsie farm stand into four stores in the mid-Hudson Valley has died.

Ralph Adams, Jr., who, with his brother Donald, grew a family business of markets, died Friday at age 91. According to the Adams Fairacre Farms web site, their parents in 1919 had purchased 50 acres of farmland in the Town of Poughkeepsie, grew produce and sold it from a farm stand, and by 1960, a small retail store was established. Three others have followed – in Kingston in 1981; the Town of Newburgh in 1998; and the Town of Wappinger in 2011. On the market’s web site, Ralph Adams, Jr., is described as always generous and hardworking, often seen taking money from his own pocket to make something right or ease the burden of someone less fortunate.