The Oakes Farms story sprouted from tragedy in the 1930s when
great-grandpa William Oakes lost his leg and ultimately died during a collision between a large boat and a bridge in St. Georges. State reparations for Ma Oakes and her children came in the form of a new house at the foot of a newly constructed replacement bridge.
But it was eleven year old Banny Oakes who stepped forward to support the family by selling produce at the foot of the bridge to travelers crossing it.
MEET ALFIE OAKES
Born with soil running through his veins, Alfie Oakes loves to farm. As a young boy, he loitered in the fields to watch the local farmers labor. And during his pre-teen years, spent pre-dawn mornings helping his father, Frank Oakes, ready the family's small produce stand.
By the time Alfie Oakes graduated high school, he was brokering wholesale deals and harvesting his own crops. Over the next 15 years, he never lost focus on the brokerage side of his business while also buying more farmland, and expanding into the retail grocery business.