Twenty year olds typically spend their days reading textbooks, going to the beach and anticipating 21st birthdays. Not Prudence Fisher. She’s planting garlic, checking on animals and pulling weeds.
“Living on the farm all my life, it makes you mature faster,” Prudence said. “If you don’t do your chores or clean your room it might smell a little funny, but if you don’t clean out a stall or take care of the animals they could get a foot condition.”
Ownership of Nip 'n' Tuck Farm—an Island landmark long owned by the Fisher family—has exchanged numerous hands over the years, but Prudence, granddaughter of Fred Fisher III, and her boyfriend Ty Rossi are here for the long haul.
“I’m happy to have it back in the family and keep it going,” Prudence said.
Already she's made her mark. The farm stand, nearly abandoned for several years, now boasts a varity of fruits and vegetables, local yogurt and ice-cream treats.
Up before most her age to pay for orders that arrive on the first ferry, she admits it’s a lot of work but fun.
Generally, operation of Nip 'n' Tuck has stayed the same, said Prudence. Except the former dairy has no milk in the fridge. Instead, there is beef in the freezer.
“We don’t have the dairy anymore,” Prudence said. “We’re hoping to get the money in the next couple years, but the barn needs to get fixed.”
“I can’t drink that store bought milk,” Prudence said with a smile. “It tastes like water.”