Paul and Lizzie Hauser immigrated to the United States in the mid 1800’s from Germany and settled in New Jersey. Their youngest son, George, was born in 1878 on the original Hauser homestead. In 1925, George’s eldest son Clarence E. Hauser married Hazel Ervin, the daughter of another prominent farm family in Old Bridge, which at that time was Madison Township. The Ervin family can trace its roots on the farm as far back as 1744.
This union produced three children and a thriving fruit and vegetable operation. Clarence and Hazel’s eldest son, Clarence G., continued in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps keeping the farming tradition alive. In 1950, Clarence G. married Marie Keating and they had three children, John, George and Theresa, all of whom still have ties to the farm.
When Clarence passed away in 1986, Marie was instrumental in keeping the farm tradition alive.
John runs the day-to-day farm operation and his son, John Michael, represents the fifth generation on the same farm.
Presently, Hauser Hill Farms is made up of about 50 family-owned acres and about 150 acres of rented ground. The Hauser’s have continued the rich family tradition of growing quality fruits and vegetables; including everything from “A to Z – Apples to Zucchini”. They have a farm stand at the home farm and participate in as many as eight local farmers’ markets each week.
The farm is a true family affair, enlisting help from countless nieces, nephews, cousins and neighbors. Theresa works at the farm stand, Marie makes homemade jams, jellies and the best pies you’d ever want to eat!!
John’s wife, Carolyn, or Midge as she’s known, teaches high school Spanish, and manages the farmers’ markets from May to November. Midge has served as President and Secretary of the Middlesex County Board of Agriculture and was named Middlesex County Farmer of the Year in 2019.
John also serves as the President of Browntown Bus Service, Inc., which was founded by his father in the 1950’s. John serves the Agricultural community in many capacities. He has been a Farm Bureau Director for Middlesex County, Past President of the Middlesex County Board of Agriculture, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Middlesex County Fair Association, Former President of the Direct Marketing Association, Former President of the New Jersey Horticultural Society, and the Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Coop.
John has been honored as the 2005 Middlesex County Farmer of the Year, 2010 New Jersey Vegetable Grower of the Year and the 2012 New Jersey Fruit Grower of the Year. He is a graduate of Delaware Valley College.
John’s daughter, Patricia, worked on the farm for many years before beginning her career as a Nursing Director in Oncology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Patricia’s daughters Kayla and Aspen represent the 6th generation of Hausers on the farm.
The Hauser Family is proud to continue and to be counted among the rich tradition of family farms in Middlesex County.
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