About the Farmers
Pete and Cathy
Fairwinds Farm is owned and operated by Pete and Cathy Karonis, and our son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Audree Rackley. We are headquartered on Augusta Rd. in Topsham, Maine, where we have five greenhouses, five acres of crops, and our home.
Pete retired from the Marine Corps in 1995 and started Fairwinds Farm shortly thereafter, with just the farm stand and three acres of mixed vegetables. Cathy, who grew up in Bowdoinham (and spent summers picking peas on the grounds we now farm!), owned and operated a separate farm at that time. Over the following years, we joined our farms (and lives), and the business has grown to what it is today. We have five children, four adorable Grandsons, three beautiful Granddaughters and three Newfoundland dogs.
In 2020 Our Son, Charlie, (along with his wife, Audree, young son and daughter), joined us in the business...they will eventually be running the show! The rest of our children are now living in various parts of the country - but they all come back to visit, and help, whenever they can!
We employ 12+ full and part-time employees during our farming season. This number increases by another 25 to 30 school-age employees who pick strawberries, raspberries, and other produce for us during our peak season. Their hard work and dedication is invaluable to us...it is why we can do what we do!