Chip-in Farm began as an immigrant’s dream in 1924, when Hendrick Couvee immigrated to the United States from Holland. Soon after, he met his wife Thelma while working at a farm Weston. Through the Depression he supported his family of five working as a milkman.
During World War II Thelma supported the war effort, manufacturing hand grenades at the Waltham Watch Company, while Hendrick continued his milk route. During this time, he purchased a victory flock of 35 chickens and sold the eggs on his milk route.
In 1944, Hendrick, Thelma and their son Herbert “chipped in” to buy their farm in Bedford. For the next 35 years Thelma managed the farm and growing flock of hens while father and son delivered eggs to suburban Boston families, serving over 1,500 people on their door-to-door route in the 70’s.
The tradition continues with the 4th generation working at the farm today!
The Chip-in Farm retail store opened in the 1980’s when Hendrick’s grandsons, Neil and Paul Couvee, took over the business. In addition to their own fresh eggs the store sells sustainably raised produce, fine local products, and a range of seasonal and personal care items.