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Local Farm Averts Sheriff's Sale

The Northern Star Farm in Trappe had been scheduled to hit the auction block on Wednesday.

A landmark local farm will, for now, remain in the hands of the family that has operated it since the Coolidge administration.

Owner Matthew Wismer said Monday night that he had "taken steps" to avert the sale of the Northern Star Farm in Trappe, which has been operated by the family since 1927.

The farm, which has operated as a dairy farm since it was owned by Wismer's grandfather, had previously been slated for a sheriff's sale on Wednesday.

The banks that hold the mortgage on the farm had moved to foreclose in December 2011, according to county records. Wismer did not specify what steps he had taken to avoid the property going up for auction.

"Northern Star Farm will remain in the Wismer family ownership continuing with our 86th year, this year," Wismer said via email Monday. "We thank all of our friends and neighbors in the Perkiomen Valley and beyond for their care and concern during these turbulent economic times, both present and past."

In addition to functioning as a dairy farm, the farm hosts birthday parties, weddings, and various seasonal promotions.

Paula Goff January 29, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Thank goodness! I pass the farm every day on the way to work and always marvel that it has survived amid all the surrounding development. It would be a shame for the family and community to lose it.
Roy Martin January 29, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Hooray! Fifty less townhouses for now!
Renee Grafstrom January 29, 2013 at 08:18 PM
The Northern Star Farm is a little slice of heaven right here in Trappe. I hope local residents will help keep this farm going. Spread the word about this wonderful place and all that it has to offer! I highly recommend the sleigh rides!
joe January 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I like the place as well, but I don't think we'd have to worry about development if it were to be sold. It's my understanding that the land is part of the Montco preserved land trust- so that if it were sold, it couldn't be developed unless the new owners repaid all the back taxes that the farm owners had been given- for agreeing to preserve their land and not developing it. I could be wrong, but that's how I understood the program.
BunnyFooFoo January 30, 2013 at 02:00 PM
We're giving kudos to the property owner for declaring bankruptcy to save the farm he can no longer afford? Wow.
Paula Goff January 30, 2013 at 04:42 PM
What makes you say he declared bankruptcy? "Wismer did not specify what steps he had taken to avoid the property going up for auction."
BunnyFooFoo January 30, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Mostly because I'm not an idiot and I can take 35 seconds to click on the county sheriffs sale webpage, where it clearly says "Bnkrptcy-PP to 4/24/2013".
CollegevilleRes January 30, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Do you even know how much it costs to run a dairy farm?? Why don't you look that up before you go running your mouth. Who the hell cares how he saved his farm. I think anyone could say they'd rather delcare than lose more than 200 acres in a town full of 'cookie cutter development houses.' Would you have sat around and let it go for sale instead? It's about keeping land open for farming in a day and age where no one even understands where their food comes from anymore
SmarterCollegevilleRes February 02, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Protip: All they did was buy themselves 2 months. If "the owner" couldn't afford the upkeep to run it yesterday, nothing will change tomorrow. To those crying about cookie cutter houses(specifically CollegevilleRes): Have you lived the life of "keeping the farms around"? No money, no thanks, no reprieve, and a lap full of headaches.. Welcome to the life of a dairy farmer. Next time you cry and moan about some farmer somewhere "selling out", go take another family vacation to the Caribbean. Farmer X and Farmer Y will still be at home grinding their hands down to nothing just to keep the lights on. Also, It's under ag pres so stop if you are worried about houses, do some research. I am with Bunnyfoofoo, Giving kudos to someone for screwing everyone they owe is the new thing. Stay classy Collegeville/Trappe.
Collegeville Reader February 10, 2013 at 06:22 AM
This YouTube Video of the super bowl ad about farmers says it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMpZ0TGjbWE

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