This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Bucks County Intelligencer gives an account of one of its neghbors well known to our readers, from which we extract the following: "One of the most energetic and successful of the farmers and truckers who regularly supply the Philadelphia market is Edwin Satterthwait, of Abington, whose establishment is about a mile east of Jenkintown, not far from the Friends' meeting-house. Mr. Satterthwait is also an extensive florist and nurseryman. When a young man he was engaged in a store in the city, but having a natural taste for agriculture and horticulture, he moved out to his native neighborhood again and began operations in his present line of business about twenty-five years ago. He then had a small place of a little over thirty acres. By taking the best care of this, he was enabled to obtain more, and his property now contains about 150 acres, of which all but ten is arable land. He has always attended market, standing along the curbstone to sell his produce for a number of years until the modern market-houses were erected. Since the great market-house at Market and Twelfth streets was built Mr. Satterthwait has occupied stalls there, and is one of the most regular frequenters.
Every week day in the year a large wagon-load of articles from his place in Abington is sent to the city for sale. Mr. S. himself remains in the city most of the time to attend to sales, and affairs on the farm are looked after by his son, assisted by several foremen. He goes down and up by the North Penn. trains, while the marketing is taken down the pike. The scale on which business is transacted is enough to surprise an ordinary farmer. He usually raises 20 acres of potatoes, an acre each of carrots, ruta bagas and parsnips, several thousand bushels of turnips, thirty or forty thousand cabbages, and as many plants of celery, which altogether furnish an enormous bulk of produce. From his 20 acres in potatoes he has usually ob-tained six or seven thousand bushels, worth as many dollars in market.
Mr. Satterthwait also deals largely in fruit. His immense collection of pears has made him famous among fruit growers all over the country. He began taking an interest in this direction fifteen or twenty years ago, and now has over five hundred different varieties of pears growing on his premises. Among so many kinds there are of course some of no great value - and there are very few which he considers better for general purposes than the Bartlett and Seckel and the Lawrence. He is generally the largest exhibitor of pears at fairs held in this part of the State. He has also a large collection of apples, but has settled down on Smith's cider as the most satisfactory market fruit. Four years ago he planted 100 cider apple trees,and last fall he gathered about 100 bushels of the finest fruit, From some older trees, which came from the original stock near Pineville, he had an average of 40 bushels each.
On the property are nine large green houses, filled with ornamental and flowering plants of all kinds. The plants in pots are sold mostly in the spring and fall, for bedding-out and other domestic uses. In winter, and especially during the holidays, a large business is done in cut flowers, and to produce these there are special houses for roses, carnations, camellias, etc. The hard times have interfered considerably with the cut-flower trade.
Mr. S. takes a warm interest in horticultural improvement, notwithstanding his busy life; and at present he is President of the Fruit Growers' Society of the State, which held its annual meeting in Doylestown on Jan. 19th.