Huestis Farm Supply was started in 1970 by Daniel & Eleanor Huestis at its current location on Crown Point Road in Bridport, Vermont to inventory, sell and service Winpower PTO alternators from Newton, Iowa, and UBO cow and parlor mats, manufactured in and imported from The Netherlands. The business name was registered in 1971 and soon after became a dealer for the Badger farm equipment line. In 1973, they joined American Hardware and added the lean-to on the east side of the building and opened the hardware store. Eventually American Hardware became ServiStar, and a few years ago merged with Cotter & Company under the True Value name from which we continue to buy most of our standard hardware inventory.
Over the years there have been many ups and downs and changes in the marketplace which have affected Huestis Farm Supply. In 1981, Dan asked second son Richard and his wife Shizu to come back to Vermont from Tokyo, Japan to help in the business. He said that he would give at least two years to see if he liked doing this type of work. Apparently he did, because 30 years later Richard was still at it.
In 2000 Nick Madison participated in a work study program through Middlebury Union High school until his graduation in 2002. Nick then went to work for Pike Industries as a crushing foreman for ten years, while still helping out during the winters and weekends. In 2012 Nick decided to work at Huestis Farm Supply LLC full time. With the possibility to eventually take over so Richard could retire. In December 2016 Richard retired to travel the US with his wife Shizu and enjoy their free time.
Currently Huestis Farm Supply LLC stocks about 10,000 SKU’s and have over twice that number set up in the system, plus about 80,000 available from True Value warehouses. We are dealers for many different brands of farm equipment and agriculture supplies. We do our best to stock parts for and be able to service everything that we sell, and we also do a fair amount of work on other equipment that we don’t sell.