Bashista Orchards was started in the 1920s by Jacob Bashista. Jacob came to the United States from Poland in 1909 by way of Ellis Island, New York. He and his brother Frank worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines for 12 years before moving to Massachusetts. After a short time in Westfield, they purchased the farm in Southampton. Jacob and his Wife Sabina raised two boys, Edward and Walter. Frank lived and worked with them as they raised dairy cows and later started an apple orchard. In 1926, Bashista Orchards was established and the nearly 100 acre farm still has some of the old standard trees that Jacob and Frank planted.