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Favorite Farm Stands in New England?

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: dukegirl

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

        1. re: Harp00n

          On 7A, across from the Chocolate Barn.

          1. re: dukegirl

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

            1. re: Harp00n

              One cannot live on organic broccoli alone. =)

              1. re: dukegirl

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

        2. re: dukegirl

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

          1. re: GG Mora

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

            1. re: KnittingShaker

              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!

              1. re: dukegirl

                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...

                1. re: GG Mora

                  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! =)

                  1. re: dukegirl

                    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.

                    1. re: GG Mora

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

            2. re: GG Mora

              What town is Clear Brook in? Thanks!

              1. re: chowciao

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

                1. re: Harp00n

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

                  1. re: chowciao

                    Welkum! :-))

          2. 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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            1. re: Gio

              Gio,

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

              1. re: beccaboo

                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. 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...

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

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                1. re: MUGger

                  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.

                  1. re: Lilibet

                    It's actually Berberian's..

                    ...wonderful greens as well as other veggies.

                    1. re: Lilibet

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

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

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                    1. re: joeysmom220

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

                      1. re: joeysmom220

                        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...)

                        1. re: joeysmom220

                          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.

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

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                          1. re: littlej

                            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. 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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                            1. re: hiddenboston

                              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.

                              1. re: kittychow

                                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!).

                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                  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.

                                  1. re: kittychow

                                    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.

                                    1. re: othervoice

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

                                      Harp00n

                                      1. re: Harp00n

                                        Yes!!! go to the Farm!

                                        1. re: SouthernGrl

                                          Thanks SouthernGrl, I will, I will!

                            2. 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!