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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.