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Favorite Farm Stands in New England?

chowciao Jul 18, 2007 10:36 AM

Hi, we had a chance to visit a couple Farm Stands in Little Compton, RI, and in metro west in Boston a couple weeks ago. We had a great time, and enjoyed the little farm stands we hit along the way. It got me wondering - do you have favorite Farm Stands in the area? What do you love about them? Where are they? Thanks!

  1. Lilibet Jul 18, 2007 12:40 PM

    I still love to visit Hanson's Farm Stand in Framingham, MA. on Nixon Road.
    We would always stop there on our Sunday drive (remember those?) on our way to the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. It hasn't changed that much over the years, still housed in the same barn, run by the same family. The have events based on seasonal fruits and vegetables, hayrides at Halloween, etc. Nice if you have children.

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      dukegirl Jul 18, 2007 02:57 PM

      Dowse Orchards in Sherborn, Mass on Rt. 27 (where I worked for years!). They are best known for their apples and cider, but they grow lots of summer produce and have wonderful fresh eggs.

      And now, my new favorite is Clearbrook Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Big, healthy flowers and plants in addition to great produce and local Vermont products.

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        Harp00n Jul 18, 2007 05:17 PM

        Where is Clearbrook Farm dukegirl, on 7A or off of it?

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          dukegirl Jul 19, 2007 04:57 AM

          On 7A, across from the Chocolate Barn.

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            Harp00n Jul 19, 2007 08:52 AM

            Oh sure, right across from the Chocolate Barn. No wonder you "discovered" it then!

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              dukegirl Jul 20, 2007 05:59 AM

              One cannot live on organic broccoli alone. =)

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                Harp00n Jul 25, 2007 11:19 AM

                I could live without broccoli, or it's kissing cousin cauliflower, at all!

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          GG Mora Jul 19, 2007 09:52 AM

          Clear Brook gets my vote. It's a 37-mile drive from here...and I'm happy to do it weekly!

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            KnittingShaker Jul 20, 2007 10:21 AM

            I go to Clear Book about twice a week. They have the best strawberries I've ever tasted in my life (no joke).

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              dukegirl Jul 20, 2007 01:35 PM

              It's true. I've picked s'berries at many many places around here and their's were the best. They've got their own corn this week. Yippee!

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                GG Mora Jul 26, 2007 08:09 PM

                Had some of that corn for dinner tonight...superb!

                Also, I have a small jam business; I buy the berries for my Sun-Cooked Strawberry Jam from Clear Brook...8 flats this year! Look-a-here:
                http://acookinglife.typepad.com/a_coo...

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                  dukegirl Jul 27, 2007 09:16 AM

                  Have you gone raspberry picking at Mad Tom Orchard in Dorset? One of my favorite places lately! http://blog.katiemskitchen.com/

                  So, we are in the same business, I see! =)

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                    GG Mora Jul 27, 2007 12:01 PM

                    Aha...so THAT'S who this “dukegirl” is! I'll stop and introduce myself next time I check in at the Manchester FM...I'm at the Londonderry market on Saturdays.

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                      dukegirl Jul 27, 2007 03:25 PM

                      Excellent! Could you bring me a jar of your strawberry jam? I'd love to try it!

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              chowciao Jul 25, 2007 08:41 AM

              What town is Clear Brook in? Thanks!

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                Harp00n Jul 25, 2007 11:18 AM

                Like dukegirl states in her first post, Shaftsbury, Vt on 7A across from the Chocolate Barn.

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                  chowciao Jul 26, 2007 12:10 PM

                  I got lazy and didnt look close enough at earlier posts. Thx!

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                    Harp00n Jul 27, 2007 10:01 AM

                    Welkum! :-))

          2. Gio Jul 18, 2007 05:37 PM

            I would have to place Wilson Farm Lexington in this catagory even though it's quite a large enterprise. http://www.wilsonfarm.com/ We love it for all the obvious reasons.
            (We've also visited their Litchfield NH farm stand

            )

            Also Tendercrop in Newbury on Rte. 1A. http://www.tendercropfarms.com/index.htm
            This is where we buy all our meat and poultry plus their own vegetables and fruit.

            Another is Connors Farm in Danvers on Rte. 35. http://www.connorsfarm.com/
            Here we buy all their berries and VGs in season and their annual flower starts for the season....
            Likewise Marini Farm in Ipswich on the Linebrook Rd. http://www.marinifarm.com/

            Lastly, we always stop at Canaan Farm on Rte 1A in Wenhem several times a season, just because. http://www.buyfresh.org/farm.php?Farm=45

            As you can see, we feel very strongly about supporting our local growers. When we travel back and forth to Vermont we stop at farm stands along the way as well.

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              beccaboo Jul 19, 2007 07:41 AM

              Gio,

              We're new to Vermont (live in Burlington). Travel to CT frequently. Any farmstands you can reccommend?

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                Gio Jul 19, 2007 09:24 AM

                There's one just outside of Woodstock ( a long drive for you, tho) I can't remember the name...it's on Rte 4 west. They sell VGs, plants and local produce. Then there are the Shelburne Farms organic stands. Here's a list of farms stands in Chittenden County. Good luck on your hunt. It's a fun thing to discover the perfect market for your family.

                http://www.vermontagriculture.com/agd...
                Just scroll down to get to Chittenden.

                In fact, click on any county you drive through on that map to see what's available along your trip.

            2. Aromatherapy Jul 19, 2007 07:32 AM

              I'm fond of Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, MA (north central MA). Like so many farms they've had to add hayrides, baked goods, etc. to keep profitable, but it's still pretty low-key. They don't have much available yet (but maybe more than their website shows); high period is late summer through the fall.
              http://www.redapplefarm.com/index.php...

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                MUGger Jul 19, 2007 07:45 AM

                In Central Mass., we go to Conoyer's Farm in Paxton and Davidison's Farm Stand in Northboro.

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                  Lilibet Jul 19, 2007 08:34 AM

                  MUGger -

                  Sorry I don't mean to correct you .. but I believe it's Davidian's Farm stand, on Otis Street. It's across the street from Armeno Coffee roasters.

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                    merrvally Jul 20, 2007 01:46 PM

                    It's actually Berberian's..

                    ...wonderful greens as well as other veggies.

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                      Harp00n Jul 20, 2007 04:26 PM

                      The Branch Davidians, post David Koresh, have a farm up here?

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                    joeysmom220 Jul 20, 2007 09:16 AM

                    How about in NH? Any good markets from the coast to the mountains - around Concord?
                    Sue

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                      Gio Jul 20, 2007 09:26 AM

                      Try this link for an index to NH farmstands:
                      http://www.nhoutdoors.com/farms.htm

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                        lar3ry Jul 21, 2007 04:23 AM

                        Not TOO close to Concord, but...

                        Weston's on West Side Road in Conway, NH has long been a favorite of mine. Great corn, blueberries this time of year, and apples starting to appear.

                        (West Side Road and North South Road are two roads that you should absolutely learn to use by default when you are in the Conway region. Both will help you avoid the traffic on Rt. 16...)

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                          lexpatti Aug 6, 2007 06:54 AM

                          Moulton's Farm in Ctr Harbor is fabulous. It's on Rt. 25 just outside Merdith NH. They do all the great fresh farm items and homemade baked goods, salsas, etc.

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                          littlej Jul 20, 2007 09:30 PM

                          Walker Farm in Dummerston VT on RT 5 is GREAT!!!!!!

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                            Bri Jul 21, 2007 06:51 AM

                            I have to second Walker Farm. The people are friendly and knowledgeable, there's tons of plants and fresh produce. They also carry one of my favorite seasonal cheesemakers Lazy Lady.

                          2. hiddenboston Jul 26, 2007 10:30 AM

                            God, I love farm stands, especially as we get closer to the fall season. Some of my favorites include:

                            Kimball's Farm, Pepperell, MA
                            Walker's Roadside Stand, Little Compton, RI
                            Verrill Farms, Concord, MA
                            Weston's, Conway, NH

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                              kittychow Jul 26, 2007 11:21 AM

                              I like Kimball's a lot. I'm thrilled that they have a table at the Harvard Square farmer's market.

                              Next time you get close to Kimballs you should drive the extra mile into Hollis, NH. Lull Farm is amazing. My pick when I'm in that neck of the woods. Great spot for quality baked goods, organic non-local produce, flowers, etc. Really sweet bunch of people too.

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                                hiddenboston Jul 26, 2007 11:33 AM

                                Oh jeez, how could I forget that place? That's on Route 111, on the right side, heading toward Nashua, right? I really like that place a lot (if that's the correct place!).

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                                  kittychow Jul 26, 2007 11:42 AM

                                  Correct! That's the place. I flippin' love it! Grew up there and still visit whenever I'm in town. Tomato plants from there are doing amazing this year.

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                                    othervoice Jul 26, 2007 01:29 PM

                                    I also grew up there (in Pepperell) will be sure to stop in to Lull's when I visit this weekend. I am dying for a tomato that's real and not grocery store plastic.

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                                      Harp00n Jul 26, 2007 01:49 PM

                                      A bit off topic Pepperell Home-Girl,
                                      but is the Scotch Pine Farm worth going to for breakfast?

                                      Harp00n

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                                        SouthernGrl Aug 6, 2007 06:37 AM

                                        Yes!!! go to the Farm!

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                                          Harp00n Aug 6, 2007 07:11 AM

                                          Thanks SouthernGrl, I will, I will!

                            2. SouthernGrl Aug 6, 2007 06:37 AM

                              Lull Farm in Hollis is the best I've come across so far. Their corn is amazing. Actually, their apples are phenomenal. I bought okra there to plant this year, and so far my yield has been wonderful!

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