Larsons Farm Products - Bristol CT
Grandma (Lydia) Larson
Bobby, John, and Art Larson
Art plowing by horse
It all started back in Ostergotland,
Sweden when on December 22, 1870 the Rev. Lars E. Bergstrom and
his wife gave birth to a baby girl - Lydia.
Lydia grew up in Sweden, fell
in love, and in 1887 married Lars John Larson - son of John and
While in Sweden the Lydia gave birth to the
first of their 12 children - Hilda, Eric, Folke, and the twins Ranghild
Leaving Lydia and the children back in Sweden,
Lars immigrated to the United States in 1906 to find work and a
place they can call home. Lydia came over with the children soon
They first lived in Cobalt Connecticut then
moved to Hartford where Lars found work in an ice house.
While living in Hartford they had three more children - Helen, Ester,
Next moved to North Granby where Lydias sister
and husband lived and owned a farm
The family then moved to Bristol on Pine
Street where Lars found work at Sessions Clock Company.
John, Art, Robert and Ruth were born.
Then to 1379 Farmington Ave. The site of
the original Larsons Farm.
Lars worked as a cabinet maker in the case
shop at E. Ingrahams Co.
Lydia rasied cows , chickens, hogs and a
horse, she also grew veggies and made bread and butter
Eric was a carpenter so he built Lydia a
small stand near the road where she could sell her surplus products.
As time passed the size of the farm increased
and the sons took on the tasks of growing fruits and vegtables.
Lydia died on Aug 14 1950
Larsons Farm was then passed on to her sons
where they ran a very successful farm and stand, providing their
customers with the freshest fruits and vegetable available.
As the years passed, Art Larson was the final
surviving son to own the popular Larsons Farm. Art had 5 sons of
his own, all who worked the farm at various times, however two sons
- Ralph and Stephen showed the most interest in continuing the farming
After Art retired the two boys took ownership
of the farm and remodeled it as Larson Garden Center still on the
original location in Bristol.
Lars Larson with children
Potato pickers on Larsons Farm
Pumpkins piled up across the street ready
Art and John Larson - Out standing in their